Michèle Moss


Michèle Moss, BEd, MA is a choreographer, dancer and educator. She is currently a tenured Assistant Professor in The School of Creative and Performing Arts/Dance at the University of Calgary. She was born in the UK, raised in Montréal, and moved to Calgary, Alberta for her foundational training in the academe. She is a co-founder of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, where she served as performer, Associate Artistic Director, School of Decidedly Jazz principal and choreographer from 1984-1999. She enjoys a diverse career in dance from choreographic commissions to international teaching assignments. She served as artistic director for Calgary’s Dancers’ Studio West from 2000-2005. She has conducted much ethnographic research, presented on the page and on the stage. Field-sites include such locales as New York City, Kentucky, San Francisco, Durham as well a Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sénégal and The Gambia- to name a few. Her most significant field sites are Guinea, (Conakry) West Africa and Cuba.

Michèle Moss' Work

On the Ground

A Languid Blues Dancer

By Michèle Moss

The Dance Current caught up Catherine Hayward while on tour with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

Flash of the Spirit

By Michèle Moss

Devoted to jazz for decades, Michèle Moss, associate professor at the University of Calgary, offers a uniquely Canadian context to the form, sharing excerpts from her field notes during a year of sabbatical research – from Calgary to Winnipeg to Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.

A Postcard From the Ethnosphere

Dancing at the Canada-West Africa Crossroads By Michèle Moss

“Dance can take us deep into [the] ethnosphere. I believe that through a dialogic process based in performance and creation, I can understand the life-worlds of others more readily,” writes Michèle Moss, reflecting on her years of study and research into the dances of West Africa.


Keeping It Real at 48 

By Michèle Moss Mixed program by Louise Lecavalier  Louise Lecavalier

Seeing Louise Lecavalier dance is a trip of sorts: a fairground ride through time and space, a wonderland tour across a history of body politics and the ideals of nationalism, the excess of the 1980s, the exuberance of the 1990s.