Summer Choreographic Lab

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 again engaged celebrated choreographer Wen Wei Wang as Artistic Director to lead a two-week intensive for three emerging choreographers and six pre-professional dancers from July 16 to 28, 2018. All positions are paid, plus two apprentice positions.

Wang will work with three choreographers who will be selected through a proposal process and reviewed by an independent committee. The choreographers will create new works on dancers selected through auditions in Vancouver and Victoria.

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.


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Paula Cobo Botello

Paula Cobo Botello

Paula was born in Mexico City. At the age of fifteen, she moved to Canada to train with Victoria Academy of Ballet. She is currently undergoing her first year of the Post-Secondary Bridge Program at VAB. She has taken part in competitions and performances locally and around the province as well as having the opportunity to work with many guest teachers and choreographers.

Adrian de Leeuw

Adrian de Leeuw

Adrian is 19 years old and currently completing his first year of the Alonzo King Lines Ballet full-time training program. Attending this program is one of his long held dreams. Before that Adrian trained at the Victoria Academy of Ballet and at Newcastle Ballet Theatre (Australia). His goal is to be a contemporary dancer and choreographer.

Isak Enquist

Isak Enquist

Raised in rural British Columbia, Isak began formal training in Shotokan Karate. He began dance education at Simon Fraser University, before joining with Modus Operandi. During his education, Isak has worked with choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang, Company 605 and Vanessa Goodman. Most recently, he performed with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre on an international tour in 2017.

Eowynn Huguet

Eowynn Huguet

Eowynn is a contemporary dance artist from Vancouver, BC. She is continually grateful and inspired by the community of movement artists that have surrounded her journey thus far.
“As an emerging dance artist, I have experienced a glimpse of this magical world; poetry beyond words, experience without measure, and connection beyond reason.” –Eowynn Enquist

Daria Mikhaylyuk

Daria Mikhaylyuk

Daria is currently a student at Modus Operandi Contemporary dance program. During her training, Daria got an opportunity to work with/perform creations by David Raymond, Karissa Barry, Vanessa Goodman, Company 605, Kate Franklin, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro and Shay Kuebler. Daria also dances with Wen Wei Dance, MascallDance and collaborates with 'Very Deep and Meaningful Company'.

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Julia Sloan

For the past three years Julia has trained full-time in the Victoria Academy of Ballet’s Professional Training Program. At the age of seventeen, Julia is a three time Vancouver Island provincial representative for contemporary dance. In 2017, won the Contemporary Rose Bowl and Contemporary Dance Bowl for her own choreography, "This place was a shelter".

Pearl Edmunds

Pearl Edmunds (Apprentice)

Pearl is seventeen years old. She has completed most of her training at Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts with Dana Fry Blanco and Angela Mousseau. In the future, she has hopes to be training with SEAD in Austria. She is very thankful for the many opportunities she has had throughout her training like completing Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal and she is honoured to be a part of Dance Victoria’s Choreographic Lab for the second time.

Joshua Hidson

Joshua Hidson (Apprentice)

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Joshua Hidson moved to Victoria at the age of 17 to further his education at the Victoria Academy of Ballet. Here he is currently pursuing a 2 Year, Post Secondary Diploma in Classical Ballet through the Bridge Professional Training Program. Joshua is very excited to be apprenticing under the direction of Wen Wei Wang in the 2018 Dance Victoria Choreographic Lab.

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