About Us

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Mission

Three Left Feet encourages, fosters and develops positive awareness of dance.

Mandate

Through dance we establish a link between the individual and their place in the community. Our performances and teachings play valuable roles in educating the public about dance as a viable art form.

Three Left Feet proves everyone can dance, even those with two left feet. By traveling throughout Alberta, we bring dance to children in a fun and interactive way. We encourage all people to see, hear and react to our art form.

Current Activities

Three Left Feet are High-Energy-Performers and Go-Anywhere-Teachers. We have traveled throughout Alberta since 1996 using our love of dance to communicate to children the power of movement and music and the value of learning through the arts. Our programming includes:

Who We Are

Three Left Feet is made up of a roster of professional artists who all have a specialty in performance, education and creation for young audiences. Three Left Feet has employed many dance artists over the past 16 years, and we are very proud to see that they have all taken off in impressive and inspiring directions. Please see our archives in our “From the Vault” section to learn more about the artists who have worked for Three Left Feet.

Allara-Artistic Director
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Allara Gooliaff

Artistic Director

Allara started in varsity gymnastics and completed an actuarial science degree from the University of Calgary before turning her full attention to dance. Training with master teachers from all over the world in England, France, Guinea, Austria, Brazil, the US and across Canada have all inspired her movement and unique choreographic style. Allara has performed in Toronto for Dance Umbrella Ontario and in an extraordinary stilt dance piece at Second City. In 2012, she presented independent works for Soulocentric, Ignite! Festival, and the feats festival of dance.

Allara helped Three Left Feet get off the ground in 1996. From the outset, the company has benefited from her passion and that energy has been channeled directly to students across Alberta.

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Ingrid Diaz Cespedes

Dancer

Ingrid was born and raised in Cuba. At the age of 10 she started her professional dance training in the specialty of Modern, Contemporary and Afrocuban Dance at the National School of Art in Havana. Right after graduation Ingrid joined the National Afrocuban Dance Company where she performed for three years. In 2005, she received a full scholarship to the School of Ballet Creole in Toronto. Ingrid was involved with Ballet Creole as an apprentice and later became a full company member. While in Toronto, Ingrid also performed with COBA and Newton Moraes Dance Theatre. Ingrid has also performed as a guest artist with NAfro Dance, Winnipeg based Company directed by Casimiro Nhussi and with the South African Musical “Umoja” in its 2008 Canadian Tour Production. In 2009, Ingrid moved to Calgary to follow her newly sparked interest in jazz dance and take part in Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program.

Ingrid is now an independent artist and is very happy to contribute to the Calgary dance community. She looks forward to her fourth season with Three Left Feet.

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Pamela Tzeng

Dancer

Alberta based dance artist Pamela Tzeng’s artistic journey has brought her to train and perform across Canada, Europe and Brazil. As an interpreter she has worked with choreographers Tania Alvarado, Noam Gagnon, Helen Husak, Ismael Ivo (GE/BR),Taryn Javier, Robin Poitras, Kenji Takagi (GE) and Stephen Thompson amongst others. Under the creative platform Make Shift Project , Pamela explores her range as a dance maker and producer. Her work spans the world of dance theatre and interdisciplinary performance and has been presented in diverse contexts including DSW AIR 2011, AADF, Fluid Festival, containR, Expanse Festival, Guelph Dance and Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge Festival. Pamela is co-director of Calgary Contemporary Dance Collective, a not-for-profit organization focused on establishing a consistent and advanced training program/community meeting place for professional dancers in the Calgary.

 

Tara Blue

Show Director

Tara Blue has long-standing professional relationships with many arts organizations in Calgary. She is consistently sought by many for her sound advice and production acumen. Her specialty is using movement, theatre, and multimedia to bring out the potential and passion of both artists and students. Her behind-the-scenes consultative work with Three Left Feet has spanned a decade and in 2013, she directed Knock Knock & Other Tales of Rhythm.

Tara is Creative Co-Director of BlueBird Moving Arts, and was the founding director of The Blue Collar Dance Company and The Calgary Urban Arts Festival Society. Two of her recent professional highlights include being nominated for a 2012 Betty Mitchell Award for outstanding Choreography (Alberta Theatre Project’s The Wizard of Oz) and directing raNDom for Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! festival.