POC Dance Jam

Person of Colour Contact Improvisation Jam

On holdfor the summer we will resuem again in September

Monthly Toronto Contact Jam for People of Colour
facilitated by Leslie Heydon. Learn and practise Contact Improvisational Dance (CI) in a welcoming space. The People of Colour Jam (POC Jam) consists of a class, a jam and time to chat. Come to the class only, the jam only or class, jam & chat.

The POC jam is an Affinity Space for anyone who self-identifies as a Person of Colour.
It is a space with the possibility to:
~Dance and connect with other POC.
~Explore the impact of marginalization on our bodies and our movement
~Share about our experiences
~Informally share knowledge
~Allow for differing levels of involvement & participation
~Be vulnerable & unedited

Come and dance... stay for tea & a chat in the comfy lounge area.

Nilan Perera

Sliding scale between $5 to $20

Class: 10:00am - 11:00am
Jam with live music: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chill & Chat: 12:00pm - 12:30pm in the comfy lounge area.

Leslie Heydon- Facilitator
Leslie Heydon grew up in a household of amateur yet dedicated dancers and remembers her grandmother going out to dance Saturday nights in her gold sparkled shoes. She has a bachelor's degree from U of T (Major in Psychology, Specialty in Fine Arts). Leslie trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist at the CREATE Institute and worked in addictions for over 10 years in specialized programs for women and black youth, providing individual therapy and facilitating groups. She also completed an Outward Bound training program in Outdoor Leadership (cert in White Water Rescue and Wilderness First Responder). Her passion is to explore and guide, whether in the wilderness outdoors or in the internal wilderness of the soul. Twenty years ago, Leslie started dancing 5 Rythms. In January 2016, after various toe-dipping over the years, she began the practice of Contact Dance Improvisation in earnest. Of her many learnings in CI, the most recent is: don't get a pedicure with nail polish an hour before a jam.

Nilan Perera - Musician
Nilan has been a consistent presence on the creative music scene in Toronto, Canada since 1984. Since then he has produced concerts and festivals in
Toronto, had a radio show at CIUT-FM for 16 years (serving as Program Director and Station Manager) as well as being involved in many of the cutting edge music, dance and interdisciplinary ensembles that have achieved recognition and notoriety in Toronto and beyond. He has performed and recorded with Jandek, Martin Tétreault, Susanna Hood, Vinnie Golia, Don Preston, Sarah Peebles, David Toop, Roswell Rudd, Sumihisa Arima, John Butcher, Evan Parker, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Michael Ondaatje, Mary Margaret O'Hara, and Don Thompson. He has also been working as a writer of reviews and articles for the
national music periodical: Exclaim!

REAson d'etre dance productions and Leslie Heydon.