27 Mar

Happy 36th Birthday DJD!

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Please enjoy a poignant birthday message from our Artistic Director, Kimberley Cooper. Happy 36th Birthday DJD! Forgive me for being extra sentimental today. Sometime shortly after we moved in to the DJD Dance Centre, someone asked me to write something for something, I can’t remember what… I imagined I was the building and wrote this …

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 …

9 Mar

PEOPLE OF DJD – BLACK AND WHITE BALL PERFORMER – THE CARIFEST DANCERS

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DJD’s annual Black and White Ball is a fundraising event unlike no other. The community initiative primarily fundraising for the Children’s Bursary Fund, offers a night of indulgence, opulence and entertainment. Weaved throughout the Fairmont Palliser, are pop up performances from the lobby to the Crystal Ballroom. The Decidedly Jazz Company Dancers, living statues, musicians …

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 …

3 Mar

PEOPLE OF DJD – BLACK & WHITE BALL PHOTOGRAPHER – MICHAEL GRONDIN

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One of the best things about getting ready for The Black and White Ball is reminiscing over the great times had in the past. Capturing the essence of the evening once again, we have Michael Grondin, freelance photographer of music, fashion, nightlife and culture in the city of Calgary. Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BLACK …

29 Feb

PEOPLE OF DJD – BLACK & WHITE BALL PERFORMER – LUCY’S ANGELS

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DJD’s annual Black and White Ball is a fundraising event unlike no other. The community initiative primarily fundraising for the Children’s Bursary Fund, offers a night of indulgence, opulence and entertainment. Weaved throughout the Fairmont Palliser, are pop up performances from the lobby to the Crystal Ballroom. The Decidedly Jazz Company Dancers, living statues, musicians …

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 …

21 Jan

THOUGHTS FROM AN ENGLISH TEACHER ON JULIET & ROMEO

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Juliet and Romeo: a beautifully haunting reimagining of the “star-cross’d lovers” for the 21st century By Curtis Petrie Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Juliet and Romeo is a 21st century meta take on William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Kimberley Cooper and Cory Bowles’ adaptation is sinuous proof of the eternal relevance of the Bard’s version. The trope of the star-crossed …

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 …

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