A lack of full time work is leaving local dancers with no choice but to relocate or work multiple jobs

Produced by Kate Holowaty

When it comes to making a viable living as a professional dancer in Calgary the options are few. Alberta Ballet employs 34 dancers for its annual season and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks employs eight dancers within their own professional company. Sarisa de Toledo is the artistic associate at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks who says, at the company, working more than one job is a reality.

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Local piercer says lack of standards the problem

Produced by Veronica Pocza

A well-known Calgary piercer, Dan Marshall of Heroes and Villains, says until the province cracks down on the quality of jewelry used by Alberta piercers, clients will continue suffering the ill-effects.

"Half of the junk that I take out of people has gaps that allow for bacteria growth and rough or unfinished edges from tool marks," says Marshall.

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Two Calgary pastry chefs are educating consumers on elegant treats

Produced by Allison Badger and Victoria Stey

North Americans are used to seeing desserts that are too big and too sweet.

Recently in Calgary, there have been more pastry chefs providing customers with European-influenced treats. High-end chefs suggest European inspired pastries, while not completely guilt-free, are more elegant, use higher quality ingredients, and leave people feeling good, and not like they've overindulged.

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Calgary woman leaves poverty behind to start her own business

Produced by Madison Farkas and Cameron Perrier

The rich aroma of Jamaican jerk spices —pimentos, cinnamon, cloves and Scotch bonnet peppers — fills the air at Wings n Tings, Necole Hines' food stall at Crossroads Market. Hines bounces constantly around less than 100 sq. ft. of space. She pops a pan of freshly-made vegetable patties into the oven, then turns around to the stainless steel sink to wash as many dishes as she can in between cheerfully serving customers plates of patties, rice and peas and her signature jerk chicken wings.

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