Master Classes at Expanse


There are some amazing artists involved in the Expanse Movement Arts Festival this year and we have a roster of fantastic opportunities to learn from them and other artists working here in Edmonton!

Thursday March 6th
10:00-11:00am Garuda with Raena Waddell
Studio A, 10330 – 84 Avenue

*For this class you will need to bring a yoga or exercise mat and clothing you can move in.

In Indian mythology, the Garuda is a sacred mythical bird that changes shape according to its function. It’s a fitting name for this exercise system, which is unique in its versatility, flexibility and precision of movement. Garuda offers a cardiovascular workout while drawing deeply on mental focus, and teaching the sacred principle of relaxation within movement. The result is a stronger, leaner body, improved posture and true ease of movement and mind.

Thursday March 6th
11:00-12:30pm Text/Body connection with Nancy McAlear
Studio A, 10330 – 84 Avenue

*Participants should have a short piece of text memorized – monologue or poem – no longer than 1 minute in length. They should also bring a hard copy of their text with them.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore text using a number of different physical exercises allowing for a more grounded, full body connection to the spoken word.

Friday March 7th
10:00-11:30pm Movement Technique with Pam Tzeng
Studio A, 10330 – 84 Avenue


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Saturday March 8th
10:00-12:00 a somatic approach to contemporary dance with Deanna Peters
Westbury Theatre, 10330 – 84 Avenue

Taking a somatic approach to contemporary dance technique, we will work on walking, running, falling, rolling and jumping with good physical function, while exploring our dynamic range of expression and how these relate to performance. We will segue into some of the improvisational scores that we use in the creation and performance of NEW RAW.

Sunday March 9th
10:00-1:00pm Workshop with Lin Snelling
Westbury Theatre, 10330 – 84 Avenue

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Advance payments are
$90 for all 5 workshops
$20 each in advance
$30 advance for Lin Snelling

Door Payment are
$25 each
$35 for Lin Snelling

To register for these workshops simply pay in advance through the Fringe Box office, direct link should be up shortly

and if you have any questions email 

 Instructor Biographies

Fascinated with the human body communicating through movement, Raena Waddell has built a 15 year career as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor after graduating Grant MacEwan’s Dance Program in 2000.  She has premiered 10 of her own choreorgraphic works in western Canada and recently received the 2012 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award.  Away from the dance studio, Raena has been teaching progressive Pilates for 10 years for the city of Edmonton.  Raena believes her keen interest in intelligent exercise has not only strengthened her abilities as a performer, but has also rehabilitated her back after an injury she suffered in 2012.  It was her back injury that led her to research the Garuda system.  Taking off where Pilates ends, Garuda has excited both the artist and movement practitioner in Raena.  She now holds her Garuda Foundational Mat and Apparatus certification and connects much of her recent artistic creativity to the fluid, full-bodied movement in the Garuda system.  She loves to share her enthusiasm for progressive movement and is delighted to add Garuda to her skill set for dancers and non-artists alike in Edmonton.

For the past twenty years, Nancy McAlear has been working as an actor. Her career has taken her across the country and has given her the opportunity to work in theatre, film, and television. Most recently, she was seen in Sapientia at the Canoe Festival, A Christmas Carol at the Citadel Theatre, The National Elevator Project (Part 1) with Theatre Yes, Murderers Confess at Christmastime for Outside the March, The Soul Collector with Catalyst Theatre and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Studio Theatre. She just recently received her MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta where she directed pool (no water), Machinal, Organ, and Adult Entertainment. Nancy also directed Parlour Song for Wishbone Theatre for which she was nominated for a Sterling Award. She has also been nominated for multiple Sterling Awards for her acting, and was honoured to receive one for her performance in Catalyst Theatre’s Frankenstein. Next up, Nancy will be performing in When the Rain Stops Falling at Studio Theatre.


A graduate of the Grant MacEwan College Dance program, Deanna Peters has been a professional performer since 2004. She has worked with Barbara Bourget, Heidi Bunting, Justine A. Chambers, Peter Chin, Bill Coleman, Daniel Conrad, Paul-André Fortier, Vanessa Goodman, Karen Jamieson, Jay Hirabayashi, Gail Lotenberg, Lori MacDonald, Diego Maranan, Tanya Marquardt, Jennifer Mascall, Julia Sasso, Paras Terezakis, The Story of Force and Motion, Alvin Tolentino and Helen Walkley. Recipient of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Art Award for Emerging Dance Artist, Deanna also choreographs, teaches, produces and works behind the scenes for various artists and organizations. Currently Artist in Residence at The Dance Centre, Deanna is also performing for Helen Walkley; teaching and choreographing for Modus Operandi; working as Communications Officer for CADA/West and Community Manager for Brief Encounters. Find more info, including links, pics and videos on Deanna’s website
and check out her latest work NEW RAW at Expanse March 7 & 8:

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