Things are looking pretty flat when the world’s dancers lose all their jazz.  Now, it’s up to the coolest sleuth around, “The Detective,” to search for clues and find the missing jazz. With help from the mysterious and zany guide “The Vibe,” and a few tricks from the dancers, he searches high and low, now and then, here and there and everywhere, around the world and back again…and discovers that jazz dance is a lot closer than we think!

The Great Jazz History Mystery has been co-created by DJD Artistic Associate and Resident Choreographer Kimberley Cooper and writer Cory Bowles. Inspired by Looney Tunes, Dr. Seuss and, of course the history of jazz, the show takes the audience around the globe and back and forth through time. There is a wedding, a funeral, a robbery, a graduation, many crazy characters and of course a lot of dancing! Keep your eyes and ears out for “The Clues!”

The show follows the vast history of jazz dance, but also deals with some of these broad themes; problem solving, perseverance, creative thinking, and physical expression,  that can tie to your curriculum. The Great Jazz History Mystery also introduces children to the magic of live performance by professional artists.


Grades: K – 6
Duration: 45 minutes plus question and answer session
Availability: January 28 – February 5, 2016
Fee: Early bird pricing until June 26 – $700 + GST (regular price $800 + GST)
Booking contact: Carly Mulenga – 403-245-3533 or Email

Technical Requirements: The show is fully self-contained. Access to the performance space is required 1.5 hours pre-show for load in and set up as well as 30 minutes post-show for strike and load out. We perform on the gymnasium floor and require an area of 35′ wide X 30′ deep.