Student dancers take to the Mainstage

For over three decades, Mainstage Dance has premiered professionally choreographed works performed by students in the Bachelor of Arts dance program. These University of Calgary students get a rare opportunity to participate in a collaborative process and create a piece of original dance work. “I’ve never done this type of piece before,” says Jason Galeos,… Continue reading Student dancers take to the Mainstage

40 years of Dance Montage

The last time Anne Flynn was the artistic director of Dance Montage in 1995, most of the student dancers in this year’s show were still in elementary school. After previous artistic director Dawn Dymond moved to the United States with her family, University of Calgary dance professor Flynn wasn’t intimidated about going back to the… Continue reading 40 years of Dance Montage

Fine arts dance show asks a big question

It’s a question that every artist eventually has to ask themselves: Why do art? The Michèle Moss-choreographed Why Dance? Two aims to answer this very question, taking diverse styles, from West African dance to house music, into its choreographic influences. “Some of my research is in West Africa and Cuba,” says Moss. “That’s very important… Continue reading Fine arts dance show asks a big question

Something for everyone

Having been run for just under four decades, the University of Calgary’s Dance Montage is Calgary’s longest running dance show. Originally created to feature dances created by students in the faculty of kinesiology, it has grown over the years to feature university students, grad students and community members. The show’s creation begins in May. Choreographers’… Continue reading Something for everyone

Nutcracker won’t hurt at all

Alberta Ballet is putting on the Christmas classic the Nutcracker again. Whatever you might have heard, it definitely isn’t about your creepy uncle. “It’s really the coach of the company,” says Edmund Stripe of his job as ballet master. “I basically oversee taking the classes for the dancers in the morning, and taking the rehearsals… Continue reading Nutcracker won’t hurt at all

Dance Review: A capable montage

Any event that happens 37 times over 37 consecutive years deserves some ample respect, and the annual University of Calgary Dance Montage is no exception. Exuberant dancers of various skill levels chasseed across the University Theatre stage this weekend with flair, flamboyance and fun aplenty. Tickets were near sold out opening night and the theatre… Continue reading Dance Review: A capable montage

Dance Preview: The subject of debate

What do a politician, Socrates and Zab Maboungou have in common? The answer is they all like to debate–how they choose to do it, on the other hand, is a bit different. Politicians and Socrates choose to convey their arguments through words, whereas dancer Maboungou chooses a different approach to debating. Maboungo’s latest work Nsamu–which… Continue reading Dance Preview: The subject of debate