Meet the Teachers Behind the 2024 Black History Month Classes
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by Miranda Botto
1w ago
Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. This year, the theme is “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build”. The DJD organization owes gratitude and pays an abundance of respect to Black Culture and the African-American experience both of which are the architects of jazz dance. In the final weeks of Black History ..read more
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CKUA – Traffic Jams – Kimberley Cooper Discusses Olio
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by Miranda Botto
1M ago
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New DJD show Olio features dancer-choreographed performance
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by Stephen Hunt - CTV News Calgary
1M ago
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ new show takes the people up front – the dancers – and transforms them into the architects of the show. Olio, which opens Thursday night at the DJD Dance Centre as part of the 2024 High Performance Rodeo, is even more of a collaborative effort than usual for the jazz dance company, which was founded in Calgary in 1984. Rather than being choreographed by a single individual, Olio is a ..read more
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Behind the Scenes with Olio – Interviews with Choreographers
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by Miranda Botto
1M ago
We sat down with Olio choreographers Kaja Irwin, Sabrina Naz Comănescu, Catherine Hayward and Deanne Walsh to learn more about each of their pieces and what audiences can expect from this collection of dances and music for you to dig. Kaja Irwin Company Dancer and Show Choreographer Kaja is a Winnipeg-born dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. Deciding to pursue a career in dance after completing her B.A. in Political Science ..read more
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Olio – Musician Biographies
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by Miranda Botto
1M ago
Jonathan McCaslin – Musical Director, Composer, Drums Recognized as one of Western Canada’s leading jazz drummers and educators, Jon brings excitement, his passion for the jazz tradition and its future to the stage and to the classroom. Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and a graduate of McGill University he has also attended the Banff Centre as a resident artist. In 2012 he released his sophomore album Sunalta on the Cellar Live ..read more
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Olio – Artistic Director’s Message
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by Kimberley Cooper
1M ago
Welcome! DJD is an interesting mix of firsts and traditions. As jazz artists, we celebrate the history and traditions of the form, and we are constantly innovating, which is also a jazz tradition. We are creation based, which means a lot of firsts, Olio is no exception. First, a little history: In 1993 Vicki Adams Willis, DJD’s founding Artistic Director and now Founder in Residence, began the tradition of the ..read more
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Learn More About Olio with Kimberley Cooper
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by Kimberley Cooper
3M ago
For the past few months, we have been working on a new show called Olio. Olio has more than one meaning. It can be a stew or a collection of things, it means oil in Italian, oleo was a kind of margarine and the name of a tune by Sonny Rollins. In vaudeville, olio referred to a short number performed in front of an oilcloth curtain while the set was ..read more
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Jazz Roots Club Season of Events – 2023/24
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by Heather Close
4M ago
Season Launch Event  Jazz Roots Club Exclusive Event November 22, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Join us for an exclusive event to celebrate the launch of our 2023/24 season! Meet DJD’s dancers, hear about the upcoming season and enjoy a short performance of what’s to come.   Family of Jazz  at the Pillow on Demand December 4-31, 2023  | Online Streaming as part of the Pillow’s on-demand season. A ..read more
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Our Community – Serenella Sol
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by Miranda Botto
4M ago
This month’s blog features the fantastic Serenella Sol! Serenella is a Calgary-based dancer, choreographer and the Artistic Director of Ballet Bodies YYC. She started dancing ballet at the age of three in Maracaibo, Venezuela. In 2007, she moved to Canada, where she studied ballet and contemporary in Vancouver and Calgary. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Dance ..read more
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Message from the Artistic Director – 2023/2024
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by Kimberley Cooper
4M ago
39. As the world turns, and heats, with climate change and war and pestilence, art is more important than ever. We need to be inspired, we need escape, we need to be asked to think and see things in different ways, we need beauty. When we have nothing else, we have our bodies and our imagination. Please join us for our 39th season with your eyes, your ears, your minds ..read more
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