Jillian Groening / Photo by Kristiane Church

Jillian Groening

Editorial Advisory Committee, Contributor, Former Engagement Editor

Jillian Groening is a Winnipeg-based writer, dancer, and performer. Her work has been published
in The Dance Current, Dance International, Format, The Uniter, Noisey, and more. She has been
fortunate to discuss, learn, and grow while working as a written essayist for Young Lungs Dance
Exchange’s Research Series and has received guidance and training while taking part in a
Focussed Mentorship with Jeanne Randolph through MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s
Art). Groening has performed with Jolene Bailie and Gearshifting Performance Works, Marie-
Josée Chartier, Pablo Bronstein through Rosalie Wahlfrid and Plug In ICA, as well as presenting
her own work. She holds a BA(Hons) in dance from the School of Contemporary Dancers in
affiliation with the University of Winnipeg. 
Groening was an intern with The Dance Current from September 2014 to December 2016 before
becoming Editorial and Production Manager. 

Jillian Groening's Work


Navigating the connections between hip hop and powwow By Jillian Groening

Matthew “Creeasian” Wood

From Our Archives

A Second Homecoming for Chan Hon Goh By Jillian Groening

Director of Goh Ballet Academy

All Hail the Queen

By Jillian Groening

Fly Lady Di recounts her reign from dancing the Macarena to becoming a solo artist.


A Welcome Resistance

For the first time in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s eighty-five-year history, Indigenous Arts will be programmed continuously throughout the calendar year.


Seeking the swing of a dip By Jillian Groening

Nikola Steer


Turn Me Inside Out

Rock Bottom Movement’s fantasylover brandishes a feminist awareness with a self-aware wink By Jillian Groening

fantasylover layers pop culture references and vibrant subversion of fairy tale tropes to create a feminist utopia.


Remembering Ola Skanks

Ola Skanks, a pioneering figure in Canada’s early modern dance scene as well as in the development of African diasporic dances, passed away August 18, 2018.

Embodied Economies

By Jillian Groening

What are the complexities of making dance work in late capitalism? Six artists (Mike Prosserman, Dainty Smith, Eroca Nicols, Ming Hon, Laura Elliott and Freya Olafson) speak out about commodification, capital and subverting current economic and political structures.


Shifts in Time

What has happened since the Dora Mavor Moore Awards un-gendered their awards categories?


From Stage to Screen By Jillian Groening

Roberto Campanella, choreographer for the award-winning The Shape of Water, discusses movie magic, collaboration and choreographing for film.

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