15 Nov

The Costumes of Year of the Horse

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with Natalie Purschwitz to talk about designing the costumes for Year of the Horse: The Completely Fictional Adventures of Josephine Baker. We asked Natalie a to explain a few things about the costumes, hoping to give you, our audience, a better taste for what goes into the process …

12 Nov

About the music: Year of the Horse Q&A with Rubim de Toledo

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  Music is the backbone to any dance production and DJD’s newest show, Year of the Horse: The Completely Fictional Adventures of Josephine Baker, is no exception. From the beginning, Year of the Horse has your feet taping and inner jazz-lover smiling. Combined with the artistic direction of Kimberly Cooper and dancing prowess of the …

2 Oct

DJD presents the new DJD Loyalty Card

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  On the first day of dance classes this Fall, DJD students were surprised to receive our first ever DJD Loyalty Card. In it, students and their friends have access to a number of discounts and loyalty perks as a way for us to say “thanks for moving with us”! In the card pack, students …

8 Sep

DJD celebrates Alberta Culture Days with two events

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Alberta Culture Days is happening September 26th – 28th and is recognized as a three-day province-wide celebration of Alberta’s arts and cultural communities. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is participating this year with two events – a public rehearsal for upcoming performance “Year of the Horse,” and A DJD family dance lesson. Here is all the info …

26 Aug

New brand and website discussion with Calgary designer Micheal McKay

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We’re so thrilled with our new brand and website we felt this new direction for DJD needed some explanation. And who better to tell us a bit more about these bold designs than the person who designed them – Calgary designer Micheal McKay from Broken Box Studios. Here is a quick discussion we had with Micheal: …

18 Jun

Day in the life: Sylvie Moquin

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To continue our Day in The Life Series we spoke with DJD Professional Training Program Member Sylvie Moquin about her daily routine and about dance. Here’s our Q&A with Sylvie. Please state your name, age, place of birth, current place of residence? Sylvie Moquin. 23. Born and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. Lived in Toronto, …

11 Jun

DJD Wins Best Of Calgary

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We’re thrilled to be awarded “Best Dance Company” in Fast Forward Weekly’s Best of Calgary Awards and we have all of you to thank! Decidedly Jazz Danceworks has been operating for 30 years now (our birthday this year!) and we’re a living and breathing vision of what original founders Vicki Adams Willis, Michele Moss and …

11 Jun

Enriching lives with DJDs Send a Kid to Camp

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DJD is committed to enriching the lives of everyone in our community and this means reaching out to the underprivileged children of our city and providing an opportunity to connect with the arts through dance.   What does the gift of dance do? Thanks to this program these children are given the gift of dance …

15 May

Kim is off to Brazil

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The task, if you choose to accept it, is to spend three years researching various Brazilian dance styles, collaborate with foreign dance groups, teach these dance styles to local pros, take local pros on a reconnaissance trip to Brazil, build a production around it all and sell tickets. That’s the task currently on new DJD …

27 Apr

DJD Celebrates International Jazz Day with Ground-Breaking for new facility

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CALGARY, AB… As one of the major players in Calgary’s Jazz scene, DJD will show many facets of itself on International Jazz Day on April 30. To start the day, at 10:30 a.m., DJD will host a ground-breaking ceremony for one of Calgary’s most exciting new arts facilities – the Decidedly Jazz Dance Centre – …