Kate Stashko


Kate Stashko is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer. A graduate of the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she has worked with Peggy Baker, Helen Husak, Davida Monk, Melina Stinson, Heidi Strauss and the Good Women Dance Collective, among others. She has presented her work in Montréal, Alberta and Toronto and currently teaches ballet and contemporary dance at the University of Alberta. Upcoming projects include performances with the Good Women Dance Collective and working with the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy on a new dance film. Says Kate, “My favourite place to be is on stage as an interpreter, but more and more I am noticing how my other roles and experiences feed my abilities as a performer. The choreographing, teaching, writing, travelling and people-watching I do all surface when I am performing.”

Kate’s involvement with The Dance Current began in 2007 as an intern. She has since been Circulation Coordinator, Listings Editor, staff writer and is now a regular contributor. 

Kate Stashko's Work

Stashko in her own work Wound Up: redux, presented by New Music Edmonton

Broadening Our Sphere

By Kate Stashko

Kate Stashko talks about representation on stage and brainstorms a few simple actions she thinks dance artists, curators, programmers, collaborators and audience members can take to broaden their circles.


By Kate Stashko, Seika Boye, Lee Su-Feh, Angie Cheng, Ravyn Ariah Wngz, Jenn Goodwin, Olivia C. Davies, Vivek Patel, Robyn Breen, Aimee Dawn Robinson, Gerry Morita

To celebrate our twentieth anniversary, The Dance Current asked dance artists to write about an issue of their choice and offer a call to action. The contributing artists covered everything from consent in contact improvisation, to creativity within a capitalist framework, to dance and motherhood and everything in between.

Moving Forward, Looking Back

By Carol Anderson, Kate Stashko, Helen Simard

A special three-part feature on dance in Canada


Strength in Unity

By Kate Stashko Encounters

Encounters, the company’s season opener, is a double bill featuring world premieres: Jacinto by Morris and Herd by Toronto guest choreographer Alysa Pires. This is a different Citie Ballet than from the last time I saw them perform.


Beyond Borders: Where to begin when hoping to tour internationally By Kate Stashko

Touring is on the minds of many dance artists who hope to get their work into the proverbial “out there.” But the first steps to the wider world can prove daunting. Where does one start? How is it done? And with whom should one partner?


Christine Lamothe of Saimavik Studio, Iqaluit By Kate Stashko


Makeshift-ing: Pam Tzeng By Kate Stashko

Davida Monk

Dancing The Long View By Kate Stashko

Arriving at dance relatively late, Davida Monk has nonetheless fostered important communities and cultures for dance in Western Canada.


The Three Musketeers

By Kate Stashko The Three Musketeers

Alberta Ballet has never been one to shy away from new ways of “doing” ballet and this season that means sword fighting, swashbuckling and high jumps. Their production of The Three Musketeers is a Canadian premiere, created by David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet in Leeds, England.

Mark Godden & Christos Hatzis

In Conversation By Kate Stashko

Working together on a new ballet commissioned by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as part of the company’s seventy-fifth anniversary season, Godden and Hatzis talk about Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation. Based on the novels of Joseph Boyden, who writes on historical and contemporary issues faced by Aboriginal Peoples, the work poses special challenges for interdisciplinary collaboration.

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