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. …

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 …

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