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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

 

Priced Out

After fifteen years, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement has been priced out of its home on 6 Noble St, in Toronto’s west end.

 

The National Ballet of Canada Embarks on their First Tour of Russia

The National Ballet of Canada is touring to Russia for the first time in the company’s sixty-seven year history.

Practice

Singing Feet By Grace Wells-Smith

A tap teacher teaching a tap teacher

Practice

Fans By Grace Wells-Smith

Simple props and precious partners

 

Sensational but Stuck

Breakaway Entertainment’s Anatomy of a Dancer at the Toronto Fringe Festival By Grace Wells-Smith

Befitting a show dedicated to Gene Kelly, I walked in the pouring rain to the Al Green Theatre in Toronto to see Anatomy of a Dancer by Breakaway Entertainment and choreographed by Adam Martino at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

 
Writers & Readers

The Bechdel Checklist

By Grace Wells-Smith

Would Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty pass the Bechdel Test?

In Review

By Valeria Nunziato, James Oscar, Rachel Silver Maddock, Aparita Bhandari, Philip Szporer, Fawnda Mithrush, Molly Johnson, Mark Mann, Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current reflects on a year of dance criticism, by placing image and text together

That "Shiver Quality"

By Grace Wells-Smith, Yasmina Ramzy

Nath Keo is a Victoria-based belly dancer who primarily practises Raqs Sharqi, the classical Egyptian style of belly dance. Having grown up in the Cambodian Khao-I-Dang refugee camp, Keo describes how his passion for dance was ignited by watching performances there and later developed by his practice as a monk.

 

What I Saw and How I Felt

Aria Evans and Lilia Leon's Prevailing Voices By Grace Wells-Smith

Prevailing Voices features link, choreographed and performed by Evans, and Perdida, choreographed and performed by Leon and co-written with charles c. smith. The solos come together in a show about identity exploration and female self-empowerment.

From Our Archives

Fostering a Desire to Stick Around By Grace Wells-Smith

Newfoundland’s Kittiwake Dance Theatre

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