FadaDance: Curiosity & Collaboration

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“You are dancers, all of you. Life moves you; life dances you. To dance is to investigate and celebrate the experience of being alive. Like life, a dance creates and destroys itself in every moment.” —Crystal Pite, Canadian dancer and choreographer

Misty Wensel grew up in Regina fascinated by contemporary dance and creative expression. After earning her degree in Arts Education (Dance) from the University of Regina, she founded FadaDance School in 2004.

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Misty is now Artistic Director of the thriving FadaDance School and Co-Artistic Director of FadaDance Troupe Inc. (Heather Cameron and Fran Gilboy are also co-founders of this leading-edge troupe). “Our practice is fueled by curiosity — for each other, other art forms, the communities in which we live and work, and the next generation of dancers,” says Misty.

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Since 2008, FadaDance Troupe has explored a fusion of music, dance and theatre to captivate festival audiences across Canada. Their joyful and bold approach to emceeing has engaged audiences as large as 7,000 at the Calgary Folk Festival (2011). FadaDance Troupe has also performed at the Regina Folk Festival (2007-present), PEI Celebration Zone (2014), Harbourfront Festival (2010), Bella Coola Music Festival (2008) and La Ronge Children’s Festival (2008).

At the school, Misty and 10 part-time dance instructors teach more than 36 weekly dance classes. Students are encouraged to feel comfortable in a performing atmosphere and to explore what creative expression means to them individually. “Our dance school is 300-plus strong each week and offers creative classes for dancers ages two to seven and contemporary classes for youth and adults. We teach all genders and encourage crossover between the masculine and feminine streams of classes,” says Misty.

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The dance school and the dance troupe are intertwined; students who started out as five or six year olds with the school are now part of the dance troupe’s Youth Company. The Youth Company offers opportunities for dancers up to the age of 20 to develop their skills in preparation for an independent professional practice. “We strive to provide that next bridge for emerging dance artists in Regina,” explains Misty.

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And what can contemporary dance fans expect to see from FadaDance Troupe in the future? “We’re working on a new project called Slow Burn. Heather, Fran and I create new work collaboratively with our three distinct styles. With Slow Burn, we’re examining and consciously evolving the ritual in our current artistic process to find space and ease in unknown dance practices to inform future creation.”

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