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Une danse olympique

 

Last year, the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) and Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique produced a flash mob at L’Esplanade Financière Sun Life in Montréal’s Olympic Park in celebration of International Dance Day on April 29. The RQD worked in close collaboration with Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île to get dancers of all ages and skills to participate in the event. 

This year, International Dance Day in Québec will be celebrated over an entire week. From April 24 through May 1, the RQD and various dance professionals are offering 100 free activities to choose from, including dance courses, workshops, meetings, performances, films and exhibitions.

These are some event highlights: 

April 25: Things get underway in Montréal in front of L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec. Young dancers will undertake the 2016 Choreographic Trace, a large-scale urban event that, this year, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this flagship institution founded by Ludmilla Chiriaeff. 

April 28: Édouard Lock’s latest work, The Seasons, makes its Québec debut at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts with the Brazilian company São Paulo Companhia de Dança as part of a Danse Danse triple bill.

April 27: Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal presents five works, including one by Benjamin Millepied, former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet. 

April 29: At the invitation of RQD, Estelle Clareton has created a short choreography and taught it to 110 elementary students (and their teachers). This will be performed in the Jean Gascon Foyer of Théâtre Maisonneuve. Choreographer Isabelle Boulanger, upon the invitation of Tangente, guided the creative efforts of dance students at the Lucien Pagé Secondary School, and their work will be presented at the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme of Place des Arts, along with an excerpt from the latest work of the dance troupe La Grande Fente.

For more information, visit quebecdanse.org.

 

Join the country in celebrating their day of dance by posting a dance-life photo or video and tagging #CanadaDances on International Dance Day, April 29.

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