Interesting Event in TO

Posted in References with tags , , on May 25, 2011 by Jen Fabico, IHAD Program Coordinator

Good day wonderful people of IHAD!

I was just sent this amazing event by Cares Coordinator Kat Rizza. It’s an event that will be held in the Toronto City Hall, not necessarily pertaining to strictly dancing but in regards to the entertainment industry. They are all so closely related anyhow. This is looking to be a very promising talk by people who have vast and varying experiences in the industry –definitely worth the listen to hear what they have to say! Visit the F-YOU project here.


Hip Hop Artists Wanted!

Posted in References with tags , , on May 24, 2011 by Jen Fabico, IHAD Program Coordinator

Phase 2 Hip Hop Collective hosted by Scarborough Arts and Beatz 2 da Streetz. Apply NOW! The deadline to apply is May 30th, 2011!

Hey guys,

Interested in R&B, Rap, Reggae? Are you a Hip Hop head and need some where to share it? If this is you or someone you know, make sure you check out our newest Hip Hop music program: Phase 2.

For more information or to apply, visit:

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 416.698.7322 or

There are only 6 days left. The application deadline is on May 30th so make sure you get on it if you are interested! 🙂

We’re Opening the IHAD House

Posted in Schedules, Updates with tags , , on May 20, 2011 by Jen Fabico, IHAD Program Coordinator

On Friday May 27, 2011 between 7:30 and 8:30, I Have a Dream will be opening its doors to the community. The Open House will be hosted by Scarborough Arts and the IHAD Youth Collective. If you have any questions, please contact Jen at 416.698.7322 or See you there!


Posted in Pictures and Videos with tags , , , , on May 19, 2011 by Jen Fabico, IHAD Program Coordinator

Hello IHAD!

Stage 2 Contemporary photos are up! Have a look at them!

Enjoy and see you on Friday!

Stage 2 Photos Up!

Posted in Pictures and Videos with tags , , , , , on May 13, 2011 by Jen Fabico, IHAD Program Coordinator

Want to relive Cuban dance with Melissa Noventa? Have a look at the photos from last week’s workshop. They are under Photos and Videos > Stage 2. Enjoy!


Posted in References, Schedules with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2011 by Jen Fabico, IHAD Program Coordinator

Good day IHAD!

The second genre of I Have a Dream has officially begun! We had a great workshop last week with Melissa Noventa, who taught the movements and stories of Cuban/Brazilian dance. Photos from last week’s workshop will be posted tomorrow, so make sure you check back!

Tomorrow, we will be Jennifer Robichaud and she will be starting us off with our Contemporary genre and will be with us for the next seven weeks. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes; Jennifer is pumped to kick off this new genre with you!

In addition, please have a look at the following curriculum for Stage 2. Within the outline are a lot of the things we touched based on during our last few IHAD meetings as well as some of my notes. If you have any questions regarding it, please contact me directly and we can address any concerns together. At the moment, I am working on the Curriculum for Stage 3. Tomorrow, instead of having a meeting between 4:15 to 5:15, we are going 8:15 to discuss. We may go until 9:00, seeing that our meetings usually go in-depth so just be prepared to stay and discuss.

Stage 2 – Contemporary Genre

Classes will be taught by instructors from the Larchaud Dance Project

Meetings will be facilitated by IHAD Coordinator, Jen Fabico


I Have a Dream will hold Stage 2 at the McGregor Community and Recreation Centre in the Brian Harrison room. The program will be held every Friday for eight(8) weeks


Workshop 1 – May 6, 2011

**Afro/Brazilian class: Special guest Melissa Noventa

Collective will experience the authenticities of Afro and Brazilian dance with special guest instructor, Melissa Noventa. Participants will experience dancing with live African drummers and learn the movements of African dance.

Workshop 2 – May 13, 2011

IHAD Meeting RE: 3rd genre (4:15 to 5:15)

Introduction to Contemporary Genre (5:15 to 8:30)

Prior to the workshop, IHAD Collective members will have a meeting at the McGregor Lounge from 4:15 to 5:15. After the meeting, the Collective will be introduced to the movements of the Contemporary genre with Contemporary instructor Jennifer Robichaud. The Collective will learn the movements and basics of the Contemporary movement. Collective will also start the beginning phases of the Contemporary routine to be performed.*Pieces of the Contemporary genre will be added to the Hip Hop genre’s performance to make an overall performance for the video shoot in late June.

Workshop 3 – May 20, 2011

Contemporary Genre (5:15 to 7:25)

IHAD Meeting RE: Open House (7:30 to 8:30)

Collective will continue practicing the Contemporary routine from 5:15 to 7:25. At this point, the Collective should have a good portion of the Contemporary routine rehearsed and memorized.

