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Canada's legendary dancer, teacher, choreographer Peggy Baker is coming to Vancouver Island Nov. 24/ 25 for a series of master classes, sponsored by Dancestreams.  Details soon- registration will open Oct. 15th!
Photo by Aleksandar Atonijevic

WE enjoyed some amazing master classes with Marc Boivin of Montreal!  Everyone was WOW'd!!!  Nothing short of fantastic!

A generous and prolific dancer whose career has spanned nearly 25 years, Marc Boivin has worked and performed in Quebec, Canada and abroad. The evocative power of his numerous appearances on stage has been repeatedly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. He began his career in 1982 with Ottawaʼs Groupe de la Place Royale, under the direction of Peter Boneham, and has since lent his interpretive qualities to many choreographers and projects. He joined O Vertigo, under choreographer Ginette Laurin, in 1985, participating in the companyʼs earliest creations and in several tours in Canada, the United States and Europe. He began to work as a freelance ar t i s t in 1991. Many renowned choreographers such as Louise Bédard, Sylvain Émard, André Gingras, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Dominique Porte, James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Felix Ruckert and Catherine Tardif have since solicited his talent and skill as a dancer for their works. Over the years, Boivin has also taken part in numerous improvisation projects, which have proven to be determining influences in the artistʼs trajectory. Indeed, these experiences have inspired his own passion for choreographic creation and shaped the quality of imagination that he brings to his pieces. In 1999, Marc Boivin was awarded the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts and in 2014 the Dora Mavor Moore Award for WOULD, by Mélanie Demers.

In parallel with his work as a dancer, Boivin has pursued a very active teaching career since 1987, when he joined the professorial staff at LʼÉcole de danse contemporaine de Montréal. His pedagogic approach is infused with the same passion that he brings to interpretation, and he is regularly called upon to teach and choreograph in professional schools and universities across Canada. Noteworthy are his passages in Vancouver, at the University of Calgary and in many EDAM workshops, where he teaches interpretation, improvisation and technique as well as offering individual coaching.

While Marc Boivin has long evolved as a performer, giving shape and meaning to the languages of different choreographers, he has also developed a marked interest for creation. Between 2004 and 2008, he created solos for two professional dancers, respectively To Somewhere else for Jolene Bailie (Winnipeg) and Between here and now for Jennifer Dallas (Toronto), as well as the group piece Fragments, for Code Universel in Quebec City. In 2007, Marc Boivin created R.A.F.T. 70, an improvisational project for Andrew Harwood’s AH HA Productions. This experience showed him the creative potential that could exist between the realms of choreography and guided improvisation. After that, in 2008, the creation of his first solo Impact began to take shape. This was followed by The Fictions Project, which included the pieces Withrow Park for Duskdances and Chroma key for firstthingsfirst productions.

In the spring of 2010, he created X/Y for the students of LADMMI in collaboration with the music school at the Université de Montréal. Work on X/Y led to a desire to deepen his exploration of the relationship and dialogue that is possible between the human body and music. The further exploration of his creative relationship to music is at the heart of his close collaboration with the contemporary composer, Ana Sokolovic and the Quatuor Bozzini. The premiere of this work Une idée sinon vraie… has been presented in October 2012.

Marc Boivin is highly involved in the contemporary dance milieu, and has played an influential role in its emancipation on the larger art scene. He is President of Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault since 2005, and was a member of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal from 2006 to 2010 and RQD president from 2010 to 2014.

Canadian Legends Master Class Series- Kenny Pearl
ONE Day Only!
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo
11 am - 1 pm - Age 13+
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm- Age 16+, with experience

Kenny Pearl began training in dance in Toronto at eighteen with David Earle and Patricia Beatty, and at the National Ballet School. He moved to New York City in  after graduating from the University of Toronto with a BA in English literature. He lived there for 13 years, dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has taught often in New York at the schools of the Graham and Ailey companies, and at the Juilliard School of Music. Back in Toronto, after a season with the Stratford Theatre Festival (1981), he was artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre (1983 – 1987). He taught for 15 years at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and has been at Ryerson University since 2002.


Kenny has been a frequent guest teacher in Vancouver, Quebec City, Montreal, and Mexico City. He has been a rehearsal director for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (2007-2012), and, since 2009, has organized bi-annual workshops for emerging artists. He has directed Toronto’s GMD, a professional dance class, since January 2011. In 1990, Kenny wrote Dance/Life, a book which offers support to emerging dance artists. In 2015 his book, The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir, about his 13-year stay in New York City was released.


Our auditions have closed & we are thrilled to work with another fabulous group of dancers!  We are so excited to begin our new season.  We'll be working with Julianne Chapple, Constance Cooke, Gioconda Barbuto from Montreal, Alison Denham- and we're not finished yet!! 

Legendary dancer/ teacher Kenny Pearl is coming to us in October.  Marc Boivin from Montreal is coming in the spring and Peggy Baker is coming next fall (2018).  Missed the auditions?  Contact the artistic director to see if there are any opportunities for you.



Dancestreams is thrilled to announce that a very generous grant from the BC Arts Council and Province of British Columbia will enable us to commission a wide variety of new works over the next two years, and to offer master classes with some of Canada's most distinguished artists, including Peggy Baker, Kenny Pearl & Marc Boivin!







Each year Dancestreams offers a variety of school and public presentations and activities.

School Shows

          -Informal and informative performances in a lecture demonstration format, featuring works from the Company’s            current repertoire, demonstrations of various styles of dance and an audience question and answer period. Suitable for all grades.

            -A unique and engaging participatory program combining performance and mini-workshops led by Company members.   Suitable for Grades 4 to 7

            -School shows require a clear space of approximately 20’x30’, non-carpeted, with changing facilities close by. Dancers cannot perform on cement surfaces.   A sound system capable of  playing CD's or ipod is required, unless previous arrangements have been made for the company to transport equipment. 

Community Events

            -Dancestreams participates annually in  service organization sponsored community events and activities

Annual Spring Tour

            -A four to five week performance tour throughout mid Vancouver Island, featuring a full evening program of the Company’s most popular and exciting dance works.

Dance Odyssey

            -An annual showcase of talent sponsored by Dancestreams, featuring guest artists from dance schools throughout the central Vancouver Island region.  The performance takes place at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre.  Dancers are invited to join  in master classes during the day.

Master Classes

            -Dancers from communities throughout the central Island region are welcome to attend master classes with guest teachers.  The Company has been fortunate to welcome such professionals as: Serge Bennathan, Tiffany Tregarthen, Heather Laura Gray, Monica Proenca, Judith Garay, Wen-Wei Wang, Suzanne Toumine, Edmond Kilpatrick, Malcolm Low, Artemis Gordon, Sarah Brewer, Marthe Leonard, Day Helesic, Marquita Lester, Bev Aitchison and many others.