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Acclaim & Accolades

decidedly-jazz-danceworks-accepting-ild-youth-awardDecidedly Jazz Danceworks enriches lives by engaging people in exploring, evolving and promoting the art of jazz dance. Our professional performances are eclectic, exciting and high energy.

Regardless of the style or theme of a particular show, at the heart of DJD’s dance is an authentic respect for and connection to jazz music, especially live music which has led many to describe our dance as “music for the eyes.”

djd is proud to have been recognized by receiving the following awards:

2016-2018- Metro Calgary Community Choice – Best Dance Studio
2017 –  DJD Executive Director Kathi Sundstrom –The City of Calgary’s Community Achievement Award for the Arts
2017 – Best of Calgary – Best Dance Company
2017- Best of Calgary – Best Dance Company
2014 – DJD’s Artistic Director Kimberley Cooper is awarded the Chrystal Prize from Dance Victoria
1999-2014 – The ffwd Reader’s Choice Award was presented to DJD for Best Dance Company.
2013 – DJD received the Light House Award from the Calgary Board of Education in recognition of the organization’s contributions to the CBE, its schools and its programs.
2013 – DJD received the national I love Dance Award for YOUTH by the Canadian Dance Assembly for our work with the inner city Connaught School.
2005 – Kathi Sundstrom, Executive Director was awarded the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management.
2002 – The Alberta Dance Alliance honoured Kimberley Cooper with the Emerging Artist of the Year award.
2000 – Canadian Institute for Theatrical Technology (CITT) honoured DJD with the CITT Award of Technical Merit.


Founder in Residence, Vicki Adams Willis has been honoured with the following:

    • 2017 Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 25 Influential Alberta Artists Award
    • 2016 MacLachlan Community Beacon Award (Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions)
    • 2009 Established Artist Award (Mayor’s Evening for Business and the Arts)
    • 2007 U of C Women’s Resource Centre Achievement Recognition
    • 2006 Named one of the University of Calgary’s Top 40 Alumni
    • 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal
    • 2005 University of Calgary, Fine Arts Entrance Award named in her honour
    • 2005 City of Calgary Community Achievement Award for the Arts
    • 2001 Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award
    • 1980 University of Calgary, Superior Teacher Award


    what’S been shared about Us

    “You listen. You look. And you say yes. That’s what music should look like.” – Calgary Herald

    “…entertains simply by the ingenious way it moves through an amazing variety of styles…and the audience…gave standing ovations both nights.” – Dance International Magazine

    “We were absolutely blown away – what a stunning production…your dancers were marvellous – thrilling to watch. Ms. Richardson is a national treasure – what a treat to hear her sing. Your work is so engaging, so fundamentally humane, it makes me feel I can dance – that dance is the logical natural form of human expression.”
    – Audience member, St. Catharines ON

    “Such energy, such originality, such freshness.” – Audience member, Victoria BC

    “They are the most innovative and genuinely creative dance company in the country, by any measurement.”
    – Tommy Banks

    “…thoroughly enjoyable, high energy combination of dance and music that obviously leaves the crowd spirited and inspired.”
    – Dance Connection magazine

    “…entertains simply by the ingenious way it moves through an amazing variety of styles…and the audience…gave standing ovations both nights.”
    – Dance International Magazine

    “Plenty of ‘wow’ in DJD production… DJD forges ahead into bold new territory…”
    – Calgary Herald

    “It’s progressive. It’s visually spectacular.”
      – Swerve Magazine

    “…high-octane dance performed by a troupe of wildly talented, technically expert performers…” – Victoria Times Colonist

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