To inspire the heart, broaden the mind, and develop the skills of young male dancers.
Growing and evolving as a dancer, A professional, and A leader
Creating a positive environment for Young male dancers
Founded in 2012 by Shavar Blackwood, THE MALE INITIATIVE was born out of a desire to create a positive and supportive environment where male dance artists could develop their skills and receive mentorship from senior male dance professionals in the industry. Since its inception, the program has celebrated 6 successful seasons and mentored over 50 young male dancers from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, dance disciplines, and local Toronto communities.
The program started as a 3-month program with only one instructor. Since then, it has been extended to 6 months in duration and provides weekly conditioning as well as a variety of guest instructors.
PUshing yourself beyond your comfort zone
developing professional, technical, and personal skills
Our program is designed to encourage personal growth and self-development. Participants are given individualized attention, feedback, and support consistently. The 6-month program covers a variety of professional, technical, and personal training:
- Hip Hop foundation and fundamentals
- Performance and presentation techniques
- Partnering skills
- Physical conditioning
- Personal brand/identity development
- Professional goal-setting and realization
- Industry navigation
- Networking and self-promotion skills
Participants will have an opportunity to perform in our annual fundraiser showcase Access Granted and Season Finale. They will also have the opportunity to perform at industry events such as Choreographer's Ball, Fever and Industry Night.