Orchesis Dance Motif 2018

Friday and Saturday, January 26 & 27 @ 8 PM

Myer Horowitz Theatre - Students' Union Building

Tickets go on sale beginning December 9, 2017

Where to buy tickets: 

  1. Dorothy Harris Dance Studio VVC 2-635, various hours, weekdays and weekends, before and after classes and rehearsals or call 780-492-0770

  2. Customer Service Centre: VVC 1-213 or call 780-492-2231, Monday - Friday 9 AM - 6 PM

  3. ORCHESIS Dance Society allows for online ticket purchase and Will Call box office pick up.

Dance Motif 2018  marks the 53rd year of Orchesis and will feature contemporary modern and jazz choreography by faculty and local dance artists. 

  • Motif 2018 features guest choreographer Kathleen Ochoa of Edmonton, whose OSDI and choreographic residency has received support from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  Orchesis Dance Society, the non-profit society, makes this possible and with additional fundraising efforts. 

Guest choreographers for Dance Motif have been made possible in part by a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for these years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

DANCE MOTIF 2018 - Guest choreographer

Kathleen Ochoa


Kathy Ochoa started KO Dance Project- a dance collective developing new research combining embodiment and perception studies, Qi Gong and contemporary dance. She’s studied and worked nationally and internationally including Grant Macewan’s dance program, Concordia University, Montreal, and the University of Alberta.

Her work has been presented in Canada and the U.S.- Site-specific White Wave D.U.M.B.O. Dance festival, NYC, as part of Movement Research’s Judson Church and Works-in-Progress Series, and danced for NY-based dance company, Human Behavior Explorers, London’s Union Dance Company, collaborated at Garage Dahdah- multimedia collective, Marseille, France, collaborated and performed with RomaContact, Rome, Italy. She teaches from her diverse background as a professional dance artist, certified Universal Tao instructor, Phoenix Rising yoga therapist/ teacher, Pilates mat instructor, Traditional Thai massage therapist, writer and mother.

Kathy's regular weekly rehearsal: Thursday evenings, 8:10 - 10PM.

Additional rehearsal times on 3-Fridays: September 29, 6 - 10 PM, October 6, 6 -10 PM,  January 19, 6 -10 PM

PLUS: Saturday, January 6 Noon - 4 PM

Motif Faculty and Student CHOREOGRAPHERS:

The Choreographers' presentations for Dance Motif 2018 were held September 26.
Some Choreographers have room for more dancers. See their schedule and concepts below.

Most rehearsals are 1.5 hours per week per dance commitment. Location: Dorothy Harris Dance Studio with the exception of CRIPSiE, rehearsing in a studio located in the Arts Barns, Westbury Fringe Theatre.

Dancers must be registered in class registration Sep - Apr (full academic year) with Orchesis Dance Program

If you are interested in joining a piece, please contact Brooklyn:

Rehearsal Time



Monday 8:15pm-9:45pm



Movement: downs, ups and stillness.

Open to all levels, but typically choreographs to an intermediate level.

Tuesday 8:15pm-9:45pm


Advanced dancers, strong ballet technique, song is string version of “mmm bop” by the Hanson Brothers. Rehearsals start Oct 17

Wednesday 8:15pm-9:45pm


How to morph the basic step touch. Groovin’, counting, dance party

Thursday 8:15pm-9:45pm,

Plus: 3-Fridays (Sept 29, Oct 6, Jan 19) 6:30pm-9:45pm.

Saturday Jan 6 12pm-4pm

Kathy Ochoa

Improvisation, given entry points. Concept of disorientation/extreme energy states.

Saturday 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Arts Barns Studio of Westbury Theatre



3 or 5 Orchesis Dancers, “Dancing our multiple selves”
Whimsical feel.
Location: Fringe Theatre

Saturday  1:00pm-2:30pm


Gentleness – physically/mentally
Different movement qualities welcome.
Mixed Levels

Saturday 2:30pm-4:00pm


Explore through movement who we are as dancers.

Saturday 4:00pm-5:30pm


Arabic inspired music. Human Voice to Human Body. Call and response from musician to dancer and vice versa. Rehearsals start Oct 7

Sunday 10:00am-11:30am


Group movement/Individual movement.

Synchronized vs Disassociated

Sunday 11:30am-1:00pm


Concept of isolation, big, small, contrasted movement. Expressive dynamic. Any level welcome.

Sunday 1:00pm-2:30pm


-          Full

Sunday 2:30pm-4:00pm


Indian classical influence. North/South India with contemporary influences. Intermediate and Advance dancers due to learning cultural style.