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Music is a spiritual thing. You don’t play with music. If you play with music you will die young. See because when the higher forces give you the gift of music, musicianship, it must be well used for the good of humanity

- Fela Kuti

Artist Spotlights
Spotlighting Canadian dance, drum, & theatre artists of the African- diaspora that have, and continue to pave the way.
Joey Hollingsworth


Joey Hollingsworth is a Canadian singer, actor, comedy, conga player, and tap dancer who’s best known for his appearances on television shows, including Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.  Born in London, Ontario in 1937, Hollingsworth began dancing at the age of three, by age five he was dancing professionally, and by age 11 he had danced for his idol Bill Robinson a.k.a Bojangles. Between the 1950 and 1970s, Hollingsworth was featured on several television shows including, Mr. Dressup, Wayne and Shuster Show, Playdate, Pick the Stars, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show where he truly made a name for himself in the public eye. One show where he had the most appearances was Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with over 20 appearances between 1963 and 1974.

In addition to his television appearances, Hollingsworth performed for heads of state in Japan, Peru, and Canada. In 962 he tap-danced on the recording album At the Purple Onion by Don Francks, Lenny Breau, and Eon Henstridge. In 1997 he was cast with the lead role in the musical Hot Mikado and has also performed at Palace Grand Theatre and Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall in Dawson City.

For his contributions to the dance and entertainment world, Hollingsworth was inducted into the Jack Richardson Music Hall of Fame in 2017. He was also awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Ontario Black History Society in 2018.

Thank you Joey for paving a way for Black dancers on television! 


Legacy Tap Dance Concert 
June 23rd – 25th, 2022


June 23 – 25, 2022
8:00 PM EDT

Canadian Stage High Park Amphitheatre, Toronto

Tickets: $30

Where dance meets music. Where tradition meets innovation. dance Immersion’s Legacy Tap Dance Concert celebrates Black culture born from the Harlem Renaissance, with a genre-bending intergenerational cast led by Travis Knights, Lisa La Touche, and Donny Milwalkee.

The Legacy Series is a movement. It examines the past, present and future of African Diasporic dance forms through reclamation, education, and celebration. This Concert brings together some of Canada’s most renowned tap dance artists and multi-genre musicians, with brief appearances from some special next-generation tap dancers. Celebrate and honour the culture with us at the Legacy Tap Dance Concert. 

dance Immersion’s Legacy Tap Dance Concert is part of Canadian Stage Dream in High Park.

Legacy Series is made possible with the generous support of: TD Bank Group

Presenting Partner: Canadian Stage

The dI Blog


Trained VS. Self-Taught: A False Dichotomy in Dance
by Zahra Badua

Season 2 of The Community Corner Conversations Instagram Lives Series is starting this Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 pm (EDT)! Follow our Instagram Page to watch the series, and to learn who our special guests will be each week! 

This Instagram Live series is in tandem with Zahra Badua's second CCC blog post titled Trained VS. Self-Taught: A False Dichotomy in Dance. 

 In her most recent blog post,  Zahra Badua invites readers to share their thoughts on the difference between technically trained v.s. self-taught within the arts, more specifically within dance. Do you feel as though one will ensure more success than the other? Do you think that an artist must have both aspects to flourish in their journey? 

Visit the dance Immersion blog page to read Zahra's blog post, share your thoughts with us, and join the conversation! If you do not feel comfortable sharing your perspective publicly, please feel free to email Zahra at with your thoughts.

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