Kaja Irwin is a Winnipeg, Manitoba born contemporary jazz dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. Irwin began her dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB) and now resides in Calgary, Alberta where she is in her fourth season as a Company Dancer with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.
Irwin has been performing, choreographing and teaching extensively across Canada. She has worked with respected choreographers Michèle Moss, Deanne Walsh, Alison (Bryan) Stone and Jennifer Mahood in Calgary as well as Sharon Harvey and Jenn Goodwin in Toronto. While living in Winnipeg she had the pleasure of performing with several collectives including Canvas Pulse Collective, Define Movement, Evolve Dance Company, and Prairie Dancers as well as training with NAfro Dance Productions.
Through movement, Irwin aims to transport viewers to another part of themselves, engaging them mentally and physically, prompting them to question their relationships to each other and their surroundings. She is interested in non traditional performance spaces, costuming, and feels a strong connection to music which drives her to choreograph and perform.
Irwin has recently premiered her latest piece ‘Withheld’ for the 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival in September 2018. In 2015 she was a juried choreographer at 60x60 in Toronto, ON and in 2014 her solo performance ‘MAIM’ was exhibited in Ottawa, CA and Amsterdam, NL. She has enjoyed choreographing music videos for the Winnipeg band Royal Canoe including, ‘Living a Lie’, ‘Somersault’ and ‘Walk Out on the Water’.
Irwin is currently in her fourth season with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and is excited to be in the process of creating a second part to her VROOM series to be presented at to the AWE, March 20, 2019.