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OLDER & RECKLESS – 5 gals in daring dance works

5 glorious gals rock on in daring dance works!

November 13-15, 2015

Julia Aplin in Zolla (excerpt)
performed with reknowned accordionist Tiina Kiik
Laurence Lemieux in Over Lockerbie
with music by John Cage

Sara Porter in VerbTenseDance
Joanna de Souza in Viveka
with original music by Andrea Koziol and
Ian de Souza

TICKETS AVAILABLE
http://moonhorsedance.com/older_and_reckless_buy_tickets.html
Joanna de Souza 2014

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Exciting Fall 2015 Company Performance

See CHHANDAM Dance Company in their newest work, Colour of Transcendence, with original music by Ian de Souza and Santosh Naidu.   Part of Angikam’s Kathak Seminar and Conference, happening at the Citadel, 304 Parliament St. Toronto.  Friday September 25.
Conference runs September 25-27, 2015.  This great initiative will bring kathak lovers, dancers, choreographers and teachers together like never before in the country!  Thanks to Deepti Gupta for this wonderful initiative, and growing of our communities!  Register now!    https://www.facebook.com/angikamdance?fref=ts

 

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Our Dedicated YouTube channel is growing!

Thanks to the great video artistry of Shawn Barry, our dedicated Youtube channel is expanding rapidly!  Please subscribe to it   for more videos from M-DO School of Kathak Dance Toronto.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXisVV2tzetTXyzbn_eR7A

 

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Fall 2015 Kathak Classes Starting September 14th

Our Fall 2015 class schedule is prepped and ready to go.  We are all very excited to re-visit our strong and growing communities in Scarborough and downtown Toronto, and are really looking forward to growing our newest dance community in Brampton! Much thanks to our dedicated West End teacher Chad Walasek for his continued passion and dedication to this amazing art form!

Please visit Classes for full information, location maps and schedules.
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!

 

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Traditions Alive 2015 – What a Show!

On Sunday June 7, our entire Kathak family came together  for a wonderful performance at the Fairview Library Theatre.  My mantra for the month preceding the recital was ‘Tayar and Community': in other words,  Be as prepared as possible, and  Acknowledge the many ways Kathak belongs to people in our community.  Everyone danced beyond their personal bests, and a great time was had by all!

Dancers from 5 – 55 participated and with our many, many volunteers, the afternoon flowed seamlessly.

Special thanks to Chad for all his effort in the West End classes, Ian and Santosh for all the beautiful music created (and for running the show!), Shawn and George for capturing everything on video, Maya for volunteer coordination, Katja for running front of house,  Priyank for photographs in this blog, and all others who made this memorable event happen!DSC_0251             DSC_0133

More pictures from our Facebook album:

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Bringing the KathakToronto classroom to you

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We  are creating a library of film clips that document and animate the nuance of style, the passion, diversity and joy within our dance and music family at M-DO/KathakToronto.  Check them out on our FaceBook page.

Many thanks to film maker Shawn Barry.

Shawn Barry is a 30 year creative industry veteran, and the owner and Creative Director of a boutique Toronto agency called Booster Rocket Media. Educated as a fine artist, graphic designer and film maker, Shawn’s passion is bringing subtle moments to life, through the lens of his Canon 5D camera, both in video and stills.

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Feel Spring around the corner!

I am so grateful for all the messages of love sent my way, upon the passing of my guru, Pandit Chitresh Das, and I am VERY excited to be home from a fabulous and healing time in India.  Thanks to Chad-bhai for teaching such strong and challenging classes in my absence!
New Beginner classes starting, preparing all for our Traditions Alive recital, to be held June 7th at the Fairview Library Theatre,  inspired about a new CHHANDAM Dance Company project in the works, and everything in place for our 2016 INDIA RETREAT.
I DO feel spring around the corner!

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Many thanks to Aparita Bhandari, who wrote a beautiful obituary for Guruji in Feb 5th Globe and Mail.

With Deep Sadness M-DO/Kathak Toronto Announces the Passing of Pandit Chitresh Das

To our beloved M-DO community and beyond:

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With deep sadness, we share the news of the passing of Joanna-ji’s guru, one of the most important and influential dance artists of our time, Pandit Chitresh Das.  Throughout his life he fought to preserve tradition in a contemporary world and to promote the highest standards in kathak.  His charisma and passion, and his dedication to his students will be greatly missed.  With his passing, the world loses a creative genius; however, his tremendous contribution to kathak has been vast and will live on.    Let us come together and celebrate his legacy, his energy and his art.

http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20150205.OBDIVINEDANCER/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

An article from SFGatre about Pandit Chitresh Das

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