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Hiring the Best Dance Company in Toronto for Your Event
There are many reasons why you might want to hire a professional dance company for your event. Live dance artists add an element of entertainment and excitement to any occasion from a birthday party to a corporate event. Dance performances are a visually stunning and highly engaging way to entertain your guests, making your event memorable and unique.
Additionally, hiring a Canadian dance company can be a great way to add cultural or thematic elements to your event. For example, if you are hosting a Latin American culture festival, hiring dancers who specialize in Salsa and Samba can add authenticity and cultural significance to the day.
So it's important to find the best dance group possible, who will give you a show to remember. Here are a few things to consider when hiring a dance troupe for your event.
Finding a dance company, Toronto
Toronto is home to many great dance groups, but finding the right one can be tricky. Here are a few ways to find dancers for your event:
- Online search: Conduct an online search using your location and the style of dance you are interested in. You can also search on social media platforms, or events listing websites to find a good match.
- Referrals: Ask friends or colleagues for recommendations. Personal recommendations are always best.
- Professional associations: Look for professional organizations in your area, and contact them for recommendations or information about member companies that might be a good fit for your event.
Once you have a list of local groups consider the experience and reputation of the group, look at their portfolio of past events and performances, and read reviews and testimonials to help make your final decision. When you speak to the owner or manager be sure to ask for references or video examples of past shows so you can get a sense of the company's style and professionalism.
What to ask shortlisted dance companies
Once you have narrowed it down to one or two companies there are several things you should consider. When hiring a professional dance group for your event communicating your needs and expectations clearly is very important to ensure they understand exactly what you are looking for, so you get a show that wows your audience.
These factors are more personal taste but are very important to ensure you get exactly the performance you are looking for:
Event type: What sort of event are you holding? For example, the styles and requirements might be very different for a modern corporate awards ceremony and a more traditional bar mitzvah. We want to help you celebrate your event in the best way we can so let us know overall event details, so we can seamlessly integrate into the overall theme or look of your event.
Style: What dance style do you want for your event, such as contemporary, hip-hop, or jazz? Make sure the group you hire is skilled in that specific style. You might want to consider more than one style of dance, to keep your audience's attention for even longer. At Hips Don't Lie our professional team is adept at a wide range of styles and we even offer an option to include 5 different styles in your performance.
Audience participation: Do you want purely a performance or would you like us to get your guests up and dancing too? If there are kids in the audience we can involve them and make sure they have a great time. Or if you want everyone up dancing our performers are great at encouraging audience participation. We can even do a conga line together! For this, it's important for us to know the number of guests you are expecting.
Choreography: If you want the performers to use a specific choreography, or perform using specific music you should make sure the artists are well-rehearsed and have the rights to use the music you want.
Cultural or religious requirements: If your audience members include anyone with particular religious or cultural backgrounds that need to be taken into consideration you should let us know beforehand. We can ensure our performers all wear costumes that are culturally sensitive and that they interact with your guests in the way that's most respectful for them.
Here are some important practical details you need to discuss when booking a performance:
Experience: Consider the level of experience of the performers. Have they performed at similar events before? How many years of expertise do they have? We ensure that all our performers have at least 5 years of professional experience before they can work with us.
Cost: Professional performers can be expensive, so make sure to have a budget in mind from the start. We will discuss the costs with you upfront, so you know exactly what you are getting for your money and we believe we offer excellent value for money based on the talent and skills of our performers.
Availability: Check that the group you're interested in hiring is available on the date of your event. Also, confirm all timings for the day of the event including how much time they will need to get ready. We are known for our punctuality and reliability but our performers do get booked up quickly so book early to ensure you get the performance of your dreams!
Logistics: Make sure your venue has the necessary space and technical capabilities, such as lighting and sound equipment, for the performance. We will discuss these requirements with you during the booking phase.
Picking the best dance artists
As well as working with a reliable and professional group you also want to ensure that the performers who will be entertaining you on the day of your event are skilled and experienced, to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.
These are some of the criteria we consider when hiring dance artists, to ensure you always get a perfect performance:
Technical skill: A high level of technical skill and training in the style of dance that is appropriate for your event is essential.
Performance ability: They should have plenty of experience performing in front of live audiences and the ability to engage and connect with an audience.
Professionalism: A professional attitude is essential as well as being reliable, punctual, and well-prepared for every event.
Flexibility: Changes happen and our performers need to be willing and able to adapt to unexpected situations that may arise during an event.
Physical fitness: All performers need to be in excellent physical shape and able to handle the demands of any performance.
Creativity: Creativity, imagination, and the ability to develop new and original choreography are important skills for any real artist.
The best of Canadian dance
Hips Don't Lie is well known as one of the top dance companies in Canada for events. We are famous for our high-energy, dynamic performances and our ability to tailor choreography to fit the theme and tone of any event. All our dancers are highly trained professionals with years of experience in various styles, including hip-hop, contemporary, and Belly dancing.
In addition to providing entertainment, we also offer workshops and classes, for everyone, from beginners to competitive dancers. If you're looking to add an extra level of excitement and energy to your event, Hips Don't Lie will leave you and your guests exhilarated and inspired.
What is the biggest dance company?
Canada is home to many large and professional dance companies including the National Ballet of Canada, the RWB, and the Toronto Dance Theatre, Ontario which performs at the Winchester Street Theatre. If you want to see them perform you will generally need to go to a major theatre when they are on tour. But if you want the top performers to come to you and give you a custom performance, then working with Hips Don't Lie gives you access to talented and expert performers who will wow you with their every move.
What does it mean to be in a dance company?
Being in a dance group typically means that you are a member of a troupe of dancers who perform together and create artistic works alongside choreographers. Dancing companies may be professional or amateur, and they may focus on a specific style or a variety of styles. The group may perform in theaters or other venues including schools, community centers, or other local venues. Performers will also usually have to audition and compete with other people for a spot on the roster.
What is the most famous dance studio?
The most famous studio in the world is probably Julliard in New York where performers from many major international dance companies train, and move through many competitive levels. In Canada, and particularly in Toronto, Ontario the most famous dance companies like to hire performers who have undergone their training at Canada's National Ballet School or at one of the top universities like York University or Ryerson University. These training studios produce performers who can shine on any stage.
At Hips Don't Lie we also take training very seriously, only hiring fully-trained artists who have performed professionally in musical theatre or other public and community arenas for at least 5 years after completing their studies.