Dancers

Stéphanie BrochardStéphanie Brochard

Stéphanie Brochard trained in both dance and theatre. She studied at the Conservatoire national de region in Angers, France, at L’École de Danse de Québec and went on to graduate from the teacher training program at Toronto’s National Ballet School. She also studied at l’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where she discovered the world of physical theatre and clown. She teaches on a regular basis in various dance training programs, in addition to offering different workshops. Stéphanie Brochard joined the Sursaut Dance Company in 2008. She performs in all the company’s productions as a dancer and is also Assistant Artistic Director since 2011. She choreographed the company’s latest production, Me2, which is her first choreographic work. Stéphanie also works with Les Jardins Chorégraphiques and Danse Cadence, two baroque dance companies in Montreal. She is currently working on a solo creation, a project born of the desire to explore a new choreographic vocabulary by creating a fusion of baroque and contemporary dance.


Simon Durocher GosselinSimon Durocher-Gosselin

Simon Durocher-Gosselin learned from a very early age to expend his excess energy in various forms of dance and movement. He later discovered a passion for circus arts, and completed a social circus-training program at the École nationale de cirque de Montréal. Since, he has taught and continues to teach circus arts to youth in various contexts. Simon is also an accomplished street performer and co-founder of the circus company LaboKracBoom with which he has presented shows in several festivals and events in Québec, New Brunswick, Mexico, Brazil and in Europe. He joined the Sursaut Dance Company in 2006.


 Amandine Garrido GonzalezAmandine Garrido Gonzalez

Amandine Garrido Gonzalez graduated from the University of Chile in 2002 with a degree in dance performance and worked for different contemporary dance companies throughout her country. She arrived in Canada in 2008 as part of the Cirque du Soleil production Varekai, where she worked as an aerial artist. As well as teaching dance and circus arts, she is involved in numerous creative projects, notably Sève, presented as part of Rurart – Contemporary Art in a Rural Setting, La géométrie des chats : le regard animal, presented at the Viva! Art Action Festival in Montréal, and De la souffrance à l’amour, presented on International Women’s Day in Sutton in 2015. Her inspiration, a mix of contemporary influences and gypsy dancing, allow Amandine to present her vision of dance as a sacred art, as an expression of the present moment. Her versatility and strong stage presence make her stand out as an artist. Amandine joined the Sursaut Dance Company in 2013. Acuna is her first collaboration with the company as choreographer.


 Jasmine InnsJasmine Inns

Jasmine Inns graduated from the Modern Dance Training Program at the School of Dance in Ottawa. She went on to work for the Toronto company Tilt sound + motion as a dancer and choreographer, and choreographed a piece for their sister company Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre. She has danced for various choreographers, including Kate Hilliard and Lara Kramer. Since 2010, she has also worked with Yvonne Coutts at The Ottawa Dance Directive. With ODD she has had the pleasure of working with Noam Gagnon, Tedd Robinson, Melanie Demers and Andrew Turner.  She has also presented her own works in events across Canada. Jasmine Inns joined the company in 2008.


Geneviève LauzonGeneviève Lauzon

Geneviève Lauzon completed a degree in contemporary dance at l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 2008. Since, she has pursued a career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has studied with several renowned choreographers, such as Victor Quijada from the Rubberbandance Group. For the past 8 years, she has specialized in the creation of large-group choreographies, notably for musicals, vocal ensembles and outdoor events. She recently choreographed Le Grand Bisous for the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Geneviève joined the Sursaut Dance Company for the production The Cicada and the Ant in 2013.


Mélanie Lebrun, SursautMélanie Lebrun

Mélanie Lebrun received her dance training in classical ballet and modern dance at the Collège Jean-Eudes. After finishing a B.Sc in Biology at McGill University in Montreal, she continued her training with Lubica Dobalova. She has danced for Ballet Ouest de Montréal, Les petits ballets in Ottawa, and the Opéra de Montréal. She danced in works by Balanchine and Brian Macdonald as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival Dance Program in 2004. Eager to engage in diverse artistic experiences, Mélanie frequently collaborates with artists from a variety of disciplines. For example, she participated in the distribution of Chlore, of the Théâtre du Grand Cheval (2012 and 2014), as well as in La Damnation de Faust, a coproduction with Ex Machina and the Opéra de Québec (2013). She is also a dance teacher, communicating her love of dance to young and old alike. Mélanie joined the Sursaut Dance Company in 2006.


Keven LeeKeven Lee

Keven Lee began his dancing career in the Université de Montréal’s dance troupe directed by Erin Flynn. He then studied contemporary dance at Concordia University and at the Divertimento Ballet School. After completing his studies, Keven worked with the company ID Danse on A Melancholic Journal  choreographed by David Pressault. He has also been working with Sébastien Provencher for several years on various creations, such as Serait-il impossible de vivre debout, presented at the Quartiers Danses Festival in 2013. Parallel to his work as a dancer, Keven is pursuing a Research Master’s degree in rehabilitation, using dance in his work with autistic children. Keven joined the Sursaut Dance Company in 2013 for the production The Cicada and the Ant.


Élise Legrand portraitElise Legrand

Elise Legrand graduated from the Conservatoire de danse de Montréal in 2002, and has danced for several choreographers and dance companies such as Sinha Danse, the Cirque du Soleil, the Danse Lhasa Danse project, the Sursaut Dance company, Axile, Catherine Archambault, Silken Dance, Krea Movo and Ballet Ouest de Montréal. Her work has lead her to participate in many tours throughout Canada and abroad. She develops her own choreographic projects and in situ creations, with a particular interest in non-conventional venues and the combination of dance with other artistic disciplines. Elise is co-founder of the circus company LaboKracBoom, as well as accordionist with ZeRadcliffe Fanfare. Elise joined the cast of  The Cicada and the Ant in 2016.


Nancy LetendreNancy Letendre

Since 1997, Nancy Letendre has been pursuing a career as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Although she works primarily in contemporary dance, she explores other styles of dance and training, to develop and maintain a wide movement vocabulary. She has a bachelor of education degree in dance from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and teaches dance to all age groups. She is interested in multidisciplinary collaborations for her creations and has worked with artists from various backgrounds, such as music, visual arts, circus, slam and storytelling. Nancy Letendre has been with the Sursaut Dance Company since 2002. She has performed in Les excentriques, Family Portrait, Casse-Noisettes et le Roi des Rats and Les meilleurs moments/The Best of Sursaut. She is part of the cast of At nightfall since 2006.


Xavier 2015-2Xavier Malo

Xavier Malo is a performing artist who navigates between theatre for adults (La hache, Provincetown playhouse…Rêves, chimères et mascaradePharmak(ha)os, La couleur du gris), theatre for young audiences (Il était trois fois, Remous remis), and dance (BenchesMerry ageLes imprudanses, Les installations mouvantes). Xavier danced for the company for the first time in 2010 in the production Les meilleurs moments/The Best of Sursaut. He returned in the spring of 2013 to participate in The Cicada and the Ant, and was also part of the 2013-2014 tour of At nightfall. Me2 is his fourth collaboration with the Sursaut Dance Company.