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Sarah Lochhead / Photo courtesy of Lochhead
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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.

Nadine Medawar / Photo courtesy of Regroupement québécois de la danse
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Arts to Politics and Back Again

By Philip Szporer

Philip Szporer and Nadine Medawar, the new director of the Regroupement québécois de la danse, talk about the future of the organization and how it will tackle social issues and connect with the rest of Canada.

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The Winding Staircase to a Safer Place

By Giulia Tripoli

Tripoli looks at the dance industry from three perspectives: the student, the teacher and the studio director. She surveyed 100 artists (through Instagram) about what a safe space means to them within one of those three perspectives.

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Soften Up

By Dr. Blessyl Buan

The chronic fear of catching COVID-19 forges a hypervigilant nervous system that locks the ease of breath and movement. When this is left unchecked, artistry is stalled.

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Research Spotlight: Checking In With the Mental Health of Performing Artists

A little more than a year into the pandemic that closed down performance venues, various organizations are looking into the mental health and well-being of the nation’s artists. Unsurprisingly, we’re not scoring high.

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The Career Chronicles II

By Emily Pettet

Continuing from the Spring 2021 issue, “The Career Chronicles” features dance artists who vigorously pursue parallel careers and delves into how their multi-faceted lives breed inspiration.

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What Kind of World Do We Want?

By Robyn Grant-Moran

Red Sky Performance’s Mistatim is getting a digital reinvention. The story explores truth and reconciliation with the aim of educating children and asks us to consider the kind of world we want to inhabit.

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The Career Chronicles I

By Emily Pettet

The financial realities of working in dance mean that artists often need to find other work to boost their income. Emily Pettet speaks to artists who are working in other industries alongside dance in order to find out how their jobs come together to inspire them.

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By Anne Dion

A new video app will launch this month, with the goal of freeing artists from their dependence on grant funding for travel.

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Five Strategies for Hands-Off Teaching

By Scotty Mac

Scotty Mac provides tips for teachers unable to make physical adjustments to their students

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Gurdeep Pandher: Teaching and Uplifting from the North

By Saad Rajper

Gurdeep Pandher’s videos have gained a wide audience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Explorations in the Environment

By Jillian Groening

Lindsay Dobbin, Heather Lamoureux and Ralph Escamillan discuss their complex and ever-evolving experiences with ecojustice, sustainable practices and environmental connectivity.

Bristowe and Chigvintsev / Photo courtesy of ABC
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From The Bachelorette to the Ballroom

By Grace Wells-Smith

On Monday, Dancing with the Stars revealed the top ten duos. Included in that list is Albertan Kaitlyn Bristowe, from The Bachelorette season eleven. The Dance Current caught up with Bristowe to talk about her experience on the show so far

Salazar / Photo by Sly Pereira
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Manifesting Politics Into Drag

By Emily Latimer

Emily Latimer caught up with drag king and performance artist Heath V. Salazar to talk about how the intersection of drag and politics can engage audiences in discussions about race, gender and religion. Read the original profile in our November/December 2020 issue.

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Konversations on Colour: A Report

By Collette Murray

While anticipating a new decade of growth and possibilities, the dance community came to an unprecedented halt in March 2020. But under COVID-19 restrictions, an even greater emergence impacts the emotional well-being, spirits, safety and livelihoods of Black people: Anti-Black racism.

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Fast Adapting

By Dylan Schoenmakers

Festival Accès Asie (FAA) celebrates it’s twenty-fifth anniversary with a swift pivot due to COVID-19 closures. Dylan Schoenmakers speaks with the FAA team to find out how they managed the organizational shift.

A living room with a blue sofa and colourful pillows
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A Photographer’s Tips for Filming Dance at Home

By Anne Dion

Winnipeg-based photographer Leif Norman shares his tips for making at-home dance videos look and sound their best during COVID-19 isolation.

Still from Dasgupta's Beyond Moving / Courtesy of Hot Docs
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From South Africa to Canada, to the Big Screen

By Anne Dion

A 2019 documentary, Beyond Moving, by Vikram Dasgupta, profiles second soloist with the National Ballet, Siphesihle November. The film premiered in Canada as part of the Hot Docs’ Doc Soup series in February 2020.

Hytes / Photo by Colin Gaudet
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Ballet, Drag and Everything In Between

By Sean Young

Brooke Lynn Hytes, season eleven runner-up and first Canadian queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, is sashaying back to her hometown, Toronto. She’ll be performing with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on March 7 and 8 at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Ryerson dance students in AGO Live: 100 Years of Merce Cunningham / Photo by Marlowe Porter
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The Dancers Are the Work

By Selma Odom

Dylan Crossman speaks with Selma Odom about his restaging of Changing Steps, discussing the influence of Merce Cunningham’s philosophy on his dancing, teaching, and choreographing.

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