2022-23 SEASON

In 2022-23, we’re going back to regular class sizes, with an evolving health protocol and an emphasis on collaboration. Our workshops are held in the studio.

Participant agreement: We’re counting on your cooperation to help us mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure everyone feels as safe and comfortable as possible. Please read the workshop participant agreement here >

Registration: Advance registration is required for all workshops through our online registration platform. Credit card is our main payment method – if you’re unable to pay by credit card please contact Dom >

Accessibility: Each workshop description includes a short note from the teacher to better communicate the level of accessibility. General accessibility info available here > 

Workshop Bursary: Partial or full bursaries are available to marginalized artists. More information here >

Which rate to pay: For most of our workshops, there is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Services Quebec. To know the criteria of Services Québec. More information here >

BE HEINTZMAN HOPE –Stripper Gollum: everything is in a state of flux

May 15 to 19, 2023 — 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate: 70$ with Services Québec support / 175$ regular rate
*Drop-in class rate: 22$ with Service Québec / 37$ if non-eligible (Monday and/or Tuesday only)
Language of instruction: English
Questions can be asked in: French and German
Capacity: 23 people  priority for full week attendance

Open to artists of all disciplines
Sex workers are welcome to use the workshop bursary to register, without having to justify their choice.


*Drop-ins welcome Monday and/or Tuesday only. Payment by credit card or e-transfer on site the morning of, if capacity allows (no reservations).

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!

This workshop plays with socialized notions of sexiness + the buddhist concept of the hungry ghost. Stripper Gollum serves as a mutable figure grappling with their feelings of emptiness, longings and the longings others have of them – in order to develop a compassionate humour towards both inner and outer hauntings.

This research asks: Is it possible that we may need to (be more gentle with?)  move away from fixing “broken” parts of ourselves and instead embrace the inherent complexity of our many selves? If being whole doesn’t mean being consistent or predictable…can we embrace the complexity and diversity of our inner worlds, and recognize that everything is in a state of flux!?


The hungry ghost in eastern buddhism represents the insatiable hunger alive in people often associated with craving and addiction. It is represented most popularly by the spirit character “no face” in the Hayao Miyazaki movie Spirited Away and is a focal point in Gabor Maté’s book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. The hungry ghost can also be found in the Gollum/Sméagul character of J.R.R. Tolkein’s novel, The Hobbit and it’s sequel The Lord of the Rings.  


Stripping has roots in many dancing cultures including the ballet, as an exchange between dancer and patron. It is a form of sex work intertwined with complex power dynamics, stigma, secrecy, self-employment, unstable employment, underground economy, the purchasing of pleasure, charm industry and so much more. It’s important to note that this form of indoor sex work sits on a different part of the safety spectrum than outdoor and survival sex work- even if there may be overlap between the two.

5 DAYS, 2.5 HOURS:

This workshop will begin with a work-out that draws from qigong, physiotherapy and wxmb cxre – a practice in breath, voice and movement to warm the body from the inside out. Participants will experience a spine, breath, and voice tuning that extends towards the limbs with a high level of physicality before diving into state based improvisations. 

The research aspect of this workshop plays with the myth of personality and contradiction. We will deep dive into state based research and turn it into a few repeatable movements before creating a group choreography that playfully dances the hypocrisy of human experience. Be prepared to sweat!…and travel through time on your somatic journey as we explore different aspects of the self.

I invite people to be mindful when playing with these movements. I encourage working at the “resilient edge of resistance” – a term named by Chester Mainard. This term was formed in the context of erotic massage to describe a touch that isn’t too hard and isn’t too soft. How can we apply this term as a way of exploring movement? I’m not sure about you, but I imagine it in a way that balances pushing one’s limits while taking care in the social context of a workshop. Take what you need and leave the rest.

Moving between sound and performance, Be Heintzman Hope is a facilitator of music, dance and embodiment ritual based between Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang, colonially known as Montréal and the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (musquem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Wateuth) peoples. 

Their practice bridges dance training with conflict resolution, healing and community arts. They hold workshops in transitional spaces, dance institutions, universities, DIY contexts and festivals that center queer, trans, racialized bodies and sex workers — offering meditation, singing and dance as medicines to those on the front lines of their healing journeys. 

ONLINE: AIMEE LOUW ET SEELEY QUEST (MTL) — #Queer Disabled Joy (an improvisation and dance experiment)

Feb. 7, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
Facilitated by seeley quest (sie/hir) + Aimee Louw (she/her)

Included in the QPC pass. Buy your pass here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/billets-queer-performance-camp-2021-138363828937

CONTENT // A two hour workshop of a participatory relay game, especially for disabled-identified folks, but also non disabled queer friends and allies.

Sharing playful queer possibilities, crips can build joy across virtual space and mixed mediums.  Using a projector and extra webcam, participants can get views of our joy projected on a large scale.

Attendees take turns sharing prompts:  propose a dance move, a line of drawing, writing, orating, singing, and everyone’s invited to follow along in your own ways.

