Founded in response to the crucial need to fortify the dance audience of the future, FFDN attracts new audiences to experience a diversity of the best established and emerging dance happening in Toronto, across Canada and around the world.
Fall for Dance North (FFDN) is Toronto’s premier international dance festival and an Ontario not-for-profit organization and registered charity. Our mandate is to reflect Toronto’s multiculturalism, create an atmosphere of shared discovery, and entice people to attend live dance performance throughout the year.
Mainstage ticketed performances take place at Toronto’s iconic MERIDIAN HALL and Ryerson Theatre, with FREE dance and music programming at Union Station. Established in 1960 and part of TO Live, MERIDIAN HALL is renowned for its arts and culture programming.
The 5th anniversary season of FFDN took place October 2-6, 2019, with our Union Station programming running concurrently throughout September 2019. Aligned with the start of the fall performance season, FFDN aims to whet Toronto’s dance appetite and inspire audiences to seek out more dance throughout the year.
We welcome anyone and everyone to FFDN, we are a festival for the curious, the fan, the aficionado, the participant, the professional and the passerby.
We like to think of FFDN as a dance festival with a democratic ethos. Established in 2015, our festival is inspired by the internationally acclaimed Fall for Dance festival founded by New York City Center in 2004. A democratic spirit underpins the festival concept, bringing a wide selection of top quality dance to everyone for only $15 per seat. FFDN also produces daytime events for dance industry professionals, including our International Presenters Program. These events introduce locally created dance work to presenters from across Canada and beyond.
Toronto is a city of movers and shakers in all walks of life. Our dynamic and cosmopolitan city needed a dedicated dance festival with world-class performances that reflects the diversity and energy of its population. FFDN offers audiences and artists greater exposure to domestic and international dance and the opportunity to explore perspectives and preferences.
FFDN programs a wide range of dance forms from Canadian and international artists and companies, offering encounters with the familiar and unfamiliar for newcomers and enthusiasts alike. FFDN offers free workshops in partnership with various local dance companies and studios, pre-show artist talks with festival artists and a wide and growing range of complementary programming and pop-up events throughout the year.
For an outline of our past programming from 2015-present, click here.
Fall for Dance North is committed to being a festival inclusive for all, including those with disabilities. For more information on the accessible features of our venues, accommodations we provide, and accessible travel to and from Toronto:
or contact FFDN General Manager Christina Giannelia at 416-907-4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome your feedback as we strive to prevent and remove barriers to participation in the coming years.
Photo Credits: Top down, left to right:
Mix Mix Dance Collective, Photo by Bruce Zinger. Other image credits listed in gallery captions.