Good Women Dance Society (GWDS) is a creation-based company that has been committed to helping create a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Edmonton since its foundation in 2009. The society’s artistic focus is on creating and producing innovative new works with integrity and conviction. GWDS also dedicates a large part of its season toward offering performance, education and professional development opportunities to artists working in Edmonton. Current artistic members Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Alida Nyquist-Schultz and Kate Stashko are passionate about making contemporary dance more accessible to the general public.
GWDS produces several events each season, including What’s Cooking?, their work-in-progress series, and Convergence, their annual showcase of local contemporary dance. The artistic members also curate Dancefest @ Nextfest and organize the master class series at the Chinook Festival. Outside of the society’s annual productions, GWDS has performed in numerous festivals and events throughout Alberta and Canada, including Dancefest @ Nextfest, the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Expanse Movement Arts Festival, Skirts Afire, the Prairie Dance Circuit, The Mayors Celebration of the Arts Gala, A.I.R (presented by Dancers’ Studio West), Feats Festival of Dance, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. The society is proudly supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
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