LEAPFrog Workshops & Intensives

Image of LEAPfrog 2019 participants by Nettie Seip (top row from left: Effie MacMurchy, Candice Spykers, Daniel Levinson (instructor), Jeremy Pearson, Dana MacDonald, David Robert Leslie, Jesse Scharo, Colleen Snell (instructor). Bottom row from left: Callahan Connor, Hannah Robertson, Kaitlyn Seibold, Jessica Mak).

Are you a dancer who wants to act? Are you an actor who wants to move? Are you interested in performance, creation and storytelling?  Frog in Hand's workshop "LEAPfrog" was designed for you! AND we've got one coming your way in Fall 2020! 

Our LEAPfrog workshop model approaches storytelling through the expressive lens of the body. Our teaching philosophy is based on the belief that dancers and actors both can and should train together to explore narrativity, character development, physical expressiveness and storytelling tools. At LEAPfrog, participants are welcomed with classes in the morning and a collaborative creation lab in the afternoon. The workshop refines what it means to engage in "dance-theatre" or "physical-theatre" work, while cultivating a reflective practise.
Typical Schedule
8:30 am : Space opens for self warm up/arrival, coffee 
9 am - 10 am : Warm up movement class with Colleen Snell
10 am - 12 pm : Dance-theatre class co-facilitated by Colleen Snell and Daniel Levinson
12 pm - 1pm : LUNCH
1 pm - 4 pm : Creation lab
4 pm  - 4:30 pm : Closing thoughts and end of day

HISTORY

Summer 2019 Inaugural Intensive

August 5 - 10, 2019

We had a fantastic, fun-filled week of exploration and play with a supremely talented, inspiring group of artists. We explored movement, theatre, collaboration and creation with facilitators Colleen Snell and Daniel Levinson. The intensive culminated in a 27 minute site-specific production we all made together in the Don Rowing Club (Port Credit)!

Summer 2020 Online Intensive

August 8 - 9, 2020

On one sunny weekend indoors, a group of diverse and extraordinary artists from across Canada assembled on the digital sphere to explore radio plays in the genre of film noir. Participants explored voice, acting, character, writing, and the transformation of audio into physicality with facilitators Colleen Snell and Daniel Levinson. The intensive recorded a full-length radio play together through Zoom!

Upcoming LEAPfrog workshops

Stay tuned on our Facebook page for next workshops!

Faculty

Colleen Snell

As the co-artistic founder of Frog in Hand Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in a variety of roles including: educator, choreographer, collaborator, outside eye, fight director and performer.  Colleen devises and performs collaborative work with musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight directors, visual artists and martial artists. She trained in Toronto (CCDT), in Montreal (EDCM), and in England at the London Contemporary Dance School. She is an advanced actor-combatant (FDC), a writer with the Dance Current, and an avid arts educator.  Her collaborative choreographic process and work is highly regarded, as is her work in improvisation and site specific production.  Guided by Colleen's vision of collaboration, Frog in Hand has received support from the Port Credit Village Foundation, City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Federal Government. She regularly choreographs, and dances with a variety of Toronto based dance theatre and stage combat productions.

Daniel Levinson

Daniel Levinson is the artistic director and owner of Rapier Wit Fight Master, Fight Director’s Canada Owner, Rapier WitA graduate of the York University BFA Acting Conservatory program, Daniel has been performing, directing and teaching stage combat professionally since 1991. He is the owner of Rapier Wit, Canada’s oldest stage combat school and production company, and a founding member of the Riot A.C.T. stunt team. He is one of the founding advanced members of Fight Directors Canada, a past president as well as one of only ten FDC Fight Masters in Canada. Daniel has created fights for companies such as The Stratford Festival (5 seasons), Canadian Stage, Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway, Volcano Theatre, Actors Repertory Company, Second City, A.C.T. Productions, Shakespeare In the Square, Factory Theatre, Shakespeare in the Rough, Theatre Aquarius, The Actor’s Repertory Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, and The Tarragon Theatre. He is the resident stage combat instructor for Sheridan College, the University of Toronto’s Theatre and Drama Studies Program, and is a frequent instructor at the University of Waterloo. He also teaches stage combat workshops across Canada and internationally; workshop highlights include the Fight Directors Canada National Workshop (Banff, Victoria, Toronto, Montreal), Brock University’s Walker Cultural Leader Series, Boston University, Arcadia University, the International Scuola Brancaleoni Stage Combat Workshop (Italy), and the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop (Banff). Daniel is a member of CAEA and ACTRA.For more visit: https://www.rapierwit.com/

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