Dusk Dances will be entertaining with sounds and movement at Neilson Park once again this year.
For three consecutive evenings, starting on Thursday, July 26, artists will perform contemporary and traditional dance in the urban park setting.
One dance team is composed of youth recruits from the Greater Toronto Area.
Conroy Wilson 24, is from Malvern. He is self-taught and has been dancing for the past seven years in hip-hop and reggae style. Approached through community members to join the dance group, Wilson was required to train for over a month in an entirely new style of dance.
“It’s the first time doing contemporary dancing for me. Basically contemporary is just free movement of your body, expressing the beat or the song,” said Wilson. “It’s a learning experience.”
For a little over a month, Wilson and nine other youths were trained by professional dancers Allen Kaeja and Troy Feldman for the event.
“...It’s a GTA initiative where we bring together young dancers from different communities as a city and provide them with a really rigorous training process,” said Rea McNamara, special project co-ordinator for Dusk Dances.
“Some of them (dancers) have never gone to school for dance. This is really kind of their first exposure to a professional dance experience.”
The Malvern event is in its third year and will include performers from last year as well as new work by local youth.
The performances begin at 7 p.m. and are slated for July 26, 27 and 28 at Neilson Park.
Admission is on a pay-what-you-can basis, although $10 is the suggested donation.
The funds raised go back into the non-profit, whose mandate includes making professional styles of dance accessible to all communities.
For more information on the event and the not-for-profit visit, http://www.duskdances.ca/en/season2012_5_Malvern.php