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Inspiring & Imaginative Family Entertainment
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A shadow moves. A heart beats. 

One child finds their destiny.

Youth from across the City of Calgary gather annually to create alongside professional choreographers for 11 weeks. The result is a completely original, family friendly dance and theatre performance.

Gloom is a gray place to live. The town wasn't always this way but no one can remember anything different. Rory and his mother live in Gloom, struggling to make ends meet and finding small joys, but Rory yearns for more. He finds a job cleaning at a Manor House whose master, and butler, and rooms hold endless secrets. Rory must defy everyone around him to discover the truth about the manor house, the truth about Gloom and even the truth about himself. With fear and loneliness clawing at his heart will Rory find his potential in time to save Gloom and it's inhabitants?

The Youth Artists at ADT are thrilled to adapt this novel by Ronald L. Smith to the stage. Follow us on instagram for sneak peeks into the creation process!

Thanks to Jeff Eisen for the Poster Design.

​In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Iyarhe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Otipemisiwak Métis Government of the Métis Nation within Alberta District 6. Finally, we acknowledge all people who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.

Tickets on Sale September 2024!

2024 School Matinee Bookings Are Now Open
Friday, December 1, 2024 / 10:30am / Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
Sliding Scale Tickets / $5 - $10 per student.

Contact Alicia Ward to book your class

alicia@albertadancetheatre.com

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Meet The Creative Team For Our 2024-2025 Season
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Jessalyn Britton 
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. 

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Kobe Hill
Choreographer

Kobe has lived in Calgary their entire life, and has been dancing with ADT for one decade. After graduating last year in 2022, they have returned to continue being a part of the ADT community. They have grown up with Alberta Dance Theatre, and have been enthused to be able to share the ADT experience with other dancers. They have also acted as a choreographer and sound director for the 2023 CYPT (Calgary Young People's Theatre) Cannonball Festival. They are excited to continue their artistic journey in future years and to hopefully return to ADT after studying Arts and Education in post-secondary.

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Dean Lauderdale
Composer

Dean Lauderdale, a Calgary-born musician, is a versatile artist with a deep passion for music. With over 10 years of experience, he excels in teaching, performing, and composing. Dean teaches privately at his studio and Long & McQuade, while also serving as Director of ONCUE, a professional a cappella ensemble, and Assistant Director for the JUNIOR HI division at the Youth Singers of Calgary.

 

Dean's academic achievements include a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Humber College and a Music Diploma in Classical Vocal Performance from Mount Royal University. These educational milestones have fortified his technical prowess and provided him with a comprehensive understanding of music composition, production and performance.

 

As a composer for Alberta Dance Theatre across four seasons, Dean has witnessed the profound impact of his music on young performers. His meticulously crafted compositions have served as catalysts for transformative experiences, evoking powerful and emotive performances. Dean's ability to harness the power of imagination through music is a testament to his exceptional talent as a composer.

 

His upcoming project is a full-length album of original songs, entirely self-written, performed, recorded, and produced. Set for release this September, the album will showcase Dean's talent and musical prowess and will be available on all streaming platforms.

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Alicia Ward
Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer,
Theatre Artist

Alicia Ward is an enthusiastic human being who loves 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 Dancing Parkinson's YYC, co-founding the Young Adventurer Society, and holding the position of Co-Artistic Director and General Manager of Alberta Dance Theatre. 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 storytelling series for young audiences, Colour Me Sad, which won YYC Music Awards Children' Recording Of The Year in 2022. 

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Kimberly Creller
Lighting Designer

Kim is a parent, partner and Event and Theatre Professional of over a decade. 

 

Working in the city primarily as a lighting technician and programmer, she is used to creating live in front of the audience for all genres of events occurring in popular Calgary venues such as Arts Commons, The Taylor Center for the Performing Arts and The Grand Theatre. Having the opportunity to be involved in the creation process is a rare luxury - She is so excited to work with Alberta Dance Theatre to bring this year’s production to life. 

 

Using colour and textures of light to enhance and support artistic work is what Kim enjoys most about her role as Lighting Designer.

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Leanne Kidd
Backstage Coordinator

Leanne Kidd (nee McIndoe) is a Calgary dance artist, teacher & choreographer. She trained at Calgary’s International School of Ballet, performing many leading roles with their Jeunesse Classique Ballet Company. Some of Leanne’s extensive dance studies have included: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Banff School of Fine Arts & The American Academy of Ballet. In 1997, Leanne was accepted into London England’s Royal Ballet School. She graduated with distinction, in 2000, earning multiple teaching certifications such as: ARAD, AISTD Cecchetti, AISTD National Folk Dance & Benesh Notation Certification. Since returning to Canada, Leanne has taught in numerous studios & schools across B.C. & Alberta. She choreographed & staged a full-length production entitled GLORIA for Jeunesse Classique Ballet Co., performed in Dance Montage, Calgary Cares, Three Left Feet Movement Creations & Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ school show, Live and In Sync. Leanne also immersed herself in training at DJD, first as a Scholarship Student & later in the Pre-Professional Program. In 2005, she received two grants to study dance in West Africa, a life-changing experience. Leanne has had a long-standing history with Calgary Arts Academy since its opening in 2002 to 2020, both as a Resident Artist & Performance Coordinator. She has enjoyed teaching at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks as well over the past two decades and is thrilled to focus on her new role as Director of DJD’s Youth Training Program. Leanne is married with two daughters and is passionate about family and sharing her love of dance and performing arts with students of all ages.

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Jasmine Almaguer Sheldrick
Choreographer

Dancer and emerging choreographer, Jasmine Almaguer Sheldrick, was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario where she started training in various dance forms. Jasmine is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, specialized honors program focusing on choreography and performance at York University. At York she studied modern, contemporary and ballet techniques, choreography, dance history, dance kinesiology and dance production. In 2021-2022, Jasmine trained in the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks where she studied a variety of jazz techniques, Afro- Cuban, tap, West African and jazz history. In 2020, she received The Spedding Memorial Scholarship in Dance, given for excellence in choreography of an original work. Along with dancing, she has a strong interest in filmmaking, having worked on high and low production sets. Jasmine currently works as a free-lance dancer performing professionally and in arts administration.

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Jeff Eisen
Projection Designer

With over four decades of unwavering dedication to the world of artistic expression, Jeff is a seasoned professional teaching artist who has consistently demonstrated a profound passion for nurturing creativity and fostering a love for the arts. His extensive career has been marked by a commitment to inspiring students of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic and innovative teaching methods. Throughout his journey, he has honed his expertise in various artistic disciplines, adapting to the evolving educational landscape while maintaining a deep-seated belief in the transformative power of the arts. Jeff's career is a testament to his ability to engage and empower students, cultivate their talents, and instill in them a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

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Tonisha Kroeger
Stage Manager

Born and raised in Alberta and graduate of Red Deer Polytechnic with a diploma in Theatre & Entertainment Production. Tonisha has built a career in Stage Management for over thirteen years. She is happy to return to Alberta Dance Theatre after Stage Managing for The Young Canadians at The Bell Grandstand Show (2023). She strives to inspire the next generation of leaders. Previous Stage Management credits include, Calgary Young Peoples Theatre (Someday, The Poison Squad, Runs in the Family, Snow White), Alberta Dance Theatre (Sneaks), Edmonton Fringe Festival (Glorious Loser). If she’s not in the theatre you can find her by the snacks.

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