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Month: May, 2016

RhythmWorks Information for all Dancers in RW East and RW West

I’m a RhythmWorks Performer

Thanks kindly for your interest in our Annual Open Class Showcase 2016. Stay tuned for specific details and information for our upcoming 2016 showcase.  We have confirmed the dates of June 8th as our Dress Rehearsal date, and Saturday, June 11th as our Showcase date. Both the dress rehearsal and showcase will take place at Papermill Theatre located at 67 Pottery Road. Our DramaWorks Group A and DramaWorks Group B will rehearse on June 7th while our DramaWorks East/Scarborough as well as both RhythmWorks Downtown & West will rehearse on Wednesday June 8th.  Our DramaWorks West Group will hold their showcase on May 26th at Swansea Town Hall Community Centre in the Rousseau Room.


Groups Date Location Drop-off Pick-up
RhythmWorks Downtown & RhythmWorks West Wednesday,

June 8, 2016

4:30 am 6:30 pm


  • All performers are encouraged to arrive on rehearsal and show day with a dry nut free snack and a labeled bottle of water. Please avoid any latex items.
  • All performers are asked to review the clothing suggestions for costumes. Dancers must arrive for DRESS REHEARSAL and SHOW DATE wearing the set items listed.

RhythmWorks West Dancers

HAIR: Ladies hair should be in a top knot or half top knot (if hair is short).

Male Dancers are asked to wear hair slicked back.


RW West Women: All female dancers must wear black tank top and fitted black shorts/capris.

Footwear: We also encourage they wear a pair of half-shoes from Footloose Dancewear on Bloor or online. Lyrical “half” shoes are strongly recommended, especially if your dancer doesn’t like dancing in bare feet. They can be purchased at Footloose Dancewear on Bloor or online for approx. 10-20 and can be used for years to come!

RW West Men: All male dancers must wear black shorts & a black tank top.

Footwear: Lyrical “half” shoes are strongly recommended, especially if your dancer doesn’t like dancing in bare feet. They can be purchased at Footloose Dancewear on Bloor or line for 10-20 dollars, and can be used for years to come!

RhythmWorks East Dancers

HAIR: All RW East dancers are welcome to wear their own wild hair style of their choosing.


RW Downtown Women: Please wear all black dance tights or tight leggings. We welcome any style that suits your personality.  If they are mesh or lace that works too. We encourage you to wear a fitted black Tank top or a fitted black top in any style you desire that allows for movement.


Footwear: Lyrical “half” shoes are strongly recommended, especially if your dancer doesn’t like dancing in bare feet. They can be purchased for 10-20 dollars online or at your local dance store, and you will be able to use them for years to come! Or if you have Jazz dance shoes you can wear those, otherwise, your best dark dance flat shoes, will have to do.


RW Downtown Men: Please wear dark/black pants with a black T-Shirt (long-sleeve or short sleeve).


Footwear: Lyrical “half” shoes are strongly recommended, especially if your dancer doesn’t like dancing in bare feet. They can be purchased for 10-20 dollars online or at your local dance store, and you will be able to use them for years to come! If purchasing this is not a possibility, please simply arrive wearing dark/black shoes best suited for extreme movement/dancing.


All dancers (men and women) are encouraged to arrive wearing a foundation one shade darker than your natural skin tone on face & neck – parents/guardians please remind dancers that there will be make-up artists present on the day of the show to help them look fabulous! And please advise us in advance if you would prefer that a dancer does not wear make-up.

All performers involved in our showcase at Papermill Theatre must pay close attention to signage upon entering the space to ensure you enter through the correct doors. All actors/dancers must enter through the stage door (Green Room), not the front entrance. Any and all W/C users or those that use a walker are encouraged to enter through the side double doors once securing one of our staff/volunteer helpers ahead of time from the front lobby to assist.



Our Downtown & West RhythmWorks Showcase will occur on Saturday, June 11 at The Papermill Theatre situated at 67 Pottery Road.

