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Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival

Welcome to the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival!

Festival Schedule



About Us

Artistic Director: Sarah Power

Executive Director: Joanna Bryson

Festival Producer: Kristina Lemieux

Festival Documentation: Michael Mohan


Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival is produced by Connection Dance Works. We are a non-profit professional contemporary dance company in Saint John, New Brunswick. The company creates and presents work and provides opportunities for artists to share knowledge and learn from each other through the PERSPECTIVE series, the New Music, New Dance Residency, and our annual Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival. 


We also support opportunities for adults to dance year-round:


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.


Festival Schedule

July 19-23, 2023

Save the dates for Site Specific performances, Workshops for all levels of experience, and the Happy Hour Cabaret Social.


Announcing - Mocean Dance Mixed Repertoire

In partnership with Imperial Theatre 

Saturday, July 22, 2023


Get your Tickets at the Imperial Box Office


Our Supporters

The Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival has been made possible with the generous support of: [insert logos]


Thank you to:

Imperial Theatre Staff & Crew, Angela Campbell, Marcia Dysart, Sandra Donnelly, Emily MacNeil, Amy Boudreau, Christin Clarke, Lynda Rogers.



Connection Dance Works has produced the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival for the past 15 years. We focus on New Brunswick and Maritime dance artists and provide opportunities to experience dance for movers of all abilities. 


Over this time, the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival has become a staple in the arts community of Saint John, New Brunswick. By highlighting professional choreographers from both local and nationally renown, the festival offers a unique opportunity to experience contemporary dance in Canada. The festival's commitment to showcasing performers of all cultural backgrounds helps to create a diverse and inclusive environment that celebrates the many different forms of contemporary dance.


In addition to live performances, the festival also offers workshops for aspiring dancers and choreographers. These workshops provide a valuable learning opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in contemporary dance, and help to foster a sense of community among festival attendees.


One of the unique features of the festival is the "Pop-Up" performances that take place in unconventional and site-specific spaces throughout the city. These performances are a great way to showcase the beauty and versatility of contemporary dance, and help to engage the wider community in the festival's activities.


As a donor, your support helps to ensure the continued success of the festival and contributes to the sustainability of a vibrant arts community in Saint John.


Please support us in making a donation:

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Note: Connection Dance Works is not a registered charity, as such a tax receipt will not be issued.

The 2022 Festival featured the Community Movement Project, a showcase of short dance films, and a Mainstage Festival performance at the Imperial Theatre with works by Jessica Lowe, Meghan Mainville, Gina Grant, Marrin Jessome and First City School of Dance Young Company.

Photos by Lorne Power and Gina Grant

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

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