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Jillian Groening

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. She is thrilled to be the Engagement Editor for the

Jillian Groening's Work


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.

On the Ground

Strike A Pose

By Jillian Groening

Ralph Escamillan and Gerard X Reyes talk about their work in keeping vogue communities intergenerational.


Strike A Pose By Jillian Groening

Keeping vogue communities intergenerational


Cross-Canada Check In By Jillian Groening

Dancers from across the country share their goals for 2018

A Driving Force

By Jillian Groening

Dancer and choreographer Casimiro Nhussi is a pioneer of contemporary African dance in Canada. Writer Jillian Groening details his journey from his Makonde community, to New York City, to Winnipeg – where he established NAfro Dance Productions in 2002.

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