Toronto Heritage Dance

Toronto Heritage Dance was founded by Patricia Beatty and Nenagh Leigh in 2002 to raise awareness of our Canadian modern dance tradition and to foster the continuity and development of our art form. Our activities focus on performance of our Canadian heritage dance works created over several recent decades and on creation of new dance works by our iconic and pioneering dancer/choreographers.

Our mission is to share our Canadian dance classics and new creations with our established and newly developing audiences and to enrich the dance journeys of all our artists and audience members. We are committed to the development of our modern dance art form, a genre that has already sourced much of our current practice in Canada, and carries within its methodologies and Humanistic sensibilities, many avenues for further development and performance exploration.

Our performance seasons and outreach activities re-position our existing works in the here and now, re-establishing a contemporary dance presence and setting the stage for new dance creation. Our seasons also recognize and celebrate the city of Toronto as an important centre for dance creation in Canada. As we remount and perform key works that define our dance heritage we also continue to grow as artists and to create and develop new works in the future.

Our vision seeks to build a dance performance legacy to honour our modern dance heritage and to inspire new creation and to allow audiences a deeper experience of our art form.