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Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Contemporary. Dance. Discourse. A special project with Dancemakers Centre for Creation. Facilitator/Editor Megan Andrews.

Michael Caldwell, Tia Kushniruk, Jolyane Langlois, Sahara Morimoto in Antony Hamilton's Natural Orders / Photo by Francesca Chudnoff
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Something Between an Essay, a Pseudo-Story About Little Robo-Bugs and Another Excuse to Talk About Virtuosity

By Fabien Maltais-Bayda

Choreographer Antony Hamilton’s “Natural Orders” ends with a cluster of small light-sensitive mechanisms gliding about a section of the stage. While from a distance they appear mostly as points of luminescence, they look, up close, a bit like rubber toothbrush heads or many-legged critters.

Provocations

To celebrate our twentieth year The Dance Current invited dance arists - those both outspoken and doing quiet work- to write about an issue of their choice.

 
Provocations

Keep On Calling

By Aria Evans

Aria Evans follows up on A Calling In one year after its publication, continuing her investigation of the dance sector and the work that needs to be done to unlearn systemic racism and in the name of solidarity.

Dancer's Kitchen

Dancers share their favourite foods and recipes.

 
Dancer's Kitchen

Megha's Creamy Lentils with Rice and Salad

A make-your-own-bowl inspired recipe

On the Ground

In Canadian dance.

 
Sarah Lochhead / Photo courtesy of Lochhead
 
On the Ground

In the Political Theatre

By Kallee Lins

On Sept. 20, Canada went to the polls following a five-week snap election campaign. Despite the brevity and the ongoing pandemic, candidates poured themselves into appealing to voters in their communities. One of those candidates was Sarah Lochhead, the founder of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, a dance instructor, researcher and administrator who has worked with a number of organizations including The Dance Current. She seized the opportunity to defend the value of artists holding political roles.

Student Reporter Project

Perspectives from arts students nation-wide. Mentor/Editor Megan Andrews. (2015/16 Production Intern Marissa Trarback, 2019 submissions edited by Emma Doran.)

 
Student Reporter Project

Insatiable and Inspired

By Cindy Ansah

How would you illustrate the life of a so-called musical madman – one with a successful musical career that spanned more than three decades but who was plagued with bouts of mental illness? Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) did so with music, movement and a little madness.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

THE EAC PROGRAM IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CANADIAN MAGAZINES AND PERFORMANCE COMPANIES, CREATED TO FOSTER EMERGING CRITICS.

COMPANIES: THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA, SOULPEPPER THEATRE, CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY AND TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

EDITORIAL MENTORSHIP: THE DANCE CURRENT (TDC), THE WHOLENOTE, OPERA CANADA AND INTERMISSION MAGAZINE. SENIOR MENTOR JOHN COULBOURN, CURRENT TDC MENTOR/EDITOR EMMA DORAN. (FORMERLY THE EMERGING DANCE CRITICS PROGRAM. EDITOR FOR 2014/15: KATE MORRIS. MENTOR/EDITOR FROM 2015/16 THROUGH 2017/18: MEGAN ANDREWS.)

 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Connecting With a Classic

By Nicole Decsey

Ratmansky’s choreography is cutting edge while keeping the classical beauty of the ballet alive.

What's In Your Dancebag?

Everyday Essentials for everyday dancers. 

 
What's In Your Dancebag?

Alex Michelle

Pole and aerial performer and co-owner of Vertika Pole Fitness Studio

Healthy Dancer

Tips and info for dancers on the go.

 
Healthy Dancer

A Playful Life

By Kara Latta

Feeling anxious about going back to work? Try finger painting, face painting and jumping in puddles.

Writers & Readers

Their words and yours. 

 
Photo courtesy of Unsplash
 
Writers & Readers

Where My Body Belongs

By Candice Irwin

I wonder how many amazing voices, of all sizes, our industry has lost because our obsession with achieving the “dancer body” clouds our understanding of artistry.

360 Dance

with Philip Szporer

 
 
360 Dance

Ted Shawn’s Dream: Redux

By Philip Szporer

Now, in its eighty-forth season, the ten-week festival is home to artists performing on the various stages, including an impressive outdoor venue named Inside/Out. The School at Jacob’s Pillow brings faculty and students from the ballet, contemporary and dance theatre streams of dance, and this year change was in the air.

Motion Studio

With Sarah Todd

 
Motion Studio

Out of the Audience and into the Fray

By Sarah Todd

International Dance Day was April 29. To be honest, I had never heard of it before – and that is a shame because dance (of all kinds) deserves a day of celebration.

Tips for Teachers | Astuces pour professeurs

Expert advice and tips for teachers and studio owners, brought to you in part by Canada’s National Ballet School.

 
Tips for Teachers | Astuces pour professeurs

Performance/Audition Anxiety | L'anxiété de la présentation publique

By Katharine Harris, Canada's National Ballet School

Performances and evaluations are a natural part of a dancer's life and with them come the highs and lows of performing. | Le spectacle, l'évaluation, l'examen, la compétition et l'audition s'inscrivent naturellement dans la vie du danseur, et en découlent les hauts et les bas de la présentation publique.

In the Studio | En Studio

Founding Editor Megan Andrews’ long-form interviews and photo essays with some of her favourite Canadian dance artists.

 
In the Studio | En Studio

Susie Burpee: The Contours of Character

By Megan Andrews

Susie Burpee creates “fully human characters, struggling for connection” (The Toronto Star).

Undercurrents | Courant Continu

Founding Editor Megan Andrews’ interviews with some key players on the scene.

Photo of Lynda G
 
Undercurrents | Courant Continu

Lynda Gaudreau

By Megan Andrews

Lynda Gaudreau is a choreographer and artistic director of Compagnie de Brune in Montréal.

Feet First

All things feet: facts, photos, videos and more, yours AND ours.

 
Feet First

Father's Day Foot Love

Foot love goes a long way this Father’s Day.

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