préville Dance Academy INtensive Workshops

Join us this summer for our Dance Intensive Workshops! These bilingual workshops are designed for serious young dancers looking to take their dancing to the next level. We have invited some exciting and talented teachers  for these unique workshops. Space is limited. Workshops will be held at St-Lambert United Church.

4 workshops to choose from:

July 5-16: Choreographic Intensive (2 weeks)
July 19-23: Jazz, Jumps and Turns

August 2-6: Contemporary and Improvisation
August 9-13: Technique and the Floor

What's new this year

Four exciting workshops to choose from! These workshops will help each dancer experience dance in a new way while propelling them forward into their dance training. Whether you are wanting to learn new techniques, train with experienced teachers or take your dancing to a professional level, Préville Dance Academy has something for everyone!

Workshops run from 9am-3:30pm, Monday to Friday. At the end of each workshop there will be a showcase on the Friday from 3:00-3:30pm.

Back by popular demand is Préville Dance Academy Director Jamie Malysh with a Summer Choreographic Intensive, (exclusive to Préville)! This two-week choreographic intensive allows young dancers, ages 10-18 years, the opportunity to explore a new aspect of dance where they will discover the creative process and improve their choreographic skills. Dancers will work with dance professionals, Neil Sochasky and Jamie Malysh, who will empower and equip young dancers to understand their important role as young artists. 

Mornings will be spent with Neil Sochasky in his class, YOU AND THE FLOOR, STEP BY STEP. Floor-work is essential for the world of Contemporary dance, but can seem intimidating.  Drawing from techniques in Parkour (free running), martial arts, and David Zambrano’s Flying Low, this workshop focuses on conditioning and safe preparation for the cool things those people on the internet do, like how to fall and roll on any surface, and how to scale up from the floor, toward classic acrobatics at your own speed. Come with a sense of adventure and limbs covered. Leave with skills to explore dancing with greater freedom in the short and long term.

Afternoons will be spent with Jamie Malysh diving into the world of choreography, improvising, creating and exploring. Throughout the program students will gain performance experience, develop their choreographic skills, be a part of a professional dance photo shoot and create an innovative full length dance production!

DATE: July 5 – 16th
TIME: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm
AGE GROUP: 10-18 years old
TEACHERS: Neil Sochasky, Adam Asselin-Rioux and Jamie Malysh

PLACE: St-Lambert United
PRICE: $440 (2-week workshop)  

Leaps, Firebirds, Toe-touches, Pirouettes, Fouettes and more! This class will have you flying off the ground and spinning like never before! Dancers will learn the proper technique to execute a variety of jumps and turns.

Explore the world of Jazz, applying your technical skills to choreography!

A short presentation will be held at the end of the week Friday at 3:30pm
DATE: July 19th – 23rd 
TIME: Monday-Friday, 12:30pm-3:30pm

AGE GROUP: 10-18 years old
TEACHERS: Adam Asselin-Rioux

PLACE: St-Lambert United
PRICE: $150

In this workshop dancers will be encouraged to become versatile in their expression and we will explore a wide array of movement styles and emotion. We will focus on spatial and body awareness, the use of body weight, efficiency of muscle usage, and safe body alignment.

Diving into the world of improvisation, dancers will learn about connection–connection to their class, connection to self, and connection to others. Through the process of letting go of expectations, dancers can tap into their inner calm and confidence that can allow for a level of self-expression and discovery that you never knew existed! 

DATE: August 2nd – 6th
TIME: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
AGE GROUP: 10-18 years old
TEACHERS: Adam Asselin-Rioux and Sylvia Berman

PLACE: St-Lambert United
PRICE: $220

Without floorwork, dancers limit themselves to 50 percent of their potential. In this class dancers will engage with the floor and learn how the floor is our friend! We will create new pathways to move from a standing position to the ground, gathering the strength required to return to vertical. Finding a resilient, easy relationship with the floor is essential; it allows dancers to increase their versatility and movement efficiency.

DATE: August 9th – 13th
TIME: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
AGE GROUP: 10-18 years old
TEACHERS: Adam Asselin-Rioux and Sylvia Berman
PLACE: St-Lambert United
PRICE: $220

Rates include taxes.

