Alisia Pobega was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She completed her dance training in Montréal at L’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec. In 2000, under the direction of Gradimir Pankov, Alisia joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2002, she was promoted to demi-soloist. Dancing over 12 years with Les Grands Ballets, Alisia performed in ballets by Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Didy Veldman, Stijn Celis, Kim Brandstrup, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Fernand Nault, Antony Tudor, Michel Fokine, Peter Quanz, Stephan Thoss, Marco Goecke, Christian Spuck, Mauro Bigonzetti and Mats Ek.
She has also appeared in several dance films, Vivaldi: Le Violon Magique and Puccini: La Fin de la Voix (produced by Ciné Qua Non Média), Liberamæ (directed by Marie-Christine Letourneux) and BERTH (produced and directed by Louis-Martin Charest). She is currently working as an independent artist and in December 2012, danced the roles of Sugar Plum, Snow Queen and Arabian in Ballet Ouest’s Nutcracker. She was last seen performing on stage in Andrew Skeel’s “Remembering Giovanni” in Montréal’s Quartiers Danses festival. Most recently, she worked with Andrew Skeels again in the creation of “On the Path Toward Home”.
Alisia, along with her husband Louis-Martin Charest, now share the artistic directorship of the dance/film company LIBERAMÆ performance & films. Their latest projects include a short dance film, “To Build A Home” and the development of a series of workshops: Presence and Interpretation Method For Dancers. The company spent the summer of 2015 researching and creating for a future dance film entitled, “Port Hope”.
Now a mother of two busy girls, she teaches her method of presence and interpretation, classical ballet and creative movement to children and young dancers in hopes to inspire the love of the arts and movement at an early age.
From Red Deer, Alberta, Bailey started artistic gymnastics at an early age, later switching to rhythmic gymnastics, competing provincially and nationally. She studied modern dance and ballet at York University (Toronto), contemporary dance and choreography at Concordia University (Montreal), and went to the National Circus School (Montreal) specializing in Chinese Pole, contortion, and dance trapeze. Bailey practices parkour, acrobatics and handstands, and is also influenced by breaking and capoeira. Bailey is a performer and choreographer of contemporary dance and circus, who loves giraffes and the colour purple.
Brittney Canda Gering began dancing at the age of 2. She trained competitively in Calgary, Alberta, where she completed the A.D.A.P.T Jazz and Tap Syllabus’, and R.A.D Ballet Graded, and Vocational Syllabuses with Distinction. She moved to Montreal to pursue a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University.
Since graduation, Brittney has worked as a contemporary dancer, choreographer, performance artist, and teacher in Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary. Her own choreographic work has been presented in Festival Bouge d’ici, The Fringe Festival. Nuit Blanche, the Choreographer’s Ball, Sabstock, and Cinedanse. She has collaborated with musicians, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Jon Davis, Calum Graham, and Paul Murphy on choreographic work for video and stage. Bio coming soon
Charlotte Huebner is passionate about the great outdoors. She enjoys yoga, trail running, cross-country skiing, but above all adventures! Charlotte first started dancing at Les Ateliers Turcotte at age 4. She then went on to join the danse-études program at Ballet Divertimento from which she graduated in 2015.
Charlotte attended several summer dance intensives notably the French Academie of Ballet’s intensive led by Francois Perron and the School of Alberta Ballet’s program. She also performed as an oriental for two years in the Grands-Ballets Canadiens’ Nutcracker production. She is delighted to be teaching at Les Ateliers Turcottes, a studio that emphasizes the love and joy of dancing above anything else.
Cory’s professional ballet training as a dancer began at a young age with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and then at Toronto Dance Theatre.
Cory began teaching ballet as a teenager in Les Grands Ballet’s professional training school. She continued teaching contemporary ballet and modern dance at universities and schools throughout Montreal while pursuing a career as a professional contemporary dancer with a variety of companies and established choreographers.
In addition to teaching dance, Cory is also a certified yoga instructor.
Cory brings to her dance classes a love for movement and a desire to inspire a feeling of freedom in the body – freedom in the body to bring a sense of freedom to the mind and spirit.
Emma June Huebner finds ways to make art no matter what medium. She is not only a dancer but also a very active singer-songwriter and videographer (www.emmajune.ca). Les Ateliers Turcotte was her first dance studio and she is happy to be giving back to the place where she developed a curiosity and a passion for the arts. Emma is currently studying Art History and Communications at McGill University.
Holly Greco is a collaborative dance/theatre performer, originally hailing from Toronto, now based in Montreal. Her training in her younger years includes a successful competitive dance run in jazz ballet, musical theatre, tap etc., leading her to an opportunity to perform for Team Canada at the Canadian Showdance Competition. She has worked in the Montreal dance scene for ten years as a performer, choreographer, writer, rehearsal director and stage manager. She has collaborated on projects shown in Montreal, Toronto, and Alberta, in festivals such as Just for Laughs, the Fringe Festival and Off Festival TransAmerique. Her love of teaching and jazz style dance led her to LAT in 2007, and loves being a part of the teams for all these years!
Li Ming Parise has been dancing since the as of 9 at Les Ateliers Turcotte. This studio has been her home since then. In the spring of 2016 Li Ming will have finished her bachelors in contemporary dance at Concordia University. She has spent the last 4 years exploring herself as an artist in 3 main facets: dance, print media and fibers/textiles. She hopes to blend these medias in her future work as a dancer.
Majiza Philip is a mentor, teacher, performer, choreographer, leader, tap dancer and businesswoman. She gives her 100% in all that she does. Her childhood life path and choice of careers have brought to fruition many talents. Majiza is a home grown talent hailing from from the historical black community of Little Burgundy .She is the grandaughter of Montreal’s very own legendary rhythm tap queen from Harlem, Ethel Bruneau.
Majiza began her dance training at the tender age of 3 under the strict eye of her grandmother and later actor Don Jordan. Majiza’s enthusiasm and dedication made her an outstanding student. Among her early accomplishments she was chosen along with her sister by Gregory Charles to perform at the Governor Generals awards becoming the first black minors on this annual Canadian television event, as well as performing at the 1998 Festival de Jazz with the Vic Vogel big band. Following this she was a featured talent on Natalie Simards Emmision Decibel. Since she emerged as a performing artist Majiza maintained an emphasis on her education, graduating Valedictorian of the St. Pius culinary arts school in 2009. She has since been the Choreographer for Children’s musical theatre at the Segal Centre from 2009-2013.
Majiza is now teaching tap at Cameron school of dance, Sport Études dance program at ecole secondaire Massey-Vanier in Cowansville as well as various elementary schools on the island of montreal. She also makes time for class at her grandmother’s school in Dorval. More recently Majiza has become an advocate against police brutality after being assaulted by Montreal police force which resulted in her arm being fractured. Aside from her many talents Majiza has a passion for comedy, poetry and traveling. She is currently preparing to open up her own comfort food restaurant in April.