Respecting consent, we invite you to participate interactively:  try mirroring gestures, contributing phrases for an exquisite corpse, and physically expressing yourself with what inspires your body-minds for a group posi vibe.  This play-time session has Music by disabled artists, captioning, and traduction en Francais if needed.  Disabled folks and buddies near and far are welcome!

Contact us for any questions or to receive a welcome adapted to your needs. 

BIO // seeley quest is a trans disabled performer, facilitator, writer and environmentalist.  Working primarily in literary and body-based composition, and curation, sie presented with the Sins Invalid project 2007-15, and has toured to Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and many US cities.  Find hir via email at https://questletters.substack.com

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

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


To attend one of these classes, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. You must notify Studio 303 if you test positive for COVID-19 after having visited Studio 303.

Preparing to come to the studio
– Mask-wearing. Studio 303 is an indoor, public space. Wearing a mask is required. You may exceptionally remove your mask during physical activity if you maintain a distance of 2 metres from others.
– Clothing. If possible, arrive in comfortable clothing for movement, as our dressing room is small and poorly ventilated. There are designated areas along the studio wall for your belongings.
– Registration and payment should be completed in advance if possible. 

– Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
– Please disinfect your hands upon arrival.
– Find a spot in the space 2 metres away from the others, and relax!

During the workshop
– Take breaks when you need them (rather than in a group).
– Avoid touching curtains, windows, switches, doors – please let the teacher do it.
– Don’t hesitate to share any concerns or discomfort you may feel.

Navigating comfort zones We recommend a maximum capacity of 15 people. Some classes may welcome up to 20 participants, if there is little movement in space.

Please try your best to maintain a distance of 2 meters from the others. We realize this may be frustrating, but bear in mind that each individual has a different level of comfort and this needs to be honoured. Some questions to ask yourself:
– What is my comfort level in relation to physical distancing in the studio? In general? Today?
– Do I need more information about the content of the workshop?
– Am I comfortable being surprised by the teacher’s proposals?
– Do I need to get to know the participants in order to feel comfortable moving with them?
– What conversations am I willing to have with the workshop group?

Please read Studio 303’s COVID-19 Protocol, for more details about studio cleaning and our special measures.


Fall: September 16th to December 16th, 2020 (14 classes)
Wednesday 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Payment by e-transfer recommended
rameezkarimdance@gmail.com /
English teacher

CONTENT // Dive into the magical world of Bollywood! This mystical dance form exercises coordination, expression, stamina and fun. From its roots stemming from Indian classical dances (bharatanatyam and kathak) to different provincial, folk dances from around India, Bollywood is one of the few dance forms that is constantly evolving & drawing new inspirations from movement influencers within the industry. This class will allow you explore the basic elements of Bollywood dance including body isolations, hand gestures (mudras), flow, footwork and theatrics. With over 20 years of experience from different influential industry and non-industry choreographers, Rameez Karim has developed his own interpretation of Bollywood dance that ranges from more traditional filmi to spectacular fusion numbers. His compositions constantly challenge different movements, their qualities and execution. Let’s go to the colourful land of Bollywood!

BIO // Rameez Karim is a queer, Montreal-based multi-dance genre choreographer, instructor and performer. He is the former Assistant Director of Bollywood Blast. He has learned from renowned Bollywood choreographers Saroj Khan, Shampa Gopikrishna and Baba Yadav. He has also learned from celebrity choreographers in Western styles of dance including Pavan Thimmaiah, Mark Samuels & Paul Becker. Rameez has worked for/ with artists such as Marc Dupré, Mia Martina, The Bilz & Kashif, Priyanka Chopra, Diljit Dosanj and Jassi Sidhu. On screen, Rameez has appeared in numerous music videos and films including “Ho Gayi Talli” from the Bollywood film Super Singh (2017) which has over 29 million views on YouTube. Rameez has choreographed and performed for some of Montreal’s largest festivals including Acces Asie, Taste of the Caribbean and Canada Pride. His work has been presented locally and internationally in Lisbon, Dubai, Mexico and New York City and across Canada.

On June 9, 2019 Rameez launched his new troupe, Veils of Bollywood, at the 15th Annual Choreographer’s Ball in Toronto, Canada. Rameez’s extensive exposure to different styles of movement has allowed him to create using a vast palette rich in many forms of cultural expression. Being part of the Ismaili Muslim community, he incorporates elements of spirituality and enlightenment into his work. His most recent training in contemporary dance with Stéphanie Decourteille has allowed him to further explore another realm of movement. Rameez continues to develop his own style using his diverse life experience and everyday inspirations. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal with a major in Contemporary Dance specializing in Creation & Choreography.




Evening classes are open to all levels, and it’s possible to drop-in without registering in advance.

Registration is done directly with the teachers, please contact them if you need additional information.

Come try the classes! Free classes at the beginning of the sessions:
Saturday, September 12, 2020 / Saturday, January 9, 2021 / Saturday, April 4, 2021