March 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2021



Participation in all seminars is included in "The whole shebang" package.

Active Engagement: Concept to Realization

with Sandy Silva


In this seminar, Sandy Silva will share her concept-to-creation process through the exploration of three of her choreographic projects (see trailers).


The tools and processes discussed will include: journaling (define and refine your goals, vision and theme), developing a music playlist, recording methods for practice, setting up a practice place and time, researching and inhabiting internal and external locations that feed your creative process/journey. With time, these tools can encourage, strengthen and support what constitutes a truly authentic practice: an ongoing, personalized unfolding of choreographic choices, as they present themselves in each moment. 

Unraveling the codes :

An example around flamenco

with Yiota Peklari



Singing, dancing, clapping or playing flamenco means creating a strong musical connection between the performers, based on a rich vocabulary formed by numerous cultural ancestors. During this seminar, Yiota will present the ways feet work: sounds, accents, rhythmic circles, traditional patterns, phrasing and how palmas (clapping) interact with them. An attempt to decode and understand flamenco, by breaking it down to its primary, structural elements.

Concepts in Sound and Composition for Dancers

with Cleek Schrey



During this seminar, Cleek Schrey will share a variety of approaches in musical composition from musical history and his own practice. As sound-makers, dancers, and choreographers, you are all organizers of time, space and sound. Many of the tools and approaches of the composer are directly applicable to the dancer's practice. How do we organize material ? How do we organize time ? How to keep track of and remember material ? What do we 'fix' and what is left to chance ? These issues and others are all dealt with by composers and dancers alike. This seminar will expose you to language that will improve your communication with musicians and show you ways of working that might enhance your own practice.

Grooving :

Body in transformation


with Antoine Turmine


This seminar will present the results of the research that supported Antoine Turmine's master's thesis, on the phenomenon of groove from the point of view of the percussive dancer. In particular, it will provide some answers to the question : What is the phenomenon of groove ?


The role of the body, in its sensitive manifestation allowing us to give a practical understanding of groove and offering tools for creation and interpretation, will also be discussed. The seminar will finally attempt to identify, through simple examples, the complexity of the groove phenomenon, in addition to providing thought on how to define oneself as an artist.

Appalachian Clogging

and Flatfooting

with Nic Gareiss



In this seminar, Nic Gareiss will examine rural, solo, freestyle forms of American percussive dance originating in the Appalachian mountains.


Though incorrectly cast as emerging only from white Appalachians, flatfooting and clogging were also prevalent among Black and Indigenous communities in the southeastern United States. Using the toe, heel, and ball of the foot to strike and slide across the floor, flatfooting and clogging articulate the rhythms of mountain fiddle and banjo music. Wear comfortable leather-soled shoes for this class.

Sound captation :

Percussive dance reality ...

with Dominic Desrochers and Louis Morneau


This seminar will explore various approaches to sound design to ensure adequate captation of percussive dance performers. It is intended for solo dancers, as well as groups of dancers working with musicians or a cappella, with or without stage feedback, who offer performances on stage. A range of microphones and wireless sound equipment will be presented to provide a comprehensive overview of various possibilities. Performer Dominic Desrochers will be presenting this siminar in collaboration with sound engineer Louis Morneau, who will provide answers to questions regarding technical aspect.


In search of Fortuitous Musicality

with Yiota Peklari



Being a percussive dancer means aiming for the groove. Getting into the groove or finding our groove is an undeniable goal and a pure joy when accomplished. So what happens if we forget about it? Yiota has been questioning this subject with her group, in the project LACUNAe. Creating a rhythm-free ambience produces effortless, fortuitous musical co-incidences that allow us to observe our inner flow. Insisting on this idea, situations evolve finding a way to resolve or not.

Best Practices for Capturing your Choreographic Work

with Marlene Millar


This seminar will discuss how to prepare and how to video your work with the intention of using it as promotional or support material for your practice. Practical examples will be presented within an overview of filmmaking rules and guidelines that Marlene Millar has adapted over the years from filming bodies in motion. Tips on angles, lighting, camera movement and considerations for editing will be discussed.

Embodied Practice: Connecting Voice, Movement and



with Sandy Silva


Sandy will teach a short sequence combining a simple vocal phrase composed of three syllables with three percussive movement gestures. The sequence will then be deconstructed, one measure at a time, to explore shifts in dynamic, meter and tempo and how these can reveal and be used to embody individualized psychoacoustic and somatic interpretations.

Communication, negotiation and collaboration

across music and dance

with Nic Gareiss



We've all experienced it. You receive an invitation, rehearse, pack your backpack, iron your costume, and travel to the gig to join some musicians. Whether you are collaborating with your own music and dance ensemble, working with an accompanist, or hopping onstage to with band you've just met at a festival for a spontaneous collaboration, in this seminar, Nic will share strategies and stories around working with fellow sound makers, or as Nic likes to call them, "dancers who hold things." Drawing on his own experience of collaborating with musicians for over 20 years, Nic reframes music and dance collaboration as artistic, corporeal, often transnational #labor. Through this critical lens we can think about our dalliances with musicians as a space to explore solidarity, support, and pleasure, approaching the potential for egalitarian art-making through movement and sound.