Julie Ferguson

Communications and Marketing Manager

Julie Ferguson is Good Women Dance Collective’s new Communications and Marketing Manager. They are here to guide the collective’s communication strategies to help connect the public with the artists’ work, classes, and other creative initiatives using various strategies including web marketing, social media, media outreach and publications.

Julie is a performance artist and art enabler based in Edmonton, AB. They completed the BFA in Stage Management program at the University of Alberta, and they have worked as an administrator, stage manager, and/or production manager for companies such as Punctuate! Theatre, Mile Zero Dance, Catch the Keys Productions, Rapid Fire Theatre, and Firefly Theatre and Circus. Their performances have been presented by Expanse, Nextfest, Found Festival, Mile Zero Dance, Odd Wednesday, and Theatre Junction GRAND.

Find out more about Julie’s performance alter-ego NIUBOI at www.niuboi.com

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Rebecca Sadowski

Nextfest Dance Curator

Rebecca Sadowski is thrilled to be joining the Good Women Dance Collective team as curator of dance programming at Theatre Network’s Nextfest Festival! Rebecca is an Edmonton-based Métis performer, choreographer, and dance instructor. She recently showcased an original dance work, The Music Crept By Us in collaboration with composer Dean Musani and dance dramaturge Gianna Vacirca in the Chinook Series performance of Local(e). She has choreographed for Mile Zero Dance’s Dirt Buffet Cabaret, the Nextfest Festival, Alberta Culture Days, and the Edmonton Fringe Festival with Alberta Opera. Rebecca’s full length work, The Sash Maker, in collaboration with Métis poet Naomi McIlwraite and mentored by Christine Frederick, has been presented by Mile Zero Dance, Alberta Dance Alliance, and the Nextfest Festival. Since deepening her connection to her Métis roots, Rebecca loves to learn more about Métis dance and jigging, and has taught several workshops on the Red River Jig at schools and festivals in Edmonton. She also has learned the traditional skill of finger-weaving, and loves to continually work on weaving sashes with this technique.

Rebecca has performed with Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Punctuate! Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Good Women Dance Collective, Mile Zero Dance, Thou Art Here Theatre, and Catch the Keys Productions. She has also performed in Toronto with Solar Stage Children’s Theatre and the Lower Ossington Theatre. This fall, she is dancing in Matthew MacKenzie’s play, The Particulars, with Punctuate! Theatre which will be presented in Toronto as well as Edmonton. Later this season, Rebecca will be joining the Good Women Dance Collective for a new collaboration with vocal quartet, Femme. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University, and teaches dance with dancED Movement Project, Mile Zero Dance Outreach, and the City of Edmonton.

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Amy Leigh

Administrative Assistant

Amy Leigh (she/her) is a maker, agitator, cultural worker, and arts advocate who was born-and-raised in tkaronto, and currently resides in Amiskwaciwâskahikan. Having graduated from MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program in 2018, her professional interests lie in grant writing & fund development, volunteer management and event coordination for non-profit arts organizations.
Amy’s creative practice is primarily focused around creative placemaking, community + capacity building through self-publishing, and printmaking.
She read her first zine in 1993 and has been invested in creating, celebrating and encouraging the making of space for zine culture ever since. In addition to facilitating numerous workshops, speaking engagements, and organizing zine related events, Amy has exhibited at over 100 zine fairs throughout North America, and has participated in maker-in-residence programs both
locally and abroad.
Most recently, Amy took over the curatorial duties behind The Zine Machine Project (formally distro780) – an old snack vending machine that dispenses small zines. You can find out more about this project and to see where the machine is popping up next by visiting
www.zinemachine.ca

Image by Morgan Wedderspoon