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Grace Wells-Smith (she/her) is a Toronto-based arts journalist. In addition to The Dance Current, her work has been published by CBC, Toronto StarIntermission and the Ryerson Review of Journalism. 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 holds a Master of Journalism from Ryerson Unviersity, a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University and has also completed an internship with CBC’s investigative unit. 

Soon after graduating from York, 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. 

Wells-Smith was an intern with The Dance Current from June 2015 to December 2016.  

Grace Wells-Smith's Work

Editorial

By Grace Wells-Smith

Writing With A Sharp Pencil

On top of fraught politics, dance critics have to figure out how to fit into the fold during – and after – the pandemic By Grace Wells-Smith

 

Nerves And Thrills: A Q & A with Crystal Pite

Pite’s work Body and Soul will stream next week, just for audiences in Canada By Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current speaks with Pite about Body and Soul, watching dance meant for the stage on a screen and the “slight sense of terror” that comes with choreographing. Body and Soul will stream for Canadians from Feb. 17 through 23.

Editorial

By Grace Wells-Smith

Désir / Photo by Kevin Calixte
 

Rhodnie Désir Becomes the First Black Person to Win Top Prize at Les Prix de la Danse de Montréal

On Nov. 9, the Prix de la Danse de Montréal announced this year’s nine winners. The top winner is choreographer Rhodnie Désir who was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prix. She is now the first Black person to win this award.

 

Dance Studios Are Allowed to Open, Now What?

Following a successful petition to reopen dance studios, epidemiologist Colin Furness offers advice to studios on best practices for COVID-19 safety.

Bristowe and Chigvintsev / Photo courtesy of ABC
 
On the Ground

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

Editorial

By Grace Wells-Smith

 

Fall For Dance North Offers a Netflix-Style Festival

Like many other events, the sixth edition of the dance festival Fall For Dance North (FFDN) began online on Tuesday. But this festival is hosted on a new, Netflix-style website that features an array of performances, interviews and workshops.

Williams / Photo courtesy of Williams
 

York University Students Write Open Letter to Dance Department About Issues of Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion

On August 26, students from the dance department at York University posted an open letter to the department, urging it to move past shallow actions and re-evaluate the curriculum considering how white supremacy and colonialism are deeply embedded in pedagogy.

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