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Grace Smith

Circulation and Production Coordinator

A born and bred Newfoundlander, Grace Smith received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University in 2015. Grace’s choreography has been presented by The Chimera Project, The Beehive Collective and Kinima Dance. Having produced her first dance film in April 2016 (Our Place in the Wasteland), her second film, Glitch, was released in February 2017. Since moving to Toronto, she has had the pleasure of performing with Jasmyn Fyffe in Pulse (Montréal Fringe Festival/Wave Rising Series in New York), with Liisa Smith in 60x60 Dance Toronto, and in Rotation choreographed by Candice Irwin.

Grace has completed a choreography-based mentorship with Maxine Heppner, the Emerging Dance Critics Programme run by The Dance Current and The National Ballet of Canada and is currently the circulation and production coordinator at The Dance Current, and a dance teacher and writer in Toronto.

Grace was an intern with The Dance Current from June 2015 to December 2016.  

 

Grace Smith's Work

 
On the Ground

A New Company Member

By Grace Smith

The Dance Current asked Arlyssa McArthur about her path into the company and how she balances her busy dance career with other commitments.

Inspire

Precious Pixels By Grace Smith

The why and how of photography for dancers

 

Startling Works of the Moment, From the Past

From September 28th through 30th, the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa presents Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s Café Müller (1978) and The Rite of Spring (1975), an iconic double bill performed by the German contemporary dancetheatre company, entering its forty-fourth season. The Dance Current spoke with Cathy Levy, the executive producer for dance at the NAC, about bringing these international works to Canada.

Movers

A Versatile Newcomer By Grace Smith

Shumka company member Arlyssa McArthur

 

Pasties and Politics

The Toronto Burlesque Festival opens with a Red Carpet Reveal By Grace Smith

The Red Carpet Reveal opened the tenth annual Toronto Burlesque Festival. Filled with diversity and body positivity, it achieves what some other western styles of dance are still trying to catch up on.

Tracey Norman with daughter Pearl and students of York University / Photo by Raphael Roter
 
On the Ground

Dancing into Parenthood

By Grace Smith

Childcare information and ideas for dance artists

Inspire

Heading South By Grace Smith

Working in the United States requires patience, planning and help

Inspire

Dancing into Parenthood By Grace Smith

Childcare information and ideas for dance artists.

Battle, presented by TUDS, at DanceWeekend'17 : Photo courtesy of Dance Ontario.jpg
 

Developing and Showcasing Dance in Ontario

Two recent events in Toronto allowed the Ontario dance community to come together to support and mentor the next generation of dancers while also showcasing the diversity of the current dance scene in the province.

 

Inaugural RAD Conference for Teachers in Toronto

Presented by the Royal Academy of Dance, the En Avant Dance Teacher Conference concentrated on teaching as well as the business side of the profession. The four-day conference covered a range of topics throughout seventy-eight seminars, panel discussions and movement workshops.

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