Guest Instructor: Katherine Semchuk


We are so excited to have GWDC collaborator and 2017 New Work Award winner Katherine Semchuk teaching Good Women Company Classes June 5-8, 2018 in the Muriel Taylor Studio at the Ruth Carse Centre for Dance.

Katherine is interested in being physical and sharing movement with a focus on actions versus shapes. The class will take participants through a series of exercises exploring transitions into and out of the floor, the use of momentum and suspension, and redirection of weight. Each moment and individual is different, therefore each person is encouraged to develop their own unique strategies to pursue each task. Risk-taking and problem solving excite Katherine and she aims to generate a class environment where both are welcomed!

Katherine Semchuk is a dancer, choreographer and instructor currently based in Edmonton, AB. Her early dance training began at the age of five and continued at Victoria School of the Arts where she was introduced to composition, contemporary and modern dance. In 2013, Semchuk moved to Toronto to attend The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she was the recipient of the Kathryn Ash Leadership award. She had the privilege of working with many artists including Kate Alton, Peggy Baker, Robert Desrosiers and James Kudelka. In addition to the School, she performed with Nostos Dance Collectives, Echo Dance Company and The Chimera Project’s Company B in Toronto.

Since returning to Alberta, Katherine has worked with Good Women Dance Collective, Mile Zero Dance, Toy Guns Theatre and has performed works by Shay Kuebler, Jake W. Hastey and Kate Stashko in Edmonton and Calgary. With a growing interest in choreography, Semchuk has been working to develop her own artistic practice. Her work has been presented in both Edmonton and Toronto at festivals such as Feats Festival of Dance, Nextfest’s Dancefest, SkirtsAfire and through Nostos Collectives. Most recently, she was granted the Good Women Dance Collective’s 2017 New Work Award and a grant from the AFA to develop her first half-length piece. I can’t sit still was presented this past February at Expanse Festival.

Photo: STDT by Cylla von Tiedemann