LEAP Candidates Selected for 2017 Dance Action Lab

Thank you to everyone who applied through this year’s Lab Emerging Artist Program (LEAP)!  Artistic Director Davida Monk and Dance Action Group member Shayne Johnson have selected two candidates who will participate in the 2017 Dance Action Lab: It is my pleasure to announce Dancers’ Studio West’s Lab Emerging Artists (LEAPS) for 2017:  Nicole Charlton-Goodbrand and Brandon…


Robin Tufts, Retiring Past President, Dancers’ Studio West

Robin Tufts, Retiring Past President, Dancers’ Studio West Robin Tufts is a drummer, percussionist and dance accompanist who is active in the Calgary jazz community, playing with his own Trio Velocity as well as many others.  As an accompanist, Tufts has worked for Dancers’ Studio West, Alberta Ballet and Decidedly Jazz Dance and has led the…


Call for Applications – 36th Annual Alberta Dance Festival

Call for Submissions 36th Annual Alberta Dance Festival DANCING HOME: CELEBRATING CANADIAN ARTISTS August 28 to September 16th, 2017 AADF 2017 launches DSW’s 17/18 artistic season with two weeks of performances, September 7th – 9th & September 14th– 16th at the Victor Mitchell Pumphouse Theatre. The Festival will include works of 10 – 20 minutes…


Choreographer Highlight: Kathleen Doherty

Dancers’ Studio West’s 35th Annual Alberta Dance Festival is underway, and we recently spoke with choreographer Kathleen Doherty about her solo piece Arriving at the End, which was presented during Week One of the festival. The subject of Doherty’s piece is famed aviator Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean….


Choreographer Highlight: Linnea Swan

Opening this Thursday night, Dancers’ Studio West’s 2016 Dance Action Lab: Fear is a presentation of new choreographic works based on the theme of fear and its various manifestations. Linnea Swan is one of four choreographers whose work will be presented by DSW at the newly opened DJD Dance Centre. Although born and raised in…


Undressing the Dance Dialogue #1: 34th Annual Alberta Dance Festival

Last month, Dancers’ Studio West presented the 34th Annual Alberta Dance Festival: The Fate of Dance. This year’s festival theme was chance. Under the direction of Artistic Director Davida Monk, choreographers were invited to embrace how chance limitations can bring freedom and inspiration to the creation of new works. The Fate of Dance focused on…


Chance Dance

We took a number of chances during the Fate of Dance festival this year, from the content of the application and the acceptance to participating artists, to the actual production. Of course, chance plays a part in everything that happens. It is when we actually invite chance into the creative process that we enter into…


Week Two Choreographer Highlight: Rosanna Terracciano

Today, many know Rosanna Terracciano as an independent flamenco dance artist, but what they may not know about her is that she first studied contemporary dance at the University of Calgary. Born and raised in Calgary, Terracciano began performing through activities like Italian folk dancing and the drum corps colour guard. At the age of…


Week One Choreographer Highlight: Thoenn Glover

For Vancouver-based choreographer Thoenn Glover, the world of cinema is a rich source of inspiration. Visual perspectives, musical scores, lighting choices, and scene changes, the way all these intertwined elements come together to create a whole picture excites the Arts Umbrella graduate (‘09). “I strive to use these tools within a contemporary dance setting to…


Davida Monk Featured in The Dance Current

Our Artistic Director, Davida Monk was featured in The Dance Current! CLICK HERE to view the link to the article