Uptown Moves

About Uptown Moves

Uptown Moves is north Toronto’s new gathering place for those who participate in and observe all forms of dance. With a goal to spotlight and connect overlooked audiences, dance forms and dance artists, we program performances, workshops, and networking between local, national and international dance artists at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Our core motivation is to provide new and existing audiences with multiple access points to all genres of the art form. 

In Uptown Moves, Toronto dance artists are paired with national or international groups in double-bill performance weekends that include: a master class workshop; a Saturday Dance Night Out with film, food and dance; and a Sunday Hot Ticket Matinee offering educational exchanges between the artists and audience. 

Maverick and time-honoured, entertaining and thought-provoking – Uptown Moves presents all forms of dance while valuing that each audience member experiences dance differently. With opportunities to connect to the history and technique of the dance form, chat about a related film over dinner with artists and attendees before the show, or simply take in the dance performance on its own, Uptown Moves allows each audience member to design their dance experience. 






Art Project Bora and Human Body Expression

Tickets: $40

Statement from Timea Wharton-Suri, Programmer/Producer

As the curator of Uptown Moves, I aspire to increase access; to have more people and neighbourhoods accessing dance activity; more creators in every form of dance accessing presentation opportunities; and more local, national and international dance artists accessing opportunities to converge. My programming philosophy is centred in cultivating connections between artists and audiences that are marginalized. I challenge formal categorizations of dance (contemporary vs. traditional vs. classical) with a view that, though we carry centuries of culture within us, it is impossible to be an artist living and creating in the present day and develop new work that is not contemporary. Cultural roots need not be seen or experienced as restraints on either the artist or audience: they provide a rich historical and technical grounding from which contemporary expression emanates. At the core of my approach is a desire to program work created by artists who hold this understanding. I aim to share their works with audiences at all levels of fluency in movement languages; and in so doing, to demonstrate how dance has the power to illuminate our collective experiences, regardless of background. It is in this spirit that I welcome you to Uptown Moves!