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From auditions to the creation process and special projects, our Performance Company challenges traditional notions of who can be a dancer. Its work calls out stereotypes about young women from all walks of life, and showcases the power of art as a tool for social change.
Social Justice Focus
Each year, a group of 12 diverse, socially conscious young women come together to write, research and choreograph their own dance works about the world around us. The Company explores a broad range of social issues like children’s rights, the environment, inclusion, hunger, stereotypes, body image, human connection, trust and more. Dance works often evolve from the personal stories and experiences of Company members themselves.
The Company performs approximately once per month in venues large and small. In addition to schools and community centers, they perform at universities, national conferences and other events, and in distinguished venues such as the Senate Chambers. They have also toured to other parts of Canada, including Vancouver and Nanaimo, BC.
Company members participate in monthly leadership and social justice workshops, volunteer in the community, and travel together for special projects. They are also invited to share their voices and perspectives with academics at respected universities on issues like children’s rights. Through these experiences, they form lasting friendships and have life changing experiences. Truly – our Company is like no other!
Examples of the Company’s special projects include:
Kelsey Walsh is the Performance Company Director.