Announcing our 2020-2021 season!
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Announcing our 2020-2021 season!

Announcing our 2020-2021 season!

Dear friends,

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of August. So much has come to pass in the last six months, yet here I am, announcing our 2020-2021 season! Before I do, I want to shout out to artists, colleagues in the arts and funders for your resiliency, thoughtfulness and courage navigating through COVID-19 and the urgent, essential equity progress that must be done. There is a great deal of upheaval right now, and I’ve been so grateful to be surrounded by people who consistently show up to do the work.

In this upheaval, I feel that DSW being strong, and keeping programming active, relevant and available for artists is of vital importance. With this in mind, I’m pleased to share details on the first half of our upcoming season, which includes a new call to artists!

Announcing Rosanna Terracciano as our incoming Associate Artist! 

Rosanna’s powerful, interdisciplinary practice explores the body across dance forms, the political, the social and the cultural. Her work is undeniable and I look forward to watching the evolution of her practice throughout her residency.

Save The Date!

Our current Associate Artist Linnea Swan has transformed her two years of work into a film that will be screened at cSPACE King Edward, November 19-22nd. 

New! Short-term Residencies, November 30- December 11th

This year we are offering three, funded, short-term residencies for dancers or choreographers to work with an influence of their choice. An influence may be anyone from a musician to a dramaturg, a scientist to a visual artist or performer; someone you’ve always wanted to work with, but never had the chance. The residencies are aimed at seeding new collaborations and experiments. Artists will receive either 40 or 80 hours of studio space*, and a fee of $800/week for both themselves and their influence.

To apply, artists should have an established practice (minimum 2 years experience in the field). We will prioritize applications from equity seeking artists.

To apply, please submit the following to by September 30th, 2020:

– a current CV for both yourself and your influence

– a one-page description of your practice

– a one-page statement describing why you’d like to work with this particular influence

– two 3-minute video extracts of your work

*studio availability 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday only.

And there is a lot more going on! Stay tuned for details on:

If you want to support DSW and the artists we work with, there are lots of ways you can. One is to volunteer. We can always use extra hands in sorting through archives, front of house, and that kind of thing. If you are interested in service, we are seeking new Directors for our Board. For more information on either role, please contact me at

On that note, I invite all members (and anyone who’d like to become one!) to our Annual General Meeting on October 5th, 2020 at 7pm.  An AGM is great opportunity to share your voice and ideas with us, to get to know about all the great shifts DSW has made in the past two years, and where we are going in our support service role. We will likely congregate, at least in part, via Zoom, enabling long distance members to unite!
Thank you! And see you (with a mask on) soon,


Meet Rosanna Terracciano
Our 2020-2022 Associate Artist


I’m honoured and humbled to accept the role of the next Associate Artist with Dancers’ Studio West (DSW). Born and raised in Calgary, I am a dance artist in large part because of various artistic opportunities offered to me through DSW, from choreographing my first solo flamenco dance experiment for the Alberta Dance Explosions festival in 2002 to being the inaugural artist for the premiere edition of the Form Fusion residency series in 2010 designed for artists working in traditional forms from a contemporary perspective. The organization holds a significant place in my own personal dance history, and I am committed to doing my part to help keep DSW growing as a significant piece of Calgary’s artistic story.

The process for my work during my time as Associate Artist begins with questions surrounding home, the aging dancing body, and the body and ego in performance. For the first time, I am stepping back as performer to create solo work on a mover other than myself, a non-flamenco dancing body, an interpreter of the visual and the craft that motivate my creative urges. Dancer Melina Stinson is my muse, a dancer I first met in contemporary dance classes at the University of Calgary Program of Dance over two decades ago, and with whom I share Calgary and Alberta as our birth place, our once home, home to our families; Calgary and Alberta as places forever embedded in our skin and in our breath and in our bones.

Read more about Rosanna on our website by clicking here!

Visit our website for more details & to apply.

Photo of Sylvie Moquin & Fritz Gehrard Viray by Sasha Ivanochko, Research Lab 2019.