May 23 - June 3, 2017

Twelve dancers were selected to learn group pieces of choreography to be performed in the festival as part of Mr. Levy’s set on June 3.


In addition to this performance opportunity, residency dancers created solo pieces, as well as duo and trio acts, mentored by Toffan and rehearsal director Tanya Knights. Solo, duo and trio acts were assessed and critiqued by Mr. Levy.


Week one was spent in creation, week two in studio with Ted.


The fundamental objective of this residency program was for professional development; to observe Mr. Levy in rehearsal in studio as well as with the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, gain feedback, ask questions, create personal relationships within the new generation community of tap dancers, as well as connect with one of the busiest tap dancers on the scene today.




-dancers were required to be in Toronto from May 22 - June 4

-some dancers were selected to assist Mr. Levy in festival masterclasses

-dancers were required to be available and present for all rehearsals from 10am-2pm for duration of residency program dates

(May 23 - 26, May 29 - June 1) 

-dancers arrived at each rehearsal with a clear understanding of the previous rehearsal’s choreography.

-dancers were expected to develop solo work as well as collaborative assignments (in placed duo/trios) on their own time outside of allotted residency rehearsal hours. 

-residency dancers were welcome to attend Mr. Levy’s festival classes at no cost, but received no discounts or complimentary passes for other festival workshops.

Submission Requirements:


-Cover letter addressed to Artistic Director Allison Toffan, stating interest in program, and why you feel you’d benefit from this opportunity/how this will impact your development


-head shot (jpeg format)


-biography (150 words max)


-Performance CV (2 pages max) 

Please include:   

-professional dance work

(list show title, your role, choreographer/director, date/run, venue)


(post-secondary programs, studios, teachers, mentors, festivals, intensives, workshops, etc)

-complementary training

(music, acting, singing, additional dance styles)

 -recognition (Awards, scholarships, accolades, etc) 


-video selection of 32 bars of your own original choreography. (youtube or vimeo links only) 

-written components must be submitted in pdf format only.


General Eligibility:


-Dancers must be Canadian, between 18-25 years old


-have a history of professional work, and/or pre-professional work (performance credits other than local/regional/national competitions - history can be as little as one non-competition related performance, for those who are new to the professional dance landscape)

-minimum of 8 years of tap dance training

-general understanding of music theory and jazz form


-experience with choreography and improvisation

This program has been completed for the season.

Please check back in February for information on our next residency program for the next

 Toronto International Tap Dance Festival for summer 2020.