Plenty of dance afoot for International Dance Day

Tuesday April 29 marks International Dance Day created by an arm of UNESCO to celebrate the universality of dance. Here are few things happening on the dance scene in Calgary:

• Just because a work isn’t finished doesn’t mean it can’t be thrilling. Make Shift Project presents a pay-what-you-can show called Sketches featuring three solo works-in-progress by Pamela Tzeng Taryn Javier and Melina Stinson (April 26 Centre for Movement Arts Bay 9 4005-9 St. S.E.).

• Jill Henis artistic director of contemporary dance company mixOLOGY danceMine creates both the choreography and sound design in Hover Noise . The show is inspired by the idea of an error superimposed on a true signal and explores conflicting positions or courses of action (April 29 and 30 Endeavor Arts & Event Space).

• You can’t celebrate dance in Calgary without Decidedly Jazz Danceworks . Technically the company is celebrating International Jazz Day on April 30 for its performance of The Great Jazz History Mystery but with great music and great performances (for free!) aimed for kids aged five to 12 we shouldn’t quibble (April 30 Fish Creek Park Library).

• This spring should have seen Alberta Ballet’s second collaboration with Joni Mitchell but when the legendary singer-songwriter decided against producing a song list for this year artistic director Jean Grand-Maître stepped up to the plate to create Class Acts — A Tribute to Hollywood Musicals . This new work focuses on artists from the 1930s and ’40s such as Frank Sinatra Ella Fitzgerald Lena Horne and Chet Baker (May 1 to 3 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium)

• On a more sombre note Kaiti Perras one of the five young people killed at a house party earlier this month is being remembered for her love of dance. A memorial scholarship to support children who can’t afford dance lessons has been set up in her name at Counterpoint Dance Academy where she was an instructor and student. Donations can be made by email transfer to or at any TD Bank branch referencing the Kaiti Perras Love of Dance Scholarship Fund.