Lys Stevens


Lys Stevens is a dance researcher, writer and administrator who holds a Masters in dance studies from UQAM. She is a national council member of the Canadian Dance Assembly and curates various dance events at Studio 303 in Montréal. 

Lys Stevens' Work


Facing African Dance Creation

By Lys Stevens Series C + Face 2 Face

For this third edition of the Face 2 Face series, Cathy Levy, National Arts Centre executive producer of dance, chose to highlight artists “whose lives and stories are rooted in Africa.”

Making Waves

Mélissa ‘Melly Mel’ Flérangile By Lys Stevens


Canada Dance Festival Roundup

By Lys Stevens

In June, as festival season takes flight across Canada, the Canada Dance Festival (CDF) kicks off in Ottawa. I took on the CDF by bike, for the ease of speed when moving from one venue to another.

The Art of Presenting

Shaping the Landscape of Dance in Canada By Lys Stevens

Big country, not enough resources, audience apathy – how presenters and curators are grappling with the challenges of the Canadian dance ecology. See a sidebar on what the dance community thinks about presenting practice on page 44.

Making Waves

By Lys Stevens

Kim Sato

In Sync

The art of dance and the music video By Lys Stevens

Writer Lys Stevens indulges her fascination with pop videos and discovers that, although the contributions of choreographers are not always acknowledged in this media for the masses, dance has been energizing the form right from the beginning.

Hot Picks 2013

By Lys Stevens

Stevens asked artists she interviewed (and a few others) to tell her about their favourite music videos and also the clips most influential for their dance content.

Short Waves

By Lys Stevens, Kathleen Smith, Cindy Brett

Eva von Gencsy (1924-2013); Accolades in BC; Les Grands launches dance therapy centre

In Conversation

Jazzing Culture/Culturing Jazz By Lys Stevens

The rollercoaster history of jazz dance in Canada is the subject of this animated discussion. Participants included Shawn Newman, Melissa Templeton, Eva von Gencsy, Ethel Bruneau, Michèle Moss and Vicki St Denys.


Eva von Gencsy (1924-2013)

Canada lost one of its great dames of dance on April 11th.

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