Jasmine Allard is born in a french-manitoban family that exposed her at a young age to the folk and dance culture from Winnipeg and the Prairies. She decided to continue her education at The University of Winnipeg through the School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program. Since graduating from the program in 2014 with a BA Hons. in Dance from the U of W, Jasmine has worked with local and international choreographers such as: Odette Heyn, Constance Cooke and Brent Lott. She has performed with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers since 2015. Jasmine has been given the opportunity to dance alongside Lise McMillan in her work Stage for Loss (2016) and is thankful for being a part of McMillan’s creative and genuine process.
A 2017 graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program, Allison Brooks is excited to be a part of this year’s VERGE. In July, she danced with GPS Collective on a tour to Leon, Mexico, and worked with choreographer Meagan O’Shea in Newfoundland as part of Stand Up Dance: Pop up Dances for the World Dance Alliance Global Summit. She has also worked with Roger Sinha for NAfro’s Moving Inspirations Dance Festival. She will be working with Montreal choreographer Jason Martin as part of WCD’s spring show, and looks forward to working with Company Constance Cooke in 2018.
Janelle Hacault is a professional contemporary dance artist and educator from Winnipeg MB, now based in Montréal, QC. She is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers, trained actor, and holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Winnipeg. She is co-founder of Nova Dance Collective, .6 Ricochet, and co-creator of thedancepost.org, an online dance hub focused on promoting dance education and performance for the professional Manitoba dance community. Her co-company .6 Ricochet has toured to Edmonton, Stratford, and Winnipeg, and her recent collaboration with Montréal artist, ENTITEY/ Jason Martin, entitled Falling toured to Toronto and Winnipeg. This summer she participated in Springboard Danse Montréal, working with Maxine Doyle/Punchdrunk International (choreographer for Sleep No More) and Ryan Mason. Janelle’s most recent choreography was for an original musical by The Mariachi Ghost entitled Rencor Vivo for the Prismatic Arts Festival in Halifax, NS. Her past choreographic works include Overtaken, Lament, and Imprimatur. She is a company dancer for Trip The Light Fantastic (Kyra Jean Green).
A graduate of the Winnipeg School of Contemporary Dancers, Brett Owen is in his third year performing with with WCD. He has performed work by choreographers including Gaile Hiley, Constance Cooke, Janelle Hacault, Brent Lott, Tedd Robinson, Johanna Riley, Darryl, Tracy, Paul-André Fortier and Odette Heyn with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Theatre credits include Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, and Shrek The Musical (Rainbow Stage); A Chorus Line (WSO); The Wizard Of Oz (The Lower Ossington Theatre); Kismet (The Little Opera Company); and Chicago (The Flin Flon Community Choir); TV credits include The L Word and Eureka. Music video credits include Hey Ocean! and These Kids Wear Crowns. His choreography has been presented at The Winnipeg Fringe Festival and in Vancouver at Dancing On The Edge.
Born in the mountains of Lebanon in 1991, Charlie Prince is a dance artist currently based between Europe and Canada. As a performer, Charlie has worked with Ballet BC in Vancouver and Compagnie Alias in Geneva. Since 2015, Charlie has been an associate artist with Maqamat Dance Theatre in Beirut. In 2017, Charlie was invited by Marie Chouinard, artistic director of the Venice Dance Biennale to perform in 3 new creations that premiered at the festival. Charlie was also invited to join the APAP Project and is supported by the “Creative Programme of the EU” until 2020. Charlie also holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal.
Brianna Ray Ferguson is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers senior professional program’s class of 2014. She has been performing with Winnipeg’s contemporary dancers since 2014. She has also worked professionally with Constance Cooke of Company Constance Cooke (Victoria, BC), Christina Medina of @tendance (Vienna, Austria), Odette Heyn of Odette Heyn projects in collaboration with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Outside Joke improv comedy group (Winnipeg, Manitoba). She also has taught Company class with WCD, for the new teachers act with The Dance Post and community class for Rainbow stage and she also has taught and currently teaches the Modern program at Masterworks Dance Studio.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Alexandra Winters has worked with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, Company Constance Cooke, Gearshifting Performance Works, Janelle Hacault and Kayla Jeanson through the Young Lungs Dance Exchange Research Series, and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. She was a guest artist with GPS Dance Collective on their tour to Leon, Mexico and participated as a dancer at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in the Creative Gesture – Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance. She looks forward to working with choreographer Jason Martin in WCD’s spring show and has an upcoming project with @tendance/C.Medina in Austria. She is a 2015 graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program.