16 Nov

MESSAGE FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, KIMBERLEY COOPER ON VELOCITY

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The act of making dance is not for the faint of heart. To pull movement from the air and your body, to speak through that movement, to be abstract, to be literal, and see your ideas through a jazz lens is a huge challenge. It takes courage, rigour, and ideas. It can feel like being …

14 Nov

VELOCITY CREATIVE PROCESS BLOG SERIES #4 WITH KAJA IRWIN

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In this series we will follow the creative process of DJD company dancer Kaja Irwin for her piece in the upcoming Dancer Choreographed show Velocity. Velocity is on stage at the DJD Dance Centre from November 16-26, 2017. NOVEMBER 7, 2017 This rehearsal I finished my piece! I set an ending for the dancers, which I …

6 Nov

VELOCITY CREATIVE PROCESS BLOG SERIES #3 WITH KAJA IRWIN

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In this series we will follow the creative process of DJD company dancer Kaja Irwin for her piece in the upcoming Dancer Choreographed show Velocity. Velocity is on stage at the DJD Dance Centre from November 16-26, 2017. OCTOBER 24, 2017 This rehearsal started the development of the “fight” sequence. It is very difficult for me …

28 Oct

VELOCITY CREATIVE PROCESS BLOG SERIES #2 WITH KAJA IRWIN

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In this series we will follow the creative process of DJD company dancer Kaja Irwin for her piece in the upcoming Dancer Choreographed show Velocity. Velocity is on stage at the DJD Dance Centre from November 16-26, 2017. October 10, 2017 This week was exciting because the groove of the music really starts to come into …

26 Oct

Velocity Creative Process Blog Series with Kaja Irwin

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In this series we will follow the creative process of DJD company dancer Kaja Irwin for her piece in the upcoming Dancer Choreographed show Velocity. Velocity is on stage at the DJD Dance Centre from November 16-26, 2017. September 17, 2017  – Revealing the Chimera First rehearsal. The seed of an idea finally starts to take shape …

28 Apr

CALGARY HERALD REVIEW OF MODERN VAUDEVILLIANS

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Read Stephan Bonfield’s review of Modern Vaudevillians DJD brings bittersweet vaudeville era to life with sparkle and shine

3 Mar

Images of Dancers to Light up the Night Sky at the DJD Dance Centre

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The DJD Dance Centre is absolutely radiating with movement. A new art installation, called Take the Cake, by internationally renowned artistic team Hadley+Maxwell, is illuminating the top of the new dance centre. This piece of public art is the result of a national competition to animate the lightbox that crowns the new Kahanoff II Tower. …

29 Dec

Black and White Ball Committee

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THE BLACK & WHITE BALL DJD’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT MARCH 11, 2017 – PALLISER HOTEL WE NEED YOU! We are currently looking for Calgary’s best and brightest to sit on our volunteer event committee. We are looking for both lead and supporting roles on the committee. Join the 2017 Black & White Ball Committee to …

17 Oct

DJD’s Company Dancers: What to Expect at Marathon

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This year, six of Decidedly Jazz’s very own company dancers will be teaching at the annual Dance Class Marathon fundraiser Sunday October 23.  DJD is excited to offer participants an opportunity to learn from these talented artists, alongside other incredible DJD instructors in our new Dance Centre home!  All of DJD’s company dancers have been …

14 Oct

LETS TALK: MARATHON! DANCE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, JOANNE BAKER SHARES HER THOUGHTS.

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I have attended, taught, or participated in every Dance Class Marathon since 1993. Back in that first year, I was an apprentice dancer with the DJD Company and the Marathon ran over 3 days – Friday night to Sunday night. DJD had just moved into our new facility on 4th street after many great years …