Photo credits: Daphne Lejoux Traversy


Nov. 4 to 8, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$65 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $135, non-eligible rate)
$15 drop-ins unless full (or $29, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

In traditional dancing, there is a sense of intention present in the dialogue between the feet and the ground.  Without this resolve, tribal steps can become tainted by a feeling of uncertainty. This vital link, forgotten by modern dance, is fascinating to me, and merits our attention. Though this workshop, I hope that ‘’movers’’ will rediscover bodies that curve, and knees that dare to bend further, tremors and ripples, PowWow dances and movements from Doudoumba… something wild and yet very current.  I propose an experience that explores the essence of movements from West African dance, as well as certain First Nations dances, all within a contemporary approach.  Each class will contain improvisation exercises, the learning of steps and the philosophies of traditional dances, as well as choreographic sequences influenced by both traditional and urban dance. The goal is to immerse participants in a contemporary universe of sweat, rhythm, and history, a space to move while forgetting to think.
And all this, accompanied by the percussion of Mohamed N’diane. Come dance!

A member of the Huron-Wendat nation, Aïcha Bastien N’diaye learned the traditional dances of Guinea while growing up on the Wendake reservation. While instinctively creating a mix of these two strong cultures, her taste for the physicality and expressivity of dancing also led her towards a professional education at the École de danse de Québec. Through this training, Aïcha has developed an interested in choreography, and the vulnerability of an artist on stage. By creating connections between different  styles of dance, she presents traditional material in a refreshing and contemporary manner. Skilled in running and Powerlifting, passionate about writing and psychology, a content producer for the web-series Les Formidable (Radio-Canada), Aïcha views dancing as an ideal medium for the communication and transmission of change and innovation.

What better means to combat ignorance, than by orchestrating a symphony of moving bodies?    

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at To reserve your spot, payment is required 2 weeks before the start of the workshop.

Payments – check, cash, credit card (3% fee) or by Interac transfer (write to for procedures)

Who can benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec?
– Artists or cultural professionals, Canadian citizens or permanent residents living in Montreal
– Foreign workers with a temporary work permit living in Montreal
– Employment Insurance or social assistance recipients are welcome (please notify your agent at Service Canada or MTESS)

– Part-time students

 Who has to pay the full rate?
– People residing outside Montreal
– Full-time or foreign students

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.