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Canadian Legends Master Class Series- Kenny Pearl
ONE Day Only!
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo
11 am - 1 pm - Age 13+
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm- Age 16+, with experience

Kenny Pearl began training in dance in Toronto at eighteen with David Earle and Patricia Beatty, and at the National Ballet School. He moved to New York City in  after graduating from the University of Toronto with a BA in English literature. He lived there for 13 years, dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has taught often in New York at the schools of the Graham and Ailey companies, and at the Juilliard School of Music. Back in Toronto, after a season with the Stratford Theatre Festival (1981), he was artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre (1983 – 1987). He taught for 15 years at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and has been at Ryerson University since 2002.


Kenny has been a frequent guest teacher in Vancouver, Quebec City, Montreal, and Mexico City. He has been a rehearsal director for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (2007-2012), and, since 2009, has organized bi-annual workshops for emerging artists. He has directed Toronto’s GMD, a professional dance class, since January 2011. In 1990, Kenny wrote Dance/Life, a book which offers support to emerging dance artists. In 2015 his book, The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir, about his 13-year stay in New York City was released.


Our auditions have closed & we are thrilled to work with another fabulous group of dancers!  We are so excited to begin our new season.  We'll be working with Julianne Chapple, Constance Cooke, Gioconda Barbuto from Montreal, Alison Denham- and we're not finished yet!! 

Legendary dancer/ teacher Kenny Pearl is coming to us in October.  Marc Boivin from Montreal is coming in the spring and Peggy Baker is coming next fall (2018).  Missed the auditions?  Contact the artistic director to see if there are any opportunities for you.



Dancestreams is thrilled to announce that a very generous grant from the BC Arts Council and Province of British Columbia will enable us to commission a wide variety of new works over the next two years, and to offer master classes with some of Canada's most distinguished artists, including Peggy Baker, Kenny Pearl & Marc Boivin!



Dancestreams had a wonderful adventure, exchanging with Dandelion Dance Company in Ottawa in March, thanks to the travel  sponsored by Experiences Canada!  Each group saw a different part of the country, danced together & took classes, saw performances and learned about a wide variety of ethnicities and foods!  Many friendships were created!




Each year Dancestreams offers a variety of school and public presentations and activities.

School Shows

          -Informal and informative performances in a lecture demonstration format, featuring works from the Company’s            current repertoire, demonstrations of various styles of dance and an audience question and answer period. Suitable for all grades.

            -A unique and engaging participatory program combining performance and mini-workshops led by Company members.   Suitable for Grades 4 to 7

            -School shows require a clear space of approximately 20’x30’, non-carpeted, with changing facilities close by. Dancers cannot perform on cement surfaces.   A sound system capable of  playing CD's or ipod is required, unless previous arrangements have been made for the company to transport equipment. 

Community Events

            -Dancestreams participates annually in  service organization sponsored community events and activities

Annual Spring Tour

            -A four to five week performance tour throughout mid Vancouver Island, featuring a full evening program of the Company’s most popular and exciting dance works.

Dance Odyssey

            -An annual showcase of talent sponsored by Dancestreams, featuring guest artists from dance schools throughout the central Vancouver Island region.  The performance takes place at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre.  Dancers are invited to join  in master classes during the day.

Master Classes

            -Dancers from communities throughout the central Island region are welcome to attend master classes with guest teachers.  The Company has been fortunate to welcome such professionals as: Serge Bennathan, Tiffany Tregarthen, Heather Laura Gray, Monica Proenca, Judith Garay, Wen-Wei Wang, Suzanne Toumine, Edmond Kilpatrick, Malcolm Low, Artemis Gordon, Sarah Brewer, Marthe Leonard, Day Helesic, Marquita Lester, Bev Aitchison and many others.

NEXT UP!!  DANCE ODYSSEY '18 at Nanaimo's Port Theatre Sat. Feb 3, 2018!  Studio entries due DEC. 1, 2017- NOTE THE EARLIER DATE!  Last year's show was nothing short of fantastic!  Looking forward to some more amazing Island dance!!!