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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, Saltwire Network 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 X University, 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

 

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

 
Writers & Readers

A Contemporary “Kitchen Party”

By Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current sat down to speak with Caroline Niklas-Gordon at The Gladstone Café in Toronto about her show Words & Motion: an evening of dance and readings and was immediately met with a storm of conversation and a pot of tea – just like walking into a relative’s house back home, where people always have a story to tell and a knack for telling it.

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