Canada’s Largest University Dance Festival
March 29 & 30, 2019
Hart House Theatre proudly hosts Canada’s largest university dance festival – the U of T Festival of Dance (FoD). Created 24 years ago as an avenue to provide dance groups on campus the opportunity to perform on stage for an audience, the Festival of Dance has now grown into a celebration of the diversity and prosperity of the U of T dance community. Past events have included over 60 different dance pieces, well over 200 performers and an impressive variety of dance forms including jazz, ballet, ballroom, modern, contact improv, hip-hop, musical theatre, Irish, Latin, and Egyptian belly dancing, just to name a few. With such an abundance of dance groups associated with U of T, participation in the festival is a great opportunity for dance groups to interact, collaborate and promote their own work and ventures.
Call for Performers
We are now accepting performer applications for our 2019 show! This year’s Festival will be held on March 29 & 30, 2019, and we are hoping to showcase a wide variety of dance styles and dance groups from all across the three U of T campuses, highlighting in particular current students and U of T alumni. If you would like to participate in this year’s Festival, please fill out the following form by Feb. 1, 2019 here >>. We’re excited to start putting together our lineup for the year!
Ingrid Lui, Festival Coordinator
Ingrid is a third year Psychology and Global Health double major who is classically trained in ballet and contemporary. She started her Festival of Dance journey by first participating as a dancer, then serving as the 2018 Executive Assistant, and is now in her third year of being involved in the Festival. The Festival has a very special place in her heart, and she is very excited to plan this year’s event and put on a fantastic show.
Tara Costello, Lighting Designer
Tara is a second year English Major who has played Just Dance 2014 and thought: wow, those lights look cool, I wonder what it would be like to design them for real? She is a regular volunteer at Hart House Theatre and most recently was an Assistant Stage Manager for Heathers: The Musical. This is her second year involved in lighting for the Festival of Dance, and she is so happy to be back with such a fantastic team!
Hareem Haider, Stage Manager (Friday)
Hareem is a (future) engineer by day, theatre enthusiast by night. Raised in steeltown Hamilton, Ontario, she has worked primarily on the admin side of young-people’s theatre and looks forward to taking those skills into the booth for Festival of Dance. Hareem is an experienced Hart House Theatre volunteer, having been an Assistant Stage Manager for both Penelopiad and Hair this year. She is currently plotting to permanently live in Hart House Theatre.
Catie Cheng, Stage Manager (Saturday)
Catie is a proud University of Toronto and Festival of Dance alumni. The Festival was an integral part of her experience as an undergrad, so much so that she returned as a performer multiple times even after graduating from U of T. This year, Catie is beyond excited to return to FOD as a stage manager, she is looking forward to give back to this wonderful community that have given her life as a dancer in both undergrad and beyond.
Yuan Ren, Assistant Stage Manager
Yuan is an alumna of U of T. She is happy to be back at Hart House after many years.
Masoud Riyazati, Photographer
Gillian Lewis, Staff Advisor
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