Q&A with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT)

We had the chance to ask Michael deConinck Smith, Managing Director,  Deborah Lundmark, Artistic Director and Natasha Poon Woo, Rehearsal Director of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre a few questions about their company. This is a great opportunity to learn a little bit more about a unique group working with professional young dancers. GD: CCDT …

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Q&A With Susie Burpee

We had the opportunity to ask Susie Burpee a few questions about her career, her previous presentations at the Guelph Dance Festival and the piece she will be sharing this year with us. Susie has previously performed at the festival in 2006 and 2010; its great to welcome her once again in 2018 as we celebrate 20 years …

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Interview with Waterloo’s Contemporary School of Dance

The Contemporary School of Dance’s Dance Company, based in Waterloo, has been performing at the Guelph Dance Festival as part of the Youth Moves series for the past twenty years. Christine Parker-Reid, director and owner of the school, tells us a little bit about this journey and what it has meant to her students over the …

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Message from Michelle Miller

I have been one of the 100,000 lucky patrons to have experienced incredible, diverse, national and international contemporary dance over the past 20 years, right here in the city of Guelph. It has been pure joy for me to have had the opportunity to discover and witness amazing dance talent from across Canada and beyond. …

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Hear from the artists participating in the Breaking Ground Mentorship Program

New this year, the Guelph Dance In the Studio series will include four works by local artists breaking new ground.  Julia Garlisi, Amber Sherwood-Robinson, Solana Del Bel Belluz and Robert Kingsbury all have worked under the mentorship of choreographer Sharon B. Moore (Toronto).   Last Family Day long weekend they had the opportunity to discover …

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Panel Discussion: The Future of Contemporary Dance

by Catrina von Radecki Guelph Dance Festival is excited to announce that we will be hosting a panel discussion on Friday, June 1st, 2018 from 12:30pm-2pm on the Future of Contemporary Dance. As we celebrate our 20th annual festival, we will be looking to our past to recognize our accomplishments and looking to the future to set the next steps. …

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Thank You!

We’ve said it before, but really, I don’t think there’s a limit on how many times you can say thank you. So we’re saying it again and again. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to the dancers and musicians whose artistry brought us joy, a sense of amazement, beauty, and lots to think about. Thank …

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Halifax and Guelph Youth = 40 Young Dancers in a Powerful Performance

The In the Park series this year includes a collaborative performance by the Young Company of Halifax Dance and the Guelph Youth Dance Company. We asked Gillian Seaward-Boone, one of the rehearsal directors from Halifax, to tell us more about the piece and the process that brought it together. In the Park takes place Friday, …

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Throwdown Collective: ‘Where ideas bounce around easily and spark new ones’

As Throwdown Collective prepares to take the In the Studio stage this week at the 19th Annual Guelph Dance Festival, we took a few minutes of their time to find out more about what it’s like to be part of their Collective. Founded in 2008, the Toronto-based trio is a contemporary dance company that supports …

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A Dance Journey Continues: Michele Green and Suzette Sherman

Michele Green, who has been collaborating with Suzette Sherman this season on new work, offers this latest instalment of her journey in dance. You can read her previous blog posts here and here. Michele and Suzette perform On the Stage, Saturday, June 3, 8:00 pm at the River Run Centre. Tickets: www.riverrun.ca ……………………………………………….  Along with …

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Q&A with Belinda McGuire

Belinda McGuire, whose stunning photo graces our Festival poster this season, took a few minutes to answer some questions about her upcoming performance at On the Stage, Saturday, June 3, 8 pm. We recommend getting your tickets to this show ASAP, as they’re selling fast!  GD: Belinda, why did you make the piece you’ll be …

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Choreographer Kevin A. Ormsby on “FACING Home: Love and Redemption”

  Kevin A. Ormsby and his company KasheDance (Toronto) will be performing at our three In the Park shows on Friday, June 2, 6 pm at Hanlon Creek Park, and on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4 at 12 pm at Exhibition Park. The piece the company will be performing is “FACING Home: Love …

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Five Co-Directors. One Collective: OURO

OURO Collective member Dean Placzek shared his thoughts on what it’s like to be part of this unique Vancouver-based dance collective. OURO performs at our In the Park series: Friday, June 2, 7 pm at Hanlon Creek Park and Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 12 pm at Exhibition Park. PLUS – for teen …

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Local Dancer Focus: Guelph Dance interviews Heather Finn

Heather Finn is a Guelph-based physiotherapist who is also a life-long dancer. She will be performing in Suzette Sherman’s new work “Falling into Footsteps” at the On the Stage performance, Saturday, June 3, at 8:00 pm. Suzette’s appearance with her company is a much-anticipated event, and hearing Heather speak of working with her makes it …

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