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.

Save the Date

Dance Fest 2020

Mark your calendars! The 11th annual CIS Dance Fest will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Faculty of Arts, Media, Performance and Design dance studios, the McLean Performance Studio and the Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre at York University.

This annual event provides Grade 6-12 students the opportunity to participate in three workshops of their choice with professional dance instructors and to share school dance performances with 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.


Dance Fest is thrilled to be working with top performers and to have our students learning from amazing professionals. Workshops with professional dance instructors will be offered in the following dance styles and experience levels:

  • Beginner Contemporary
  • Intermediate Contemporary
  • Bollywood
  • Afro-fusion
  • Beginner Hip Hop
  • Intermediate Hip Hop
  • Musical Theatre
  • Chinese Dance
  • Brazilian Dance

Download the Dance Workshop Descriptions to learn about the instructors and workshops before making your selections. All students will participate in 3 workshops.

New this year, teachers are asked to register their school and number of students via the registration link. A separate EXCEL document will be shared with you upon receipt of your registration to complete STUDENT workshop selections.


  • 9:00 a.m. Arrivals
  • 9:15 a.m. Group Welcome
  • 9:30 a.m. Workshop Session #1
  • 10:30 a.m. BREAK
  • 10:40 p.m. Workshop Session #2
  • 11:40 p.m. BREAK
  • 11:50 p.m. Workshop Session #3
  • 12:50 p.m. LUNCH
  • 1:30 p.m. School performance rehearsals (in studios)
  • 3:30 –4:00 p.m. Dismissal


Schools are invited to bring a short performance or two to share with their peers. Depending on the number of schools, space might be limited. This year, several of our guest dance teachers have been invited to provide feedback to the dances after the performances. Closer to the event, chaperones will be asked to complete a form to register their performances to assist in the advance planning of the showcase. Each school is required to bring their own music, (in digital format) and any props/costumes as required. 


Students are asked to bring a bagged lunch. Access to a cafeteria space at York U will be available for purchasing drinks and snacks. 


Event related: 
Kristina Udegbunam, Dance Fest Committee Chair

Registration related:
Sheri Little,


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.

CIS Ontario Dance Fest


Date: February 20, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, MacLean Performance Studio & the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre at York University: 86 Fine Arts Rd, North York, ON M3J 1P3 Campus Maps
Target Audience: Grade 6 - 12 students
Fee: $65 per student


Kristina Udegbunam
Dance Teacher
Appleby College

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

“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.

Dance Fest 2019

CIS Dance Fest 2019
CIS Dance Fest 2019
CIS Dance Fest 2019
CIS Dance Fest 2019