The “F” Word – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From the press release:

Toronto Fringe Festival announces its biggest show lineup in its 29 year history! Over 730 shows entered for the 160 places available – SaMel Tanz was one of the lucky ones!

Through Contemporary, Latin and Hip Hop dance forms, The “F” Word is a powerful dance performance that explores the struggles of facing feminism.

Founded by Samantha Schleese and Melissa Hart, SaMel Tanz is a Toronto-based contemporary dance company that is recognized for its versatility and vibrant stories of the human experience. Samantha and Melissa have been the #friendshipgoals that people only wish to find. They have been best friends for over 10 years, studying together at York University and abroad in England, travelling the world, teaching various dance programs and living the performing artist’s dream.

SaMel Tanz recently filmed CBC’s “Interpretive Facts” segment and choreographed “Die Another Day” for H.J Pfaff’s Newmarket Audi Valentine’s Event. They have performed together for major corporations such as IOGO, Samsung and Bud Light Sensations and are also part of an all female Hip Hop crew, DEUCEnDIP. With the crew they have performed for World Pride, Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival and WE DAY.

Samantha completed her Masters Degree in Performance Dance in England and performed on a UK Tour with MAP Dance Company. After completing her BFA from York, Melissa went on to dance for recording superstars such as Hedley, Jason Derulo and Sean Paul. Samantha and Melissa were also the official dance instructors for the 2013 WE DAY held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Last November the duo completed their second full-length show entitled, “words from my Mother,” a multi-disciplinary performance investigating anecdotes and words of guidance from inspiring women in their lives. The show ran for 3 successful nights at the Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto.

Fringe Festival is the perfect platform to reach many different audiences and to showcase SaMel Tanz as rising Toronto stars. The “F” Word promises to be a powerful, invigorating and comedic performance from a diverse group of women who aren’t afraid to say it like it is.


  • “The “F” Word” plays at The Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Unsuitable for Minors, Mature Language.


  • July 6th, 10:30pm
  • July 8th, 3:30pm
  • July 9th, 8:30pm
  • July 10th, 5:00pm
  • July 11th, 2:45pm
  • July 13th, 1:45pm
  • July 15th, 6:15pm

Photo provided by the company