Chantal Cadieux, Artistic director

Chantal Cadieux lives and breathes dance. Her name is intimately linked to the development and flourishing of dance in Acadia. For as long as she can remember, dance has been part of her life. For more than 35 years Chantal, a committed artist, has been sharing her knowledge, love, passion and her vision for dance.

Born in Moncton, this choreographer and dancer is a key figure in the world of dance in New Brunswick.  Going beyond her childhood dream of performing original dance creations in Acadia, throughout the past thirty years, she has been the main instigator for the development of the dance sector in the province as well as a source of inspiration for many dancers.

Chantal’s greatest wish has always been to dance and choreograph, but teaching soon became unavoidable. She has trained many generations of dancers and theater performers, who were able to further their passion for performance arts. After completing training at the Royal Academy of Dance, she took classes at l’École Mansio in Aix-en-Provence, the National Ballet School of Toronto, the Université de Montréal, Duke University in North Carolina and the Bates College in Maine. She is constantly looking for new dance trends and keeps her training up to date. Recently, she acquired a white belt in Nia, a Qigong certificate, and participated in various intensive programs such as The Peggy Baker Summer Intensive, the National Ballet of Canada and a writing workshop with Larry Tremblay from Zones théâtrales Ottawa.

In 1979, Chantal Cadieux founded the DansEncorps Productions, the first French dance school and Professional Dance Company in New Brunswick. Her goal was to make dance accessible to more people and demystify this art that was unknown to many. At the time, there was next to no knowledge of dance in Acadia.

Since its beginnings, under the artistic supervision of Chantal, the DansEncorps Company has produced shows that stand out for their originality and creativity. She has choreographed over a hundred works, whether for the Company, the Jeune Troupe, the school or outside contracts. Teaching movement education at the Université de Moncton since 1980, she works alongside the theater world; thus, she is a founding member of the theatre l’Escaouette. Chantal is also a professor at the School of Kinesiology of the Université de Moncton, training physical educators since 1995.

One of her creations, “Sébömatik” featuring Sébastien Belzile, is a 60 minute piece in which Cadieux wanted to express her point of view of the Darwin Theory and man’s evolution in the 21st century. This piece was the first one man dance show in Acadia and was performed over 35 times throughout theatres and schools in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 2004. In January 2005, the tour continued in France with a dozen shows performed throughout the country.

In December 2005, Chantal created Sans Frontières, for three dancers. This piece was performed in Nigeria, Africa, at the 5th edition of the Jeux de la Francophonie internationale, where DansEncorps received an honorable mention. In 2006, Borderline, which included music from Sting and Piazzelo was performed as part of the new Company show entitled  “Noces d’argent – 25 ans en movement”, which she created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DansEncorps Company.  That same year, the Company premiered “Noces d’argent – 25 ans en movement”  on April 29th in Moncton and continued with a tour in May performing the show a dozen times as well as offering numerous workshops. 2007 was marked by four new important creations for the Moncton artist. First, “En Panne”, written by André Roy, a 50 minute dance-theatre comedy for 5 performers, toured throughout New Brunswick with 16 shows. Second, “En attente”, a choreography danced to the wonderful music of Loreena McKennett, was first performed on June 10th in honor of Françoise Cadieux. The third piece, a choreography based on the book “Respire par le nez” by Judith Hamel, was created in memory of the author.  Fourth, performed on a text by Marie Cadieux, “Chant de l’heure”, a20 minute choreography for 6 performers, premiered at the international festival “À Corps” in Poitiers, France.  Theatre students from the Université de Moncton accompanied Chantal and her sister Marie in Poitiers. In 2008, DansEncorps produced the show “Borderline” whichincluded one of her newest works, a trio entitled “Les arrives”. In this show, she performed the solo Les passeurs”, allowing her to dance after many years of being backstage. It is then that the Company welcomed Pierre-Paul Savoie who choreographed Va-et-vient for three dancers, one of them being Chantal. Then, in 2010, Chantal created “Bella”, a 12 minute piece for the Company’s newest member, Abra Lagacé (Abra Morrison at the time) which was performed to an original song composed by emerging artist, Jean-Michel Robichaud.

With the desire to put dance on the road again, Chantal designed the “5 à 7 particip-actif” to revive the dissemination of dance. This unplugged concept, is meant for performances in non-conventional spaces. In 2010-2011, the “5 à 7 particip-actif”  show toured across New-Brunswick and Quebec in 12 different venues.

In December 2011, the Company presented the show “Triade”, premiering its newest work by Serge Bennathan, “Éloge du rêve”, a trio that included Chantal Cadieux. Recently, Chantal created the piece “Fess” for the daCi conference in Taiwan, and French choreographer Jackie Taffanel’s “Allons –y” premiered in August 2013.

In November 2010, Chantal Cadieux received the Lieutenant-Gouvernor’s Award for High Achievement in Arts in New Brunswick.


Julie Goguen Carpenter, Educational director

Born in Moncton, Julie began dancing at the early age of 3 at the DansEncorps School. Throughout her teenage years, as a member of the Jeune Troupe, she took part in the daCi conference (Dance and the Child International) in Regina and in Kuopio, Finland. In 2001, she had the opportunity to represented Canada as part of the DansEncorps Company at the 4th edition of the Jeux de la Francophonie in Ottawa. Shortly after, she toured across the Maritime Provinces, dancing in the show TempsDanse from the DansEncorps Company.

