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Performing Dance Arts Weighs in on New Research Showing the Health Benefits of Dance 

Performing Dance Arts (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, is weighing in on new research showing the health benefits of dancing.

A new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, showed that seniors who participated in dance had better physical functions and were more mobile than their counterparts. (Source: Vasquez, P et al. “Influence of Latin Dance on Physical Activity Among Community Dwelling Older Latino Adults,” Circulation, last accessed March 30, 2016; http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/133/Suppl_1/AP246.abstract.)

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Performing Dance Arts Weighs in on Rihanna and Drake Featuring Dance Hall in Latest Music Video 

Performing Dance Arts, (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, is weighing in on Rihanna and Drake featuring dance hall in her latest music video.

Rihanna’s most recent music video for her song “Work” features groups of dancers collectively showcasing their dance hall move. The video, which also features Toronto rapper Drake was filmed in Toronto at the well-known east end Real Jerk restaurant. (Source: “Drake, Rihanna spotted in Toronto shooting new music video,” CBC news, February 6, 2016; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/drake-new-video-toronto-1.3436004)

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Performing Dance Arts Weighs in on Harbourfront Promoting Diverse Canadian Choreographers 

Performing Dance Arts (www. PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, weighs in on the Toronto Harbourfront’s promotion of diverse choreographers from across Canada.  
 
Dance Immersion, which took place at the Harbourfront on the weekend of February 27, featured six of Canada’s most recognized emerging choreographers. The title of this year’s Dance Immersion was Footsteps Across Canada and concluded the Black History Month celebrations. (Source: Crabb, M., “Impressive new choreographers highlighted in Dance Immersion showcase,” Toronto Star web site, February 25, 2016; http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/2016/02/25/impressive-new-choreographers-highlighted-in-dance-immersion-showcase.html.)  

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Performing Dance Arts Weighs in on New York-Inspired International Dance Series Showing in Toronto 

Performing Dance Arts, (www. PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, is weighing in on New York-flavoured International Dance series showing in Toronto.  
 
Toronto Dance Theatre has a short, but established history of introducing dance from across the world to the local scene. For the fourth instalment of the series, choreographers Joanna Kotze and Jeanine Durning from New York were invited to show off their talent. Kotze recently won a Bessie Award in 2013 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Durning comes from a post modern dance tradition and shares many similarities to Kotze as far as how they use movement and structure. (Source: Schabas, M., “International series brings essence of New York to Toronto Dance Theatre,” The Globe and Mail web site, February 12, 2016; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/international-series-brings-essence-of-new-york-to-toronto-dance-theatre/article28742981/.) 

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Performing Dance Arts Weighs in on Dancing Starbucks Barista 

Performing Dance Arts February 9, 2016 – Performing Dance Arts (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, is weighing in on the dancing autistic Starbucks barista.

A Toronto Starbucks has been made popular for more than just its lattes. An autistic high school student named Sam, who is a barista there, has drawn attention for his behind-the-counter dance moves. Because of Sam’s autism, he has to deal with sudden, uncontrolled movements. He had initially thought he would never be able to hold the type of job he now enjoys, but the dancing has turned his disorder into a building block for Sam’s confidence. (Source: Mangione, K., “Dancing Toronto Starbucks barista with autism goes viral,” CTV News, January 26, 2016; http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/dancing-toronto-starbucks-barista-with-autism-goes-viral-1.2752189.)

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Performing Dance Arts Weighs in on Champion Dancers Returning after Neck Injury 

Performing Dance Arts, January 21, 2016 – Performing Dance Arts, (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, is weighing in on a champion dance duo who returned after one of them suffered a neck injury.  
 
Nearly a year ago, dancer Daria Novoselova suffered a horrific neck injury while practising with her dance partner Roberto Quaresma. The two were attempting an acrobatic flip without a spotter when Quaresma fell on the back of Novoselova’s neck, which he heard crack on the ground.  
(Source:  Yuen, J., “Dance partners back in winning form after neck injury,” Toronto Sun web site, January 10, 2016; http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/10/dance-partners-back-in-fine-form-after-neck-injury.)  

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Performing Dance Arts Weighs in on Canadian Girls Winning Gold at International Championships 

Performing Dance Arts, (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, is weighing in on Canadian dancers winning gold at a world dance championships.

Team Canada West’s national junior girls squad—which consists of 24 dancers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan—competed in the International Dance Organization World Dance Championships in Poland last month. Members of the team were able to win four gold and one bronze medal during the competition. (Source: “Canada junior girls team takes home the gold at world dance championships,” cbc.ca, December 13, 2015; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/canada-junior-girls-team-takes-home-the-gold-at-world-dance-championships-1.3363401.)

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Performing Dance Arts Weighs In On Abstract Dance Piece that Debuted at Harbourfront 

Performing Dance Arts (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio for kids of all ages, is weighing in on the abstract dance piece Petits Rêves that debuted at the Harbourfront in Toronto last weekend.

The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) had been chosen to perform an abstract dance piece titled Petits Rêves, which is French for “Little Dreams.” Choreographer Sylvie Bouchard orchestrated the performances which was part of the annual Wintersong showcase at the Harbourfront. (Source: Crabb, M., “Abstract dance piece ‘Petits rêves’ premieres at Harbourfront,” thestar.com, December 9, 2015; http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2015/12/09/abstract-dance-piece-petits-rves-premieres-at-harbourfront.html.)

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Performing Dance Arts Comments on Manitoba Dancers Representing Canada in Global Competition 

Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2015 – Performing Dance Arts (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio for kids of all ages, is commenting on two Manitoba dancers who will be representing Canada at the International Dance Organization World Championship.

“It’s something we want to acknowledge even though it’s happening on the other side of the country,” says Ashley Daychak, creative director at Performing Dance Arts. “At the end of the day, these young girls are representing Canada. We should all get behind them and wish them the very best of luck.”