|The School of Toronto Dance Theatre|
|Name||The School of Toronto Dance Theatre|
|Artistic Director||Patricia Fraser (since 1993)|
|Associated company||Toronto Dance Theatre|
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is a dance school located in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1968, the School today runs under the Artistic Direction of Patricia Fraser and is a national leader for performing arts education, at the forefront of training in contemporary dance.
The School was established in 1968 by the founders of Toronto Dance Theatre: Patricia Beatty, David Earle, and Peter Randazzo, disciples of Martha Graham.
In January 1978, after a decade of growth, the School incorporated separately from the company. In 1979 the Professional Training Program was established by David Earle, and together the company and School moved into the studios and offices of their current home in Cabbagetown. Today the School maintains its affiliation with Toronto Dance Theatre, currently under the artistic direction of Christopher House.
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre comprises four divisions:
The School offers a full-time, three-year program in contemporary dance. The professional program is a post-secondary course of study aimed at training aspiring dancers in the skills and experience to succeed in a theatrical dance career. This program is uniquely linked to the York University dance department, giving students the opportunity to apply for admission to the York Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) Dance program.
The Summer School is an intensive 2 or 4 week program of classes in contemporary dance designed for professionals, pre-professionals, and students with a strong background in dance.
A non-competitive program designed to introduce children and young people (up to the age of 17) to creative movement and contemporary dance.
The School also runs an adult recreational program of contemporary dance classes, offered for different experience levels, held in the evenings and on weekends.
The School's artistic director is Patricia Fraser, and the faculty are all practising artists.
A number of graduates of the School have gone on to join major Canadian and international companies, whilst others have initiated their own dance collectives, festivals and schools.