Summer Choreographic Lab

Read about the 2018 choreographers and dancers below

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. There will be a public showing of these new works on Saturday July 28.

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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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.

Meredith Kalaman

Meredith Kalaman (Choreographer)

Meredith Kalaman is a Choreographer, Dance Artist and native of Langley, B.C. She received her pre-professional training from the Ballet BC Mentor Program and since then has danced for the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Dancers Dancing, Judith Marcuse Projects and Movent and performed works by Noam Gagnon, John Ottmann, Kate Franklin, Farley Johansson, Michael Kong, Julie Lebel and Kirsten Wiren. Along with dancing with these companies and artists she has steadily developed her own choreographic vision. This past summer Meredith premiered her first work Internationally in Berlin through the support of the Chrystal Dance Prize from Dance Victoria and partnership with ada Studio. She is thrilled to be a part of this this summer's Choreographic Lab and expand into new possibilities.

Jamie Robinson

Jamie Robinson (Choreographer)

Jamie Robinson is a Vancouver based contemporary dance artist. Jamie has studied at Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond and EDAM under the direction of Peter Bingham. As an independent artist, she has had the pleasure of apprenticing for Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and interpreting works by Justine Chambers. As a student, she has interpreted works by Company 605, Vanessa Goodman, Emmalena Fredrikson, Deanna Peters, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Wen Wei Wang, Rob Kitsos, and many others. She has performed in festivals and events such as FUSE, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Allsorts, and The Choreographers Walk. As a choreographer, Jamie has created work that has been performed at Boombox, Hop Bop Shop, Left of Main, Gold Saucer Studio, and Scotiabank Dance Centre. She was recently commissioned by Festival of Recorded Movement for the creation of her short movement based film, “Spaceman’s Word for Irritating Disturbances.”

Paula Cobo Botello

Paula Cobo Botello (Dancer)

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 (Dancer)

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.

Eowynn Huguet

Eowynn Enquist (Dancer)

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

Isak Enquist

Isak Enquist (Dancer)

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.

Daria Mikhaylyuk

Daria Mikhaylyuk (Dancer)

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 (Dancer)

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".

Matthew Wyllie

Matthew Wyllie (Dancer)

Matthew Wyllie is a 21 year old Contemporary Dancer from Vancouver BC. Matthew is currently enrolled in post-secondary program Modus Operandi where he will graduate from in 2019. Matthew is currently dancing with Mascall Dance and apprenticing with Josh Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY. As a student Matthew has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Company 605, Vanessa Goodman, Out lnnerspace, Emmalena Fredriksson, Shay Kuebler, and many others. As well as dance, Matthew has a big musical background and has been very involved in the Vancouver music scene performing and recording music.

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.

Josh 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