dance Immersion is a not-for-profit charitable organization that promotes, cultivates and preserves dances of the African Diaspora. The African Diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa- predominantly to the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, among other areas around the world. Our mandate is to introduce the general public to various styles of dance and dance artists through presentations, forums, workshops, visual arts displays, and Youth Arts programs. The organization provides a nurturing and supportive environment of dance expressions for professional and aspiring dance artists, working in various styles. Through the vehicle of its programming dance Immersion has established itself as a one of a kind entity in Canada. The organization is committed to actively seeking out, supporting and presenting the artistic product of all dance artists to the broader community.
The Showcase Presentation is our annual major presentation that takes place in between February and April. The goal is to facilitate and promote the contributions of dance artists and choreographers from the African Diaspora living in Canada and abroad. Dance is reflected through traditional and contemporary dance compositions that are created and presented by selected dance artists. Artists/companies present work on a shared program over three days. Matinee performances during this event are geared towards schools and audiences new to dance and provide historical and factual content about dance through a Storyteller commissioned especially for the matinee events. The Showcase Presentation has taken place in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre since 1995. The organization also offers a variety of other programming that promotes skill development, residencies and networking.
Presentation proposals can be submitted to Vivine Scarlett, Founder/Curator at [email protected]
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Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, Ontario
The Harbourfront Centre Theatre is a non-proscenium, multipurpose, fully equipped facility with flexible set-up possibilities and retractable seating. It has a sprung floor 28ft (wide), 45ft (deep), and 39ft (height), and seats approximately 250 for dance events.