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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: 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…


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


Dancers’ Studio West Podcast

If you haven’t already heard our newest podcast about Undressing the Dance, check this out! We learn a few things, have some fun, and undress some dance in Podcast #1.  Click here to listen!


Alberta Dance Festival Blog #1- Responses from Zahra Shahab

Alberta Dance Festival: Dance and the Image Responses from choreographers #1: Zahra Shahab by Kate Stashko and Mark Ikeda As the Alberta Dance Festival comes to a close this weekend in Calgary, we’re sitting down with participating choreographers and gathering some of their thoughts and reflections on their experience at the festival. One topic that…


Report to the Community / August 2014

Dear Artists, Patrons and Friends I hope you are all enjoying the summer.  Certainly it is a time to replenish – the body and the spirit rejuvenated by the glorious weather and the fruits of the earth. I wrote my last report to you in February when I announced DSW’s departure from the 10th Ave…


A Whole New Shiny Choreographic Toolbox

WCD Ming Hon dancers Nov 2013

This is the fourth and final in the Davida On The Road series of blog posts through the Fall 2013 where I will share my creative experiences. This is the wrap-up discussion with Brent (Artistic Director) and Ming (Choreographer) after an intensive week-long residency in Winnipeg. BRENT LOTT: Ming, the week is over and you’ve faced some…


What and How: The First Choreographic Questions

This is the third in the Davida On The Road series of blog posts through the Fall where I will share my creative experiences, and I’ve turned this post over to Brent and Ming to discuss the first two days of this residency.   BRENT LOTT: On Monday, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) started the Prairie…