Good Women Dance Collective (GWDC) is a creation-based company committed to supporting a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Edmonton. The society’s artistic focus is on creating, commissioning and producing innovative new works that simultaneously challenge and expand our audience. GWDC also dedicates a large part of its season toward partnering with local organizations to offer performance, educational, 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 continue to work towards making contemporary dance more accessible to the general public. GWDC strives to provide consistent training, performance, professional development and community-building opportunities to the Edmonton dance community, fostering the continued growth and development of its artists, while offering opportunities for dialogue and engagement between artists and the 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 members 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:

  • dance: made in canada
  • Festival Quartiers Danses
  • Fluid Festival
  • Dancefest @ Nextfest
  • Edmonton Fringe Festival
  • Expanse Movement Arts Festival
  • Prairie Dance Circuit
  • Mayors Celebration of the Arts Gala
  • A.I.R (presented by Dancers’ Studio West)
  • Feats Festival of Dance
  • Winnipeg Fringe Festival
  • Canada Dance Festival
  • 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: Anastasia Maywood
Treasurer: Gerry Kendal
Directors: Maggie Barton Baird

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.

Thank you to our 2017/18 donors

Good Women 1000+

  • Gerry Kendal & Fern Snart

Generous Gals 500-1000

Righteous Babes 250-500

  • Aaron Baugh
  • Terry Brooker & Judy Birdsel

Dependable Dames 100-250

  • John & Barbra Patterson
  • Christine Nelson
  • Dresda Dupperon
  • Hugh & Elaine Goldie