Featured: Jean-Benoit Labrecque, Photo: Elisabeth Mochner

Featured: Jean-Benoit Labrecque, Photo: Elisabeth Mochner

Social Growl Dance Winter Workshop & Creation Lab 2019 

For: Professional Dance Artists working in the field of Contemporary Dance

Date/Time/Location: January 28th - February 1st, 2019 10am - 5pm @ 918 Bathurst, Toronto

Fee: $325.00 or $275.00 Early Registration Promotion before Friday December 7th, 2018

Capacity: 15 participants

In Process Showing: Friday February 1st, 2019 8pm

Registration Deadline: Friday January 4th, 2019

*The Summer Workshop for Emerging dancers is scheduled June 24th - 28th, 2019*

Social Growl’s first workshop for professional dancers is designed to align with Social Growl’s current interests in creation and collaboration. Over five days, participants will be immersed in an intimate creative process with Social Growl’s Artistic Director Riley Sims, assisted by collaborator Kay Kenney. Together we’ll develop a new creation using concepts and inspiration from past works as well as Social Growl’s current creative process for Amorous Playlist, premiering in March 2019.

A Morning Practice will be taught daily from 10:00am - 11:15am by Teacher and Choreographer Amanda Acorn. Live Music by Toronto singer/songwriter Blunt Chunks. 

Workshop Focus:

  • Interpretation and presence in performance

  • Strategies to perform text and explore theatricality

  • Generation of movement material and adapting it for creation 

  • Applying emotional and physical states to choreography

  • Activating improvisational skills to include choice making and negotiation during performance

Our primary goal is to give participants a deeper understanding of their own voice and their potential to contribute to a creative process. The secondary goal is to find honest and authentic performance qualities within each individual. Our final objective is to bring participants a more complex and evolving presence to movement and choreography. The workshop culminates in a final in-process showing involving all participants.

About Amanda Acorn’s Morning Practice

A morning practice for the dance artist that engages with the practical, the magical and the imaginary. Using the bodies we have TODAY we will explore methods for opening both physically and metaphorically. Looking to bio-mechanical structures as entry points into sensation and awareness we will use somatic practices, breath, athletic and sustained movement sequences to activate a soft and strong body. The class moves fluidly between doing and questioning; contemporary technique, improvisation and durational tasks to cultivate an expanded physical and energetic body.

To Register:

Send a brief email introducing yourself along with a recent photo to: socialgrowlmanagement@gmail.com

Include ‘Winter Workshop 2019’ in the subject line. You will receive a reply within 2-3 business days that includes additional information to complete your registration.

Please note: Participants must be working professionally in the field of Contemporary Dance to register, and must be available for the public in-process showing on Friday February 1st, 2019 8pm.



Amanda Acorn by Joffrey Saintrapt

Amanda Acorn by Joffrey Saintrapt

More about Amanda Acorn:

Amanda Acorn is an award winning choreographer and teacher based in Toronto, Canada. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015 under the artistic direction of Michael Trent. Independent engagements include projects with Dana Michel, Brendan Fernandes, Helen Husak, Lady Janitor, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Lemi Ponifasio and Andrea Spaziani.

Her own works are intimate sensorial encounters for the theatre and unconventional spaces, constructing responsive environments using a choreographic frame. Her work has been presented across Canada including the Art Gallery of Ontario and Toronto Dance Theatre in Toronto, the Festival TransAmériques in Montréal, Workers Arts Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Festival of New Dance in St John’s and Dancer’s Studio West in Calgary among others. She is currently in development of a new group work in collaboration with visual artist Talia Shipman and sound designer Matt Smith set to premiere in 2021. Recent projects include a commission for Toronto Dance Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season and choreography for an instalment of Susanna Fournier’s Trilogy; The Empire to premiere at Luminato in June 2019. A passionate pedagogue, she has shared her practice with professionals and young dancers across Canada and teaches Pilates and movement at Toronto’s Misfitstudio. She is interested liberating the body through dance and the ritual of practicing together using a collection of modalities and methods. She was the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers (2016-2018).