The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


thumb E_PictureLife has lead her to a successful path full of Latin rhythms and sabor

In South America, when a girl turns 15 a big party is thrown. It is called a quinceañera.

A choreographed dance routine is one of the most important activities during that party and this is how Paulina Posadas Dagio started dancing.

But 10 years later, the Morelia Mexican is the world salsa champion – and a major influence on Calgary's salsa dancing scene.

thumb E_Caitlin-GallichanCaitlin Gallichan-Lowe says 'arts can save lives'

Passionate. Bold. Creative. Inspiring. These are some of the words colleagues, students and friends had to say about Caitlin Gallichan-Lowe, the drama teacher at Western Canada High School.

"The arts can save lives, especially at that high school age when people are feeling really vulnerable and trying to figure out who they are," said Gallichan-Lowe.

Bad PortraitsMandy Stobo used social media to advance project

The tagline for Mandy Stobo's Twitter account sums up her work: "I am an art project of Bad Portraits. You send me a pic and I make a very poor watercolor of it that kind of resembles you, but not really."

Stobo, a single mom, began her project when she was living in Canmore with her son.

Performing as a form of therapy

Thumbnail VishaShe is vain. She is vindictive. She is vogue; or so Visha Loo – a Calgary-based contortionist, artist, and fetish event planner – describes herself.

A familiar face in Calgary's alternative scene, Visha Loo is a stage character created by Janice Adshade, who sews all her own lace and latex costumes, sports outlandish makeup and is the creative director behind her shocking – and usually adult-only – performances in Calgary for the past six years.