about 2018-08-27T12:06:27+00:00

Mile Zero Dance would like to acknowledge the treaty relationship of friendship and kinship with the indigenous peoples who gathered here for thousands of years: Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, and Metis, and all Indigenous people continuing to live here today. We wish to uphold tatawaw which in Cree means “welcome, there is room”, through creating a welcoming space for all – from those that traditionally gathered to those that have just arrived.



Mile Zero Dance Society (MZD) is a contemporary dance company that creates and produces original dynamic interdisciplinary works focusing on performance, collaboration, community outreach, and training.


MZD has been committed to the cultivation of original contemporary performance for over three decades. Founded by Andrea Rabinovitch and Debra Shantz in 1985, Mile Zero Dance was originally associated with Grant MacEwan College and has since grown and changed with the needs of the Edmonton community at the forefront. Current Artistic Director Gerry Morita has infused the company with a distinct voice and aesthetic that encompasses dance, interdisciplinary work, and performance art.
Mile Zero Dance plays an active and valuable role in fostering live performance and audience development that spans generations, artistic media, and creative backgrounds. MZD has become a voice for those who are interested in merging dance with different art forms through exploratory and collaborative methods. Through a unique and diverse mix of programming, the company continues to contribute significantly to the artistic and cultural landscape of the
Edmonton and the region.
MZD consistently produces a full and varied independent season, operating a community-based studio (Spazio Performativo) which serves as a rehearsal, office, community rental, gallery, and performance space.


MZD is devoted to the development, artistic viability, and audience awareness of live movement -based performance in Edmonton. In order to achieve this goal, the company has fostered creative collaborations with individuals and organizations within the city, nationally and internationally. These include: New Music EdmontonRapid Fire Theatre, DC-3, Metro CinemaVictoria School for the Arts, FavaSpringboard Dance, Studio 303CripsieU of A Drama DepartmentViva Italia EdmontonAlbertaAboriginalArtsMcCauley Revitalization.

By being very in-tune with our artistic peers, neighbourhood, and the various stakeholders in our midst, we have discovered that by combining dance and its process with other artistic and cultural forms not only increases and enriches collaborations and knowledge between artists, but it also gives us, over time, and informed and interested audience.

MZD provides mentorship, training, and peer support to a network of artists, as well as to kids in schools, and in agencies within our community.


Our Vision is to create and foster original avant-garde dance and performance works in the Alberta arts scene, and to increase our profile nationally and internationally.