From the Top: Technique and Expression Dance Workshop Series - Nia Centre for the Arts
Youth Programs & Mentorship

From the Top: Technique and Expression Dance Workshop Series

Deadline to apply: May 8th, 2024


May 8, 2024




524 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

Interested in refining your dance techniques and learn new choreography?

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Interested in exploring jazz funk, contemporary and ballet dance styles?

From the Top is an eight (8) week intensive workshop series that provides Black young creatives with an in-depth and engaging exploration of the dance styles contemporary, jazz funk and ballet.

From the Top will explore the impact of Black artists on these dynamic styles and provide young creatives the opportunity to refine their techniques, movements and learn new choreography.

Facilitated by Dance Artist Zoë Edwards.

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday May 8th, 2024

From the Top will run every Tuesday starting on May 14th, 2024.

Meet the Facilitator

Zoë Edwards is a dance artist based here in Toronto. Her dance training spans from ballet, modern, contemporary and other styles. Zoe joined several pre-professional training companies such as OIP Dance Company and DARK Dance Company to expand her training while attending the University of Toronto. She most recently was a featured artist in Free Up! Emancipation Day 2020, a CBC special celebrating Black Canadian artists. Back in 2020 she also had the opportunity to book her first film as a dancer -Disney’s “Sneakerella” and worked with choreographers Amanda May Wilson & Ebony Williams. 

Zoë’s performance credits include AKOMA, Fashion Art Toronto, T-Dot Fest, Raptors Half Time shows, the DanceOntario Festival, “15 Minutes” a piece choreographed by Shawn Bracke for Signature Dance INC’s 2018 summer season. “EARTH”, a dance theatre production choreographed by Shameka Blake. Zoë is also a member of Artist’s In Motion (AIM) under the guidance of Shameka Blake and is a part of Urbanesque, a burlesque inspired company run by Hollywood Jade. Back in 2020, Zoë was the recipient of the Black Artist Fund Grant created by 10011 Magazine and used the grant to put on a virtual dance showcase that raised funds for the Black Business Grants for Toronto’s Eglinton West community and Native Child and Family Services Toronto. Zoë has also been choreographing for local artists such as Nicole Chambers, an emerging R&B artist and Unica an up-and-coming pop/R&B artist whom she’s choreographed two music videos for and multiple live performances. 

Dance has and will always be her first love and being onstage is when she feels truly free. Her intention is to continually share this love and freedom with others with the hope that they too find their own. 

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