What We Do
Rooted in the history of jazz dance and music, DJD is constantly innovating and evolving this art form. DJD, a registered charity, is a professional dance company that creates original performances, at least one per year with live music. DJD also offers professional training to those wishing to specialize in jazz dance, outreach programs that educate the community about the history and importance of jazz in North American culture, and is Calgary’s largest recreational dance school.
Thanks to our supporters and government funders, DJD has:
Created more than 60 original full-length works and performed for over 400,000 people locally, nationally and internationally.
Enriched educational experiences for over 350,000 children and adults through our DJD School and many Arts in Education programs.
Enabled hundreds of kids from low-income families to receive bursaries to participate in a Summer Camp or class at the DJD School since 1997.
Provided intensive training through full and partial scholarships for talented young dancers in our Professional Training Program.
“I am a 56 year old man who has seen it all. I’ve seen Broadway performances, live concerts of the world’s best musicians (The Who, Stones, Pavarati, etc.). Until the night I saw you guys do Wow and Flutter, the highest experience I had even seen was B.B. King at the Jubilee in Edmonton….I didn’t know that a mere physical experience could be so exhilarating! … It moved me on so many levels, filled my senses and catalytically shocked my consciousness up a notch.” – Performance attendee
“Welcoming [our kids] to DJD’s show “Pulse” is more than getting them off the street or away from the television. It’s their first experience of losing themselves in a world of rhythm and dance, of sharing the energy of an audience, of seeing that creativity is limitless and valuable. AND – not only was it a great show, but the dancers were so strong and healthy and vibrant, demonstrating the beauty of every body type and not deifying some weird, anorexic shape.” – Spectrum Youth & Family Service Association
We exist to enrich lives by engaging people in exploring, evolving and promoting the art of jazz dance.