Friendship. Joy. Love of Latvian dance.

These are the guiding principles of the dance committee for the 2019 Song and Dance Festival in Toronto and for the 3 main dance events : TDA « Līgo » concert, New Choreography Show and the Dance Spectacle. Each promises to be unique and distinct from the others. You won’t want to miss out on any one of them!
TDA “Līgo” is one of Latvia’s most-awarded dance groups. The group is led by Jānis Purviņš, an extremely talented and creative individual who has been Artistic and Executive Director for many Song Festivals in Latvia. He is the author of many unique and compelling choreographies. This concert will allow the audience a chance to see new dances and experience the emotional connection Jānis and the group have with Latvian dance.

The New Choreography Showcase will feature submissions from dance groups from Canada, the U.S.A., Latvia, and elsewhere in Europe. As our country evolves, so do our dances. This showcase will provide an opportunity for the audience to enjoy and support new choreographies and witness the creative process in action. The Latvian dance tradition is alive and well and will be on full display in this Showcase.

Lastly, we have our Folk Dance Spectacle. It will showcase the many dance groups from all over the world coming together and performing on the same dance floor. They will use the steps of various dances to create beautiful patterns and symbols visible to the audience. There will be a live musical accompaniment to enhance the experience for dancers and audience alike. This Spectacle will show to the world what is most important to the dancers themselves: Friendship – Joy – and a love of Latvian dance!

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