Ainsley Hillyard

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Ainsley Hillyard

Ainsley Hillyard is a performer, choreographer and educator working in dance and theatre, living in Amiskwaciwâskahikan on Treaty 6 territory.

Ainsley has been with the Good Women Dance Collective since its inception and was a fundamental player in the organization formally incorporating in 2009. Ainsley commits much of her time and energy supporting the organization administratively and artistically.

As an independent artist, Ainsley has choreographed for several theatre companies. Select choreography credits include; Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play with Blarney Productions and You are Here Theater (Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography), Cardiac Shadow with Northern Light Theatre (Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography to the Good Women Dance Collective), Bears (Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography) with Pyretic Productions; Ursa Major (Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography) with Catch The Keys Productions, and was assistant choreographer for at the Citadel.

Ainsley also performs as a theatre artist, select credits include Wish with Northern Light Theatre (Sterling nomination, Outstanding actress in a lead role), Shakespeare’s Will with Thou art here theatre and Cardiac Shadow with Northern Light Theatre.

She and her French bulldog Jezebel, co-created Jezebel, at the Still Point, (Bumblebear productions) a performance where Jezebel and Ainsley travel through space, trying to figure out how to time travel so that Jezebel never has to die.

Ainsley enjoys reading feminist sci fi, Prosecco picnics and learning about outer space.

Alida Kendell

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Alida Kendell

Alida Kendell is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. She has been a collective artist with GWDC since 2009 and during this time has been shaped, challenged and encouraged by its programming, its artists and the communities GWDC engages with. She has been most influenced by the creative processes of Melenie Demers, Peggy Baker and Sasha Klienplatz. She is curious about the process of enabling physical change through introspection and play, and currently practices durational improvisations that take her further away from and closer to herself.

The majority of Alida’s recent body of work was created on the GWDC. She has had the pleasure of presenting these works at numerous festivals and events in Edmonton such as Dancefest at Nextfest, Feats Festival of Dance, the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Prairie Dance Circuit, as well as at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala and at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Select works of hers have also been performed in Toronto, ON and Winnipeg, MB as part of GWDC’S critically-acclaimed Fringe Festival production, Fracture.

In order to delve deeper into her methods of creation, Alida has sought out and benefited from the choreographic mentorship offered through Artist-in-Residence programs with Mile Zero Dance and Dancers’ Studio West.

As an interpreter, Alida has worked with Sasha Ivanochko, Peggy Baker, Mélanie Demers, @tendance, the Edmonton Opera, Heidi Bunting Dance, the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, AM Choreography and Pyretic Productions.

Alison Kause

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Alison Kause

Alison Kause is a founding member of the Good Women Dance Collective.

She works with the collective and independently. Alison’s dance experience is based in several years of studio, Cechetti, ballet and modern dance technique to the Good Women Dance Collective.

She is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Dance Program and the School of Contemporary Dance at SFU, as well as the Education program at the University of Alberta.

Alison has worked with Justine Chambers, Melanie Kloetzel, Peggy Baker, Shasha Ivanochko, Melanie Demers, Mile Zero Dance, Heidi Bunting, Brian Webb, Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, AM Choreography, Krista Posyniak, Richard Lee and GWD Collective artists. Alison has performed in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

Alison teaches dance at the University of Alberta and in Edmonton Public Schools as a supply teacher and an artist-in-residence. She is thrilled to be embarking on new educational and independent projects as well as endeavors with the Good Women Dance Collective and is continually supported by her family and friends in the convergence of these two careers.

Rebecca Sadowski

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Rebecca Sadowski

Rebecca is an Edmonton-based Métis performer, choreographer, and dance instructor. She has recently joined the Good Women Dance Collective as a collective artist as well as a curator for the Nextfest Festival. She currently teaches dance with dancED Movement Project, and the City of Edmonton.

She has performed as a dancer and actor with Punctuate! Theatre, Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Good Women Dance Collective, Northern Light Theatre, Thou Art Here Theatre, and Catch the Keys Productions as well as other independent productions. She has also performed in Toronto with Solar Stage Children’s Theatre and the Lower Ossington Theatre. Her original choreography has been presented by Mile Zero Dance, Expanse Festival, Nextfest Festival, Alberta Culture Days, and the Edmonton Fringe Festival with Alberta Opera.

Upcoming this season, Rebecca will be performing with Good Women Dance Collective and vocal quartet, Femme, in their ongoing collaboration of The Beginning of Happiness. Rebecca will also be making her Citadel performance debut in Bears, by Matthew MacKenzie, as well as choreographing After the Fire, at the Citadel presented with Punctuate Theatre and Dreamspeakers. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University, and continues to deepen her connection to her Métis roots by learning Métis jigging and the traditional skill of finger-weaving sashes.

Kate Stashko

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Kate Stashko

Kate Stashko is a dance artist currently based in amiskwaciy waskahikan / Edmonton, and she has been a part of Good Women Dance Collective since 2012. She has worked with artists including Peggy Baker, Justine A. Chambers, Mélanie Demers, Helen Husak, Mile Zero Dance, Lin Snelling and Heidi Strauss. Kate toured the Prairie Dance Circuit (presented by Brian Webb Dance Company) and has presented her own work throughout Canada, including collaborations with local musicians, actors, poets and visual artists such as Medgine Mathurin, Nisha Patel, Shawn Pinchbeck and Brandon Wint.

Kate trained at the School of Alberta Ballet before graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2007. In 2018 she travelled to Tel Aviv to attend the Gaga Winter Intensive.

Kate writes and teaches dance and Pilates. She is completing a degree in Psychology and Political Science at Athabasca University, and is an avid cyclist, gardener and coffee drinker.