In 2002, Julie continued her training at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, Alberta where she received a full scholarship for her four years of studying jazz dance. During her time in Calgary, she went on tour throughout schools in southern Alberta with the show History of Jazz and performed in many other shows in the region such as Dance Montage and Alberta Dance Explosions on different occasions. Her taste for adventure led her to accept a dance contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, with whom she travelled the Gulf of Mexico for a year. Julie is trained in Jazz dance, studying techniques such as Simonson, Matt Mattox, Luigi and Jump Rhythm. However, during her 27 years of dance experience she also studied modern dance and ballet at L’École de danse de Québec and at DansEncorps, African dance at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, as well as hip hop at DansEncorps and numerous other workshops.

For the past five years, Julie has come back to her roots, accepting a position as educational director and jazz teacher and at the DansEncorps School. She is also part of the DansEncorps Company which has enabled her to work with choreographers such as Pierre-Paul Savoie and Serge Bennathan. In 2010, Julie went on tour across New Brunswick and Quebec with the show “5 à 7 particip-actif” from the DansEncorps Company and performed the solo “The Journey” at the 2010 Atlantic Dance Festival. This earned her a nomination for best dancer of the year at the 2012 Éloizes award show. In December of 2011, Julie also performed in the show “Triade” for which she is nominated for an Éloize award for a second time.

Alongside her dance career, Julie has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the Université de Moncton and a master’s degree in clinical science research from the Université de Sherbrooke.


Abra Lagacé

Born in Prince Edward Island, Abra began dancing at the age of 3 at the Summerside School of Dance. For 15 years, Abra grew up studying many styles of dance and received her RAD ballet training with Ms. Jane Lauder.

After graduating from high school, she continued her dance training at Grant McEwen College in Edmonton, Alberta for two years, where she received her degree in contemporary dance. Abra then went on to finish her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Her training is based primarily on the Cunningham technique, but she has also studied various other modern dance styles such as, Graham and Limón.

For the past four years, Abra is delighted to be part of the DansEncorps team as a contemporary dance teacher for the school and a member of the Company. In 2010, Abra toured with the DansEncorps Company performing in the show "5 à 7 participatif" presented in Quebec and New Brunswick. As a member of the company, Abra had the chance to work with some great choreographers such as Pierre-Paul Savoie and Serge Bennathan. In 2011, Abra presented the solo "Bella" choreographed by Chantal Cadieux as the Atlantic Dance FESTIVAL danse en atlantique and danced in the DansEncorps Company’s new show "Triade". Recently, Abra choreographed a piece entitled “Connivence” for the production “Création Danse 2012” which was also presented at the 8th edition of the Atlantic Dance FESTIVAL danse en atlantique in November 2013.

Chantal Baudouin

Born in Dieppe, Chantal Baudouin discovered her passion for movement through gymnastics. It was at the age of eight, at the DansEncorps School, that Chantal took her first dance class. Ten years later, as a member of the DansEncorps Company, she toured throughout New Brunswick and performed internationally several times. After graduating from high school with excellence, she continued her dance studies at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2012, Chantal graduated from the Professional Training Program, where she studied Graham technique and other various styles of dance such as Horton, Lìmon and classical ballet. Shortly after, she became an apprentice in the Toronto Dance Theatre Company for their 2012-2013 artistic season. In 2013, she danced in New York for the company ProjectLIMB in the show Glass Jaw by Gabriel Forestieri. Recently, Chantal joined the DansEncorps Company once again and regularly teaches at the DansEncorps School. Alongside her dance career, Chantal also coordinated the 9th edition of the atlantic dance FESTIVAL dance atlantique 2014.


Estelle Dupuis

Estelle Dupuis was born in Moncton and has been dancing since the age of 3. Currently in her 4th year at the Université de Moncton studying History, she also performs with the DansEncorps Company and has been a teacher at the DansEncorps School since 2009. A graduate of the pre-professional program at DansEncorps, she performed several times for local, national and international audiences, including the Yukon, France, Jamaica and Taiwan. Estelle recently performed in L’École buissonnière, her third contract with the DansEncorps Company. Her other performances with the Company include Connivence by Abra Lagacé and Allons-y by Jackie Taffanel.


Rokaya Duval

Rokaya began her professional training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at the age of ten, and upon graduating from their seven-year program, she performed with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company for three years.  In addition to this experience, she also enjoyed an illustrious career as a soloist and a guest artist with companies such as; The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada (2003-2006), The Alberta Ballet (2007), and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company (2008).  Rokaya was honoured to be head choreographer for the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships (Opening and Closing ceremonies in Moncton) in July 2010.  She was an integral part of DancEast in 2007 as an Artist in Residence and then full-time faculty member as Ballet Mistress and Associate Director from 2008-2014.  She currently teaches ballet with DansEnCorps in Moncton(Professional Training Program). As well, just recently back in the studio herself, preparing for the return to the stage this upcoming Fall. This past summer Rokaya was Director and Choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Canadian Transplant Games in Moncton. She is Co-Coordinator and Choreographer for the Moncton Miracles Dancers (2011-present), and is also proud owner of Respiro Dancewear, which just celebrated six years in business.