1 Oct

Welcome to our 2015/2016 Season

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As our 2015/2016 gets started with the Company back in the studio learning choreography for our fall production, the new batch of Professional Training Program students cramming their heads and bodies full of new jazz knowledge and with our fall classes in full swing we want to share some thoughts about how we see jazz …

17 Apr

Behind the scenes of Ziriguidum – The story of Cia Vatá

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For the spring production, Ziriguidum, DJD is sharing the stage with Cia Vatá, a celebrated dance and music company from Brazil. Here is a bit of background to give context to the show and the performers, while watching Ziriguidum! The company was started in 1994 by Valéria Pinheiro, Cia Vata Artistic Director, Choreographer and performer. …

13 Apr

Behind the Scenes of Ziriguidum- The Music

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In DJD’s spring show, Ziriguidum, the music plays a huge part in how the messages of the show are conveyed. This is what Rubim de Toledo, a Calgary jazz bassist and Music Director of DJD, had to say about the music of Ziriguidum.   “The show will be split up into two acts. The first …

13 Apr

Hearing “Ziriguidum” for the First Time

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DJD has been working vigorously with the Cia Vata Dance Company in Brazil since May 2014 to create a spectacular show playing at Theatre Junction GRAND April 24 to May 2. The two companies will be sharing the stage and exploring this concept of “Ziriguidum,” both in the traditional Brazilian form and its meaning to …

31 Mar

Black & White Ball – Best Dressed

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From jailbirds to referees to flappers, The Black and White ball saw it all! We teamed up with Carmen NG from the Nobles Management Models, to help us pick out the evening’s most glamorous style! Best Dressed Lady: Deniz Basibuyuk We chose Deniz as the best-dressed woman, because of her original style and own personal …

31 Jan

Borderland – Behind the Scenes

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The thought of it at first was nerve racking ; creating a piece of choreography within a 6 week time frame, not knowing what I wanted to create and how I wanted it to flow… In the blink of an eye its show week, and we are ready to rock like the soldiers we are. …

30 Jan

Borderland – Rubens Inspiration

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The name of my piece is “Love is Water.” This piece is about sadness and struggle. In Brazil I have done dance research based on the theme of love, and I decided to continue my research in that direction. The dancers are dancing to a bossa nova. To me, the bossa nova can be both …

26 Jan

Borderland – A day in the life

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Borderland opens tomorrow! I’m so excited to share my work with all of you this week. Many of you are curious about that a day in the life of a dancer is like, so here is a typical day in mine. See you soon, Audrey          

26 Jan

Borderland – The Music 2

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For me it always starts with the music.  It’s everything really, not just with dance but in all aspects of my life. It’s my muse. I think I started dancing in the first place because of my love for music (but only through being with DJD the past 7 years have I come to truly believe …

20 Jan

Borderland – Rodney’s Inspiration

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Into the Light, Out of the Blue Music – Kay My Dear- Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters THE BACKSTORY In the summer of 2006, I experienced a near-drowning experience wading in, what we called as kids, “Lake Marrón” (brown lake). Calm and shallow, Marrón’s waters were welcoming, but with each gust of wind, the underwater …