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October 10, 2018 Newsletter

Greetings from new Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko & Announcement of New Programming Dear Friends of Dancers’ Studio West, It is with great pleasure that I’m writing my first newsletter as Artistic Director of this lean and resilient organization! I officially started in August in a Creative Intensivewith Allison Burns, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, Marynia Fekecz, Meghann Michalsky,…


Physic/Alchemy – A Look Back

Last month April 19-21 Dancers’ Studio West presented Physic/Alchemy: An Evening of Choreography by Davida Monk. This show was the culmination of years of work that Davida Monk has created over her years as Artistic Director of DSW. Following the production, several dancers wrote of their positive experiences working with Davida and on their craft: Jared…


Physic/Alchemy Preview

Artistic Director Davida Monk concludes her tenure as Artistic Director with Physic/Alchemy, a celebration of her choreographic work. Physic/Alchemy runs April 19-21 in the Vertigo Theatre Playhouse. Tickets are on sale here: For a special sneak preview of what you can expect to see, check out these excerpts from two works that will be performed at Physic/Alchemy – Ashes for…


DANCERS’ STUDIO WEST ANNOUNCES NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SASHA IVANOCHKO

February 6, 2018 – For Immediate Release MEDIA RELEASE Media Inquiries: Tim Ford P 587 889 3179 | E communications@dswlive.ca Calgary, AB – After an extensive 4-month national search by the Board of Directors, Dancers’ Studio West (DSW) announces Sasha Ivanochko as its new Artistic Director, commencing August 2018. Outgoing Artistic Director Davida Monk will complete her tenure in July…


Artistic Director Steps Aside

Davida Monk, Hope is a feathered thing, choreographed by Linnea Swan, Annual Alberta Dance Festival 2017 Photo: Tim Nguyen, Citrus Photography Artistic Director Steps Aside This coming season, 2017 – 2018, will mark my tenth and final season as Artistic Director of Dancers’ Studio West. I am certain that I have made the decision to leave…


What goes into a choreographic work?

Come to hear the nitty-gritty. Featured choreographers will lead you from the inception to realization, through concept and background detail, through the research and creative processes, and the images and the sounds and design elements that led to a particular work.  The presentations include a Q & A session followed by an informal reception. Part 2:…


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 (See deadlines) 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 –…


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….