Alberta Dance Theatre Presents
Deck The Halls

November 20-22, 2020
cSPACE King Edward
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Inspiring & Imaginative

Family Entertainment!

Join the cast of Deck the Halls in celebrating the very best of the season and all that makes life worth living in the long, long run! 

Youth from dance studios across the city of Calgary have gathered to create alongside professional choreographers for 10 weeks. The result is a completely original dance and theatre performance featuring zany twists on your favourite holiday stories. Reindeer, ghosts, masquerade balls, Krampus, and outrageous winter outfits fill the hallways and stairwells during this mostly standing performance tour of cSPACE KING EDWARD. Audience sizes per performance are limited to 15 people. 

Alberta Dance Theatre is based in Mohkinstsis located in the Treaty 7 region and traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut'ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

All audience members are requested to wear a mask and not attend if they:
- have experienced a fever of 38 degrees celsius or greater within 14 days of attending 
- have received a positive result from a COVID-19 test or been exposed to someone who has had a positive test result
- are experiencing or have been in contact with someone who has experienced cough, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, shortness of breath, or sore throat within 14 days of attending
- travelled or been in contact with someone who has travelled outside of Canada within 14 days of attending

Seating will be available occasionally throughout the performance. Elevator use is available. The performance lasts approximately 1 hour. 

If the ticket price is a barrier to you attending this show please email to make other arrangements. 

Deck the Halls is Sponsored By
Meet The Creative Team
Kaja Irwin

Kaja is a Winnipeg born dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. Both in 2017 and 2018, Irwin had the pleasure of

creating new choreographic works for the Annual Alberta Dance Festival and works with Alberta Dance Theatre. In fall 2017, Irwin created a solo piece for the Physical Therapy Cabaret for Fluid Festival, which developed further into a piece presented by to the AWE in 2019. In 2015, she was a juried choreographer at the 60X60 FESTIVAL in Toronto, ON and in

2014, her solo performance ‘MAIM’ was exhibited in Ottawa, CA and Amsterdam, NL. Kaja is currently based in Calgary

and is thrilled to be entering into her sixth season with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

Alicia Ward
Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer,
Theatre Artist

Alicia Ward is an enthusiastic human being who loves performing, teaching and promoting a passion for performance art. Throughout the year Alicia finds herself instructing drama and dance to all ages at various studios throughout the city. She also loves large amounts of organizational tasks! Alicia works administratively for a number of education and arts focused companies including co-founding Triple Bill Weekends and the Young Adventurer Society, and working with the International tap dance festival Rhythm, Body, and Soul. Alicia is passionate about growing the artist community in Calgary and fostering opportunities for dancers, no matter how young, to develop a love for movement. She can be found performing throughout Alberta. Her favourite is performing for littles and those who are young at heart. Recent Credits:  Itty Bitty Arts Day (Arts Commons), Colour Me Sad (Music with Mandy), and Nutcracker in a Nutshell (Bach Tots). 

Dean Lauderdale

Dean Lauderdale is a Calgary-based musician, who specializes in teaching and performing. Dean teaches private voice/guitar/piano lessons of all skill levels at his home studio as well as at Long & McQuade. He is highly involved in the Calgary music scene, performing with his a cappella group, ONCUE, and as a one-man-band at venues all around Calgary. Dean holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Humber College as well as a Music Diploma in Classical Vocal Performance from Mount Royal University. Apart from teaching and performing, Dean is a songwriter, composer, and arranger and is excited to debut his work in The Enchanted Toy Shop with Alberta Dance Theatre.

Janelle Schiffner

Janelle has been dancing for over 25 years, training at various schools around Calgary. She holds a Bachelors of Art degree in Contemporary Dance with a Concentration in Choreography and Performance, from the University of Calgary. Janelle has participated in dance travel studies around the world, including New York City, Cuba, and Amsterdam. Janelle studied jazz at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks with their Professional Training Program. She continues to share her love of dance and knowledge by teaching dance and piano in the community. Janelle is an alumni “Children in Dance” and “Alberta Dance Theatre” dancer and is extremely excited to be back collaborating as a choreographer. Alberta Dance Theatre has played an integral role in shaping her as a creative artist.

Jessalyn Britton 
Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer

Jessalyn Britton has had a lifelong passion for dance. She is involved inmany areas of the Calgary dance community including performing, choreographing, teaching, directing and producing. She holds a B.A.

in Contemporary Dance with distinction from the University of Calgary. Post graduation, Jessalyn danced with Decidedly Jazz

Danceworks Professional Training Program for three seasons. She has worked with dance theatre company kloetzel&co and was a company member for Corps Bara Dance Theatre. Jessalyn was Co-Artistic Director and Producer of CrossCurrents Dance Productions which produced three full length dance shows (2013-2016). She is currently Co-Artistic Director of ESIRA Dance and teaches at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Counterpoint Dance Academy. Jessalyn is thrilled to be apart of the Alberta Dance Theatre family as Co-Artistic Director for The Enchanted Toy Shop and would like to thank all the dancers, families, choreographers, production team, board of directors, and especially her Co-Artistic Director Alicia for a wonderful first season. 

Robyn Harris

Robyn Harris is Calgary-based dancer and choreographer with over twenty years of

dance experience. An alumni of Alberta Dance Theatre, she is thrilled to be returning

to the company wearing a new hat! Robyn has choreographed for shows including

Alberta Dance Theatre’s League of Monsters, Dance Montage, EDSNA’s Evening of

Hope, and the teen performance group at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. She has

trained extensively in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Chicago, and Sydney,

Australia. Robyn is passionate about teaching the choreographic process to the next

generation of choreographers and dancers, and is so proud of all of ADT’s hard

working dancers!

Lauren Acheson
Lighting Designer

Lauren is a scenographer, maquette builder and lighting technician working in theatre, dance and events in and around Calgary. Select design credits include: set/costume design, Love and Information (CYPT) -- set/lighting design, Tape (Ignition Theatre) -- set/lighting design, C**k (ACT) -- production design, Gruesome Playground Injuries (Ignition Theatre) -- set/lighting design, Bright Lights (Theatre BSMT) -- set/costume design, Clarence Darrow (SeaDreamer) -- set/lighting design, Breathe (Ignite! Festival/Sage Theatre) -- lighting design, The Year of Magical Thinking (Ignition Theatre) -- production design, Ivan and the Dogs (Tin Man) -- lighting design, King Kirby (Sage Theatre). Upcoming: Lauren will be the design associate on the remount of Premium Content (Major Matt Mason) for the High Performance Rodeo in January, and as the design mentor for Common Ground V Festival in April. Some of Lauren's work can be viewed online at

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