Toronto, April 25, 2012 – The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) marks International Dance Day on April 29, with the video release of “Why I dance…Pourquoi je danse…”. The video grew out of OAC’s very successful Ontario Dances program which helps broaden and diversify Ontarians’ experience of dance. “Why I dance…Pourquoi je danse…” a celebration of dance participation in Ontario, features dancers both amateur and professional, reflecting on why they dance. It is a moving tribute to an art form enjoyed by many Ontarians and captures the diversity of dance expression in this province.
About the Ontario Dances program:
- Launched in 2008 to develop the presentation of dance in Ontario, Ontario Dances supports eleven performing arts presenters across the provinceto increase the range and diversity of dance that is available to communities across Ontario.
- Ontario Dances has successfully introduced new dance experiences to communities in Ontario.
- Ontario Dances offers opportunities for both the public and professional artists to participate and experience dance. The goal is to reach Ontarians from diverse backgrounds across the province and all walks of life. Arts education is an important part of the program with activities led by local dance animators that reach out to audiences of all ages.
“On International Dance Day as throughout the year, Ontarians engage with dance in many different settings. From children in our arts education programs, to flash mobs in shopping centres and schoolyards, to professional performances in the cultural spaces of our towns and cities,” says OAC Dance Officer Myles Warren, “Ontario is a real leader in showcasing and celebrating the diversity of dance. OAC helps make that happen by supporting dance tours, dance in schools, creation, production, festivals and more.”
For more information:
- “Why I dance…Pourquoi je danse…” was produced for OAC by filmmaker Gloria Ui Young Kim. Her previous work includes such projects as Rock Garden: A Love Story.
- In 2013, OAC will celebrate 50 years of support to the hundreds of artists and arts organizations across the province. Among these are the dance organizations, dancers and choreographers who produce and create in Ontario. OAC support helps ensure that dance lovers throughout the province have access to their work.
- Canadian Dance Assembly’s "I Love Dance" Campaign.
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s main funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2010-2011, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,720 individual artists and 1,057 organizations in 223 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.3 million.
About the video or Ontario Dances
Ontario Arts Council
1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434