Monday, May 02, 2011

International Dance Day

April 29 was International Dance Day and part of the celebrations took place on Sunday down at Yonge-Dundas Square, hosted by Melissa D’Agostino. And remember, during International Dance Day, no dance is forbidden and the chicken dance can be done outside of wedding receptions!

Beautiful and colourful Polynesian dancers were joined by ballet, flamenco, tap and ballroom and many other flavours of dance as they performed on the covered stage across from the Eaton Centre. The participating stars and dance companies included the National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancers Guillanune Cote and Heather Ogden, the Ritmo Flamenco Dance and Music Ensemble, Allison Toffan: tap dancer, a dancer from ‘Billy Elliot’, Universal Vibes: deaf signing and dance, Sanskriti Arts Ensemble, Polynesian Dream (pictured above), Little Pear Garden Collective (pictured below), Jasmyn Fyffe Dance and the Rainbow Ballroom of Toronto. One of the important dance styles missing was ‘Dance, Dance Revolution’.
The Rainbow Ballroom (LGBTT and Straight friendly) dancers came out mixed and when the music started they went to same sex teams which the was very popular with the crowd.

Posted by Joe Hamilton.

See more photos after the jump.

Melissa D'Agostino (centre) joined by Billy Elliot dancer and his mother
Ritmo Flamenco Dance
Sanskriti Arts Ensemble, above and below

Jasmyn Fyffe Dance
Rainbow Ballroom

And speaking of dance and Billy Elliot don't forget that the musical production of Billy Elliot is playing in Toronto at the Canon Theatre until September 3.

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