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Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival

SJCDF is an annual festival that features professional and emerging choreographers.  All events take place in Saint John, New Brunswick. The festival’s programming seeks to offer a variety of artistic performances highlighting contemporary dance in Canada.

The 2022 Festival features the Community Movement Project, a showcase of short dance films, and a Festival Performance where audience and performers will be on the stage at the Imperial Theatre!


July 18-21: Community Movement Project

A series of movement workshops held in different locations in Uptown Saint John. Four dates and locations to choose from. Participants will explore movement through a series of gentle warm-ups and directed improvisations with the inspiration of live sound and music. These workshops offer a fun opportunity to explore the possibilities of rhythm, tempo and the relationship between movement, music and environment. Open to everyone!

Led by Sarah Power & musician Ian Gibson

July 19-21: Festival Films

A showcase of six short dance films by Canadian choreographers. Each video is between 5-10 minutes. 

Saint John Arts Centre, 20 Peel Plaza 

July 22: Festival Performance

An in-person performance featuring professional and emerging dance artists from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Join us on the stage of the Imperial Theatre for this unique performance. 

Featuring choreography by Meghan Mainville, Jessica Lowe, Gina Grant, Marrin Jessome and Marcia Dysart with dance artists: Isaac Abriel, Leah Cousins, Sarah Hopkin & First City Young Company

Friday, July 22, 7:30PM

Tickets are general admission.

Limited tickets available. Onstage Event - seating onstage!

Photo from the dance film "Sea of My Tomorrows" by Meredith Kalaman.
Dancers: Akeisha de Baat & Megan Morrison. Photo by Daniel Duque
Poster design: Jud Crandell, Pulp And Paper

"Sea of My Tomorrows" is showing as part of the Festival Films at the Saint John Arts Centre, July 19-21.

Festival Performance
July 22
Festival Films
July 19-21

Connection Dance Works acknowledges that it carries out its work on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and

Peskotomuhkati peoples. We, the staff and members of the board, pay respect to the elders, past and present, and descendants of this land. We honour the knowledge keepers and seek their guidance as we strive to develop closer relationships with the Indigenous people of New Brunswick.

Connection Dance Works  would like to acknowledge the generous support from:

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