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North through South

By Brittany Duggan

Filmmaker Nettie Wild invites different artistic disciplines to interpret key characters from her latest documentary, KONELĪNE:our land beautiful.

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Time on Tour

By Scott McCabe

Compagnie Marie Chouinard dancer Scott McCabe takes us on tour with him, from packing to airports, through amazing as well underwhelming experiences.

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Finding Rhythm, Finding Soul: Q & A with Alexandra Clancy

By Denise Solleza

Vancouver tap dancer Alexandra Clancy explores the intersections of the contemporary and the traditional.

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Research and Development

By Sasha Ivanochko, Lee Slinger

Catching up with Sasha Ivanochko

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Dangerous Dancing: The Arab Dance Platform

By Dena Davida

The choreography presented at the Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD) was frequently intense, even fierce. Imbued with a powerful sense of purpose and, of course, a search for identity, defying censorship, never doubting its inherent authenticity

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Dance at Toronto’s Luminato Festival 2016

By Miya Shaffer

Of the dance I saw, both A Study on Effort and a performance by Yes Yes Y’all demonstrated a sense of adventure while keeping to Luminato’s larger, and founding, vision.

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Canada Celebrates Dance @CDF2016

The most remarkable part of the whole experience for me was the amazing sense of community. Every show was attended by people of all different ages. Almost every single show sold out and by the end had almost everyone standing on their feet in applause.

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Cruise Ship Dancing with Edmonton’s Sierra Lacombe

Three months ago I was hired as a production cast dancer for Royal Caribbean Productions aboard the Quantum of the Seas, the second largest ship in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines fleet. It’s my dream job.

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Jump-Start: Q & A with Shakeil Rollock

By Emma Kerson

Shakeil Rollock’s infectious energy has made him a sought-after emerging dance artist. What has he learned and discovered during his first year as a professional artist?

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Dance at Montréal’s Festival Accès Asie during Asian Heritage Month

By Isabelle Gagnon

May was Asian Heritage Month in Canada and Festival Accès Asie in Montréal programmed a month-long festival celebrating Asian-Canadian contributions to Canadian culture.

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Big Aspirations in Small(ish) Places

By Grace Smith

Heather Thomson answers questions about her journey to Ballet Kelowna and her first season with the company.

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Going Dutch

By Philip Szporer

The Amsterdam-based Cinedans is where festival programmers and filmmakers, as well as commissioning editors and producers, from around the world converge. It’s a must-go-to international festival for dance, film and media.

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West Coast Swagger

By Jillian Groening

Ralph Escamillan answers questions about his experience training with Modus Operandi, his numerous collaborations and his plans for the future.

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Breaking the Glass Box

By Denise Solleza

Caryn Chappell answers questions about her experience working with ProArteDanza, who she draws inspiration from, and what she’s looking forward to in the new year.

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Fresh Baroque

Elizabeth Kalashnikova of Opera Atelier, North America’s premiere period opera and ballet company, answers questions about her training, the joys of baroque dance and the excitement of dancing at the Palace of Versailles, in France.

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Getting Started

In these first weeks of September, dance studios across the country are embarking on the beginning of a new dance season. The Dance Current was on the ground at the inaugural Toronto Dance Teacher Expo in August to ask participants, “What advice would you give to dance instructors embarking on their career?”

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By Lee Slinger, Brittany Duggan, Sarah Lochhead

The Dance Current team is on the ground taking in this unique thirty-five-day arts and culture festival for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

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A Day in Dance at Toronto’s Fringe Festival

By Sabrina Bellisimo

It was a hot Saturday afternoon when I set off into downtown Toronto to attend two shows at my first-ever Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Dancing the Day

Waking up in the morning, I sometimes feel like a pilot doing his pre-flight checklist. Today, the first thing I check is my neck. Somehow, I sprained it a couple days ago and it’s been in pretty rough shape since.

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The Future of Dance’s Past

By Deanne Kearney

With American Ballet Theatre handing over their archival materials to the Library of Congress, it brings up the question of how well Canada is doing in documenting its dance past.

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