Annual Alberta Dance Festival

Dancers’ Studio West Presents
The 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival | THE WILD

Presented by Dancers’ Studio West, the 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival will feature new works by Alberta contemporary dance choreographers in two distinct programs of performance over two weekends.

Week 1 Choreographers | Sept 13 – 15, 7:30PM
Allison Burns
Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson
Marynia Fekecz
Meghann Michalsky
Su Lin Tseng
Chantal Wall

Week 2 Choreographers | Sept 20 – 22, 7:30PM
Sean Def
Kaja Irwin
Catherine Hayward
Shayne Johnson

The 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival | The Wild runs September 13-15 & 20-22 at the Victor Mitchell Theatre (The Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary).


Regular Single Ticket: $35
*Student Single Ticket: $30

Regular Festival Pass: $60
*Student Festival Pass: $50
**Festival Pass = 1 ticket for same night both weekends.

Regular Single Ticket: $28
*Student Single Ticket: $24

Regular Festival Pass: $46
*Student Festival Pass: $40
**Festival Pass = 1 ticket for same night both weekends.

*Valid STUDENT ID required at door.

Festival passes are valid for a single ticket to performances EACH WEEK ON THE SAME NIGHT OF THE WEEK.
For example, if you purchase a festival pass for THURSDAY, Sept 7th, then your ticket also grants you entry to THURSDAY, Sept 14th’s performance.

If you are unable to make it the same night in week two, you may exchange your ticket at the box office on the night of your week one performance.


The Annual Alberta Dance Festival has been a highlight of the organization’s programming since Dancers’ Studio West was founded in 1980. Originally conceived by founders Elaine Bowman and and Peter Hoff as Alberta Dance Explosions, the festival continues to provide a singular and prized opportunity for Alberta choreographers and dancers.

In 2011, the two-week event became the Annual Alberta Dance Festival and evolved to include important innovations such as theme-based productions, and new activities in choreographic mentorship and development, music advising, technique training and public forum discussion.

Today’s Festival presents new work by 8 to 10 choreographers who are provided with an Outside Eye feedback process, a 6-day pre-production Creative Intensive program including technique classes and choreographers’ showings, two weekends of performances and numerous critical dialogue exchanges.

The Festival provides an essential experience for both entry-level and mid-career artists. Participating choreographers either live and work in Alberta or originate from the province, maintaining professional connections here. The Festival provides a forum where participating artist build meaningful relationships with colleagues of different levels of experience and from different Canadian dance centres.

Yes – Choreographer/Dancer: Linnea Swan

Bagism – Choreographer: Chantal Wall / Dancers: Janelle Schiffner, Chantal Wall