The School of Dance

Merrilee Hodgins A.R.A.D., Artistic Director

A Day in the Life

The School of Dance A Day in the Life

Photo: Nicola Fridgen

A Day in the Life of a
Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme Student


Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm

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Join us in a Professional Development Day to learn more about our Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme. Find out firsthand what it is like to be a CDP student. Meet graduates, now dancers. Work with choreographers. Ask questions. Talk with Programme Director, Sylvie Desrosiers.

9:00-9:15amWelcome to The School of DanceLearn about the Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme - our history, our objectives, our vision
9:15-10:30amContemporary Dance Technique ClassParticipate in a Contemporary Dance Technique Class taught by Programme Director Sylvie Desrosiers
10:45am-12:00pmBallet Technique ClassParticipate in a Ballet class taught by Faculty member Chisato Horikawa
12:45-1:15pmPerformanceWatch “We’re good” choreographed by Jocelyn Todd, performed by Rosalie Paquette and Milie Veronneau
1:15-2:00pmRepertoireLearn repertoire work created for the CDP students by guest choreographers Emmanuelle Lê Phan (“Every Trump and Trill”) and Jocelyn Todd (“We’re good”), taught by Jocelyn Todd and the CDP students
2:15-3:00pmFloor Work TechniqueLearn Floor Work Technique with teacher Alya Graham
3:00-3:45pmRepertoireTaught by Alya Graham, learn repertoire from the piece “Submergé de pétales d’acier” choreographed by Sylvie Desrosiers for DORSALE danse and from the piece “Empty Space Empty Time” choreographed by Yvonne Coutts for Compagnie ODD
3:45-4:00pmWrap-upParticipate in a discussion with Sylvie Desrosiers and the CDP students – a chance to ask your questions!

Une journée dans la vie

Une journée dans la vie d’étudiant
du Programme de diplôme en danse contemporaine

On t’invite pour une journée amusante et remplie de danse!

Lundi le 6 février 2023 de 9 h 00 à 16 h 00

The School of Dance
200 rue Crichton
Ottawa, K1M 1W2

Sois des nôtres pour une journée de développement professionnel qui te permettra de mieux connaître le Programme de diplôme en danse contemporaine. Fais l’expérience des cours que nous offrons. Rencontre des gradués, maintenant artistes professionnels. Travaille avec les chorégraphes. Pose des questions. Discute avec la directrice du Programme, Sylvie Desrosiers.

9 h 00 - 9 h 15Bienvenue à The School of Dance Prends connaissance du Programme de diplôme en danse contemporaine - notre histoire - notre vision - nos objectifs - notre curriculum.
9 h 15 - 10 h 30Classe technique de danse contemporaineParticipe à une classe de danse contemporaine enseignée par Sylvie Desrosiers, directrice du programme.
10 h 30 - 10 h 45Break
10 h 45 - 12 h 00Classe de balletParticipe à une classe de ballet enseignée par Lisa Brooks
12 h 00 - 12 h 45Dîner
12 h 45 - 13 h 00PerformanceRegarde un extrait d’une pièce de répertoire dansé par Rosalie Paquette et Milie Véronneau
13 h 00 – 14 h 00RépertoireApprends du répertoire de pièces créées pour les étudiants du Programme par les chorégraphes invités Emmanuelle Lê Phan (“Every Trump and Trill”) et Jocelyn Todd (“We’re good”).
14 h 00 -14 h 15Pause
14 h 15 – 15 h 00Technique travail au solApprends de la technique de travail au sol enseigné par Alya Graham
15 h 00 – 15 h 45RépertoireAussi enseigné par Alya Graham, apprends du répertoire de la chorégraphie “Submergé de pétales d’acier” créer par Sylvie Desrosiers pour la compagnie DORSALE danse et de la chorégraphie “Empty Space Empty Time” créer par Yvonne Coutts pour la Compagnie ODD.
15 h 45 – 16 h 00ConclusionEntretiens avec Sylvie Desrosiers et les étudiants du CDP – la foire aux questions !

Pour t’inscrire sans frais à cette journée, communique avec :
Programme Director Sylvie Desrosiers e-mail/courriel:
The School of Dance



Morning Contemporary class and afternoon classes – dance pants/shorts/leggings/tights, dance top/leotard/t-shirt, socks; long hair secured off the face and neck.

Ballet class – leotard/form fitting top, tights/unitard, ballet slippers; long hair secured off the face and neck.

Please bring a water bottle and a packed lunch; no nuts or peanuts.

Please note that we require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in in-person classes at The School of Dance. We also require that everyone wear a mask to enter the building and during classes.


The School of Dance is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. Our 3-year post-secondary Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme is approved as a vocational training program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. In addition, our Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme also offers a joint diploma degree with York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours B.F.A.) in Dance.


Sylvie Desrosiers, B.V.A., C. Ed., is the Programme Director of The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme and the Artistic Director of the Gatineau-based company DORSALE danse. Ms. Desrosiers has extensive experience in the conception and the delivery of movement courses, dance classes and workshops in schools, colleges and universities and has been a guest choreographer in many performing arts schools. She has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education on the development of the grade 9-12 dance curriculum. She is the 2011 award winner of the Prix pour la création artistique du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec pour la région de l’Outaouais and the 2017 recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council Victor Tolgesy Award.

Chisato Horikawa, LCSC-CICB, MA (in Dance Education), began her ballet training in her hometown of Nara, Japan and moved to Canada to continue her studies in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Teacher Training Program, where she graduated with distinction. After moving to Ottawa and joining The School of Dance faculty, Chisato successfully pursued her Licentiate teacher qualification with Cecchetti Canada, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education through the University of Bath, England, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance. Chisato also holds the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma.

Yvonne Coutts is the Artistic Director of Ottawa Dance Directive and resident choreographer of Compagnie ODD. Her new works for the company have been featured at numerous national festivals and for many local events and performances. As an independent, she received the Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award and the commissioned work toured Europe, Asia, and the USA. Yvonne was a company member of Le Groupe Dance Lab for a decade and associate director for several seasons. Yvonne Coutts is the 2015 recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award. In 2021, Yvonne was nominated for the Eldred Family Dance Award through the Ontario Arts Foundation, administered by the Ontario Arts Council.

Alya Graham, Yukon born dance artist and choreographer, graduated from The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme in 2014 and is currently a company member at Ottawa Dance Directive and DORSALE danse. She has worked for numerous other Canadian choreographers including Caroline Barrière, Jocelyn Todd, Marissa Wong, Amelia Griffin, Meagan O’Shea (Stand Up Dance), Charles Cardin-Bourbeau, Allison Burns, and Cathy Kyle-Fenton.

Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Québeco-vietnamese and raised in Ottawa, is a B-girl known as Cleopatra and co-founder of Montréal dance company Tentacle Tribe. Upon completing a BFA in contemporary dance at Concordia University in 2003, Emmanuelle has forged for herself a singular career path intermingling breaking, contemporary dance and circus performances. Today Emmanuelle is fully dedicated to Tentacle Tribe as artistic director and administrative manager.

Jocelyn Todd is a multi-disciplinary artist currently working in Ottawa. After graduating from the Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme at The School of Dance, she moved to London, England where she participated in artistic research at the iconic Barbican Centre, created and presented in collaboration with Huddersfield University and participated in the Suffolk High Tide Festival with Sounding Motion. As a choreographer, Jocelyn has presented various works in England and Canada, including several short dance films.

To register for our Day in the Life of a CDP Student please contact
Programme Director Sylvie Desrosiers e-mail/courriel:
or The School of Dance