2015 Front Lawn Dances poster

2015 Front Lawn Dances poster


Front Lawn Dances celebrates creativity in community and showcases the unique stories of the incredible people that make up our neighbourhoods through movement and story. For 2-weeks residents of Sunnyside and Forest Lawn work with professional choreographers to create dances to be performed on their very own front lawns, porches and driveways.

Join us for a free guided walking tours of outdoor performances in Sunnyside and Forest Lawn.  Celebratory picnic potluck after each event!

Meeting Place & End Point; containR Art Park, 
1020 2nd Ave NW

Meeting Place: Forest Lawn Library
End Point: artBOX on 17E, 1870 42 Street SE.

Note: After two performances near Forest Lawn Library, everyone will drive/carpool to artBOX on 17E to continue along with the final performances of the tour!


Learn about the participating neighbours and artists below!

Front Lawn Dances Community Project is made possible with the support and partnership of artBOX on 17E, the International Avenue BRZ, The Calgary Foundation and I Love My Neighbourhood Small Grants.


Thank you to the incredible local businesses contributing to our post picnic potlucks!  Sunnyside donations: Sunnyside Natural Market, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Kensington Safeway and The Naked Leaf. Forest Lawn donations: Illichmann Sausage Sho, The Indonesian Kitchen and Forest Lawn CO-OP.


MEET THE Front Lawn Performance's 2015 ARTISTS

Jessica Barrera is a multidisciplinary artist who has grown up in the circus and theatre world.   She has cultivated her passions through performance, choreography, and teaching worldwide. She has also worked as a stunt acrobat/aerialist for television and film.  She has trained, toured and performed with renowned companies and artists, including Cirque du Soleil.  Jessica continues to work as a respected writer and creator with a unique ability to bridge physicality and narrative. Dancing, eating good chocolate and celebrating community are among her highest priorities.


Stilt Dancing Tour Guide, Allara Gooliaf is a performing arts professional. She has a passion for all styles of movement including stilt dance. West African folkloric styles, and every flavour of contemporary dance.  As the artistic director of Three Left Feet, Allara works often in Alberta schools passing on the joy of movement to enthusiastic students. It's always a thrill to see the art of dance come alive in young audiences and share in community-building! Allara is delighted to guide the inaugural presentation of Front Lawn Dances.



Originally from Vancouver B.C., Jill Henis now calls Calgary her home. With over 35years of Dance study, performance and investigation Jill’s employment as a Dance Artist has included: Classical Ballet companies, Contemporary companies and independent contracts. Her work has taken her throughout South-East Asia, The United States, Germany, Cuba and Australia. As a choreographer, she has presented over 100 works varying from; Festivals, site specific works, formal theatre presentations and commissions. Currently, Jill’s Artistic practice is housed under the umbrella “Project 404” which serves both as a creative space, (located in Calgary’s Historical Graycon building ) and umbrella for her current interests in solo, duo and multidisciplinary collaborations. 

Melanie Kloetzel is an associate professor of dance at the University of Calgary and the artistic director of kloetzel&co., a dance theatre company founded in New York and now based in Canada. Since 1997, kloetzel&co. has presented theatre works, site-specific performances, and dance films across three continents. 


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After completing her B.A. Dance degree from the University of Calgary, Deanne Walsh performed for eight seasons with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Her choreography has appeared widely across Canada. She is currently the Artistic Director of Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People, an Instructor at the University of Calgary, and a member of DSW’s Dance Action Group.

Alicia Ward and Allison Zwozdesky first met in University when their love of collaborative and audience interactive work brought them together to first create The Giving Stories in 2012. The Giving Stories has remained a piece of theatre they both still perform along with a repertoire of performances that help the audience and spectators realize the artist within themselves and the community that surrounds them. Individually and as a team Alicia and Allison want their art to be meaningful for whoever witnesses it. Along with dancing and theatre Allison also creates work as a visual artist. Next up for her is performing in The Bride Train with Aspen Crossing Dinner Theatre. Alicia will be dedicating her time to the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks for the second year this fall.