• Summer Classes with Johanna Riley August 21-25, 28-Sept. 1

    “My classes combine contemporary and modern dancer techniques with elements of athletic training, yoga, Mitzvah Technique, and improvisation.”

    When: Monday to Friday, 9:45-11:15

    Where: The Rachel Browne Theatre, 204-211 Bannatyne Ave.

    Who: Classes are open to all members of the professional dance community, and new and current students of the Senior Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. Perfect for getting back into dancing shape for the fall!

    How: Register and pay online anytime at, or in person after June 1

    If you have questions please email, or call 204-452-0229

    Cost: $10.00/single class, $40.00/five classes, $75.00/all ten classes



    *EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Register and pay by June 16 and pay only $70.00 for all ten classes!

    As Though I Had Wings





    Join WCD Artistic Director Brent Lott on Sunday, May 28th* for an energetic evening of music and dance. Now with a free appetizer buffet! The evening will feature live music by Dash and the Dots, as well as a screening of Lott’s 1999 piece “i went by a clean name” featuring Paula Blair, Lesandra Dodson, Linnea Swan and Treasure Waddell, with original music by Lori Freedman. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling WCD at (204) 452-0229, or with cash at the door!

    *Tickets purchased for May 25th will be accepted at the door. If you need a refund please call (204)4250229.

  • WCD Fundraiser featuring Dash and the Dots

    As Though I had Wings

    Join WCD Artistic Director Brent Lott on Thursday, May 25th for an energetic evening of music and dance. The evening will feature live music by Dash and the Dots, as well as a screening of Lott’s 1999 piece “i went by a clean name” featuring Paula Blair, Lesandra Dodson, Linnea Swan and Treasure Waddell, with original music by Lori Freedman.Tickets are $10 and are available by calling WCD at (204) 452-0229, or with cash at the door!

    Source: (3) WCD Fundraiser featuring Dash and the Dots

  • International Dance Day

    LANDSCAPE DANCING in honour of International Dance Day
    Old Market Square
    April 29, 2017
    Dancers: Drive Dance, SCD Professional Program, Eduardo
    Stephanie Ballard, Director of Winnipeg Dance Preservation Initiative and WCD Archivist
    Peter Quanz, Director of QDance
    Photo: Leif Norman

    Thank you to Stephanie, Peter and the dancers for advocating and raising awareness for our community on International Dance Day!

  • Thank You!

    WCD would like to thank our sponsors,patrons,dancers for an exciting 2016/17 season.

    The run of Anything But Absolute Zero was completely sold out,what a great way to end the season!





  • Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears

    WCD is proud to present this duet in our final show of the season ANYTHING BUT ABSOLUTE ZERO -April 27-29th at WCD.

    A premiere of an enigmatic duet choreographed by Walter Carsen Prize winner Tedd Robinson, performed by Winnipeg’s own Robyn Thomson Kacki and Dora Award winner Susie Burpee. Encounter worlds within worlds and experience the ritual and the magic of Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears.


    Photo: Mark Dela Cruz

    Source: Inbox – – Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers Mail

  • WCD Announces new show sponsor!



    is very pleased to announce

    a new




    The King’s Head Pub & Eatery

    for their very generous sponsorship

    of the final show of our season,




    a family owned restaurant and bar

    that has been in the Exchange District

    for 30 years!


    Featuring delicious English pub and Indian food, this mainstay of the

    Exchange also has a fully stocked bar and a large range of craft beers on tap!


    Check them out before our shows for a fabulous meal and/or for a drink

    after our shows to discuss what you just experienced at WCD.




  • “Falling” at WCD and Dance Matters 

    Anything But Absolute Zero at WCD April 27-29th 8pm.

    Falling explores the pleasure and the pain, the suffering and the euphoria of love. It follows the trajectory of a couple who journey from total vulnerability to complete estrangement, from naked trust to layers of barriers between them. Using music from Vivaldi’s  The Four Seasons, we see all seasons of the couple’s relationship. Moments ranging from the elation of infatuation, the symbiosis of partnership, the absurdity of sex, and the necessary back and forth struggle to remain together makes this new dance work a beautifully tragic take on love and loss.

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  • WCD ANNUAL DINNER & DANCE -Thank you for making this event a success!



