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Brittany Duggan

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Brittany Duggan made the connection between dance and journalism during her first year at York University in 2005. She volunteered as The Dance Current’s first intern and soaked up years of mentorship from the many brilliant women who have graced this magazine’s masthead. Her involvement in Canada’s professional dance community drove her desire to expand her storytelling skills and she completed the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism last year. Duggan is currently a Vancouver-based freelance journalist and podcast producer.

She was The Dance Current’s Online Editor from June 2015 through December 2016, Managing Editor from 2014 through 2015, Production and Office Manager 2011 through 2013 and has been involved with the organization through various internships and as a writer since 2005.

Duggan graduated from York University’s BFA Program in Dance in 2009 and has since collaborated with a number of independent dance artists including Kate Hilliard, Susan Cash, Tracey Norman, Susan Kendal, Krista Posyniak, Jenny-Anne McCowan and Aviva Fleising. Choreographic credits include she.d (2014), a solo with cellist Kailyn Winick, works for the McMaster University Dance Company, Scienceography (2011) for Toronto’s Fringe Festival, Mayfly (2011) for The Creative Republic and mountain girl (2010). 

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Brittany Duggan's Work

 

Fall Awards

Karen Kain of The National Ballet of Canada wins a Dance Magazine Award, founder of Festival TransAmériques Marie-Hélène Falcon wins 2015 Denise Pelletier Award, flamenco artists Maria Osende of Halifax wins the Established Artist Recognition Award and more.

 

CCDT Soars in New York City

On October 24, Toronto youth dance company Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) performed José Limon’s The Winged at an international festival in his honour presented as part of the Limón Dance Company’s seventieth anniversary season. CCDT’s dancers were the youngest to perform at the festival, further cementing the connection between the company and Limón’s legacy.

Canadians' Careers All Over the World

By Brittany Duggan

Whether your interests lie in commercial or contemporary dance, taking your career abroad could mean more employment opportunities and increased artistic satisfaction – not to mention a culturally diverse experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. In these conversations mediated by Online Editor Brittany Duggan, four Canadian dancers discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of living and cworking beyond our country’s borders.

 
On the Ground

PANAMANIA

By Lee Slinger, Brittany Duggan, Sarah Lochhead

The Dance Current team is on the ground taking in this unique thirty-five-day arts and culture festival for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

Making Waves

Lacey Smith By Brittany Duggan

Making Waves

Lacey Smith By Brittany Duggan

The life of an independent dance artist is about finding balance. For London, Ont.-based Lacey Smith that balance includes choreographing for her company, Dasein Dance Theatre, running her new studio, Dasein Dance School, performing as an interpreter in other artists’ work – which includes a handful of established Toronto choreographers such as Denise Fujiwara, DA Hoskins, Andrea Nann, Robert Desrosiers and Gerry Trentham – and helping to run London’s first contemporary dance festival, FLUX London Dance Festival, as artistic director. Admittedly, forging her career has taken a number of years, but Smith knew early on that she wanted and needed to create an environment for herself where she could not only survive in dance, but thrive. She’s been building the conditions for her own success ever since.

The Purposeful Presence of Kate Holden

By Brittany Duggan

One of Toronto’s most enthralling performers, Kate Holden has danced her way through some of the city’s most inspired companies (Danny Grossman Dance Company, Dancemakers, Peggy Baker), all the while taking her career and practice into her own hands. A committed interpreter, Holden discusses the progress of her career and having purpose and presence in its course.

 

Staging Sustainability with William Yong in vox:lumen

By Brittany Duggan

Choreographer William Yong premiered his new work vox:lumen at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Theatre from March 4 to 7, 2015. The work is powered by kinetic and renewable energy and asks: what does a show that is powered by sustainability look like?

 

Lisa Gelley Receives 2015 VIDF Choreographic Award

On March 11, at the opening night reception of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Lisa Gelley was awarded the 2015 VIDF Choreographic Award.

 

Dance Takes Over the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City

Rebel Bodies exhibit opens at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City.

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