Rosedale Heights School of the Arts is unique among Toronto area arts high schools in throwing its doors wide open, without audition, to young people seeking intensive studies in music, dance, theatre, and visual art as a key element in their education. This means that students do not require any previous experience to embark on exciting and enriching studies within an arts discipline. The one prerequisite is desire, and the basic condition is commitment. I have the greatest respect for this mandate and the exceptional environment that it fosters.
I have several projects on the go with Rosedale this year – a series of master classes with the grade 12 dancers, a solo performance for a student audience of about 400 in Rosedale’s terrific theatre, field trips related to staging the work of my company for students involved in technical theatre, and invitations to my company’s 2013 Toronto season for the students participating in my workshops.
I’ve just completed the third of five master classes combining physical and creative practice, and the dancers are great to work with: energized, attentive, curious, motivated, and appreciative. The studio hums with physical exertion and creativity. Thanks to the incredible work of Maryanne Marsh and her colleagues on the dance faculty, I am able to enter into this wonderful scene as a guest, and share with great ease and impact.
This valuable opportunity to work with Rosedale Heights students throughout the year is also made possible by all of our company 2012/13 season supporters, including BMO Financial Group and Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life.