Dear friends,

It is hard to believe that it is almost the end of my first season with Dancers’ Studio West. It’s been an intense, joyful and very full year indeed. I’ve loved meeting and working with artists across the province, planting seeds for new projects, and beginning to settle in to our new office at cSPACE King Edward. And we still have one more event planned before summer! In collaboration with Springboard Performance and Nicole Mion, we will be hosting a special edition of The Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body-Calgary on July 2nd with guest Su-Feh Lee. Details are posted below!

Next season promises to be an exciting one! It is our 40th Anniversary, and we will be marking it throughout the year with some secret surprises, a new look and website, and new programming! I am so pleased to announce that Pamela Tzeng and Heather Ware are our 2019-2021 Artists in Residence. Our AIR program supports the development of choreographers by offering resources to incubate, create and publicly present new works. Please get to know Pam and Heather by checking out their bios below! In September, we will run our second Research Lab for artists working on specific aesthetic or compositional questions. The four Lab artists are Mark Ikeda, Alison Stone, Meghann Michalsky and Brendan Jensen. In May 2020, our Associate Artist Linnea Swan will debut an evening-length work, followed by our inaugural Quick + Dirty: A Festival of Emerging Artists and Ideas, featuring new work by fresh voices. The call to choreographers is posted below! Other programming announcements will be made in August. Stay tuned!

It is with much fondness and gratitude that we at DSW are saying good bye to two beloved colleagues. Our Communications Coordinator Sylvie Moquin has been an awesome asset to us this past year as we transition to a new organizational format. We have been very grateful for her support and lively spirit! Our Managing Director Suzanne Mott is also leaving us after three years at the end of June. Suzanne came to us with many, many years of experience in arts management, and has acted as a stabilizing force during the big transition between artistic directors. She has been an invaluable resource to me over the past year, generously sharing her deep knowledge of the field, the ins and outs of all things Alberta arts, and historical knowledge of our organization. She has also volunteered an enormous amount of time to our Bingo events, acting as liaison to our volunteer coordinator and digitizing countless files. Suzanne, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your knowledge with me and for your incredible generosity to DSW in countless ways. Wishing you all the best as you take (a little bit!) more time for yourself in the future.

Our office will be closed for the month of July. However, our new Managing Coordinator Cimmeron Meyer and I will be working remotely and will be answering e-mails. You can reach us at businessmanager@dswlive.ca and artisticdirector@dswlive.ca

Please keep sending us information on your upcoming events! You can be in touch with us on facebook or e-mail us at communications@dswlive.ca

Hope to see you on July 2nd!

Sincerely, Sasha Ivanochko


The Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body – Calgary with guest Su-Feh Lee

In Collaboration with Springboard Performance, Dancers’ Studio West invites you to a special edition of the The Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body – Calgary with guest Su-Feh Lee.

TTDB is a facilitated conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic process. It encourages speaking about dance from an awareness of our bodies as well as the world it lives in. It unabashedly interrogates the form through a lens that is concerned with anti-colonialism, anti-racism and feminism. TTDB was Initiated in Vancouver in 2012 by Su-Feh, and we are very excited that she will be co-facilitating the discussion with DSW Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko and Springboard Artistic Director Nicole Mion.

WHEN: July 2nd, 7-9pm
WHERE: cSPACE King Edward, Treehouse

There will be wine.


Lee Su-Feh is an artist whose work encompasses choreography, performance, teaching, mentoring, dramaturgy, writing and community-organizing.

Born and raised in Malaysia, she was indelibly marked by teachers who strove to find a contemporary Asian expression out of the remnants of colonialism and dislocated traditions. Since moving to Vancouver in 1988, Lee has created a body of work that interrogates the contemporary body as a site of intersecting and displaced histories and habits. In 1995 she co-founded battery opera performance with David McIntosh, and together they have led the company to earn a reputation for being “fearlessly iconoclastic”, producing award-winning works that take place in theatres, on the street, in hotel rooms and in print.

Lee teaches voice and movement to a wide range of bodies and abilities, within institutions and out of them. She actively mentors young artists across Canada, and works frequently as a dramaturge on other artists’ works. Keenly interested in the different roles and functions that art and the artist plays in society, Lee regularly initiates and participates in forums in various contexts.

She is currently in the middle of a three-year stint at Toronto’s Dancemakers Creation Centre as the National Artist-in-Residence.


Announcing our New Artists in Residence, 2019-2021

Heather Ware
From 2003-2017 Heather has been a core dancer of LeineRoebana in Amsterdam (NL). In 2010 she was awarded de Zwaan for most impressive dance performance of the year for her role in172 Suggesties aan een lichaam. From 2015-2017 Heather was the recipient of a Nieuwe-Makers Regeling from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

Her choreographic work, created in collaboration with musicians such as Jakob Koranyi, Oene van Geel, Mattijs van de Woerd, and Jan Bastiaan Neven, varies from an intimate duet between musician and dancer, to a group work for three cellists and three dancers, and has played in the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Italy, Finland, Denmark, and Bulgaria. In 2019 her newest work, The Beauty of Falling Apart, (collaboration with dancer/choreographer Hilde Elbers) has been on tour throughout the Netherlands.

Heather is a regular guest teacher at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (Academy of Theatre and Dance), Henny Jurriëns Stichting, Monday Movement series of Korzo theatre, Fontys Dance Academy, and Modern Bruises, as well as the University of Calgary (Canada) and the Varna International Ballet Competition (Bulgaria).

Photo Credit: Krum Krumov


Pamela Tzeng
Pam Tzeng is a Calgary based choreographer, performer, curator, and movement educator. Biologist turned artist, her journey has taken her to create and perform across Canada, Europe, Taiwan, United States, and Brazil.

Known for creating visceral and animated performances, Tzeng’s practice integrates tools and perspectives from various artistic worlds: contemporary dance, clown, puppetry and performance art. Coloured by her identity as a Canadian born Taiwanese woman, Tzeng’s work examines the negotiation between cultural borders and the tensions between traditional and contemporary mores within the Canadian “mosaic”.

Tzeng works as a performer, collaborating with independent choreographers and performing arts companies. She is the co-founder of to the AWE – A series of live art and performance, an active artist producer and advocate for contemporary performance in Alberta and is a board member of the Alberta Dance Alliance.

Photo Credit: Mike Tan


Call for Choreographers – Quick + Dirty

We are still accepting submissions for DSW’s very first, Quick + Dirty: A Festival for Emerging Choreographers and Ideas, April/May 2020.  Please submit applications to artisticdirector@dswlive.ca. Full details below.


Dance Floor for Rent

In need of a dance floor for your next event or performance?
DSW can help you out!


We have a black, marley dance floor for rent. If interested, please contact our new Managing Coordinator, Cimmeron Meyer for more info about rentals

businessmanager@dswlive.ca