School of Rock – Call for Auditions

Winnipeg Studio Theatre is looking for students to be part of the 1st Western Canadian production of School of Rock. Successful candidates will join the StudioWorks training program, a 36-week musical theatre intensive which culminates in the year-end production. Led by Brenda Gorlick, the weekly sessions will feature special guest instructors from Winnipeg’s theatre community and students will have exposure to a professional rehearsal process.

Click here for more information.

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WCD Fundraiser featuring Dash and the Dots

Join WCD Artistic Director Brent Lott on Thursday, May 25 for an energetic evening of music and dance. The evening will feature live music by Dash and the Dots, as well as a screening of Lott’s 1999 piece “i went by a clean name” featuring Paula Blair, Lesandra Dodson, Linnea Swan and Treasure Waddell, with original music by Lori Freedman.

Tickets are $10 and are available by calling WCD at (204) 452-0229, or with cash at the door!

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Ballet Dancer/Actor needed!

Theatre Dance Centre is looking for a dancer who has substantial ballet
training and can perform the lead role in their upcoming production of
The Velveteen Rabbit.

This is a story theatre ballet and requires a dancer who can also handle
the acting. There are several solos to be danced by the lead throughout.

The production is scheduled for June 24 at The Asper Centre for
Performing Arts.

Please email to reserve a spot at the open
audition scheduled for Sunday May 7 at 1:30 at Theatre Dance Centre or to arrange a different time/day.

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Movements for a Room – YoungLungs Workshop

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Katie Lyle and Shelby Wright make movement based work combining their artistic backgrounds in dance, film and visual art. Together their collaborative practice focuses on the development of a shared language of movements and phrases. This system acts as a generative source for creation, problem solving and sharing of experience with each other and an audience.

Lyle and Wright will present an interdisciplinary workshop combining movement and discussion, with an emphasis on collaboration, revision and choreography. Posing the question of how our movements change in relation to another person? How we experience duality in our bodies, exploring the process of watching versus feeling movement.

The workshop will consider the character or role of an artist in the studio, how we might move and work in a space that is both private and public. Enacting the moment right before deciding to make something. Movement as a visual embodiment of the agency of ‘doing something’, of thinking, revising, starting over. Moving to the language of drawing and looking.

Why dance now? Why the body now?

To make something full of mistakes that is also perfect, or that combines both.

To make something that appears unsure about every aspect of something.

To create a performance or series of movements that show indecision.

To create something that values indecision.

Open to everyone interested in movement, body-awareness, choreography and dance. $10 at the door or at

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Festival Workshops!

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Festival workshops are free for registered festival performers and teachers. Additionally, they are open to the public for a minimum fee of $5.00 /class (cash only).

Please sign up or register at the merchandise station located in the lobby of the theatre during the festival.

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International Dance Day Events in Winnipeg, Montreal

International Dance Day is April 29! Help us celebrate!


On April 26th Stephanie Ballard will address Winnipeg’s Mayor Bowman and City Council. She will explain how and why International Dance Day is celebrated throughout the world.

On April 29th International Dance Day will be celebrated throughout Winnipeg in many ways, including with Landscape Dancing at Old Market Square from 12:00 until 1:00. All are welcome.


There will be an open rehearsal on April 29th at Place des Arts in Montreal:

We’re encouraging everyone to email their MP’s and let them know it’s International Dance Day coming up! Click here for a template you can use!

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ANYTHING BUT ABSOLUTE ZERO | Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers

Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears

An enigmatic duet choreographed by Walter Carsen Award winning Tedd Robinson, performed by Winnipeg’s own Robyn Thomson Kacki and Dora Award Winning artist Susie Burpee. Encounter worlds within worlds and experience the ritual and the magic of Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears.

This new work will be presented in Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers performance series Anything But Absolute Zero along with Falling, a new duet by local artist Janelle Hacault and Montreal’s Jason Martin; plus the remount of Brent Lott’s Boxstruck performed by WCD dancers. Please note that one work contains mature content.

Presented with the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and the O’Neill Family Trust.

Rachel Browne Theatre

April 27-29, 8 PM

Adult: $25
Seniors: $20
Students & Artists: $15

Click here for tickets and more information.

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Springfield Theatre Company Auditions for Annie

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Gearshifting Performance Works presents petites danses

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featuring the work of Guest Choreographer, Marie-Josee Chartier

Two performances only!    
Friday, April 21 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 22 @ 8pm

Advance tickets available at, $20/$25

The Gas Station Arts Centre
445 River Avenue, at Osborne

“Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.” – Charles Baudelaire

Exceptional performers.
Eight dances: each a world of its own.

Promo Video of petites danses on youtube at

Toronto-based, Guest Choreographer, Marie-Josee Chartier, creates a dynamic visual score which enraptures both our eyes and our ears.

Set to the powerful music of Linda C. Smith, Rodney Sharman, James Tenney and Nick Storring, Chartier invites us to witness how movement transforms music and vice versa, inviting us to see the beauty, intimacy and complexity of each composition.

As we visualize the music through the dancers’ bodies, each dance becomes a short story crafted by Chartier’s contemporary imagination.

Please note: Performance contains nudity.

Performers include: Guest Artist from Toronto –  Darryl Tracy, Winnipeg performers – Krista Nicholson, Jillian Groening, Helene Le Moullec Mancini, Elise Page, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Jessica Southgate, Camila Schujman, Natasha Torres-Garner, Aaron Paul, Shawn Maclaine, Mark Dela Cruz, Philippe Alexandre-Jacques, Arne MacPherson and Eric Blais.

Gearshifting Performance Works’ feature presentation is an annual, anticipated event for the contemporary dance community.

petites danses is a unique project as it is the first time the company has presented work by a Guest Choreographer for an ensemble of dancers. petites danses features our largest cast of performers to date. Previously, Marie-Josee Chartier created two solos for Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, a short voyage, which was performed on over 100 occasions (2003-2007, numerous tours) and Terrain, which premiered at the Joyce Soho in New York City (2008).

Gearshifting Performance Works gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council and The Winnipeg Arts Council.

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Free Dance Training!

FREE PROFESSIONAL MOVEMENT AND DANCE TRAINING for music theatre performers starts next tuesday April 18, and runs until Thursday June 1!

10:00-11:30am @ Nafro Dance Center
Ages 16+

NEW this year – different themes for different days of the week, but ALL levels of ability are strongly encouraged to attend ANY and ALL classes!

For more info and schedule please visit our webpage:

No registrations required – just come and be a part of our spring training, get back into shape and dance!

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