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Belinda McGuire | Action at a Distance

  • University of Calgary 2500 University Drive Northwest Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 Canada (map)

$15 Drop-in, CASH ONLY
Location | U of C - Studio: AUX GYM
Attending | U of C SCPA & Community Drop-In
Focus | Technique


Belinda McGuire teaches a Limón-based technique class, aiming to break down our own preconceptions of physical limitations and to encourage the discovery of our potential breadth and power of expression.  In a search to satisfy an adventurous spirit through movement, we will broaden our perception of range and appreciate the depth and versatility that such newfound tools can bring.  We allow the goal of sensitization to illuminate “dark” or “blind” spots of our physicality, inciting different or new enthusiasm to move, leading to a more full-bodied power and coordination. The class takes over the full space of the room, occupying the center or traveling across.  The development of material is designed so that our bodies are ready to take on new challenges as they come.


BELINDA MCGUIRE is an American-Canadian dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, based in Brooklyn. Her choreography has been supported by the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and presented across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A former student of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she completed her formal education at The Juilliard School.
Established in 2007, Belinda McGuire Dance Projects (BMDP) supports the research, development, production, and presentation of international and collaborative multidisciplinary dance performance as a means to stimulate the conscientious capacity of wide-ranging publics through exposure to creative experimentation and artistic excellence. Through BMDP, Belinda has commissioned and performed in world premieres by Kate Alton, Sylvain Émard, Andrea Miller, Sharon Moore, Idan Sharabi, Doug Varone, and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. In 2013, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in The Heist Project. Additionally, Belinda has performed as a company member for Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Anne Plamondon, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY and The José Limón Dance Company, appearing on stages across Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. 

Formal residencies for Belinda McGuire Dance Projects include Centre de Création O Vertigo, Éspace Marie Chouinard, International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam, James Sewell Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Workshop, New Dialect, New York State & Province of Quebec Artist-in-Residence Exchange Program, ODC San Francisco, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Springboard Danse Montréal and the Bessie Schönberg Residency at the Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. She has taught and choreographed as a guest artist for Harvard, École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, The Juilliard School, The Limón Institute, Marymount Manhattan College, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, State University of New York at Purchase, Canada’s National Ballet School, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Brooklyn Ballet, and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.

As a producer, Belinda launched one-woman shows “The Desert Island Project” (2008), “The Heist Project” (2011), “Three Muses” (2015) and “Waltz Slaughterhouse Requiem” (2017), and three iterations of a Brooklyn-based dance festival, Offset Dance Fest/Excognito Dance Festival (2016, 2017 and 2019).
'Like a great narrator, she’s a dancer you want non-stop closeness to, that sustained feeling of intimacy in both stillness and motion. While her lexicon of movement is broad, I came to trust the power of her delivery – the sense of motivation, the possibility of surprise – in every step.' Martha Schabas - The Globe and Mail

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