It’s hard to believe this internationally acclaimed dance company is about to turn 30! DJD burst onto the Calgary arts scene in 1984 with a captivating dream – to reclaim the true spirit of jazz and to develop a compelling contemporary dance form. Once they stepped out, they never looked back, sparking the appetite of Calgarians for authentic jazz and reinvigorating jazz dance through performance and classes. Since then DJD has created over 50 original productions, many featuring live music. Vicki Adams Willis co-founded the company and was Artistic Director until the spring of 2013 when the company appointed Kimberley Cooper as its new Artistic Director with Vicki taking on the role of Founder in Residence.
30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Better Get Hit in Your Soul
dances inspired by the music, life and times of Charles Mingus
November 22 – December 1, 2013
Big Secret Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
DJD has not performed at the Big Secret Theatre since 2001 and is excited to be back in this unique and captivating space. Soak up the music of the masterful and bodacious composer and bassist Charles Mingus at a show featuring part recorded music, part live music – all live dance. An intimate experience you don’t want to miss! Tickets are limited. Get yours early.
Dancers in Love
celebrating some of the many great works of Vicki Adams Willis
March 28 – April 6 · Gala Night April 3
Theatre Junction GRAND
Enjoy an evening that features selections from past works of the great jazz dance dame herself Vicki Adams Willis. Set to Ellington’s tune by the same name, Dancers in Love was one of the first duets Vicki choreographed on Hannah Stilwell and Michele Moss for DJD’s first production, Body and Soul in 1984. Curated by DJD’s new Artistic Director Kimberley Cooper, this show will feature some of Vicki’s great duets and other pieces accompanied by a live band.
Annual Fundraiser - possessed – a party
April 12, 2014
Mark your calendar now for DJD’s annual fundraising party – possessed – an evening where you take over the dance floor and party the night away to the sounds of two live bands and a DJ.
Tickets are available by calling 403-245-3533 or visit www.decidedlyjazz.com