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Grace Wells-Smith

Circulation Manager

Grace Wells-Smith is a Toronto-based, writer, dance artist and teacher. She is currently a frequent contributor to The Dance Current, the networks coordinator at Dance Ontario and a teacher across the city. Soon after graduating from York University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she began an internship with The Dance Current and subsequently completed the Emerging Dance Critics Programme run in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada. She has produced two dance films: Our Place in the Wasteland (2016, New Blue Dance) and Glitch (2017, Mile Zero Dance, New Blue Dance, dance : made in canada/fait au canada). Wells-Smith will be starting the Masters of Journalism program at Ryerson University in September, 2018.

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

Grace Wells-Smith's Work

 
On the Ground

A New Company Member

By Grace Wells-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 Wells-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 Wells-Smith

Shumka company member Arlyssa McArthur

 

Pasties and Politics

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

Childcare information and ideas for dance artists

Inspire

Heading South By Grace Wells-Smith

Working in the United States requires patience, planning and help

Inspire

Dancing into Parenthood By Grace Wells-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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