Team & Dancers

Amanda

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.

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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.

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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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Jessica Hotte, Dancer

Originally from Montreal, Jessica graduated from the dance programme at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent and has a diploma from the contemporary dance programme at The School of Dance. Thus far, she has perfected her skills with dancing greats such as Sylvie Desrosier, Peter Boneham, Darryl Tracy, Heidi Strauss, Anik Bouvrette, Emmanuel Jouthe and Marc Boivin. Futhermore, she joined the 50 Dancer Project production choreographed and directed by Robert Desrosiers for the 2016 edition of The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa). That same year, she participated in the creation and production of a trio for Dark Horse Dance Projects. During her profesionnal training, Jessica joined Tara Luz Danse in Ottawa as an intern member. She has since joined the company as a permanent member in June of 2017. As an emerging dance artist, Jessica is interested in the multiple visions which are presently rampant in the dance community of today.

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Philippe Charbonneau, Musician

Philippe Charbonneau is a bassist and multi-instrumentalist living in Hull, Québec.  He is founder of the label E-Tron Records, a record company that has established itself as one of the pillars of creative music in the National Capital Region and in Canada since 2010.  Recently, he has had the opportunity to play and record with such artists as André M. Bluteau, Claude Munson (Claude Munson & The Storm Outside), Francis Faubert (album éponyme) and Mehdi Hamdad (Illuminata), among others.  In 2010, he recorded the album Rising Sun with the Soul Jazz Orchestra (Strut Records), which was later nominated at the Junos’ Gala for best instrumental album of the year.  His group Ferriswheel (Un peu au nord et sans distorsion) has been recently nominated at the Gala des Gamiq for best instrumental album of the year.  In 2012, he accompanied Timber Timbre for two special performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival (Place des Arts) and the Festival de musique émergent de l’Abitibi-Temiscamingue (FME).  Philippe joined Tara Luz Danse in 2013.

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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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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.