Summer Dance Intensives

Choreographic Intensive$440 (2 weeks)
Jazz, Jumps and Turns!$150 (1 week)
Contemporary and Improvisation$220 (1 week)
Technique and the Floor$220 (1 week)

Jamie Malysh has been dancing for over 25 years in the styles of Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Ukrainian Dance. She moved to Montreal from British Columbia to attend L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, where she completed the professional dance program. This training allowed her to expand her technique while also offering her the opportunity to work with world-renowned teachers and choreographers.

Jamie’s professional dance career has taken her around the world. She has travelled to Kiev, Ukraine where she danced with the Virsky Ukrainian Dance Company, to Scotland and England, and all across Canada. Highlights of her career include producing and performing a full-length solo show, choreographed by Neil Sochasky in Melbourne, Australia, and dancing with Sinha Dance Company (Montreal) in collaboration with the National Ballet of Canada for the Sharing Dance project.

Jamie has a passion for teaching and inspiring dancers. In her 14 years of teaching she has managed multiple studios and has taught dancers of all ages—many of whom are now following careers with companies such as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Alberta Ballet and companies across Europe.

Jamie’s years of training and performing have given her the tools to work with others to overcome obstacles on their own journey. Students find that Jamie not only guides them through learning to dance, but also uses dance to guide them through life—helping them develop a strong character in preparation for their future. Jamie provides leadership, understanding, compassion and inspiration to students and professionals alike.

Neil Sochasky’s aesthetic interests lie in the relationship between ethics and action, particularly in how agency can affect personal and collective health.

For more than 20 years he has worked as a performance coach in the fields of dance, theatre and circus, helping individual artists understand how to move more efficiently, communicate more clearly, surpass stubborn technical challenges or resolve chronic injuries. He has taught on the faculties of L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, at L’École Supérieure de ballet du Québec, and as a guest at La Sorbonne, Concordia University, and Ballet Divertimento. In 2019 he was invited to analyse, document and explore the technique and pedagogy of legendary teacher and dramaturge Angelique Wilkie.

As a dancer he has performed works by Sylvain Émard, Margie Gillis, Dana Gingras, Christopher House, Ginette Laurin, and Andrew Turner (among others), touring across North and Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His own choreographies have been performed in Paris, in Los Angeles, in Melbourne, and in Montréal.

In 2007 Adam began intensive training full time at the Divertimento Ballet School, where he studied Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance. Two short years later Adam toured Europe with the prestigious dancers of the “Conservatoire de l’opéra de Paris” and the Spanish Troupe “Danz”. 

In 2010 Adam decided to further his studies and was accepted into the Ecole Supérieure De Ballet Du Québec as well as in the company “Le Jeune Ballet Du Québec” where he worked with many choreographers and teachers of great international renown, such as: Christophe Maraval, Françoise Vaussenat, Shawn Houswell, Hélène Blackburn, Éric J. Miles, Gioconda Barbuto and many others.

Adam participated in the 4th season of the television show “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” where he gained immeasurable experience and exposure. 

To date, he has studied and performed in over twenty different styles, as well as diversifying into other areas such as gymnastics, circus and theatre—all of which have contributed to Adam’s unique and memorable style. 

Sylvia Berman started her pre-professional training at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. After graduating from QBSC in 2016, Sylvia was accepted into the B.F.A. program at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and graduated summa cum laude in May 2020. During her training at Purchase, Sylvia studied ballet, contemporary and modern techniques, as well as improvisation and choreographic composition. 

As a member of the Purchase Dance Company, Sylvia performed works by George Balanchine, Bettijane Sills, Eve Chan, and Norbert De La Cruiz III. For her senior project, she performed a solo entitled “For Sylvia” by renowned Montreal choreographer, Hélène Blackburn. Sylvia also danced in numerous student works, and participated in student run shows outside of the Conservatory. She choreographed two pieces for the Dance Theater Lab stage entitled, “Taking On and Putting Off,” and “CHAOTIC NEUTRAL.”

In addition to her studies, Sylvia has attended many workshops and international summer intensives, including The Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, The Arts Umbrella International Summer Intensive, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Summer Intensive, and the Doug Varone Winter Intensive. At these intensives she performed works by renowned choreographers Paul Taylor, Crystal Pite, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Alonzo King, and Doug Varone. 

Payment can be made by credit card online via Amilia.

Cancellation Fee & Requests for Refunds
Requests for refunds must be received a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the start of the respective session, no refunds will be issued after this time. Taxes are included in all our prices.

Blog post
Read more about the workshops in our blog post “Not to be Missed: Summer Dance Intensives“.