A Youthful Joyous Movement presented by dance Immersion

The 2018 Summer Showcase shares a joyous display of movement by our youth, reminding us that a positive future is always seen through the eyes of our youth as long as we keep moving in a positive vibe. These companies bring to the stage their artistry that is guided by their teachers who continue to develop, find resources, and connections that contribute to the progression of the arts.

This showcase presents work from youth throughout the GTA offering a diverse platform of artistic expressions.

Ngoma Ensemble

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NGOMA is an ensemble of performers who capture the essence of their cultural heritage through drum with a distinctive new vibe. Ngoma is committed to honoring their ancestry through the dynamic presentation of drum pieces that educates, empowers and embraces the majesty of African Heritage.

Formed in 1995 this is the second generation of this ensemble who have been provided with opportunities to perform compositions arranged by alumni members of the ensemble. Ngoma members range in ages from 5 to 14 with a mandate to further develop the education of their art, heritage and global leadership. The ensemble works out of the Driftwood Community Centre where drum instructions is provided in Toronto’s Jane and Finch community.

Afiwi Groove

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Afiwi Groove School is a performing arts program in the Durham Region for children and youth. Established in 2013, the program promotes positive self-esteem, confidence, and an active lifestyle while educating and connecting participants to Arts and culture of the African Diaspora.

D’lyfe

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D’LYFE Dance Company is a registered Not-for-profit Corporation operating in the Scarborough area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. D’LYFE stands for Dance, Let Your Feet Explore. Founded in 2014, this new dance company and program explores fundamental Caribbean movements while highlighting the dance styles that now emerge through cross-cultural influences. D’LYFE performers range from 3 to 16 years of age and have been officially dancing together for just under two years. Despite the company’s infancy, the group has performed at a number of major events and festival’s across the GTA, including Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival, the Scotiabank Junior Caribbean Carnival launch, the annual Jerk Festival, and St. Michael’s Hospital Community Clinic launch, to name a few.

The company performs a selection of dance styles but their specialty is contemporary and Caribbean folk. Whether they are performing as a group, solo, or back-up artists, D’LYFE dancers have become known for delivering vibrant, high-energy, entertaining performances. Performing traditional styles with an abundance of personality, the young dancers actively enjoy preserving their culture on stage. Led by the founding Directors, Akua Delfish and Onika Powell, D’LYFE strives to nurture pride and develop leadership around Caribbean culture and history.

Roots & Branches

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Roots and Branches Dance Program works with young dancers between the ages of 4 and 16 offering programs that focus on the dances, stories, and movements of the African Caribbean Diaspora who study a range of dance styles and musical forms including: contemporary and traditional African, Afro Caribbean, Hip Hop, Praise, Jazz and Indo Caribbean dance. Roots and Branches provides elementary aged children in the Malvern neighbourhood with workshops led by professional artist-facilitators. The program encourages cultural education, artistic development, pride and community building through high-quality arts programming.

Coba Youth Ensemble (CYE)

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COBA Youth Ensemble (CYE) was founded in 1994 with the mission of providing performance opportunities to senior talented dancers of COBA Children’s Dance and Drumming Program.(CCDDP). Ensemble members range from ages 11 to 17, are given the opportunity to build on their training and hone their performance skills through their artistic development, as well as building social and life skills through dance.