A long day in Edmonton

Sarah and I taught three workshops yesterday in Edmonton, Alberta. The morning began with a teacher/teaching artist workshop full of professional dancers who gave us so much material to work with and asked wonderful questions. They took “1-10” to a new level!

After our morning session, we facilitated an open community workshop with University of Alberta students, folks from the incredible intergenerational theatre company GeriActors, and local people who thought the idea of dancing looked interesting. Their equivalents duets based on the language prompt “I miss/I don’t miss” will be one of the highlights of our showing on Saturday at the Timms Center.

Prepping for our evening workshop


To close out the day, we had our second workshop with iDance, an integrated dance performance group. We took a short phrase from Cassie Meador’s How To Lose A Mountain and created variations from it on the floor, in chairs and standing. These variations used to create duets, and the group will continue to develop this material for a June performance.

At the end of this busy day, I was tired, achy, and so grateful for all we learned from these wonderful new friends and collaborators.

About Shula Strassfeld

Shula Strassfeld began dancing “too late” and has been dancing ever since. She joined Dance Exchange in 2007.