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Artistic Director, Dancers’ Studio West (Calgary)

Dancers’ Studio West’s Artistic Director, Davida Monk, will step down at the end of the 2017-2018 season after 10 years. The Board of Directors is seeking a new Artistic Director to further the organization’s mission and build on the artistic growth of the past decade. 

Dancers’ Studio West is a production and resource centre for contemporary dance artists in Alberta with the mission to advance the art form by challenging dancers, choreographers and audiences with programs in training, creation, performances and appreciation through critical dialogue.

The organization produces three major programs: Dance Action Lab, Annual Alberta Dance Festival and new this year, a spring production of work choreographed by the Artistic Director and set on an ensemble of young contemporary dancers. In addition, it offers Technique Classes, open to Calgary’s dance community and produces a number of Community Animation programs such as the Undressing the Dance Public Dialogue Series. Creation, rehearsals, classes and productions take place in numerous facilities across the city. The organization is debt-free and has an annual budget of $200,000. In addition to the Artistic Director, it engages five part-time and casual contractors as well as an artistic ensemble of six dancer/choreographers which make up the Dance Action Group.

The Search Committee is seeking a proven leader who will be able to clearly and passionately articulate the vision and unique mandate of the organization. He or she will enjoy working in a collaborative environment, be committed to the principles of mentorship and training, have a sound knowledge of choreographic development, contemporary dance and have a willingness to take a significant role with both marketing and fund development. This is a part-time position, which reports equally with the Managing Director, to a Board of Directors.

The successful candidate will be creative, innovative and enterprising with Dancers’ Studio West’s mandate; challenging its artists and audiences with interesting experiences, while remaining respectful to the legacy created by Davida Monk. They will be able to build on the artistry, strengths and loyalty that currently exist within the organization and between it and the dance community.

The ideal candidate will be a highly personable and confident individual who enjoys being in a leadership position, has an enthusiasm for being out in the community and has a genuine desire to connect closely with dance artists, members of the public and contributors. They will embrace Calgary’s arts community as well as have the ability to increase the organization’s profile outside of the city limits.

For a detailed description of the position, qualifications for applicants and for more information about Dancers’ Studio West, please see the information brochure on our website, DSWlive.ca. Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume and three references in confidence on or before November 2, 2017 to:  Megan Ballard, Search Committee Chair, Dancers’ Studio West, search@DSWlive.ca