The 2nd Lights Dance Festival is curated around the concept of “Collide”.
In a world of dichotomies, we often shy away from “the other” or “the unknown.” We carefully skirt around the unfamiliar with our own set of conclusions without ever engaging in a conversation. As much as we’d like to believe we live in a gradient world, we wrestle with dichotomies each day. Progressive vs Traditional. Scientific vs. Spiritual. Us vs. Them.

What if we stripped ourselves of fear and let these ideas play? What if we let these conceptions collide? Will some fuse while others split? Will it form a new state that luminesce to give off light? Will it create more energy as it gives birth to new particles?


May 26th, 2018
Doors Open at 7:15PM
Program Run time: 7:30PM – 9PM


Aki Studio
585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Daniels Spectrum and the Aki Studio Theatre are accessible, and hearing devices are available.
Note about bathrooms: Stalls are fully accessible but there are no automated buttons for the ramp entrance.

For any accessibility needs, please email

Public Transit:

Take the 505 Dundas Streetcar Towards Broadview Station Via Dundas and get off at Dundas St East at Sackville St.

Parking Information:

Parking is available underneath the Paintbox condominiums at 225 Sackville Street, just to the west side of Daniels Spectrum.
Please note there is indoor access to this parking lot from Daniels Spectrum.
Weekday and Weekend (6 AM to 6 PM) – $5.00
Evenings (6 PM to 6 AM) – $5.00




Lights Dance Festival began this year with its inaugural event held at the Drake Hotel on June 18th, and was a collaboration between Choifilms, and Momentum Dance Toronto. Its mission was to bridge the gap between creators and lovers of dance, and between dance and cinema. We opened to a full house in the Drake Underground, and screened a mixture of five short films and eight dance performances.

Lights Dance aspires to celebrate dance in its diversity and endless possibilities, through live performance, but also the cinematic medium. The festival began as a way to bridge our love for both of these mediums, and having gone through its first iteration, is ready to evolve.

Lights Dance wants to make dance more accessible to all. We are passionate about creating a stronger dance community here in Canada by equipping choreographers, dancers, and filmmakers through education, mentorship, and building a stronger network. It is imperative for us to strengthen the voices and craftsmanship of everyone who desires to tell stories through dance, whatever their background or identity may be.

We are a not-for-profit community initiative looking to build connections and make space for vibrant dance cultures in Canada. If you would like to work with us, please drop us an email at

Watch last year’s highlight reel!


Please reach out for any questions or inquiries regarding the festival!