Group Date Location Drop-off Pick Up
RhythmWorks West
& RhythmWorks Downtown
June 11 2016
        10:30 am –
Dancers Enter through Green Room/Stage Door
12:45 pm in Greenroom/Stage Door from Outside (Note: those in DramaWorks will be required to return for their show time.  Please review all call times and ensure you plan accordingly arriving on Show date in the correct attire. Those performing in both RhythmWorks & DramaWorks you must review and ensure to plan appropriately. Due to limited space, we encourage dancers to go offsite for their break if possible.

ExpressionWorks Photography Sessions

Here are some choice photos from our wonderful Photography Sessions we recently did. You can tell our Leaders/Photographers were able to truely capture the fun and love between those in our lovely group.  Way to go Guys. Have fun doing the Scavenger tonight.

Update for this Week

Dear ExpressionWorks Families and Supporters,
Today’s weather is looking good for the annual photo scavenger hunt!
Please dress appropriately, and pack a labelled water-bottle.
There will be various cameras split between the scavenger teams, but photographers are welcome to bring their own photo-capturing device.  Please ensure it is clearly labelled so the support team can ensure it gets back to you at night’s end 🙂

Post-class:  If you have any photos you’d like printed for the group albums, please share with us at dramawayalanna@gmail.com by Tuesday latest.  Alanna will be sending photos off to the printer that afternoon to be ready for Thursday’s album art workshop.

Wishing everyone a relaxing long weekend!

TTC Experience with ExpressionWorks

Today we celebrated our leadership skills and friendship aboard the TTC. Our ExpressionWorks destination: Eglinton Station; with our first stop to find Petra, Snowball and Anne on St. Clair’s Northbound platform first.

We were delighted to welcome back Katherine and Mira to support our journey. With them on board, we travelled in pairs, sang and danced our way to follow signs to the buses, and some small shops. There we practiced using our money skills, and snacked on some tasty treats. Some of us even practiced using the pay phones and role played what to do in an event of an emergency.

How time travels quickly when you’re having fun on transit. Once we arrived back at Birch, we each shared our nights favourite news and our subway stop recommendations.

What a rocket night!


SocialWorks update – May 2016

Hello SocialWorks Families and Participants!

As you are already likely aware Adina recently put the final touches on all our in-class videos thus far and will be sending out the link shortly! Our Director recently watched these and was blown away.  The work our Participants have been doing is outstanding. Keep up the great work everyone!

Last week, we looked at community safety and awareness, and spent a good portion of the session recapping various concepts we have tackled over the year thus far in small work stations involving a little arts and crafts! Since our group has been working so hard and focused, we did have a little more time for exploration and free chill out at the end – well deserved!

Last night, we looked at summer and warm weather safety considerations.

Once again is there are any concepts/ideas you’d like us to tackle in class next week – please let us know ASAP!

The SocialWorks Team



Update for May 5, 2016 – ExpressionWorks Families & Supporters

Hello Expressionworks Families and Supporters!

Tonight’s off-site trip aboard the TTC is nearly here.  Just a few reminders:
  1. Please arrive at 30 Birch between 6:10-6:25 pm so we can leave promptly at 6:30pm to meet Petra and Anne at St. Clair.  Please text/call Alanna’s cell: 647.296.eleven07 if you expect differently and we can figure out an alternative plan if need be.   
  2. Please wear appropriate clothing.  There’s a chance of rain. 
  3. Please pack a water-bottle.  
  4. Consider packing $5-10 for shopping at Eglinton Station.
ExpressionWorks is privileged by the amazing support we’ll have with the travelling group tonight.  We welcome back Katherine and Mira for our excursion tonight.  
In case Alanna is not reachable (as she’ll be underground at times) please call Danielle at the DramaWay office: 416-614-1078, in the event of an emergency. Keep in mind, she too will be teaching until 7 pm but she’ll check her phone diligently to monitor calls.
See you tonight, folks!  Looking forward to this fun learning adventure.