We believe dance is for everyone. As Calgary’s largest dance school, we offer a wide variety of classes for all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals.

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"Rebecca is a great teacher. Her combos and exercises are fun and thoroughly explained, and she takes the time to ensure everyone is comfortable where they are at. Highly recommend!"

Kate W.| Jazz Beginner


The DJD professional company is made up of a small group of unique and spectacular dancers with diverse training and backgrounds.  

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With over 35 years of experience in performance and instruction, our training programs offer students a place to learn and grow within jazz dance.

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“The feedback offered in PTP is extremely personalized so I came out of my experience with knowledge that continues to process through my body and mind.”

Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson| Professional Training Program


DJD hosts a number of special events, from the Black & White Ball to Opening Night Celebrations to Artist Talkbacks.

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“...one of the best events there is - Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) Black White Ball…”

Bill Brooks| The Black & White Ball

DJD was born in 1984 to keep the spirit of jazz alive.

Jazz is born of Black American culture and its roots lie in the turbulent history of the African American experience. We acknowledge this history and recognize ourselves as guests in this form. We are inspired by and benefit from traditions born of a culture that is not our own. We strive to be respectful in honouring the roots and history of jazz, we dance with reverence for those who came before us, we dig deep to go forward, we strive to appreciate rather than appropriate. 

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Message from the Artistic Director

Kimberley Cooper

I saw my first jazz music concert since March 2020 last weekend.  It was a small, distanced crowd, we all wore masks including the band.  I was surprised by how moving it was, how I was either smiling until my face hurt or choking up throughout the performance.  What it felt like in the space, I was sitting near the drummer and could really feel the percussion.  Watching the musicians communicate with each other with their eyes, they had fully admitted they hadn’t played together in a year and explained there might be more improvising than usual. At any rate it was a wonderful concert.  It reminded me why I do what I do, and love what I love…

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Decidedly Jazz Society is a Canadian registered charity. The generosity of our many individual and corporate donors enriches our community through jazz dance.