Discover Old/New/Borrowed/Blue – An Interview with Founder in Residence and Choreographer Vicki Adams Willis
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by Miranda Botto
5d ago
DJD Founder in Residence Vicki Adams Willis carries on a family tradition that began when her mother, Alice Murdoch Adams, opened one of Calgary’s first dance schools in the 1920s. In addition to teaching and choreographing for countless local and international organizations, Vicki founded the Jazz Division in UCalgary’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Program of Dance in 1978 and co-founded Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in 1984 where she continued her role ..read more
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DJD looks to past and future with new show Old/New/Borrow/Blue
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by Calgary Herald
1w ago
It may be ‘old’ but it’s still one of the most popular pieces in DJD’s repertoire. Every Tap Show Needs a Soft Shoe (which premiered in 1996) makes a return as part of the dance company’s upcoming show called OLD/NEW/BORROWED/BLUE, which runs Jan. 19-29 as part of the High Performance Rodeo. A variety show of sorts, it will feature different choreographers, music styles and ideas spanning DJD’s 30-year history. Every ..read more
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Discover Old/New/Borrowed/Blue – An Interview with Choreographer Marie France Forcier
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by Miranda Botto
1w ago
Marie France Forcier, MFA, is a choreographer, performer, writer, and pedagogue of western contemporary dance forms. Through studio work, public performance, and community initiatives, she researches at the intersection of somatic practices, trauma studies and choreography. Her body of creative and performance work has been presented on platforms of various scales across four continents. An Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts ..read more
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Calgary Eyeopener with Loren McGinnis, Angela Knight – Old/New/Borrowed/Blue
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by Miranda Botto
1w ago
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO KIMBERLEY COOPER ON THE CBC CALGARY EYEOPENER ..read more
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Artistic Director’s Message – Old/New/Borrowed/Blue
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by Miranda Botto
1w ago
Welcome! We are so happy to be part of One Yellow Rabbit’s excellent High Performance Rodeo again! Please also check out our co-presentation of Ephemeral Artifacts: Travis Knights from Feb 2–4. The Rodeo is always a fantastic spectacle, don’t miss it! But tonight… This is not a wedding show, but dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate life! OLD – With this performance, I wanted to support Alberta ..read more
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Behind the Scenes with Kimberley Cooper and the Creation of Old/New/Borrowed/Blue
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by Miranda Botto
2M ago
OLD There are a number of repertoire pieces in Old/New/Borrowed/Blue, let me tell you about the one that is featured on our show graphics: Vicki Adams Willis, founding Artistic Director (AD) of DJD, now Founder in Residence, choreographed about a billion pieces during her time as AD (1984-2013). One of the most requested is called Every Tap Show Needs a Soft Shoe. The piece was created for 1996’s Feet First in collaboration with Heather Cornell ..read more
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Jazz Roots Clubs Season of Events – 2022-2023 Season
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by Heather Close
3M ago
November 23, 2023 – Season Launch Event* Jazz Roots Club members will be invited to an exclusive event to celebrate the launch of our 2022-2023 season. Meet DJD’s dancers, hear about the upcoming season and enjoy a short performance of whats to come. January 19-29, 2023 – OLD/NEW/BORROWED/BLUE A new DJD performance co-presented with One Yellow Rabbit as part of the High Performance Rodeo.  Old/New/Borrowed/Blue features some DJD repertoire, new ..read more
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Jazz Dance, Featuring You
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by Jack Wannan - The Eyeopener
3M ago
Informal, interactive and inclusive. Those three words perfectly encapsulate the jazz dance performances that took over Toronto Metropolitan University’s (TMU) campus earlier this month. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, The Theatre at The Creative School hosted a double-billing of up-tempo jazz dance performances accompanied by two unique bands. The first performance was from Holla Jazz, followed by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ presentation. The music from the first show was composed by ..read more
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Watch Our Founders Get Inducted into Canada’s Dance Hall of Fame
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by Miranda Botto
4M ago
  DJD’s founders Vicki Adams Willis, Michèle Moss and Hannah Stilwell will be inducted into Canada’s Dance Hall of Fame this Sunday, October 2 in Toronto. The ceremony, presented by Dance Collection Danse, honours notable contributors to dance from across the country. The Dance Collection Danse Hall of Fame will be live streamed this year, beginning at 2:00 PM Mountain Time here in Calgary (4:00 PM Eastern Time), with the ..read more
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Message from the Artistic Director – 2022/2023
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by Kimberley Cooper
5M ago
Welcome back. What a difference a year makes, what a difference a moment can make… I don’t believe we are on the other side yet, maybe we are on another side, here we are, opening our arms and hearts with hope of live experiences, of health, of great times! We have an ambitious season planned, let’s dream big and see… We begin where we left off, sort of… It’s been ..read more
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