In-Person | World Premiere

& Family of Jazz

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

Sep 30 - Oct 2

7:30pm, 7:30pm, 2pm

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 chat featuring Natasha Powell and Kimberley Cooper and moderated by Vicki St. Denys. This pre-show chat will take place before Saturday’s performance at 6:30 PM at the Theatre at the Creative School.

Sunday, Oct 2, 2:00 PM


Performance length: Approximately 90-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!