Company History

Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers is a not for profit organization and a registered charity, dedicated to contemporary dance.  The company creates, produces, presents, teaches, and promotes contemporary dance with a view to advance the art form for professional artists and audiences alike.

Founded by Rachel Browne, the company was initiated in 1964, incorporated as a registered charity in 1970, and is Canada’s oldest, and longest running, contemporary dance company.

Committed to artistic excellence, the company has an impressive 55 year history and is nationally recognized for its activities. These include: developing and presenting high quality contemporary dance for public presentation, providing important training and development opportunities for Canadian dancers, and contributing to the growth of an evolving team of arts workers, including: choreographers, teachers, dancers, technicians, designers, collaborators, and arts administrators.

WCD has had a significant impact on both the development and the standard of contemporary dance in Canada. The company has worked with scores of exceptional Canadian and international artists, presenting hundreds of performances across the country and beyond. Operating in the Prairies and programming a subscription series since 1971, WCD is a vital resource and presenter for the local and regional community.