27 Mar

Happy 37th Anniversary DJD! – A Message from Founder Vicki Adams Willis

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It was a completely unexpected life path diversion that began with the simple suggestion: “Why don’t we start a little dance company?” We had no idea, absolutely NO idea, what an intense and ridiculously challenging, yet charmed journey we were about to embark on…. It was 1983 and I had just returned from a revitalizing …

2 Dec

PTP Interview Series: Program Director, Jamie Freeman-Cormack

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To start off our Professional Training Program Interview Series we asked Program Director Jamie Freeman-Cormack what the experience of running the program has been like this year amidst the pandemic and how it compares to the previous 10 years of her teaching. Check out what she had to say below: As you know, dance does …

11 Mar

PEOPLE OF DJD – BLACK & WHITE BALL PERFORMERS – PENGUINS ON BROADWAY

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We had the chance to ask Brad McIntosh, creator and lead singer for the Penguins on Broadway, about some of his favourite things about performing at the Black & White Ball over the years. A Note from Brad:  “I have attached a pic that I love entitled the ‘The Quiet before the Storm’. There is …

6 Mar

BLACK & WHITE BALL 2020 STYLE GUIDE: 1920’S ICONS

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The Roaring 20’s were full of glamorous and unique make up looks and we think this year’s Black & White Ball is the perfect occasion to revive and have some fun paying tribute to some of the 1920s leading ladies. Below you can find three of the most famous style icons from the 1920s and …

24 Feb

PEOPLE OF DJD – BLACK & WHITE BALL COMMITTEE CHAIR – CLAIRE AUROI

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Part of the Black & White Ball planning is done by the Black & White Ball Committee. This year our Black & White Ball committee Chairpersons are Jina Morissette, Taylor Brown and Claire Auroi. We had the chance to interview Claire about her favourite parts and memories of attending the Black & White Ball throughout …

27 Jan

INTERVIEW WITH SARAH DOUCET – COSTUME DESIGNER, JULIET & ROMEO

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The costumes in Juliet & Romeo are a work of art in and of themselves. We had a lovely chat with costume designer Sarah Doucet, who designed the pieces for the 2017 run and flew in prior to the 2019/2020 tour to adjust and dress the current company members for the remount. Speaking to Sarah gives …

18 Jan

PEOPLE OF DJD – NICK FRASER – JULIET & ROMEO MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND COMPOSER

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1. THE MUSIC FOR J&R IS VERY POWERFUL, WHERE DID YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM TO CREATE SUCH PASSIONATE PIECES OF MUSIC? Thanks! The MAIN inspiration was the amazing Kim Cooper, since she asked me to do the work! I often think of Igor Stravinsky’s idea that the notion of “inspiration” is backwards; people don’t get inspired TO …

16 Jan

PEOPLE OF DJD – INTERVIEW WITH NATASHA KORNEY – JULIET & ROMEO NARRATOR, COMPANY DANCER

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with Natasha Korney, narrator and dancer is Juliet and Romeo during a short break between rehearsals to discuss her experience in this dynamic role. Check out our back and forth below: Question: How does adding the role of narrator change your experience as an artist? Natasha explained that …

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