Dancing Forward

With a goal of raising $1 million, Dancing Forward is a campaign to honour the festival’s 10th Anniversary, to celebrate departing Artistic Director Ilter Ibrahimof’s legacy, and to welcome the company’s next leadership

By joining the Dancing Forward Circle you will:

Dancing Forward is launching with a leading gift by 10th Anniversary Season Sponsors, Joan Lozinski, O.C. and Jerry Lozinski, O.C. 

I will forever appreciate our knowledgeable and generous Patrons who saw what FFDN could become and helped us realize that vision.

Joan and Jerry Lozinski have been with FFDN every step of the way and have committed to growing my legacy in its future. I am so honoured and grateful. Theirs is a tremendous gift to FFDN’s new leadership, one that will position them to develop the next decade with confidence. I hope you will join Joan and Jerry in celebrating and supporting the continued vision for what Toronto’s international dance festival can be.

Ilter Ibrahimof


FFDN is a unique way to discover and support new artists, while also expanding audiences for organizations we already love. Ilter’s founding vision has brought us much joy and satisfaction.

We see the tremendous impact of FFDN and have proudly committed to leading the Dancing Forward Campaign because we know FFDN’s continued potential will benefit many in the years ahead. We hope everyone who loves FFDN will join us.

Let’s dance forward together and move the future!

Joan Lozinski, O.C.



Learn more about this special campaign by reviewing the Dancing Forward booklet.
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Highlighting The First Decade

We enter our 10th Anniversary season in 2024 with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and hearts filled with gratitude for everyone who has supported and shaped our meteoric growth. Together, we have created a two-week signature contemporary dance festival for Toronto.

FFDN 2015 - 2023
  • 64 Ticketed shows across 13 venues 
  • 66,000 total ticketed audience 
  • 100,000 engaging with FFDN free programming
  • Inspiring an additional 30,000 viewers digitally during the pandemic years
  • 5 school shows for 1,321 students from 25 schools
  • 30 FFDN original commissions
  • 30+ dance genres and cultural forms presented
  • 5 original films licensed to Marquee TV
  • 3 International Presenters Programs to advance careers 
  • Education partnerships with Toronto Metropolitan University, York University, Canada’s National Ballet School and Prologue Performing Arts
  • Creating the next diverse generation of dance lovers to sustain dance in all its forms
Supporting The Next Decade

Please consider donating to Dancing Forward as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary and enter our next decade. Your donation will help us reach our $1 million goal. As of June 1, 2024, we are 80% of the way there!

If you would like to make a donation to the Dancing Forward Circle, including multi-year donations and donations of securities, or if you would like to discuss the campaign further,  please contact the FFDN Advancement Department (416-699-8362) or email:

Melissa Forstner, Director of Advancement and Philanthropy: melissa@ffdnorth.com
Felicia Myronyk, Advancement Officer: felicia@ffdnorth.com