Good Women New Work Award
Edmonton’s Good Women Dance Society is once again proud to present the Good Women New Work Award at the Expanse Festival. Going into its fourth year of programming, this award is intended to provide funding, mentorship and guidance for the development of new work by a local emerging artist, which will be presented at the 2017 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 2016 New Work Award recipient, Aimee Rushton. Catch Aimee’s piece, vulnerable and soft and strange and stomping , in the 2017 Expanse Festival’s Alberta Grown Program.
2016 New Work Award Recipient:
2016 New Work Award Recipient: Aimee Rushton
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 Word 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.