Meet the Fluid Fest Outreach Program Participants!

We are thrilled to announce the nine dance curious students who will be participating in the 2017 Fluid Festival Outreach Program.

Each student will receive complimentary tickets to Fluid Fest shows, attend artist talks and other unique opportunities during the festival.


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Zoe Abrigo

Zoe Abrigo, from Honolulu, Hawaii, is in her second year at the University of Calgary, earning a BA in dance with a concentration in dance production. She trains in ballet and contemporary, and has a strong interest for both performance and choreography. She has performed in professional works by Wojciech Mochniej and Melissa Monteros of W&M Physical Theater, and was a dancer in Gravity Dance Company's 2017 season. 


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Sarah Bannister

Originally from Ontario, Sarah Bannister is a second-year MFA student in Directing at the University of Calgary. After completing an undergrad degree in Theatre Studies and Plant Science, her focus is now on incorporating science and theatre, working across disciplines to encourage people to interact with the world in new ways. Additionally, she has been involved in a variety of physical activities from a young age - including gymnastics, dance, and martial arts - and loves to learn about and explore the limits of human physicality. She's very excited to be a part of the Fluid Fest Outreach Program and can't wait to take part!


Ashley Clark

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Ashley has been dancing since the age of four. She is extensively trained in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre and hip hop and has competed in all of the above styles for the past four years. She has also trained in styles such as West African, Swing, Bollywood, Broadway and Latin. Throughout her years as a dancer, Ashley has had many opportunities to dance in competitions, shows and in Disneyland through the Disney Performing Arts Program. Ashley is currently continuing her training through Diversity Dance and Performing Arts, illFX Education and the Performing and Visual Arts Dance Program at Central Memorial High School. Ashley is absolutely thrilled to have been selected to be dance curious at this year's Fluid Festival!

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Melinda Coetzee

Melinda Coetzee is a 4th year student at the University of Calgary studying a double major degree which consists of a BA in Dance and a BKin in Kinesiology. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and has trained in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, and also where she was born, in Krugersdorp, South Africa. In the future, she hopes to work with individuals with special needs to provide adapted and therapeutic physical activity opportunities.


Ariane Dangelat

Ariane Dangelat is currently a third-year dance major in the Faculty of Arts, at the University of Calgary. She began dancing at the early age of 3 in Winnipeg, Manitoba then later moved to Brandon, Manitoba where she continued her training at The Brandon School of Dance. Throughout her studio career Ariane has been given many opportunities to train in Canada as well as worldwide, including Minneapolis, Spain and New York. Furthering her training in a university setting has led her to seek new information and knowledge from peers and professors. With opportunities such as Fluid Fest, she has drawn many inspirations from being an audience member as well as a performer, which has shown to be very influential in her dance training.


Lena Dornan


Lena is a grade 10 student at William Aberhart High School. She has been dancing for over eleven years, and has been a member of Alberta Dance Theatre for the past five. When she’s not dancing, Lena loves spending time with her friends, babysitting, and baking. 


Tessa Leier

Tessa Leier is currently in the Dance Program and studying Commerce at the University of Calgary. She has been dancing for the past sixteen years and is excited to be pursuing her passion. Her goal is to combine her dance knowledge with the skills and methodology of the business industry, to allow the dance industry to continue to strive and evolve.


Erin McCafferty

Erin McCafferty is a second-year student in the BFA dance program at the University of Calgary. Dance has always been a passion of hers, and she is intrigued to continue and develop her understandings on the idiosyncrasies of dance.


Sarah Mitchell

Sarah Mitchell is a Bachelor of Fine Art’s Dance student at the University of Calgary. In her four years at this program, she will be focused on mainly contemporary dance. Sarah will also be focused on choreographing her own pieces during these years at the University specifically in Dance @Noon and Dance @Night. Her most recent piece was choreographed after a weeklong somatic intensive with Marie France Forcier, it was during this week she created Experimental Introspection. Sarah hopes to use this knowledge from the intensive for her future choreographic works.

Be curious. Be moved. Be FLUID.

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