Edmonton’s Good Women Dance Society is once again proud to present the New Work Award at the Expanse Festival. Now in its 7th year, this award is intended to provide funding, mentorship and guidance for the development of a new work, created by an emerging artist and presented at the 2020 Expanse Festival. The Good Women Dance Society is invested in the advancement and sustainability of the movement arts in Edmonton and as such takes great pride in contributing to the development of dedicated artists. Congratulations to the 2019 New Work Award winner, Allison Neuman.

Alison Neuman has had an opportunity to be in the CRIPSiE (Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers' Society in Edmonton) since 2010. In the past nine years, she has been a dancer, assistant choreographer, emerging choreographer, and Artistic Associate. All projects have nurtured Alison to learn dance but also to explore the messaging, creation and performance skills required. Since 2014, with mentorship, she has choreographed several pieces which were performed locally. All of those spaces provided learning from the artistic humans in the integrated and mainstream Edmonton arts community. Additionally, she is also an author of Ice Rose: A Young Adult Spy Novel, Searching for Normal: A Memoir, and the Friends and Family Series, which includes characters experiencing disabilities. As a playwright, the subjects of inclusion/definitions and isolated voices were investigated in Searching for Normal: The Musical, and strength, love and advocacy for families and persons experiencing dementia were explored in The Sunset Syndrome. She has created and planned, Camp Mission Access (Workshops for children of all abilities), Got Dance (Accessible workshops for dancers), Artists for Altruism (Author fundraiser and book sale) and facilitated classes for dancers in the integrated community.

2018 New Work Award Recipient:

NIUBOI  came from space to save the world from a life of blasé mundanity. They live and work in  Amiskwaciy  on Treaty 6 territory. They are a  trans non-binary  alien and use  they/them pronouns. Their work combines visual art, movement, and theatrical practice to create live performance, video, installation, and cabaret works that explore queerness, futurism, and joy. Their self-created works  Glass Washrooms  (theatre), The Milk Bar  (film), Antiquation  (installation), and  PLASTIC  (politi-pop) have been presented by Found Festival, The Chinook Series, Mile Zero Dance, Odd Wednesday, and Nextfest.


2017 New Work Award Recipient:

Katherine is an emerging artist currently dancing, choreographing and instructing in Edmonton, AB. She is a graduate of Victoria School of the Arts and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she had the privilege of working with Kate Alton, Peggy Baker, Robert Desrosiers and James Kudelka among others. Semchuk has had the opportunity to choreograph for Nextfest’s Dancefest (Edmonton), Feats Festival (Edmonton), Nostos Collectives (Toronto) and for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Victoria School. As a performer, she has had the opportunity to be a part of Nostos Collectives, The Chimera Project’s Company B and Echo Dance Company in Toronto and Nextfest’s Dancefest, Feats Festival, SkirtsAfire and Subarctic Improv & Experimental Arts in Edmonton. Since graduating from the School of TDT, she has worked with Toy Guns Dance Theatre and Good Women Dance Collective as an intern for Kate Stashko’s new work that they presented at Fluid Movement Arts Festival in Calgary. Katherine has received funding for professional development projects from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council and is Good Women Dance Collective’s 2017 New Work Award Winner.

2016 New Work Award Recipient:

Aimee Rushton is an independent dance artist residing in Edmonton. She obtained her dance diploma from Grant MacEwan College and then went on to graduate from the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg. Upon graduation, Aimee was hired by the Ruth Cansfield Dance Company where she spent two seasons as a company member. Upon returning to Edmonton in 2015, Aimee was cast in Matthew MacKenzie’s plays Bears and The Other.

*photo credit: Max B. Telzerow

2015 New Work Award Recipient:

Anastasia Maywood (choreographer) is an independent choreographer, dancer, teacher and producer living and working in Edmonton. She holds a BA Honors (Drama) degree from University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) and an MFA in Choreography degree from York University (Toronto, ON). She is the recipient of the 2015 Good Women Dance Collective New Work Award. Anastasia’s choreography has been presented in independent self productions; I FindMyself in Unusual Places and Retake, and in festivals including Nextfest, Soulocentric Festival, Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, What’s Cooking?, Expanse Festival, SkirstAFire, herArts Festival and Annual Alberta Dance Festival. Recent performance credits include Peggy Baker, Just Breathe Theatre and Pyretic Productions. In 2016, she is looking forward to performing with Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy and creating a new work for a self-produced show.

2014 New Work Award Recipient:

Krista Posyniak is a dancer, choreographer, producer, and dance instructor. Posyniak has performed in works by Susie Burpee, Eroca Nicols/Lady Janitor, Meagan O’Shea and Tedd Robinson. She co-founded The Creative Republic Artist Collective with Jasmine Graham producing This is Dance in January 2011. Krista choreographed and performed for the Toronto Fringe Festival with Kate Nankervis in 2009 and Pocket Alchemy in 2011. Under the Bone Gossip Dance Theatre she created a work that premiered at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2011, created and performed a theatrical solo, “in the key of eh” in 2013, and co-created for Retake in 2014. She has co-choreographed for Scarborough Music Theatre, taught outreach workshops for public schools, and set choreography on Rolecall’s production of Grease. After relocating to Edmonton, Krista studied Arts Management at MacEwan University, and is currently working as an independent dancer and an administrator for Sugar Swing Dance Club.

2013 New Work Award Recipient:

Tatiana Cheladyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). In Edmonton, she has shown her work at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Nextfest, Victoria School of the Arts, as a product of a Mile Zero Dance residency, and with Stageworks Academy and the Edmonton School of Ballet. Tatiana has danced for several choreographers including Noam Gagnon, James Gnam, Rob Kitsos, Amber Funk Barton, and Jennifer Mascall. She is the recipient of the 2013 Good Women New Work Award for Expanse Festival (this piece is the product!) and the 2012 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award. Tatiana is the director of Entrelacement Dance, a pre-professional company that creates and performs new dance work. In the last two years, Tatiana has also found an unexpected love for choreographing musicals and creating dances for film.