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2023-2024 Fall and Winter Regional Classes – Laurentians

9:30AM to 11:30AM
7$ (single price)


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Erin O’Loughlin
October 2 to 6, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Mustafa Room at the Far Hills Hotel: 3399, du Far Hills Street, Val-Morin


 © Valérie Boulet

Erin O’Loughlin’s class is interested in the tension created by dichotomies, and how states of controlled precision and chaos can be explored. She seeks a clarity that is not confining. Using a combination of structured and improvised exercises focused on alignment, articulation and release, Erin’s teaching demands versatility, dynamic change and playful exploration.

Coming from a rich and diverse background in modern dance, ballet, and music, her class draws on the principles of Limon, Horton, Graham as well as somatic practices, Release technique and sensory-based improvisation, to bring a nuanced and free approach to movement and form.

About Erin

Calgary-born Erin O’Loughlin is a performer, choreographer, teacher and founding member of LA TRESSE. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA in Dance and International Relations. Following her training at Alvin Ailey in New York, she continued her studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, where she learned the repertory of Forsythe, Kylián and Robert Moses. Participation in formative workshops such as Impulstanz, Gaga intensives with Compagnie Batsheva and Creative Gesture with Alan Lucien Øyen at the Banff Centre, have also contributed to her artistic development.

Her teaching experience includes McGill University, University of Calgary and École de Danse de Québec, as well as ballet academies, recreational dance schools, community programs, and several months at the Shiamak Dance Academy in Mumbai, India.


Ford Mckeown Larose 
November 20 to 24, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Registration opens on November 1, 2023 

Ford Mckeown Larose

 © Do Phan Hoi

Based on the power of an entire street dance community and a solid Afro-descendant cultural heritage, the Full Circle formation, the subject of this class by Ford Mckeown Larose, offers an immersion in the heart of Boogaloo/Popping. Participants will not only have the chance to deepen their knowledge of this dance, but also to develop a better understanding of themselves, their bodies, space and time.

About Ford

Specialized in street dance, Ford «The Mov3r» Mckeown Larose, stands out for his unique approach to Boogaloo/Popping. Each of his steps reflects the rich heritage that inhabits him. His choreographic adventure aims to set in motion the parallel universes that animate his imagination.


Lucy M. May
January 15 to 19, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Registration opens on November 1, 2023

 © Calope

Lucy M. May begins with a dynamic warm-up for functional strength, power and endurance, based on self-weight exercises and whole-body movements.

Participants then use self-touch to increase the proprioception and anatomical awareness, while moving on the ground and in space. Locomotor explorations are used to prepare participants to think in three dimensions and to develop their kinesic ability to react to the unexpected.

The class then moves towards increasing dexterity and of expression. Particular emphasis is placed on relationships with music and other participants.

About Lucy 

Improvisation and interconnection are central to Lucy M. May which has been influenced by her professional experiences with Marie Chouinard, Margie Gillis and 7Starr, but also through her practice of Krump – an intense and theatrical style of street dance – as well as her experiments with somatic forms such as Body-Mind Centring, Min Tanaka and Continuum. Her choreographic work explores the human materiality of attention and our relationship to place.

Lucy a animé des ateliers partout au Canada, au sein d’organismes tels que l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM), Toronto Love-In, Studio 303, Kinetic Studio, Fluid Fest, DancEncorps, Empirical Freedom et Fada Dance. À la recherche de nouvelles façons de transmettre les connaissances sur le mouvement, elle a cocréé des rassemblements communautaires tels que Off_Script.


Marc Boivin
February 12 to 16, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Registration opens on November 1, 2023

 © Michael Slobodian

Marc Boivin’s contemporary dance technique class is inspired by the foundations of the Limón technique and the principles of ballet.

The dancer is called upon to develop a balance between strength and freedom, a clarity of impulse in their proprioceptive space, and a relationship of intention to their stage space through form and gaze.

This work process prepares the body for a dynamic and creative state, in addition to providing tools to physically articulate the performer’s artistic contribution according to their choices.

The course of the class begins with a warm-up on the ground followed by a class in the center, traditional progression, variation of bends, stretched, cleared, etc. leading to big jumps.

About Marc

Dancer, improviser, teacher, Marc Boivin began his career at the Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham. In 1985, he joined Ginette Laurin and her young company O Vertigo Danse.

Since 1991, he is as a freelance performer that we find him in the work of several choreographers from here and elsewhere, namely Louise Bédard, Mélanie Demers, Sylvain Émard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Tedd Robinson and Catherine Tardif.

Affiliated with L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal since 1987, he regularly teaches and choreographs in various schools and organizations across Canada.



The Regroupement québécois de la danse’s regional classes in Laurentians are offered in collaboration with Danse Laurentides. They are made possible thanks to financial support from the Gouvernement du Québec through the Intervention-Compétences program administered by Compétence Culture.

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