Our workshops provide unique opportunities to broaden the artistic range and technique of dancers
Photo of Vix’s Mix / Photography by: Bill Hebert
Summer Intensive 2018
With special guest RUBBERBANDance Group
This is your opportunity to work with one of Canada’s leading international dance companies. Experience two-weeks filled with 80 hours of professional dance training in: ballet, pointe, RUBBBERBAND Method, choreography, improvisation, performance technique and conditioning.
JULY 16-27 (age 13-18)
9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday
$700 +hst ($200 deposit required)
JULY 23-27 (age 19+)
$250 +hst ($75 deposit required)
*this workshop is exclusively RUBBERBAND Method
Lacey Smith and Miko Sobreira
Read bios here
Award-winning choreographer Victor Quijada is the founder of RUBBERBANDance Group and creator of the RUBBERBAND Method.
Leaving the Hip Hop of his native Los Angeles for a career with internationally renowned post-modern dance and ballet companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Victor Quijada was quickly recognized as a talented, prolific dancer. He possesses a rare range of experience that spans from the street corner to the concert hall.
Impelled to explore his own choreographic voice, Victor founded RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. His work eloquently reimagines, deconstructs, and applies choreographic principles to Hip-Hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of expressive genres. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film. He has created more than 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and in commissions, and has toured with his company across North America and Europe.
Victor Quijada developed the RUBBERBAND Method as a bridge to connect diverse movement styles. He teaches this technique internationally at conservatories, universities, and festivals, and coaches dancers to master the transition between opposing dance worlds, enabling them to combine balletic lines and grace, contemporary angles and distortion, and capoeira-like fluidity and inversions with Hip-Hop dynamics and break power moves.
Since 2011, Victor has directed the intensive summer dance workshop at Domaine Forget and since 2010, has been choreographer at the annual Springboard Danse Montréal. He was artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal from 2007 to 2011, and was asked to teach at the Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons.
As a guest choreographer, Victor is regularly invited to create new works for circus, theatre, and dance companies, including in repeat commissions for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Dance Theatre. His prestigious awards include the Bonnie Bird North American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, a Princess Grace Foundation Award for Choreographic Fellowship in 2010, followed by a second PGF prize with the 2016 Works in Progress Residency Award. In 2017, Victor Quijada won the prize for Cultural Diversity in Dance at Les Prix de la Danse de Montréal.
With more than a dozen films to his credit, Victor has worked as choreographer, director, and dramaturge in music clips, art films, and television productions. His film, Gravity of Center, won Best Experimental Short at the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival; his choreography for the video clip of the k-os song, Man I Used to Be, won the 2005 Choreography Media Honor and his short film, Hasta La Próxima, was a finalist at the American Choreography Awards in 2004. Victor was designated one of the stand-out artists in the documentary series Freedom. In 2007, a profile of Victor was published in the On the Rise section of Dance Magazine.
Sydney is an artist from London, Ontario currently based between Montreal and Toronto. While living in Toronto she had the privilege of working with companies Toes for Dance, Helix Dance Project, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, Gadfly, and Transcendance Project to name the most recent. Beyond her formal training she has supplimented her experience participating in international workshops including Springboard Danse (Montreal), b12 (Berlin), Implustanz (Vienna), and Ignite (Toronto) where she worked with and performed works by Victor Quijada, MADBOOTS Dance, Kate Wallich, Colleen Snell and others. In addition to her dance training she studied at OCAD University (Toronto) practicing as a visual artist and designer. Currently, after joining Rubberbandance Group in 2016, Sydney continues to work as a company member with the group while also exploring her own work as an artist through movement as well as a visual practice.
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189 Adelaide Street South
(between Commissioners and Thompson Rd.)
To apply please contact us at
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**Both intensives will be capped at 15 participants
The Dasein Dance intensives pushed me physically and creatively and allowed me and my fellow dancers to access new avenues for artistry. Classes provided me with a strong foundational technique while simultaneously expanding my comfort zone as an artist. The immersive atmosphere created a space that is difficult to foster in regular weekly classes, which allowed us to take artistic risks without the hesitation that usually accompanies new experiences. Lacey’s artistry and expertise allowed her to constantly provide new insights, and she was consistently able to find new methods of communicating corrections that allowed us to understand and internalize new ideas. Her classes were always enjoyable and focused. Guest artists were experts in their fields, and brought new creative energies and ideas into our space. The kind and creative environment allowed for an experience unlike any other intensive or workshop I’ve taken part in.