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Alya/Graham

Born in the Yukon, a naturally talented mover, Alya started dancing at a very young age. Years of dancing led her to pursue her love of movement by relocating to Ottawa to enrol in the professional contemporary dance training program at The School of Dance. During her studies she had the pleasure of participating in choreographic process with renowned choreographers such as Tedd Robinson, Dana Gingras, and Mélanie Demers.

Since her graduation, Alya has had the pleasure of working with Ottawa choreographer Caroline Barrière, performing with Dancing in the Streets, working with Montreal choreographer Marissa Wong as part of Projet Brut, and will be performing at this year’s Ottawa and Montreal Fringe Festivals.

 

Jessie/Lhote

Jessie discovered her love of movement at a young age. Originally from France, Jessie began her contemporary dance training in Montpellier. Following this, she moved to Canada and enrolled in the professional contemporary dance program at The School of Dance in Ottawa where she had the pleasure of engaging in choreographic process with esteemed artists such as Serge Bennathan, Dana Gingras, and Tedd Robinson.  

Since graduating, Jessie has worked with choreographer Mélanie Demers on a project celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montreal, participated in Projet Brut with choreographer Jocelyn Todd, and will be performing in both Ottawa and Montreal's Fringe Festivals this year.

 

MarieMichelle/Darveau

After graduating from Cégep de Drummondville dance program, Marie-Michelle completed her professional contemporary dance training at The School of Dance in Ottawa. During her training she worked with many established choreographers such as Mélanie Demers, Yvonne Coutts, Tedd Robinson and Heidi Strauss, and in her last year of training performed at the Canada Dance Festival.

During summer of 2013 and 2014, she was the director, and a performer for Dancing in the Streets. Over the last two years, she has been teaching contemporary dance, jazz and hip-hop and became a member of Tara Luz Danse in September 2014. She has also worked with Montreal choreographer Marissa Wong as part of Projet Brut, and will be performing in this year's Ottawa and Montreal Fringe Festivals.

 

Jocelyn/Todd

Jocelyn Todd is a dancer, performer, choreographer, creator, and arts enthusiast. She graduated from her professional contemporary dance training at The School of Dance (TSOD) in Ottawa in 2012. After graduating, she developed her artistic practice further and in a new direction by moving to London, England where she lived for two years continually seeking new creative knowledge, further physical expertise, involvement in arts outreach, and performance opportunities. In 2012, Jocelyn joined Sounding Motion, a London based contemporary dance company with whom she performed for two years at various venues throughout England including the Barbican Theatre. Upon her return to Ottawa in 2015, she was chosen to be one of three choreographers to create work as part of Projet Brut, and will be presenting a double bill of her own choreography at this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival in June.

 

Maxime/Nadeau

Tout en étant membre de l’ensemble folklorique Mackinaw durant près de 7 ans, Maxime a complété un DEC en danse au Cégep de Drummondville. Son engagement au sein de Mackinaw lui a permis de se produire à plusieurs endroits au Québec mais également à deux reprises en France. Depuis décembre 2014, il est maintenant gradué du programme de danse contemporaine de The School of Dance à Ottawa, durant son parcours il a pu travailler avec plusieurs chorégraphes dont Yvonne Couts, Sylvie Desrosiers, Lana Morton, Cathy Kyle-Fenton, Louis Laberge-Côté et Mélanie Demers. Durant les été 2013 et 2014, Maxime a également dansé pour Dancing In The Street (Ottawa). En plus de la danse contemporaine, Maxime s’intéresse à la danse verticale et fait maintenant parti de la compagnie Look-up Arts Aériens.