Greetings from our Administrative Assistant!
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Greetings from our Administrative Assistant!

Greetings from our Administrative Assistant!

Hello friends,

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Samantha Ketsa, and I have joined the DSW team this spring as an administrative assistant. Originally from Edmonton and now based in Calgary, I am utterly delighted to support the dance community across Alberta in tandem with forging my own path as a dance artist.

It has been a wild time transitioning into a new role over the past few months. But, nothing has brought me joy quite like getting acquainted with our community and moving forward boldly under Sasha’s intrepid leadership. I want to say a warm welcome to all of our new members who have joined our newsletter updates, participated in Sasha’s Instagram Live classes, and engaged with us via the mighty Zoom for The Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body – Calgary. I think I can speak on behalf of all of us at DSW when I say that your time, presence, and support are deeply appreciated.

I am thrilled to continue getting acquainted with our members, partners, and friends as DSW keeps the spirit and innovation of our 40th anniversary celebrations alive. You can learn a little bit more about me here or reach out to me directly at if you ever feel so inclined.

Yours in dance and optimism,


(photo of me by Sasha, sorting through 40 years of archived posters, programs, and media kits in our cSPACE office!)

The Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body – Calgary
Our next virtual gathering on May 25th at 7pm will focus on the very large topic of “How to cultivate our practice”. There are multiple entry points into this discussion, but we are providing the following ideas to mull over and catalyze our discussion:- what are the ways we locate information?
– what are our tools to work with our knowledge? How do we use them?
– looking at “community” as a resource (this demands an unpacking of what community is)
– developing a community of learning
– developing an artistic framework
– situating oneself in the milieu

Click here to visit our Facebook event to RSVP and get the Zoom log in details! 

Hope to see you there!
Pam and Sasha.

In the Community

Silvering in Confinement: a dance for objects and humans by Thea Patterson

May 22 at 7PM (MDT) 
May 23 at 2PM (MDT)

Silvering: a dance for objects and humans is a gently playful and tender look at the connection between the dancing body and a menagerie of (mostly) silver objects. It looks at, and questions how it is to be with each other, and to be with the inanimate, where things and bodies hold equal space, equal agency, and equal abilities to affect and be affected as a continued unfolding relationality. These principles have continued to guide the work within the new confines and potentialities of the COVID context and the sudden intrusion of unexpected forms of mediation and new methods of transmission. Everything has had to shift. This shift, while initially jarring, is also filled with possibility.

Guests will need to register in advance through Eventbrite :

The performance will be approximately 1 hour in length.

This project is possible with the support of:
Studio 303, CCOV, MZD
The Canada Council for the Arts
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Edmonton Arts Council

Photo credit: Brittany Snellen