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Youth from dance studios across the City of Calgary gather annually to create alongside professional choreographers for 10-12 weeks. The result is a completely original dance and theatre performance. We have our 2019 and 2020 productions available to watch online! Grab that hot chocolate and celebrate Christmas in the Summer with us!
Alberta Dance Theatre is based in Moh’kinsstis, the traditional Treaty 7 territory and traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We acknowledge all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.
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Meet The Creative Team For Our 2021-2022 Season
Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer
Jessalyn has had a lifelong passion for dance. She holds a B.A. in Contemporary Dance with distinction from the University of Calgary and danced with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Professional Training Program for three seasons. Upon graduation, Jessalyn danced professionally with dance theatre company kloetzel&co. for several seasons where she performed in Professional Series, Toronto’s Dusk Dances, and in the full length work "The Alice Odyssey.” Jessalyn was also a Corps Bara company member as well as company manager. Independently, she has had the opportunity to perform and choreograph in dance events throughout Alberta and B.C, has self-produced three full length shows CrossCurrents, and co-created the dance company ESIRA. Jessalyn is currently co-Artistic Director and General manager of Alberta Dance Theatre and teaches in YYC studios and schools.
Hailing from Calgary, Jocelyn is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and holds her Master of Arts from The London Contemporary Dance School (London, UK). Jocelyn has performed for numerous independent artists and companies in Toronto, Calgary and London, UK. Her lively, musically-based choreography has been presented across Canada as well as in the UK and Europe, at The Summerworks Performance Festival, Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend, Springboard’s Fluid Fest, EDge on Tour, Dancers' Studio West, and Kaeja’s Winddown Dance, among others. Jocelyn's practice and choreography also include music performance and composition, as well as puppetry and elements of authentic and vernacular jazz. Jocelyn was honoured to be the recipient of the inaugural Winchester Prize for Choreographic Distinction. She is an alumna of Alberta Dance Theatre.
Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer,
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 of all ages to develop a love for movement. Alicia can be found performing throughout Alberta with her new storytelling series for young audiences, Colour Me Sad. She performs mainly for littles and those who are young at heart. Recent Credits: Itty Bitty Arts Day (Arts Commons), Go Go Peek-a-Boo and Nutcracker in a Nutshell (Bach Tots).
Lauren is a scenographer living and working in Mohkinstsis, also known as Calgary. This is their third show with ADT and they are so happy to be back, hopefully in a real theatre this year! Other credits include: set and lighting design, Bright Lights (Theatre BSMT) - set and costume design, Love and Information (Calgary Young People's Theatre) - set and lighting design, Tape (Ignition Theatre) - associate production design, Premium Content (Major Matt Mason Collective/High Performance Rodeo). Lauren holds a diploma in Theatre and Entertainment Production from Red Deer College and a certificate in Set and Costume Design from The National Theatre School of Canada. You can check out some of their design work at laurenacheson.com
Stephanie Jurkova-Abaco is an emerging performer and choreographer in the final year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degree at the University of Calgary. Having originated from rhythmic gymnastics, her passion for movement was later challenged by the rigid structures of ballroom dance before flourishing through contemporary and vernacular jazz forms. In parallel to her undergraduate education, Stephanie is immersed in Decidedly Jazz Dancework’s Professional Training Program. Creatively, Stephanie is intrigued by unconventional connections, seeking different ways of partnering and negotiating personal space. Her choreographic work has been showcased as part of the IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists.
Dean Lauderdale is a Calgary-born musician and has an immense passion for teaching, performing and writing music. With over 10 years of experience, Dean has been teaching privately, ranging in all skill levels at his home studio as well as at Long & McQuade and Forte Music. He is also very involved with the Youth Singers of Calgary and is currently Director with ONCUE, an a cappella ensemble, and Assistant Director for the JUNIOR HI division. 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. This is Dean’s second year with Alberta Dance Theatre having been brought on as musical composer. He greatly enjoys the creative and collaborative nature of the role and hopes to do more projects like this in the future.