at 111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G 0Z9 Canada
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks operates a rare in the world international jazz dance centre, including a performance company and Calgary's largest recreational dance school Our performance company enlivens local and national audiences with compelling, engaging and uplifting jazz dance performances and musical creations. DJD creates original authentic jazz works, while honouring and evolving the true roots of jazz. DJD has created more than 50 full-length performances, many featuring live musicians including notables such as the late Big Miller, Tommy Banks, Mark Murphy, PJ Perry and Jackie Richardson to name just a few. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks professional training program makes Calgary a global destination for aspiring jazz dance artists. We operate Calgary's largest recreational dance school - The School of Decidedly Jazz. Education is a vital component of DJD’s mission to explore, evolve and promote jazz dance. We offer hundreds of public classes to enhance lives and infuse our community with true jazz soul. We also work with teachers, students and community organizations to bring dance into people’s lives and nurture creativity and an appetite for jazz through our arts in education outreach programs.
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Best known as one of the world’s leading professional jazz dance companies, DJD also runs Calgary’s largest recreational dance school for both adults and children with more 50 classes each week.
LEARN MORE DJD summer dance camps are designed to instill a love of dance in your child!
With an emphasis on FUN and CELEBRATION, students are encouraged to explore challenges, demonstrate creativity, expand movement vocabulary, build confidence and develop friendships with other students.
LEARN MORE At its heart, DJD is a professional dance company that is dedicated to evolving the art of jazz dance.
Our passion for dance and love of jazz are what drives us to create original performances with live music every year.
The stage is our home.
And we invite you to share every performance with us; because each one is different.
We are excited to offer Open House classes the week of June 3 – 6!
If you have any questions prior to the Open House week, please contact Dance School Principal, Joanne Baker, at firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 11 – Groove n’ Style
Moving by imitation- no chatter just lead and follow for the most part while digging a varied soundtrack from the African diaspora*.
JUNE 25 – Licks n Riffs Accordingly:
What does the music tell us about history and tradition?
Let’s dig the various jazz sounds, get to know the nature of certain instruments and embody them using short choreographies and modest improvisation structures.
*diaspora: The African diaspora consists of the worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans or Africa’s peoples, predominantly in the Americas
The average skill level of participants will determine the level of class.
Rooted in contact improvisation, KE relies on the architectural structure of two bodies interacting while complimented by gravity, momentum, propulsion, breath and flow.
KE has been defined and created by Allen Kaeja, and developed from over three decades of refined exploration and collaboration with Karen Kaeja, both Artistic Directors of Kaeja d’Dance (Toronto).
The Kaeja sensorial warm-up process and approach to improvisation has been co-created/developed by both of them.
In this workshop, Sylvie will share her new found connections and knowledge of the Kaeja method, explore contemporary partner work, and break down the mechanics to flight.
You will work collectively to safely soar through the air!