CIS Dance Fest

So you think you can dance? It really doesn’t matter! We welcome Grade 6 to 12 students who've had some external or co-curricular instruction and those with no experience whatsoever. This festival is the place to try out multiple dance styles while working with top dancers and choreographers in a professional setting.

Making use of the studios at York University’s Faculty of Dance, students choose from three workshops, then come together for an optional performance showcase and strength-based feedback at the end of the day. Options have included three levels of hip-hop, musical theatre, Pow-wow (indigenous), contemporary, Bollywood, Brazilian Samba and much more.

Whatever the selections, students glean valuable instruction on how to appreciate and contextualize various dance techniques. It’s also a great chance to see what CIS Ontario member schools are doing, backed by a supportive and enthusiastic audience of their peers.

Dance Fest 2023

The 12th CIS Dance Fest will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Faculty of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, MacLean Performance Studio and the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre at York University .

Students in Grade 6-12 participate in three workshops of their choice with professional dance instructors and then have the opportunity to perform for their peers. The day is designed to support both curricular and co-curricular dance programs. Experienced dancers will be challenged, but no dance experience is necessary to participate. All enthusiastic dancers from beginners to experts are welcome! 

School registration and student workshop registration are now open. Faculty Advisors please check your email inbox and the Dance Educators' Network Hub on CISO Connect for information and registration links.


Dance Fest 2020

The 11th annual CIS Dance Fest was held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the dance and performance studios and theatre at York University.

Grade 6-12 students participated in an amazing day of workshops with top professional dance instructors. Instruction was offered for all experience levels and many dance styles, such as; Bollywood, Afro-fusion, Hip Hop, Chinese and Brazilian Dance. This exciting day concluded with many of the attending schools  sharing dance performances with their peers and receiving feedback from the guest dance teachers.

CIS Ontario extends sincere thanks to Kristina Udegbunam, Appleby College, Chair of CIS Dance Fest 2020, for acting as the lead organizer of this year's event. We also thank Laura Webster, Greenwood College School, for once again coordinating the School Performance Showcase.

Watch the 2020 Highlights Video

View the 2020 Photo Gallery

CIS Ontario Dance Fest

“Dance like no one’s watching.” So goes the famous quotation. So delight in the power of dance in a supportive atmosphere, while collecting valuable tips and tricks from the pros.