In-Person | Toronto Premiere | Live Music | All-Ages | World Premiere

& Family of Jazz

featuring Holla Jazz (Toronto) & Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Calgary)

Past Event

Sep 30 - Oct 2

An exciting evening of jazz dance and live music created by Natasha Powell and Kimberley Cooper, the 2021/22 John and Claudine Bailey FFDN Artists-in-Residence, celebrating the history and future of vernacular jazz and its sister dances.

Welcome to the family! Lose yourself in the rhythms of jazz dance, live music and celebration of this exciting double-bill by Holla Jazz (Toronto) and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Calgary).

Natasha Powell and Kimberley Cooper, the 2021/22 John and Claudine Bailey FFDN Artists-in-Residence, bring us two energetic new jazz works, each performed with live music. While Natasha and her all-female cast unveil the world premiere of FFDN-commissioned Margarita, inspired by the lives of chorus girls from the early 1900s, DJD offers the Ontario premiere of the gloriously joyful Family of Jazz by Kimberley.

As new family members, audiences who attend the live performances at The Creative School will be invited to jump on the stage with us, the dancers and the musicians for some social dancing, immediately following each show. The joy of jazz and lindy hop is infectious and an FFDN performance is sure to leave you feeling exhilarated. And as Kimberley says, “there’s nothing to get and everything to feel” - so put your dancing shoes on, find your groove and embrace this moment together with us!


This is an in-person presentation taking place at the Theatre at The Creative School (formerly Ryerson Theatre - 43 Gerrard St E, Toronto).

All seats are $15, +HST and fees.

This event is also part of the Festival Package, which can help you enjoy additional festival performances and save 15%. Festival Packages are available now. 


Performance schedule:

Friday, Sep 30, 7:30 PM

Saturday, Oct 1, 7:30 PM

On Saturday Oct 1 only, there will be a pre-show artist chat at the theatre from 6:30 - 7:00 PM featuring Natasha Powell and Kimberley Cooper and moderated by Ilter Ibrahimof.

Sunday, Oct 2, 2:00 PM


Performance length: Approximately 115-minutes.

Immediately after the performance audience members will be invited to step on the stage and enjoy some social dancing, accompanied by the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' live band, led by Rubim de Toledo - so make sure to bring your dancing shoes with you!

Dancing shoes - literally! Please be sure to wear comfortable footwear with a solid heel. In order to protect our beautiful dance floor, stilettos or shoes with a thin heel will not be allowed on stage.

About the Lead Artists


Family of Jazz




Ashley ‘Colours’ Perez

Caroline ‘ Lady C’ Fraser

Chenise Mitchell

Madelyn Miyashita

Tereka Tyler-Davis


Sabine Ndalamba - Guitar

Eric West - Drums

James Hill - Keys

Jeff LaRochelle - Clarinet and Saxaphone

Julian Aderson-Bowes - Bass

Madelyn Miyashita - French Horn

Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser - Vocals

Family of Jazz


Shahrzad Ahmadi

Thys Armstrong

Scott Augustine

Cassandra Bowerman

Sabrina Comanescu

Jason Owin F. Galeos

Kaja Irwin

Natasha Korney

Kaleb Tekeste


Rubim de Toledo - Musical Director, Bass

Chris Andrew - Keyboard

Karimah - Vocalist, Percussion

Jonathan McCaslin - Drums

Carsten Rubeling - Trombone

Raul Gomez Tabera - Percussion

Robert Tildesley - Trumpet


Margarita Production Team

Rosanna Lowton

Production Manager / Stage Manager 
A.J. Morra

Costume Designer
Cheryl Lalonde

Lighting Designer 
Noah Feaver

Set Designer / Carpenter
James Kendal

Assistant Production Manager 
Aden Altamirano 

Outside Eye / Dramaturg
Jennifer Dallas

Family of Jazz Production Team

Lighting Designer
Brian MacNeil

Costume Designer
Sarah Doucet

Stage Manager
Marcia Liber

Head of Audio
Dan Frerichs

Production Manager
Sarah Minor

Head Technician
Arielle Bergeron

Artistic Associate 
Laura Kleiner