A hub for creative thought and innovation, City Dance Corps sponsors emerging and established dance artists and companies by offering resources and opportunity to create and develop their original dance works.

Interested in being a CDC Artist in Residence? See our application form below for more information.



I/O Movement is a Toronto-based contemporary dance project joining body and site. Under the artistic direction of Lauren Runions this project offers performances, community workshops and residencies with the intention to activate spaces, consider the flexibility of place and invite movement into daily life.

This project founded in 2013 has performed at venues such as Gallery 1313, The Black Cat Artspace, 99 Sudbury, Artscape Sandbox, OCAD U Student Gallery, White Wall Studios (Montreal), CineCycle, Dutch Dreams, 918 Bathurst, Toronto Reference Library and Gallery Petite (New York City). I/O Movement has also choreographed/performed in music videos for New Fries (direction Maryanne Casasanta), The Weather Station (direction Colin Medley), Ian Daniel Kehoe (direction Colin Medley) and released their first short film Baseline in collaboration with Keaton TF Evans (Official Selection Berlin Indie Doc Festival). Through I/O Movement, Lauren has facilitated her own dance residency titled This is Our Place. This is a residency for dance artists to investigate their practice and present work within unique spaces. In November of 2017, This is Our Place was facilitated within an empty house between owners. In October of 2018, This is Our Place was fostered by The Bentway's Community Incubation program inviting 5 artists for a full week to examine public art culminating with a traversing site-responsive performance. Lauren hopes to pursue more opportunities to foster work of her own and of the community.  


At City Dance Corps we worked on a remount of stage work Shell Power. Shell Power presented in a group show March 2019.

Works by Jamee Valin + I/O Movement + WAREHAUS Dance Collective
Scotia Bank Studio Theatre 6 Noble Street Toronto, ON
Shell Power features Micha Baltman, Allie Higgins and Sarah Koekkoek 

With original score by Nicolas Field and text by Alie Lavoie



Recipients of the Dance Ontario Innovation, Manifesto Innovation & Originality, KM Hunter, and Soul Pepper Dance Awards, Apolonia Velasquez & Ofilio Sinbadinho are the founders and directors of GADFLY dance company. Their work includes Dora Mavor Moore Award winning ‘Klorofyl'. Apolonia and Ofilio have been commissioned to create work for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Ryerson Theatre School, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, the School of Dance, Dusk Dances, Kaeja d’Dance, TOES for Dance, MOonHORsE Dance Theatre, Dance Ontario among others. Gadfly has been presented in Festivals such as Luminato, Nuit Blanche, Festival DansEncore, Ontario Dance Weekend, and Manifesto. Apolonia and Ofilio are also the founders of events such as TUDS Festival of Urban Dance Culture and the Aybrid Dance Intensive.

They have acquired a considerable amount of experience in the television, entertainment and theatre dance industries. They have worked for artists such as Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Kiesza, Nelly Furtado, Feist, Cascada, Down With Webster, Serena Ryder, Anjulie, Massari, Danny Fernandes, Jully Black, Eva Avila, and Shawn Desman. Movie credits include Turn The Beat Around, Camp Rock II (featuring The Jonas Brothers), You Got Served II/Beat The World, and Resident Evil Retribution. They can be seen in commercials for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Dove, Nike, Bell, Staples, Virgin Mobile and have performed or choreographed for the animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku, Ted Talks, Nike, Pepto Bismol, Bench clothing, Emergen-C, Make Up For Ever, Oculus, Canada Goose, and GM Canada. 

They have showcased their craft in major cities worldwide. Now, they have set for mission to influence common beliefs towards an ideal of Freedom, Diversity, and Innovation. www.gadfly.ca

"We're so grateful to call CDC our home".

Projects rehearsed at CDC:


- Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival

- East Coast Tour



Kylie Thompson Dance was formed in 2017.  Choreographer Kylie Thompson established this project-based company to create new work and also produce the company's work independently.  Since 2017, the company has produced a successful short experimental dance film, Versus, which has been seen on screens in Toronto, Yukon, California and Colorado.  Thompson also created her first independent work, 33/33, which was premiered at Kylie Thompson Dance: Season 18' in January 2018, and then remounted for the New Blue Festival of Emerging Dance in June 2018.  Coming up next, Thompson will be creating a new short work for the Dance: Made in Canada Festival in August 2019.  To find out more about Kylie Thompson Dance, visit their website: www.kyliethompson.ca or find them on instagram: @kyliethompsondance.

"It was a pleasure being an artist in residence at City Dance Corps.  In our time there we were able to remount and re-imagine our 25 minute work, 33/33, for the New Blue Festival.  We are so grateful to City Dance Corps for their beautiful space."

Photos both by E.S. Cheah Photography.



Madison Burgess is a dancer, choreographer and teacher located in Toronto, Ontario. A graduate of York University’s Dance Program, specializing in performance and choreography, Madison is premiering her first full-length work (in)dispensable at The Commons in February 2019. Most recently performed in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival in Nocturnal Space choreographed by Emily Rapley and is currently in rehearsal for a new work to be premiered at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival choreographed by Robyn Bedford. Madison has performed works by renowned choreographers including Carol Anderson, Susan Lee, Jasmyn Fyffe, Suzanne Liska and Victoria Gubiani.  

“Being an artist in residence at City Dance Corps was truly a dream come true! To be able to create and work in such a beautiful space definitely shaped the way my process unfolded. During my time as an artist in residence at CDC I created my first full length work (in)dispensable; premiering February 15th-17th 2019, at The Commons. I had always dreamed of creating and producing a show, and CDC definitely assisted with making that dream come true. Thank you so much for everything! “


Artists In Residence Application

Are you an emerging or established artist looking for resources like rehearsal space to get your upcoming project or show off the ground? Apply to be a CDC Artist in Residence today.

Please note rehearsal space is limited to before 5pm on weekdays. Full time sponsorship is not guaranteed. Part time sponsorships are offered on a case by case basis