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CDA's Annual Development Weekend

Greetings Dancers!

CDA’s annual Development Weekend is scheduled for Feb 15-18. We are excited to announce that Robert McCollum (aka “Ballet Bob”) of Canada’s National Ballet School will be joining the faculty this year!

Bob trained in New York City and went on to dance professionally in both the US and Canada. Acclaimed for his expertise in teaching adults, Bob holds a Cecchetti Associate teaching qualification (with Distinction) and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) Teacher Training Program. Mr. McCollum is currently the coordinator of NBS’s Adult Ballet Program and also teaches for the Professional Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Teachers' Seminar at NBS, and George Brown Theatre School. In 2006, he was invited by Christopher House to teach company class for the award-winning Toronto Dance Theatre and has most recently been offered the opportunity to teach there on a regular basis.

Students attending the Development Weekend will have the opportunity to take classes in Ballet with Bob and in Modern with Darryl. They will experience Darryl's encouraging and exciting teaching style that combines artistic and scientific approaches to movement, and Bob’s unique kinaesthetic approach to Ballet. Dancers will explore areas of technical development as well as improvisation and creation techniques. In addition, dancers will be dancing to live accompaniment in Darryl’s class! Returning with Darryl is Juno-nominated percussionist Larry Graves. Larry will be playing for Darryl's classes as well as guiding students through some percussion based movement creation.

Attending workshops of this nature is incredibly beneficial to a dancer's training. Not only do the dancers get to experience a new way of looking at their technique and artistry, they will make connections with teachers and choreographers that they may have the opportunity to work with again in their lives at a post-secondary or professional level.

School of Toronto Dance Theatre Audition Masterclass and Audition

This year, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre will be holding auditions for their Professional Program. The audition masterclass and audition will take place on Monday Feb 18th.

Students under the age of 14 that are attending Development Weekend will take a masterclass with Bob in the morning. A schedule will be included on the first day of the weekend. This is included in the tuition for the weekend.

Any student interested in officially auditioning for the professional program must be age 17 or older and must submit their application directly to the school. Tuition for Development Weekend does not cover the STDT events on Mon Feb 18th. Please visit for pricing and information.

Schedule at a glance:

Fri Feb 15 - 3:30-8:00 Introductory class with Bob, Darryl and Larry

Sat Feb 16 - 10:00-6:00 Classes

Sun Feb 17 - 10:00-4:30 Classes

4:30-5:00 Demonstration

Mon Feb 18 - 10:30-12:00 Masterclass

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Repertory and Improvisation Workshop

3:15-4:00 Interview sessions with audition candidates

Please be aware that the schedule is subject to change.

Development Weekend is open to dancers age 12 and up (or those dancers enrolled in Grade 3 RAD and up)

Dance Educators, Professionals and Adult Program students are welcome to observe and/or participate in the weekend's classes. Please email for additional information.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Tuition for the weekend is $150 plus HST (does not include TDT programming on Mon Feb 18th)




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