Workshops

Please note that all workshops are provided online only at this time

Please check back for dates of upcoming workshops.

For examples of current workshops, please click here.

Past Workshops

Camille Djokoto dance performance

Practice Lab

The Toronto Dance Community Love-In’s Practice Lab with Camille Djokoto
Monday April 5th, 2021,10am-11:30EST
Wednesday April 7th, 2021, 10am-11:30am EST
Friday, April 9th, 2021, 6pm-7:30pm EST
Friday April 11th, 2021, 1pm-2:30pm EST

Register via the link in their bio: @tolovein

This lab is open to all levels of ability and movement backgrounds. No dance experience is required.

The lab seeks to assist the participant interested in cultivating a more holistic approach to their dance/ movement practice by focusing on movement rooted in the concept of innate resilience as support. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how they access support, their relationship to it, and how this impacts their relationship with movement.

With the use of somatic movement experientials, an invitation is offered to tune in to our sensory intelligence and the truth of our present awareness.

Participants will be offered a basic understanding of Somatics and its effects on nervous system regulation. This will be used as a foundation for guided explorations that seek to support deepening connection with the self, and our environments.

In honouring the diverse capacities present there is opportunity to engage curiosity, increase spontaneity and creativity, as well as widen movement pallets.

UNFURL: A 21 day Collective Practice by Wild Body Somatics

Wed. March 24, 2021 @ 7pm, sign up via their website.
Re-Membering: Embodying the architecture of our heart space with Camille Djokoto.
A one hour embodied exploration, engaging support, compassion, and humility.

Somatic Movement and Dance poster

Somatic Movement and Dance hosted by Adornment Stories

March 2nd, 2021 @ 5:30pm. Sign up on their website.

This session is for Black intersections of women, femmes, NB, and GNC folx.

A 1.5-hour holistic practice in Re-membering: Afro-cultural indigenous approach to embodying liberation through somatic movement and dance explorations.

Tenderness 101: Somatic Movement poster

Tenderness 101 hosted by NiaZamar

Sept 30, 2020 @ 5:30pm. Sign up on their website.

This session is for Black intersections of women, femmes, NB, and GNC folx.

A community practice in tending to one’s self through somatic movement and dance explorations.

Adornment Participant Retreat Training hosted by Adornment Stories

Sat. Aug 22, 2020

This session is for Black intersections of women, femmes, NB and GNC folx.

A 1.5-hour closed participant practice in deepening connections within ourselves through somatic movement and dance explorations

Poster of "Innate Resilience: A somatic approach to movement and dance with Camille Djokoto (Camelia Dances), RP"

Innate Resilience: A somatic approach to movement and dance with Camille Djokoto

Sunday, Dec. 1st, 2019, 1pm-4pm hosted by The Dark Side Studio

Open to all levels of ability and movement backgrounds. No dance experience is required.

This workshop seeks to explore how we access our innate resilience through movement and dance practices. We will slow down from the rapid pace of our cognitive processing and learn to tune in to our sensory intelligence.

Participants will be offered a basic understanding of Somatics and its effects on nervous system regulation. This will be used as a foundation for all guided explorations.

This experiential opportunity allows us to gain insight into how we are moving through the world, drawing parallels between our movements and the relationships we hold on this earth: with ourselves, with others, and with our environments. You will be encouraged to engage internal connections that seek to honour your intuition and wisdom.

By engaging felt sensations of safety and curiosity we will create the opportunity for spontaneity and creativity, thereby building capacity for an authentic connection to our innate resilience.

For more information on how to register, go to The Dark Side studio website.

Poster of "Young Black Women's Project hosted by Moyo HCS"

Young Black Women’s Project hosted by Moyo HCS

Open to all Black Women identifying & Non-Binary folks
November 9th, 2019, 9am to 5pm.

This 1.5-hour session addresses the impact stress has on our mind and body. Psycho-education and somatic tools are offered.

Embodying Liberation: A Somatic Workshop for IBPOC

Sunday, March 17, 2019
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) in the Movement Studio, downstairs*

Oppressive systems can profoundly affect our unconscious body, mind, and spirit as they seek to disconnect us from our bodies and one another. Over time and across generations of surviving racism, we begin to experience chronic symptoms of un-wellness that keep us from sensing our body’s wisdom and connecting wholly to ourselves.

In this workshop you will: learn to identify stress response symptoms, be provided with tools to track and observe your internal systems of safety, and explore self-regulatory resources needed to support opportunities for inner sensations of safety and security.

We are offering this workshop as a space for Indigenous people, Black people, and people of color to reclaim their bodies through embodied liberation practices of self-care. By deepening our connection to self, we can create the foundation for collective healing and to open new pathways of support within our communities.

Cost: $40-$60 sliding scale

Pre-registration is required before March 10, 2019. Limited spots are available. Please let us know if you find you are unable to attend after you have already registered so we can offer the spot to someone else.

Payment can be done by cash or e-transfer to [email protected] by March 17, 2019.

* This venue is wheelchair accessible and has a gender neutral washroom.
* Please feel free to bring any needed supports for sitting (blankets, pillows, yoga mats, chair, etc.) as the studio is unfurnished.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please email us at [email protected]

The Relational Dance: Embodied Movement

Mondays, January 16-February 27, 2017. 7-9:30pm

This six part workshop explores embodied movement as a relational dance. Become dynamically present by opening to the experience of relational dance in a safe, supportive and respectful environment. Only when we are fully present to the constant dance our bodies are engaged in, can we open to the dance that we do with the other. That means becoming aware and alert to sense and feel our bodies and our responsiveness to the space, the ground, the group, and the other. Through a series of experiential exercises done in groups and dyad, we will find compassionate curiosity, and explore the joy of spontaneous and organic movement.

Come as you are. No previous dance experience required.

Soulful Movement: Connecting body and mind through dance

Mondays, August 3rd-Sept. 7th, 2015, 7:10-8:40pm.

In this unique six-part series we will experience fundamental movements rooted in Raqs Sharqi. At your own pace, you will be invited to explore a deeper sense of self through an experiential process. Engaging embodied movement, touch and sensory awareness we will seek to assimilate emotions, bodies and minds into a more integrated whole. This journey of self-exploration borrows from the holistic and therapeutic practice of Gestalt Bodywork. Bodywork honours muscular resistance by approaching it with curiosity, patience, and respect. By heightening our awareness we will practice tuning in and listening to our bodies. By supporting spontaneity and organic movement we will assist in the development of authentic style, reclaiming a fuller use of self, and moving towards integrating the mind and body.

Come as you are. Together we can explore soulful movement in a safe, supportive and respectful environment.

This class is open to all levels and backgrounds. No dance experience required.