Children and Youth Dance Theatre of Toronto

CYDT is a charitable organization that offers pre-professional, competitive and recreational dance to marginalized children and youth 3yrs to 18yrs. Founded in 1993 CYDT offers Creative Movement, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Acro. West African and Afro-Caribbean dance.
Developed to fill a void in artistic education for interested and talented students, mainly black students in the Jane Finch neighborhood, CYDT’s Artistic Team, CYDT offered a structured program first to students in neighborhood schools, later extending its service to all marginalized children and youth, providing a program for children and youth from any community where opportunities to attend a structured arts program was relatively non-existent.

CYDT’s program creates opportunity for youth to become active, engaging them in create play in a safe space and developing diverse life skills such as discipline, creativity and commitment, contributing to their personal growth. For recreational dancers it releases anxiety and tension from their bodies and minds, building confidence along the way, For the more professionally inclined dancers it provides artistic knowledge and gives them meaningful engagement and affiliations at a professional level.

CYDT members have performed locally and internationally, flying the flag as Canadian ambassador in the USA, Mexico, Scotland, and the West Indies. For every child in CYDT there is the opportunity to showcase their creative work at community celebrations, and at our annual culminating end of year recital called “Studio to Stage”

Our students also continue to successfully audition for Arts institution such as Earl Haig, Etobicoke, and Wexford schools for the Arts, in Toronto and in the Peel region Mayfield SS, St Thomas Aquinas Secondary and Cawthra SS, Regional Arts Program. Our graduates have attended Ryerson, Laurier University, Humber, University of Windsor and York University while others apprenticeship with Toronto-based companies such as COBA, Kashedance and Ballet Creole.

4507 Chesswood Drive, North York, ON
(416) 855-3400
Language(s): English, , Dance is universal language all are accepted
Communities served: Children, Youth
Price range of programming: $ - $0-$20/hour
Venue accessibility: Accessible parking, Not applicable
Organization type: Charitable organisation, Non-profit

  • Community Engaged Arts
  • Dance
  • Performance Art
  • Out-of-School Time
  • In-School Performances
  • In-School Workshops
  • Performances
  • Group Classes
  • Camps
  • Workshops
  • Outreach Programs

Profile last updated: May 27 2020