Good Women Dance Collective (GWDC) is a creation-based company committed to supporting a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Edmonton since 2009. The collective’s artistic focus is on creating and producing innovative new works that simultaneously challenge and expand their audience. GWDC also dedicates a large part of its season toward partnering with local organizations to offer performance, education, and professional development opportunities to artists working in Edmonton. Current artistic members Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Alida Kendell and Kate Stashko have trained across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and are passionate about making contemporary dance more accessible to the general public.

GWDC produces several events each season, including the work-in- progress series What’s Cooking? and the annual showcase of local contemporary dance, Convergence. The artistic member also work in partnership with local dance festivals as curators and to organize workshops.

Outside of the collective’s annual productions, GWDC has performed in numerous festivals and events across 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, Canada Dance Festival and the Toronto Fringe Festival.

The collective is proudly supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Lotteries, the Edmonton Arts Council and Edmonton Community Foundation.

Board Members

President: Mary Richardson
Vice President: Carole Nyquist
Secretary: Julie Papaioannou
Treasurer: Gerry Kendal
Directors: Hailey Coogan, Anastasia Maywood

We’re a non-profit organization that depends on the generosity and financial support of our community. If you’d like to help us to continue to bring distinct dance experiences to the public, please consider donating.

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt.