Summer Choreographic Lab

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Call for Dancers

Dance Victoria is seeking two advanced Victoria-based dancers and two apprentices to participate in its third annual Choreographic Lab from July 22 through August 3, 2019. The two selected dancers will join four Vancouver-based dancers for the duration of the Choreographic Lab.

Audition Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Dance Victoria Studios, 2750 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4E8

Pre-registration is required. Please email a recent headshot and CV detailing education and performance experience by Friday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. to

The intention of the Choreographic Lab is to provide professional development for emerging choreographers and dancers, gaining from new skills and experiences in an intensive, rigorous program. Dancers will emerge from the Lab with new insights and abilities enabling them to be responsive to the choreographic development process.

Dancers will be paid a total flat fee of $1,000. The two apprentice positions are unpaid.
For more information, please contact or call 250-595-1829.

Why have a Choreographic Lab?

Through this process, Dance Victoria is interested in identifying new voices (choreographers, interpreters). This project:

  • Contributes to the development of emerging BC artists
  • Has the potential to assist Dance Victoria in identifying artists that it will continue to support through residencies and potential commissions
  • Will expose Victoria-based dance artists to visiting artists, through the daily technique class, as participants in the workshops and as auditors of the process
  • Builds audience engagement increasing appreciation for the art form

What is a Choreographic Lab?

Dance Victoria has engaged choreographers Justine A. Chambers and Susan Elliott as Artistic Directors to lead a two-week intensive for three emerging choreographers and six pre-professional dancers from July 22 to August 3, 2019.

Chambers and Elliott will mentor three choreographers that have participated in previous Labs at Dance Victoria: Victoria-based choreographers Kelly Hobson and Angela Mousseau and Vancouver’s Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien. Many of the dancers from previous labs will also return to participate in the 2019 Choreographic Lab.

Dance Victoria’s Executive Producer Stephen White wanted to provide an opportunity for these artists to deepen their experience building on the skills and tools they accumulated in their previous experience.

The structure for the lab remains the same. Each day the dancers and choreographers will participate in a morning technique class. At the end of class, Chambers and Elliott will assign a task and the choreographers will spend the afternoon with the dancers generating new material based on the task. At 5:00 pm each day they will share their work with the group for feedback. There will be a public showing of these new works on Saturday August 3, 2019 at Dance Victoria Studios.

Dance Victoria’s Choreographic Lab is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the RBC Foundation, Jawl Bundon LLP and D’AMBROSIO architecture + urbanism.

2018-19 Summer Choreographic Lab sponsors

Kelly Hobson

Kelly Hobson (Choreographer)

Originally from Vancouver BC, Kelly is a dance artist, choreographer, teacher, actor and musician with credits that include Action Review Atomic Vaudeville, Harpo Marx Animal Crackers Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, ROMP!, Bounce Dance Cabaret and nine years as a performer and choreographer for the Atomic Vaudeville Cabaret. In 2015 Kelly stepped into her role as Artistic Director of the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance. In the fall of 2017 she founded the contemporary dance company, Dance Berserker Dance with whom she presented her first full length work in May 2018. Kelly is honored to be participating in the second season of Dance Victoria’s Choreographic Lab.

Angela Mousseau

Angela Mousseau (Choreographer)

Angela Mousseau is a 2002 graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she majored in modern dance focusing on Horton, Limon and Taylor techniques. At University of the Arts, she studied with directors, choreographers and dancers from The Paul Taylor Company, The Limon Company, PHILADANCO, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, Momix and many others. Angela has performed in Philadelphia and New York Fringe Festivals, at the National Dance Day in Philadelphia, and with The Next Stage Project (directed by Jana Hicks) and AKRNYM Dance Company in New York City. She also appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Gardens, NYC in 2003.
Angela’s choreography has been commissioned by studios and companies across the United States and Canada. Many of her students have gone on to study at The National Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program, Alvin Ailey, Lines Ballet in San Francisco and The University of the Arts. Angela is currently on faculty at Dansko Studios, Boston Dance Collective, Westcoast Performing Arts Academy, the Victoria Academy of Ballet, and is the resident choreographer of Convergence Contemporary Ballet. In 2017 she was one of 3 choreographers selected to participate in Dance Victoria's inaugural Choreographic Lab directed by Wen Wei Wang.

Mahaila Patterson O'Brien

Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien (Choreographer)

Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien is an emerging choreographer in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BFA (Hons.) in Dance from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and studied at the School for Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, MB, and at The University of Winnipeg. During her time at SFU, she performed in works by Crystal Pite, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Santa Aloi, Rob Kitsos and Katie DeVries among others. Patterson- O’Brien participated in Dance Victoria’s inaugural Summer Choreographic Lab in 2017 under the mentorship of Wen Wei Wang. Her choreography often revolves around abstract gestures and uses projections.

2017 Inaugural Choreographic Lab

Dance Victoria hosted its first Summer Choreographic Lab at Dance Victoria Studios in July 2017. Following two weeks of intensive work and development, the public were invited to see the best work created by the choreographers and dancers.

The 2017 Choreographic Lab choreographers were Ralph Escamillan, Angela Mousseau, and Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien.

The 2017 Choreographic Lab pre-professional dancers were Emily Faris and Seiji Suzuki (Victoria); Isak Enquist, Eowynn Huguet, Avery Smith and Matthew Wyllie (Vancouver); and two apprentices Pearl Edmunds and Luke Wilton (Victoria).



If you have questions about the Summer Choreographic Lab, call Dance Victoria Executive Producer Stephen White at 250.595.1829 or email him at