A different sort of ballet // Sascha Vaughn

Of pointe shoes and chest hair

In the delicate world of classical ballet, chest hair is generally frowned upon. Even for male dancers in topless roles, there’s rarely a follicle visible to the audience. But, in the instance ...
Pamela Tzeng // Vernon Rubiano

Removing the boundaries

As the year winds to a close, many resolution-makers are reflecting on how the passage of time (and bad habits) affect the body. Or maybe it’s just the kind of mood that sets in with the lack o...
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Horseplay under the big top

The big-box entertainment machine that is Cavalia is impressive; the cities that see Cavalia’s second creation, Odysseo, become canvases for the sprawling brand months before the show even sets...

Body Traks

Tony Olivares is on a mission. Though he has worked with many a dance group here in Edmonton, his desire to see something different from the dance scene forced him to forge a new path. After spending...

Goodbye

Melanie Demers doesn’t tend to take herself too seriously. The artistic director of Mayday Danse punctuates our interview with laughs, self-referential insights, and a genuine zeal for discussi...
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Northwest Dance Project

After 10 years of working in Portland, Oregon with a dance outfit the American press has been hailing as the country’s latest “it” company, Sarah Slipper returns to her misty hometo...
A throwback to the Romantic era of ballet

Achieving the holy trinity

“Giselle is part of that holy trinity of the classical ballets,” explains Alberta Ballet’s artistic director, Jean Grand-Maitre (the other two being The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lak...
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Movement across the prairies

Since its inception in 2010, the Prairie Dance Circuit has kept its focus on garnering exposure for western Canadian dance artists. The Circuit annually features a selection of works by choreographer...