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 lightsdancefestival@gmail.com.

Watch last year’s highlight reel!