Dance in Toronto: NextSteps January through May 2012

From a media release:

NextSteps - Winter 2012
at Harbourfront Toronto

Here's a look at dance performances coming up this winter and spring at Harbourfront.

Dance Ontario
DanceWeekend 2012

Presented in association with Harbourfront CentreDance Ontario's stunning winter showcase features more than 26 superb companies and hundreds of dancers, live musicians and much, much more. Come celebrate the diversity of the city's dance companies in this unique weekend experience.
January 20-22, 2012

Janak Khendry Dance Company

Time creates itself, maintains itself, and ultimately dissolves itself – along with the universe – when the time cycle is complete. This fascinating production centres on the history of time and how it came into existence and our connection to it.
January 26- 28, 2012

COBA: Collective of Black Artists
Les Rythmes de la Forêt

The traditional dance forms from Guinea and Senegal will move you through an incredible and vibrant experience of folklore and storytelling. Dance and rhythm represent rites of passage, initiations, harvest and moments of pure joy and celebration.
February 3-5, 2012

Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra

Raw abandon, vibrant life and energy are at the centre of Arabesque's newest production. Fourteen dance artists, led by Yasmina Ramzy, are accompanied by a live Arabian orchestra alongside the rich voice of Bassam Bishara.
February 9-12, 2012

dance Immersion
TRIBUTE: A Moving History of Canadian Blacks in Dance

The 17th edition of dance Immersion's annual showcase celebrates black dance artists who have contributed to the Canadian and global dance ecology using dance, film and spoken word.
February 23-25, 2012

DW193 | Sylvain Émard Danse
Fragments – Volume 1

The first part of a diptych that places the dancer at the very heart of creation, Fragments – Volume I is a collage of miniatures – a veritable patchwork of insistent urgency.
March 3, 2012

Ballet Creole

This production celebrates and highlights the dance life of Almond Small, principal dancer for OMO Dance Company. A diversified programme to send off one of Canada's memorable dancers!Fleck Dance Theatre
March 8-10, 2012

The Chimera Project
Fresh Blood

Presented in association with Harbourfront CentreAn evening of fresh dance! Fresh Blood presents interesting, innovative and surprising dance works of tomorrow's contemporary dance superstars who have less than five years experience.
March 16-17, 2012

The Chimera Project
The Calm Before...

Known for delivering superb ensemble work, Nowacka investigates the fear, fight and success of the human condition in the face of unpredictable darkness as she blurs the lines between theatre, urban and contemporary dance.
March 19-25, 2012

Badass Dance Fun
Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre

Join Lady Janitor (a.k.a. Eroca Nicols) and others for a mini festival featuring site-specific play, unapologetic fun and really loud music.
March 28-31, 2012


A multiracial cast of 10 bare-chested men mash the Navarasa, or nine archetypal moods popular in Indiandance, into a techno-hip, strutting declaration of freedom from the constraints of tradition and conventional sexuality.
April 12–14, 2012

DW194 | Bboyizm

Choreographer-dancer Crazy Smooth explores the street dance tradition of hip hop dance styles, rocking and b-boying in a modern production setting. This programme pushes current popular boundaries of the dance spectrum.
April 13-14, 2012

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
Celebrating 30 Years

Flamenco is a living, ever-evolving art, inspired and influenced by the world around us. The company is joined by guest dancer Juan Ogalla and singers from Spain.
April 19- 22, 2012

Toronto Dance Theatre

Toronto Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of a bold new work by Christopher House set to Rivers, the beloved masterpiece of the late Canadian composer Ann Southam.
April 25-28, 2012

DW195 | BoucharDanse

Histoire d'amour
Our undying search for love and understanding of its meaning is the basis for this full-length trio that marries dance and theatre.
May 3-5, 2012

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre's Planet IndigenUs
World premiere!
TransMigration is inspired by the paintings and life of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau, known as the "Picasso of the North."
May 10-13, 2012

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

This programme features six contemporary dance works, including two premieres by 2012 resident guest artist Sylvie Bouchard and artistic director Deborah Lundmark.
May 25-26, 2012

Raagini Dance / Bageshree Vaze
Damaru / Mudra

The tandava and lasya – masculine and feminine – aspects of Indian dance are highlighted through two new exciting dance works.
May 25-26, 2012

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company

Canada's premiere Indian dance company presents a dance weekend of three productions choreographed by Menaka Thakkar based on the Ramayana.
May 31 – June 3, 2012

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
Prince Rama in the Wilderness

Canada's premiere Indian dance company presents a dance weekend of three productions choreographed by Menaka Thakkar based on the Ramayana. - May 31 – June 3, 2012