Original concept, research and writing: Lys Stevens

Taking the Leap began 20 years ago in 1999, as part of Lys Stevens’s independent study course in the Contemporary Dance program at Concordia. A print edition existed from 2002-2007 and the guide has been online web as of 2009. Taking the Leap is an invaluable resource - constantly adapting to the current ecology and artist's needs. Much thanks to all those who have contributed to it over the years!

v. 2019

Writing and revision: Dorian Nuskind-Oder

Artist focus group: Helen Simard, Anne-Flore de Rochambeau, Camille Lacelle-Wilsey, and Nien-tzu Weng

Additional feedback: Kim-Sanh Châu, Miriam Ginestier, Coralie Muroni, Michael Toppings

French Translation: Mélissa Guay

Website design: Samuel Theriault

Photo Credit: Maxine Segalowitz by Kinga Michalska

Financial Support: Le Conseil des arts de Montréal


v. 2007-2018

 Updates and revisions: Kim-Sanh Châu, Erin Hill, Andrew Tay, Jamie Wright


v. 2002 - 2007

Research and writing: Lys Stevens

Updates: Mélissa Guay, Alain Chevarier

Editing: Jenn Clark, Miriam Ginestier, Paul Caskey

Layout design: Nathalie Fortune

Cover design: Gray Fraser

Financial Support: Emploi Québec (Jeunes Volontaires), Canada Council for the Arts


I would like to acknowledge the support of several people with regards to the writing of this guidebook. Whether it was through a workshop, an interview, or the editing of its many versions, their input was invaluable. I am indebted to the following: Esther Robitaille for revision and support; MC Forté for preliminary translation and editing; Studio 303 staff Miriam Ginestier, Paul Caskey, Mélissa Guay, Alain Chevarier, Lyne Maurier and Shelagh Albert; the Regroupement québécois de la danse staff and their workshop-givers Catherine Caron, Johanne Brunet, Clothilde Cardinal, Pierre Desmarais, Martine Labrie and Caroline Lavoie; the Quebec Drama Federation and Steven Schonn for their workshop on theatre production; Daniel Campeau at Éspaces Émergents for his input and series of artist encounters; Dena Davida at Tangente for revision and input; Jen Soutter for editing and support; my parents Janet Stevens and David Fielding; the artists Suzanne Miller, Julie Duzyk, Héloïse Rémy and Marie-Pascale Bélanger for interviews; Marjolayne Auger for her help with updates, Maxine Heppner for initial encouragement and information and finally, Jorelle Pomé for helping me discover my art. (Lys Stevens, 2007)