Come explore dance, dig into your physicality, embellish your dance technique and skills, and sweat up a storm! A fun and rich week full of dance and GYD community!



Week 1, July 1-5, 2024

For dancers: Dob 2010-2006

Cost: $350 for the week

The dance filled day runs 9:30-4 p.m.

Friday has an informal showing 3:45 -4:30 p.m.

This intensive is mandatory for those joining the GYD Company 2024-25.

Week II, July 8-12, 2024

For dancers: Dob 2014-2011

Cost: $325 for the week

The dance filled day runs 9:30-3:15 p.m.

Friday has an informal showing 2:30 -3:15 p.m.


GYD Intensives 2024 feature outstanding guest Toronto based dance artist Nickeshia Garrick.

Nickeshia will be teaching contemporary dance, a body conditioning class and will be developing a new dance choreography.

GYDTP core staff Kelly Steadman will be teaching daily ballet classes.


Workshop descriptions:

Nickeshia Garrick’s Contemporary Dance Class is a fusion of Afro-Caribbean influence, floor work and jumps that will play on the body’s natural rhythm, focus on groundedness and self-expression and have you defying gravity with bursts of energy and flair.


Nickeshia Garrick’s Body Conditioning Class is a fusion of Pilates, Yoga and Breathwork. This class will build strength from the inside-out, challenge your stamina, push endurance, and activate your vagus nerve.


Nickeshia Garrick is a settler on the stolen land of Tkarón:to (Toronto) and has performed on this land for over 25 years. They are unapologetically a Black, Queer Artist, who believes in the healing power of breath through raw emotion and movement. Nickeshia received their dance training at the Carousel Dance Centre (Kitchener), the NYIDE (New York Institution of Dance and Education), the National Ballet School of Canada (Tkarón:to), Toronto Dance Theatre (Tkarón:to), and Simon Fraser University (Vancouver). Nickeshia is a Dora Mavor Moore, winning and multi-nominated artist who holds a BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser University and is a Co-Founder of CinnaMoon Collective who is currently working on their premiere piece, Surrendered Spirits.