Toronto, Your Dance Card Is Full
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Toronto, Your Dance Card Is Full

Ahh, Toronto, do you have the fever? Dance fever, that is. In June, our fair city will not only have auditions for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, but will also host the rehearsals for Toy Story: The Musical. (We suspect some dancing might happen at this shindig too.) It’s enough to make a grown man suit up and dance.
First up, Leah Miller has been named the host of So You Think You Can Dance Canada—Tanya Kim must be pissed! Alas, Kim, a classically trained dancer, just couldn’t compete with a former Miss Junior Dance of Canada. Now, with a blonde, peppy host in tow, CTV emulates the original Dance further by importing loopy but lovable judge Mary Murphy, the best part of the American edition. (Sample comment: “Wooooooooooooooooooooo! Woot! Woot! Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah! All aboard the Hot Tamale Train!”) Murphy’s presence might pull us away from catching host-free clips of the show on YouTube (like the awesome jazz routine, above, performed by Neil Haskell and Sabra Johnson of the American version). For those who think they can dance, auditions happen June 10 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (John Bassett Theatre, 255 Front Street West).
As if a Miller-fronted dance-a-thon weren’t enough, rehearsals for Toy Story: The Musical, a production for Disney Cruise Line, will take place this summer in Toronto. Disney has been holding auditions in Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto over the past month for vocalists, dancers, and—best of all—Disney character lookalikes. (Sample description for Bo Peep: “Sexy and wholesome at the same time. Confident.” Don’t do it, Tanya Kim!) Once summer ends, the cast of Story will be afloat in the Caribbean working on contract until March 2009 with “competitive pay, room and board, additional benefits package, and no cruise staff duties.” Room and board on a cruise ship? No way!
If you think about it, both dancing opportunities are fairly alike. Working on a cruise ship is essentially like being on a reality show: lots of drinking, hooking up, and trying not to fall on your ass in front of the audience.