Good Women Dance Collective runs weekly contemporary dance classes, lead by GWDC artists or a guest artist!

Capacity is limited – first come, first served. Masks are welcome but not required. All class participants are required to complete a Class Liability and Release Waiver.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

10:00 – 11:30am
Shumka Dance Centre (10515 111 St NW, Edmonton, AB)


  • Drop-in: $15
  • 5-class pack: $65
  • 10-class pack: $100

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card for in person classes.

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Dance class with Tia

Dance class with Tia

Mar 28, 10:00am - Mar 28, 11:30am+2Mar 30, 10:00am - Mar 30, 11:30amMar 31, 10:00am - Mar 31, 11:30am

Shumka Dance Centre10515 111 streetEdmonton, ABT5H 3E8 Map

This class takes students through various entries to the floor using the techniques of b-boy, capoeira, graham, limon, tai-chi, and house to practise simple floorwork drills, that can then be equipped throughout larger movement syllables, and in improvisational stanzas. Safety is a top priority: this class is flexible to suit the skill range of the participants playing. This class pulls from the practises of Emmalena Fredrickson, Shay Kuebler, Martha Graham, Pat Miner, Daryl Tracy, and Daniel Ninarello.

Drop-in: $15
5-class pack: $65
10-class pack: $100
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card for in person classes.

Tia Ashley Kushniruk (亚 女弟) is a Queer Woman of Chinese-Eastern European settler heritage from the Treaty 6 Territory of Edmonton AB. Since 2013 she has been affiliated with the Cirque Du Soleil and is a frequent collaborator of Jake W. Hastey for Toy Guns Dance Theatre (Edmonton). She has had the pleasure of performing works of Antony Hamilton (chunkymove), Paul Andre-Fortier, Benjamin Kamino, Heidi Strauss, Peggy Baker, Christopher House(TDT), Shay Kuebler (SK/RSA), Christianne Ullmark, Susie Burpee and Jasmyn 'Jaz Fairy J' Fyffe - touring Nationally across Canada and Internationally to Israel, U.S.A, Colombia, China, Austria and France. Her work has been presented by Festival Internacional Nomada (El Salvador, 2020), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver, 2020), Fluid Festival (Calgary, 2020), Mile Zero (Edmonton, 2021), and the School of TDT (Toronto, 2022). Tia's illustration and animation work has been commissioned by Plastic Orchid Factory (Vancouver, 2020), Two Big Steps (Vancouver, 2020/2021), and adelheid (Toronto, 2021). She is the first recipient of the Catalyst Confluence Fellowship (Edmonton 20/21). Her research has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, since 2014
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Garuda Barre with Raena Waddell- Winter session

Garuda Barre with Raena Waddell- Winter session

Mar 30, 9:00am - Mar 30, 10:00am

Shumka Dance Centre10515 111 streetEdmonton, ABT5H 3E8 Map

Garuda Barre classes with Raena are back for a winter session!

Utilizing the ballet barre to “push and pull”, Garuda barre work emphasizes opening up space in the body while strengthening alignment and the core muscles that hold the body together. The movement is inspired by ballet, pilates and yoga offering a complete movement conditioning experience complimentary to various forms of dance technique.
Every Thursday starting October 6th!
When: Thursdays 9am-10am
Where: Shumka Dance Centre 10515 111 street
Cost: Same as all GWDC classes
$15 drop in, $100 for 10 class pack (CADA member discount), current GWDC class cards apply!

More about Raena Waddell
Fascinated with the human body communicating through movement, Raena has built a 20+ year career as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor in Edmonton. She has premiered 17 of her own choreographic works in Alberta, recognized by the Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and receiving Brian Webb Dance Company Award training extensively with both Heidi Bunting and Brian Webb. Raena has continued her education in Garuda Matwork and Apparatus with founder, James D’Silva. Raena holds her Pilates Method, Hatha and Yin Yoga certification studying with Tracy Friesen, Melanie Checknita and Joe Barnett. Away from the stage, inspired by numerous choreographers and body work philosophies, Raena teaches movement classes in hopes to encourage a sense of curiosity in her students as to how and what makes their body move. She has 12 years experience as an Instructor with the City of Edmonton along with Orchesis at the University of Alberta. She was last seen on stage November 2019 performing in Punctuate Theatre’s The Particulars. She is currently working with the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy’s Go Where Light Is which premieres March 2023. Currently, Raena has taken her movement education and performances online and over social media for students and audiences around the world to participate from the comfort of their own homes.
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Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA) members receive one class free when they purchase a 10 class pack. A CADA receipt will be provided for any amount offered.

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