Team & Dancers

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Amanda Bon, Dancer

Amanda Bon graduated from The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Program in 2005, and studied flamenco at Theatre Flamenco in Ottawa, and at the renowned Amor de Dios school in Madrid, Spain. She has collaborated with Ottawa-based choreographers Caroline Barrière, Sylvie Desrosiers/DORSALE danse, and Anik Bouvrette/Tara Luz Danse. Amanda is also an independent Pilates instructor certified through the Ron Fletcher Company, and has a parallel career as a singer-songwriter. She launched her first album, Juniper Weekends, in 2011 and her second, Down the Road, in 2013.

Alexane Couture, Dancer

A Drummondville native, Alexane Couture completed a degree in dance at the Cégep de Drummondville before pursuing her professional training at The School of Dance in Ottawa. During her studies, she had the opportunity to work with many teachers and choreographers including Peter Boneham, Serge Bennathan, Darryl Tracy, Heidi Strauss, Brian Webb and Mélanie Demers. Alexane graduated from the Contemporary Dance Program in the spring of 2015 and recently received her attestation of collegiate studies in dance teaching. Passionate about dance and movement, Alexane is an aspiring choreographer. Her interest lies in physically intense choreography and artistic works that draw on a variety of emotions. She joined the Tara Luz Danse team in September 2015.

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Nadia Desrochers, Communications and Operations Coordinator

Nadia Desrochers graduated from HEC Montréal in 2013 with a degree in business administration. Through the university, she was awarded the leadership entrance scholarship as well as a Lallemand foundation scholarship for excellence that gave her the opportunity to study at the Quinn School of Business in Dublin, Ireland for a semester. Nadia also has a great affinity for the arts and culture sector – she plays the violin and completed a degree in music at the Cégep de Drummondville. She worked throughout her studies, namely as Business Development Coordinator for the Magma Design Agency and Assistant Manager of the music school École Drummond musique. She joined Tara Luz Danse in 2013 and is a dynamic and engaging presence in all of the company’s activities. She represents Tara Luz Danse on the board of directors of Alliance culturelle de l’Ontario.

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Marianne Dumas, Musician

Marianne Dumas’s musical career began with drums and percussions which she studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau before pursuing her professional training at the Cégep the Drummondville. During that period, Marianne has developed an interest for both harmonic and melodic aspects of percussion and has also trained in piano with François Bourassa, Denis Mailloux and Sébastien Beaulieu. Her musical influences include renowned pianist Ahmad Jamal as well as Joe Zawinul and Esjborn Svensson. After a series of jazz workshops with Luc Beaugrand at the University of Montreal, Marianne returned to Gatineau. She currently works with many group such as Tara Luz Danse, YAO, Abel Maxwell, Destiny, Le Billy Love Band and Les Mosquitos.

François Gravel, Musician

A musician from Ottawa-Gatineau, François Gravel is drawn to a range of musical styles including blues, jazz, calypso and flamenco. He composes for short films and advertisements, and has performed on stage and in the studio with Mehdi Cayenne, Tricia Foster, D-Track, Les Chiclettes, Steve Groves, El Hispalis, Daniel Coutu, Melissa Pash and Trio Virgule, as well as several other groups. He also works as an accompanist for choirs and dance troupes, and joined the Tara Luz Danse team as a musician in 2015.

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Angela Jackson, Dancer

Angela began her studies in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in 1989. She went on to graduate from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 1993, where she worked with, amongst others, Marc Boivin, Ginette Laurin and Jean-Pierre Perrault. As an independent artist, Angela created and performed with Screaming Kettle Dance Productions in Montréal and Toronto from 1993 until 1998 for fFida (Toronto), Toronto Fringe Festival, First Night Toronto and Series 808 (Toronto). She was a dancer and choreographer with Momentum in Ottawa, Toronto and Peterborough from 1998 to 2000. Angela is a Pilates and GYROKINESIS® teacher since 1999 and 2009 respectively. As a modern dance and ballet teacher in Ottawa, she has been a guest artist and teacher at Canterbury High School and École secondaire De La Salle since 2009. Angela is an Ontario College of Teachers certified teacher since 2012. She joined the team of Tara Luz Danse in September 2016.

Mélissa Roy, Dancer

Mélissa Roy graduated from The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Program in 2010 and has since worked in a number of professional projects. Throughout her training, she worked with several choreographers including Peter Boneham, Yvonne Coutts, Serge Bennathan, Emmanuel Jouthe and Ginette Laurin. She has participated in several workshops such as Dancemakers’ Emerging Dance Artist Project (EDAP) in 2010 and Danser Perreault in 2011. She danced for emerging choreographers Heather MacDonald and Rebecca McLane in the Dances by Youth for Youth project in 2011, returning to the project as a choreographer the following year. Mélissa is part of Productions Double Vision in Gatineau and since 2012, she is a dancer and educational facilitator with Tara Luz Danse.