Not Your Average Holiday Show!

Join Alberta Dance Theatre’s company of young dancers ages 7-17 as they explore the world of Mrs. Goody’s Enchanted Toy Shop under the guidance of local professional choreographers. From toy soldiers, slinkies, and ballerinas dolls that come to life at midnight, to learning how to empathize, we know audiences will be delighted and surprised by this heartwarming holiday show. 

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Join us after our Friday evening performance for our Opening Night Gala! You'll have a chance to meet the Artistic Team, participate in our Silent Auction Fundraiser, and mingle with our young company members. 

 

The Enchanted Toy Shop is perfect for all ages, from the young to the young at heart and everyone in between!

 

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is an accessible venue.

 

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.

The Enchanted Toy Shop Creative Team
Kara Bullock
Choreographer

Kara Bullock aims to work in partnership with community to create meaningful, shared experiences of movement-based performance. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities, choreographed her own solo work and toured nationally as a performer. Kara is excited to create a collaborative work with the dancers of ADT because she believes in the power of fostering creativity with youth. The impact of encouraging young dancers to express their choreographic truth is felt by their friends, families and audiences. This feeds Kara’s desire to create in community and build resonant work from research to performance.

Maryn Bjorndahl
Choreographer

Maryn Bjorndahl is a Calgary based emerging dance artist. She completed her BFA in Dance from the University of Calgary in 2017. Being heavily involved as a performer and choreographer throughout her degree, Maryn has had the opportunity to work with local and international dance artists who have expanded her perception of the art form. Local credits include performances with the Alberta Dance Festival, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, kloetzel&co, W&M Dance Projects, Mount Royal Artio Choir, and Skylines Dance Festival. Maryn is excited to be a part of ADT this year, and can’t wait to explore the creative process with those involved.

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). 

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 laurenacheson.com

Janelle Schiffner
Choreographer

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.

Chantal Gandar
Choreographer

Chantal Gandar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Dance, from The University of Calgary, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from The University of Arizona. She grew up dancing at Crossings Dance and went on to be an instructor there for many years, as well as a guest choreographer for Crossings Youth Dance Company. She worked as Artistic Director for Corps Bara Dance Theatre from 2010-2014 and now sits on the board for the company. She is in her second season as a Sessional Dance Instructor and Production Director for Ambrose University, and is the Dance Coordinator for Ambrose Arts. After appreciating ADT as an important part of the Calgary arts community for many years, Chantal is excited to work with the energetic and creative dancers of Alberta Dance Theatre in bringing the Enchanted Toy Shop to life!

Jessalyn Britton 
Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer

Check back to learn about Jessalyn!

Dean Lauderdale
Composer

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.

Sasha Wilde
Choreographer

Sasha Wilde is a Calgary based dance artist passionate about performance, choreography and dance education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Dance from The School of Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with The University of Winnipeg (2017). Since graduation Sasha has danced professionally in Alberta and Manitoba. Most recently she performed a self-choreographed solo at Edmonton’s Nextfest Emerging Artist Festival and Calgary’s Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists. Sasha is passionate about facilitating the creative expression of young performers, she works throughout Calgary as a dance teacher and choreographer for various youth dance/performance groups. Sasha is Alberta Dance Theatre Alumni and is thrilled to return as a choreographer for the Enchanted Toy Shop. She looks back fondly upon her time dancing with ADT and is excited to have come full circle to choreograph for the 2019 ADT dancers!

Lisbeth Maidment
Choreographer

Lisbeth Maidment is a Calgary based dancer, actor, performer, choreographer and educator.  She’s passionate about sharing the joy of movement and encouraging imagination and exploration in people of all ages, but particularly in children.  Lisbeth returned to Calgary after training, studying and dancing professionally in Toronto, with a passion to grow and foster the performing arts in Calgary.  She loves performing in many various styles of dance and adores creating fusion pieces.
She's very excited to be choreographing for ADT this season, as it brings her professional dance journey full circle. Years ago Lisbeth danced with ADT as a young, inexperienced but very keen performer and is very excited to be working with the next generation of keen performers. She highly respects the vision and philosophy behind ADTs work and is thrilled to be a part of the creative team! 

Jeff Eisen
Production Design

Jeff Eisen has been a commercial artist, designer and creative director for over three decades.  After finishing three years at the Ontario College of Art, Jeff continued to explore a variety of different ways to express himself, adding computers to his repertoire in the mid 1990s.  With a wealth of industry and practical knowledge, he has found teaching to be the perfect place to share his experience and apply his skills to educate the next generation of creative students.  He looks forward to being a part of this wonderful ADT production and helping to create a magical world for misunderstood monsters.

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