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 …

17 Mar

There is Something in the Details – Program

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Choreography: Michèle Moss and the dancers – through a system of devising and being alive in the moment Music (not including fragments): Pink Dragon (Parov Stelar) Shake Your Body – Down to the Ground (Hot 8 Brass Band) Clap Your Hands (Parov Stelar) Boxes and Squares (Tank and the Bangas) La Pègre (Nicolas Repac) Afro Drum …

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 …

9 Sep


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Created: June 22, 2020 Updated: June 7, 2021 OVERVIEW This document has been created in conjunction with the guidelines as provided by Alberta Health Services (AHS) for the COVID-19 Phase 2 Relaunch Strategy. VIEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENT adult STUDENT EXPECTATIONS Students are expected to familiarize themselves with all published protocols and policies prior to entering the …

31 Aug

The 35//50 Initiative

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On August 10, 2020, an amazing team of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) contributors put forth a call to action to the Calgary Arts community called The 35//50 Initiative. This initiative is a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and asks all Calgary arts organizations to move towards a more equitable performing arts …

27 Aug

Congratulations to Vicki Adams Willis!

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We are filled with pride and congratulations that our Founder in Residence Vicki Adams Willis, is receiving the UCalgary Alumni Association’s highest honour–the Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award recognizes a graduate who, over the course of their life, has made a notable contribution that’s improved their professional and personal success, and enriched the …

24 Jun

Summer Camp Protocols & Policies

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Created: June 22, 2020 Updated: This document will be updated as needed to be compliant with any AHS guideline updates. OVERVIEW This document has been created in conjunction with the guidelines as provided by Alberta Health Services (AHS) for the COVID-19 Phase 1 Relaunch Strategy. VIEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENT STUDENT EXPECTATIONS Families are expected to familiarize …

29 Apr

International Dance Day Message 2020

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My Fellow Dancers, don’t forget what we have in us how it feels to get down and to soar to laugh and cry with our bodies and how we can physically speak in ways even poetry can’t don’t forget touch and what it feels like to sync with other bodies harmonize breath to take up …

27 Apr

Cooking with DJD

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Coming together and sharing a meal is the one of most communal and binding things in almost every place around the world and our DJD community is no different. Many of our greatest memories surround breaking break together, from our famous potluck lunches to late night snacks after the Black & White Ball to post show nibbles on …

23 Apr

It should be Opening Night… (Beautiful Noise)

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It should be opening night. Adrenaline and excitement filled, chilled champagne, a great opening night outfit. Anticipation of a theatre filled with your beautiful faces waiting to see the premiere of the endless hours of work we have put our hearts, minds and bodies into… I’ve felt a lot of things in the past few …

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