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July 3-16, 2017





Dance Classes with David Earle:


Monday, July 3

Wednesday, July 5

Friday, July 7

Monday, July 10 

Wednesday, July 12

Friday, July 14

Venue: Dance Victoria Studios (2750 Quadra Street)

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Duration: 90 mins

Suddenly Dance Theatre’s 20th ROMP! FESTIVAL OF DANCE welcomes this year’s Artist-in-Residence DAVID EARLE (Guelph). A major influence in the world of dance, David will teach classes, create and share new works with the community.


'Ladder to the Moon'

Image: Dancers Michael English & Danielle Baskerville Dance Theatre David Earle

CLASS DESCRIPTION: David Earle's technique classes encourage and inspire through a physical dance language which has evolved over his 50+ year career experience.


Beginning with his experience in the Toronto Children's Players, through the early days of the National Ballet School, to studies in 1960's New York with Martha Graham and her Company, performance with Jose Limon, assistant to the founding of the London Contemporary Dance Company, a 28 year experience as co-founder of Toronto Dance Theatre, and now Founder and Director of DtDE since 1997, David Earle has developed his own unique dance language that aspires to recover the humanity within the human instrument.


Students will find advantage in being familiar with general elements of modern dance and having basic knowledge of David's Graham-based movement vocabulary, including the floorwork. That said, all are welcome! Classes focus on the development of strength, musicality and physical communication.

Choreographic offerings are challenging and rewarding!

“My dancers have always been individuals, powerful and clear, and they have touched people profoundly on every continent.”

ARTISTIC VISION: This is not dance for dance’s sake, for an audience of dancers, for the little kingdom to which contemporary dance has been relegated.  This is dance for people who are curious, who love architecture, who need beauty, who wish to feel. We are working to reaffirm certain values that are threatened in our society such as dignity, respect, honour, and commitment.


My dancers have always been individuals, each physically unique, embodying their own character powerfully and clearly, and they have touched people profoundly on every continent.  I honour my role as teacher and have spent my lifetime collaborating in the creation of dance instruments that are open, strong, and true.


It was Martha Graham’s intention to create a universal dance language.  North America has been a new frontier for the world and is peopled by members of every race.  She was influenced by African dance forms and rhythms, by Asian philosophies and their physical disciplines, and she borrowed elements from European theatre dance.  


In my class I acknowledge my inheritance from the artists who have preceded me in Modern Dance, and I trust that in allowing my teaching to be inspired by the great dancers who illuminate my Life’s work, a new dance language will continue to evolve.

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