Dance Anatomy

Alicia Payne

Inspired by surroundings,
Create a dance move starting with one part of your body.
Create another with same or different part.
Find your groove!

Take in the sights, sounds, scents,
tastes, and sensations of the Bentway.
Let the surroundings inspire you.

Create a dance move
starting with one part of your body.
Let the move travel through as much or
as little of your body as you want.

For example, move your head from side to side,
Or turn your head so your body follows.
Lead with your shoulders, arms, knees or hips.
What about your chin, nose, elbow or toes?

Trace the skyline, artwork, or
something else in your surroundings.
Poses count!
Pose, before, during or after your move.

You can play on your own
or play with other people.
Move at the same time or take turns.
Play follow the leader!

You can even put moves together
and create a routine.
How about a dance-off?
Groove to your moves!

Can you guess what inspired a move?

How many laughs, smiles and giggles did you give and get?
Too many to count?
Everyone wins!

About Tiny Games

Six designers have created games that can be played throughout the Play Path, ranging from contemplative interactive challenges to role-playing, rituals, and more! The games take the form of ground vinyl prompts, with longer instructions online that can be accessed using the QR code or URL. Visitors can read these installations and play the games on the spot at any time, finding new, playful ways to experience the trails, nooks, and architecture that make up the city.

Tiny Games was inspired by the 2011 project of the same name by Hide&Seek. You can learn more about it here.

About the Artist

Alicia Payne is a professional actor and published writer whose credits encompass theatre, film, television and radio. Her memberships include ACTRA, CAEA, Dramatists Guild of America and Playwrights Guild of Canada where she served as President. Alicia participated in group art exhibitions such as The Honest 6ix Artist Residency at Toronto for Everyone (2017) and the Canadian Forces Artist Program Exhibition at The Diefenbunker Museum (2015-2016). As an artist educator and adaptive facilitator, Alicia works in school, organizational, and community settings. She is a cofounder of Arbez Drama Projects. Alicia believes playful moments can help build community.

Plan Your Play Walk



  1. Dream Street by The Street Society
  2. Walk Walk Dance by Daily tous les jours
  3. Big Red by Assemble
  4. Double Dribble by Esmaa Mohamoud
  5. Nil:Nil by Studio F Minus
  6. Play Public by Thomas Mailaender & Erik Kessels
  7. Jax by Pierre Poussin
  8. Midsummer Mix Vol.1 by Nelson Wu & biosphere

Tiny Games

  1. Find Jimmy! by Kris Piotrowski
  2. Before They’re Gone by Droqen
  3. A Serpent Slumbers by Allison Cole
  4. Dance Anatomy by Alicia Payne
  5. The Garrison and the Gardiner by Kaelan Doyle Myerscough
  6. Secret Landscape by Diana Andrea Guzmán Valencia

Bike Shares

Twelve locations throughout the Play Path and neighbouring spaces


  1. The Bentway
  2. Fort York National Historic Site
  3. Garrison Crossing
  4. The Bentway Studio & Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
  5. Canoe Landing Park
  6. Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

Land Acknowledgement

As an organization dedicated to the creation of shared and inclusive public space, we acknowledge that our work takes place on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and many other Indigenous nations.

Tkaronto, “the place in the water where the trees are standing”, is now home to many diverse Indigenous people. We recognize them as the past, present and future caretakers of this land. We would like to pay our respects to all who have gathered and will continue to gather in this place. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work together to care for The Bentway lands and act as stewards of the space.



  • 511 Bathurst (at Fort York Blvd)
  • 509 Harbourfront (at Fleet St.)
  • 121 Fort York-Esplanade at Gzowski Blvd (westbound) or Bastion St (eastbound)

By Bike

Use Bike Share Toronto’s System Map or download PBSC Urban Solutions or Transit app to locate stations and plan your route with real-time bike and station availability. Closest stations to The Bentway: Fort York Blvd/Garrison Rd, Fort York Blvd. (in front of Fort York Visitor Centre), Strachan Ave/Princes’ Blvd, Fort York Blvd/Bathurst St.

Bike racks are also located on-site.


Paid parking is available at 800 Fleet Street (also accessible from Strachan Avenue, north of Fleet Street) and at the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Boulevard).


As of June 11, 2021 our washroom facilities are open from 10am – 7:30pm daily. Face coverings are required. Gender-neutral washroom(s) available. 

Free WiFi

Free Wi-Fi is provided by Beanfield. Sign onto Beanfield1hfree and get one free hour of WiFi at The Bentway.

The Bentway is free and open to the public every day.