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Grace Wells-Smith

Managing Editor

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

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.

Editorial

By Grace Wells-Smith

 

ScotDance Canada raises $50,000 for Food Banks Canada and Kids Help Phone Canada

Exceeding its own expectations, ScotDance Canada raised $50,000 in one week to donate to Food Banks Canada and Kids Help Phone Canada.

 

Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award Winners Announced

Like so many other events, the forty-first annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards found themselves right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editorial

By Grace Wells-Smith

 

The National Ballet of Canada Met With Dancer Nicholas Rose After He Called Out the Company on Instagram

In the wake of protests over police brutality and systemic racism, Rose told the company to “do better.”

 

Canadian Dance Teams Compete in World of Dance

The teams, consisting of teenagers, are from Vancouver and Edmonton and will be competing for $1 million.

Editorial

By Grace Wells-Smith

 

National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada to Provide $100,000 to Support Online Performances

Funding for online performances between now and March 31

 

Reimagining The Possibilities

Andrew Tay named artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre

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