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! If you have any questions email

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

Thursday March 7th
12:30-2 Contemporary Jazz with Stephanie Lilley of Viva Dance
PCL Studio

Friday March 8th
12:30-2 Practical Approaches to Ballet with Jake Hastey
Studio A

Saturday March 9th
10-11:30 Performing the Body with Lin Snelling
Westbury Theatre

12-2 Applied Technique for the Stage with Denise Clarke
PCL Studio Theatre

$60 for all 4 workshops
$20 each pre registration
$25 walk in

Creative Workshop with Helen Husak
Thur March 7th 10-12
Fri March 8th 10-12
Sun March 10 10-12
PCL Studio Theatre

*Helen’s workshop is the full 6 hours/3 days with no drop in options. There is also an application process to join her intensive. Please email your CV and a short statement of intent to The intensive is $50 and payment will be collected once participants are selected. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 1ST PARTICIPANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MARCH 3RD

Class Descriptions

Contemporary Jazz with Stephanie Lilley of Viva Dance

Stephanie will take you through an intensive warmup incorporating elements of yoga, dance and fitness. The warm up includes stretching, toning and centre barre. Following this, students will train their technique using across the floor exercises focusing on stylized jumps, turns and kicks. Stephanie will wrap up the class with a contemporary jazz combination. The class will be catered to intermediate to advanced dancers. Come ready to sweat!

Practical Approaches to Ballet with Jake Hastey

During this practical ballet workshop we will challenge common misconceptions of ballet technique and how to get more from the technical work we do as dancers performing a broad spectrum of styles. The class will be structured within the context of a company class with a goal of finding the greatest range of motion, ease of movement, and a defined centre to take into rehearsals and performance. This will not be the ballet class you sweated/struggled through as a kid this will be a mature approach to finding natural movement for all body types.

Performing the Body – Lin Snelling

Lin brings to the workshop experience gained from the twenty five-year history she has sustained as a performer in her own dances, in the work of other independent directors/choreographers, and as well as in the work of Montreal’s Carbone 14 dance-theatre company. The workshop is aimed at articulating relationships and shaping the forms that emerge in sound and movement, so as to bring vibration and resonance into the edges of these forms with softness and a quality of listening that is often inherently dynamic and musical.  The workshop is aimed at actors/ dancers/ singers/ musicians/artists with ability and a desire to move. This does not mean previous dance experience necessarily; just an interest to explore breath, song, text, or invented language from the perspective of the moving body.

Applied Technique for the Stage with Denise Clark

Looking at specificity to bring theatre to it’s most communicative level and delving into the skills that apply. Bring clothes to move, a notebook and a pen. Yoga mat if you have one. Sorry, no beginners – this one is for actors who like to move and dancers who like to act.

Creation Workshop with Helen Husak

My greatest curiosity is how to express the human condition through the medium of
contemporary dance. I am interested in psychology, behavior, and the power of the
imagination – I wish for the performer’s inner life to be invested in the work.

In this creation workshop, we will source movement vocabulary from deep,
instinctual physicality in dialogue with chosen themes, literature, props, music and
visual images. We will also explore improvisational tools to invite spontaneity into
our practice, and to generate material that is unique to our own voices.

This workshop is open to dance artists interested in exploring the inner workings of
creative process, and stimulating their perspective on choreographic practice.

We will be working alone and in groups. Please bring a notebook and pen, as well as
three other items that will spark your curiosity and imagination, i.e. costume pieces,
props, literature, visual images, pieces of music, etc.

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