Neah Kalcounis :: Founding Artistic Director

Neah Kalcounis is a cutting edge dance maker. Underlining her rigor and intelligence, Calgary’s Avenue Magazine chose her as one of the Top Ten Calgarians to Watch in the millennium. Over eight years, she's pursued dance from her base in Calgary, Alberta.Where Canada Magazine chose her as one of Calgary's top “Nine Artists Rising”,

Neah knows she’s intense…Her own physical language is gestural and gnarled, with a hint of something ancient as the Earth…Kalcounis is passionate about dance, not in an airy-fairy way, but driven by a much larger impulse…

— Melanie Jones, March 2005.

Neah entered the ‘90s with Advanced Royal Academy of Dancing and ISTD ballet certification. She went on to university studies in philosophy (Regina, SK); spent two years at Grant MacEwan Community College (Edmonton, AB), graduating in Dance Performance on the Dean’s Honour Roll (modern technique, composition and teaching studies). She then ventured forth to Ottawa’s Le Groupe Dance Lab, Canada’s premiere choreographic laboratory, for her professional debut and immersion in Eastern Canadian dance. In 1998, she returned to Calgary to found Footprints, to study philosophy, and to mount professional choreography with a corps of modern dancers.

A Canada Council and Alberta Foundation for the Arts supported choreographer, her work “MEMVRANI” was recently presented at Calgary’s Dancers’ Studio West where she has completed her third Artist in Residency.

Founding Benefactors:
Peter & Ella Matthews