Workshop 4 – May 27, 2011

Continuation of Contemporary Genre (5:15 to 7:30)

IHAD Open House (7:30 to 8:30)

Collective will continue practicing the Contemporary routine and will continue to add Contemporary elements to their routine. As each week passes, participants MUST have the routine memorized and practiced to the point that they could rehearse it without the instructor’s aid.

At 7:00, doors will be open to the public. If anyone wishes to view what occurs during the IHAD workshops, they are welcome to come early before the actual Open House itinerary begins.

At 7:30, IHAD Collective will follow set itinerary for the rest of the evening.

Workshop 5 – June 3, 2011

Contemporary Genre (5:15 to 7:25)

IHAD Meeting RE: Dance video (7:30-8:30)

The Contemporary Genre’s workshop will be taught between 5:15 and 7:25. At this point, there will be no new additions or changes to the Contemporary routine. The Collective should have the Contemporary routine memorized and refined by the end of this workshop. From 7:30 to 8:30, the Collective will gather for a meeting regarding the dance video shoot. The meeting will be facilitated by Jen Fabico.

Workshop 6 – June 10, 2011

Contemporary and Hip Hop Amalgamation

At this point, the Collective should have the entire Contemporary routine memorized. Both Jennifer Robichaud and Jase Cozmic will be in attendance during this workshop. Together, the youth Collective and the instructors will decide which the new form of the routine. The routine will include all of the elements from the Hip Hop routine as well as the Contemporary routine. Before the end of the workshop, the overall routine containing both genres will be decided, rehearsed and filmed as a reference.

Workshop 7 – June 17, 2011

Contemporary and Hip Hop Memorized

The Collective will continue to practice the routine as decided from the prior week. There will be NO CHANGES to the routine from what was decided last week. Throughout the entire length of the workshop, participants will continue the practice the same routine until the point of memorization. Before the end of the workshop, each member of the collective should be able to rehearse the entire routine individually and memorized without any prompting. In addition, the collective will work together to perfect any flaws. At this point, instructors should be able to step back and allow the Collective to perform with minimal aid.

Workshop 8 – June 24, 2011

Contemporary and Hip Hop Perfected (5:15 to 8:00)

IHAD Meeting RE: Preparation for Video, Last Minute Concerns (8:00 to 8:30)

The Collective will continue to rehearse their Contemporary routine. Last week, the Collective will have memorized the entire routine as individuals. This week, the Collective will continue practicing the same routine with the assistance of Jennifer and Jase. At this point in the genre, the instructors should be able to step back and allow the Collective to perform their perfected routine without ANY aid. **By the end of this workshop, the Hip Hop/Contemporary routine will be flawless and ready for performance.

At 8:00, there will be a final preparation meeting facilitated by Jen Fabico.

Video Shoot –June 28, 2011

The Collective will be performing the Contemporary/Hip Hop routine for IHAD’s first video shoot. The Collective will gather this evening one hour before the video shoot to run through any last minute questions or concerns. The video shoot will occur for two hours in the evening of June 28 at a location that is yet to be determined.

Break Week #1 – July 4, 2011

***No workshop***


Break Week #2 – July 11, 2011

***No workshop***

We can discuss this outline more in-depth tomorrow as well. Have a beautiful Thursday! 🙂

Grant Writing

Posted in References on April 26, 2011 by Jen Fabico, IHAD Program Coordinator

Hey guys, I just received an email on this funding session this morning. The session is taking place tonight, and there is a need for RSVP. But I’m sure you will still be allowed to attend since it is being held by ArtReach. Have a look and see if this interests you!

Grant-writing 101 Free Youth Workshop!

April 26, 2011, 6pm to 9:00pm North Toronto Memorial Community Centre 200 Eglinton Ave West (Recreation room, second floor, east end of the building)

This interactive session will explore the basics of preparing a grant application. It will breakdown the main components of an application including the proposal, work plan and budget; and provide tips for creating a clear, concise application – one that is useful to you in implementing your project. The facilitators will provide tips for building relationships with funders and provide all participants with a list of youth and arts funders and a resource booklet. Examples from the City of Toronto’s Identify n’ Impact Investment Fund will be used Facilitators: Laura Metcalfe, Community Development Officer, City of Toronto shahina sayani, Program Manager, ArtReach Toronto

RSVP: This workshop is open to youth (13 to 29 yrs). Please REGISTER no later than April 25th by emailing: with your name, organization/group (if any), email address and phone number. Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided. This workshop is part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop Series being organized by a working group made up of youth organizations and funders. A certificate will be provided to participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series. For more information, contact GOAL Youth Workshop Series partners include: ArtReach Toronto Laidlaw Foundation Schools Without Borders Grassroots Youth Collaborative City of Toronto For Youth Initiative Toronto Community Foundation *Special thanks to the Toronto Youth Cabinet for partnering on this workshop. See you at the workshop!