    Dinner and Dance  at The Peasant Cookery ~ April 2nd 6pm

    Tickets $90 (includes $40 charitable tax receipt)

    Tickets can be purchased at or call 204 452-0229


    First Course

    Israeli couscous salad, arugula and spinach, goat cheese and toasted walnuts

    Chicken and zucchini noodle soup

    Second Course

    Steelhead trout, wild rice pilaf, green beans, champagne buerre blanc

    Flank steak, braised Brussel sprouts, brown butter whipped potatoes, red wine jus

    Pork tenderloin, crispy parmesan potatoes, green beans, almonds, roasted red pepper relish

    Vegetarian Option

    Quinoa, almond-current vegetable pilaf with smoked zucchinni

    Third Course


    Crème Brule



  • Artistic Residency Opportunity






    Artistic Residency and Commission Opportunity

    OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS OF ALL DISCIPLINES: Request for expressions of interest

    DEADLINE: 1 May 2017 at 4 pm

    BUDGET: $50,000-$60,000 (includes artist fees, production costs, travel and accommodations)



     WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS invites artists working in all disciplines to submit an Expression of Interest to be our Artist-in-Residence for 2017/18. This opportunity is open to individual artists or collaborative teams at any phase of their career, emerging or established. The selected artist or artistic team (the ‘Artist) will research and create a new full-length performance work at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), to be premiered at the final show of our 2017/18 season.


    This is not a live-in residency. It is a two-phase residency hosted by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Phase 1 (research, creation) will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba beginning in Fall 2017. Phase 2 (rehearsals, production) will culminate in a presentation of the commissioned performance work in Spring 2018.


    Specific dates and number of weeks to be determined and agreed upon by Artist and WCD as required, with a work period spanning a maximum of 6 months. The total budget for this project will not exceed $60,000, and will be paid in instalments to the Artist over the span of the residency. The budget includes Artist/commission fees, production costs, dancer’s fees, accommodations and travel. Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate.



    Artists wishing to be considered for this residency are requested to submit the following:

    • A brief proposal (750 word maximum), outlining your vision for the creation and presentation of the proposed performance work, along with a draft timeline and schedule
    • A one-page CV that focuses on activities of the last 5 years, demonstrating the Artist’s field of interest and creative direction
    • Support materials (video, audio, still images—see specifications below)



    WCD is looking for proposals that:

    • Further the possibilities of performance work
    • Stimulate conversations between fellow artists and audiences
    • Fulfill WCD’s mandate
    • Expand our view of dance and the performing arts moving forward


    OUR ORGANIZATION                                                                                                                                                                      

    Established in 1964, WCD is the longest continuously running contemporary dance company in Canada. The power of contemporary dance is inherent in the fact that it requires presence, which has become increasingly important in contemporary culture. Contemporary dance thrives on exploration and cross-pollination. It asks us to recognize and respond to the humanity in one other. At WCD we recognize that some of the most original and intriguing work being produced today results from artists collaborating and experimenting across conventional boundaries. Moving forward, we aim to expand our mandate and explore avenues for the future of contemporary dance and for performance work in general.


    WCD strives to create a place on the local, national and international arts landscape to enable vital intersections, linkages and exchange among dance creators and interpreters, interdisciplinary artists, spectators and communities. Our values, programs and activities are based on respect for our history, the ongoing development of our artists and to our place in the community.


    We are an evolving, responsive arts system. We act as a springboard for the presentation of new and existing dance work. This fosters and advances artistic vitality and excellence in dance.


    We create, produce, mentor, present and promote professional contemporary dance with a view to championing and furthering the art form for artists and audiences alike. We aim to provide a forum for exploration, originality and invention.



    • Artistic merit of the Artist and proposal
    • Conceptual clarity and vision of the proposal
    • Demonstrated ability of the Artist to produce performance work in a way that respects and challenges participating artists and audiences alike


    Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate





    Round 1

    Proposal deadline: 4 p.m. on 1 May 2017

    The Board of WCD will select a short-list of applications for consideration by a selection committee. The selection committee comprises 3 senior artists from the Canadian artistic community, appointed by WCD’s Managing Artistic Director, Brent Lott.


    Round 2

    Deadline: 4 p.m. on 31 May 2017

    Selected artists from Round 1 will be asked to submit a detailed project description, one-paragraph biographies for their creative team (if applicable) and a detailed budget (template will be provided).

    The successful Artist will be notified by mid-June 2017.



    Please supply up to two samples of recently produced work (past 5 years) of the following support materials that best represent your recent work:

    • Up to 10 minutes of video and/or audio
    • Up to 15 still images
    • 1 sample of published material (book/publication)

    If you work in more than one artistic discipline, you may supply up to two of the above-noted samples, in each of your disciplines.


    Audiovisual specifications:

    Image files must be:

    • JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg) format
    • RGB colour mode
    • No larger than 1.5 MB

    Audiovisual files must be:

    • Playable with VLC media player (consult
    • A maximum 60 FPS
    • A maximum resolution of 1080P (or frame size of 1920 x 1080)
    • No larger than 4 GB


    PLEASE NOTE: Web links to media via Vimeo, YouTube, or website content are acceptable, as long as they correspond with the support material specifications. Artists are also welcome to submit hard copies of media on BD, DVD, CD, or USB key.

    Please send submissions to: