14 Oct


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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 …

25 Jul


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Join us we celebrate Alberta Culture Days 2016! The seventh annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative …

5 Mar

A Gentleman’s Guide To Prepping For The Black and White Ball

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The Black and White Ball is an event that embraces an eclectic style, well-curated live performances and most importantly, the essence of dance. The event encourages its patrons to slip into a time machine and experience a night set in the famous jazz era of the 1920’s. The 1920’s was the era that set the …

29 Feb

Where are they now? Kathleen Doherty – Professional Traing Program Alumni

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Kathleen Doherty was a student in DJD’s Professional Training Program from 2009-2011. Since returning home to Halifax in 2012, Kathleen has been very active in the local dance community as a dancer, choreographer, improviser, teacher, director and administrator. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Votive Dance, founded in 2012 to provide more choreographic and …

22 Feb

Where are they now? Madeleine Suddaby – Professional Traing Program Alumni

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Madeleine’s acceptance into the Professional Training Program was a bit of a surprise, as she was actively pursuing a career in musical theatre after graduating university, and auditioned for the program on a whim, but she decided to go for it anyway. It was a welcome experience, as it reignited her love for dance, movement …

16 Feb

Where are they now? Paige Sealey – Professional Training Program Alumni

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Upon graduating from DJD’s Professional Training program in 2010, Paige spent the summer in Toronto on scholarship dancing as an apprentice with Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet Company. It was then when she auditioned for the Walt Disney Company which began her journey as a cast member in different ares over the past 5 years both …

4 Feb

DJD Northern Ontario Tour – The Photos!

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Before our show in Dryden Cam setting lights     The cast with Huskie the Muskie in Kenora In Gerldton         Kaleb warming up in Fort Frances The cast at Dryden Region Cultural Centre In Gerldton The views in Dryden       Warming up in Fort Frances Workshop in Dryden Northern …

20 Jan

DJD Northern Ontario Tour – Geraldton

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When the only bridge that connects both sides of the country cracks, you set up shop in the city town community of Geraldton… It is day 6 of DJD’s Northern Ontario tour of the Great Jazz History Mystery. A cast of 6 and our fearless Technical Director Cam have packed up our lives and flown …

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. …