Artistic Mandate

 Connection Dance Works is a non-profit professional contemporary dance company located in Saint John, New Brunswick. Our vision is to increase regional audience accessibility to professional contemporary dance performance and collaborative creations; to encourage audience growth and education through sharing of knowledge and active discussion and to effectively assist in the development of a dynamic community of dance artists.   

About Us

Connection Dance Works was founded in 2010. The company's efforts and initiatives have engaged a growing audience in an active discussion about contemporary dance. Their multi-disciplinary collaborations — with musicians, choreographers, writers, composers, visual artists, and multi-media creators — affirm a new era of cross-pollination and a profound commitment to the notion of community.

Connection Dance Works provides opportunities for artists to share knowledge and learn from each another through its PERSPECTIVE series and annual Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival. The company has established itself as an educational forum for audiences and students alike, offering workshops, artist talks and professional development for both local and visiting artists. Connection Dance Works has worked with Julia Aplin, Marie-Josée Chartier, Tedi Tafel, Meagan O’Shae, Darryl Tracy and Lesandra Dodson. The company creates new work, collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists, and presents dance on regular basis.

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Originally from Saint John, Sarah Power trained in the dance program at Ryerson University, working for 10 years professionally as an independent dance artist and teacher in Toronto before returning to New Brunswick in 2007.  As a choreographer, Sarah has collaborated with musicians, dancers, film-makers and visual artists. She has received grants for Professional Development and Creation projects through artsnb, including a recent project with The Saint John String Quartet, Peter Mears Andrew Reed Miller.

Sarah is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Connection Dance Works. She is proud of the growing list of established and emerging artists she has had the opportunity to collaborate with and work alongside.

Joanna Bryson is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Connection Dance Works. A registered ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, she began her dance training in Saint John and continued training in ballet, contemporary, jazz and creative movement, attending seminars, classes and workshops in Halifax, Montreal and Toronto. Joanna provides instruction for the Artist in Residency School Program through CDW and the Province of New Brunswick. She has taught ballet at Rothesay Ballet School, InterAction School of the Performing Arts and is currently the Director of Dance for KidSing Performance School. She has danced in works by Darryl Tracy, Stefanie Mayhew, Meagan O’Shea, Sarah Power and Marcia Dysart. Joanna is proud of the work Connection Dance Works has produced and created since its inception in 2010.