Alexandra Wells, Juilliard Dance Faculty; Founder & Artistic Director
Springboard Danse Montréal is a unique project for advanced and professional dancers, age 19 and older, who would like to access the Montreal contemporary dance community.
Dancers for the project are selected during auditions held in Montreal, Toronto, and New York between January and March. The dancers live a unique, intense experience, working closely with as many as seven companies and choreographers from Montreal and beyond, all internationally renowned. During a three-week period in June and July, they participate in workshops, rehearsals, creations and auditions in contemporary dance, wherein they explore different artistic approaches and choreographic processes to further each individual’s professional development.
On the final day of the project a showing of “works in progress” is presented in a theater before an invited audience. Members of the Montreal dance community as well as presenters, choreographers, and artistic directors from companies in Canada, the United States, and Europe will be invited to this presentation.
During this annual artistic “rendezvous,” the dancers are provided a rare opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in a context other than an audition, and to touch the pulse of the dance world through contact with several prominent and current creators. The artists not only engage in exchanges with the other participants, but also get a chance to be seen by many choreographers and company directors. For their parts, artistic directors from the participating dance companies have the chance to see the dancers’ potential within a professional working context of daily classes, rehearsals, creative process, and showings.
In addition to being seen by the seven companies and four emerging artists that Springboard works with during this three-week period, choreographers and directors form outside the project hold auditions on weekends including the ‘’Cirque du Soleil’’.
Over the past nine years more than 100 participants have been offered contracts with outstanding international companies including: BJM Danse (CAN), Cas public (CAN), Cirque du Soleil (CAN), José Navas Company Flak (CAN), La La La Human Steps (CAN), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (CAN), Sinha Danse (CAN), Toronto Dance Theatre (CAN), DanceMakers (CAN), Le Groupe Dance Lab (CAN), Cedar Lake Ensemble (US), Company XIV (US), Sacremento Ballet (US), Sidra Bell Co (US), Compania Nacional de Danza (Spain), Bare Bones (UK), Sylvain Émard Danse (CAN), ProArte Danza (CAN), Coleman Lemieux (CAN), Gallim Dance (US), Abraham in Motion (US), and others.