Our school accepts students as early as three years old and offers classes from beginner to advanced levels.
One of our main focuses at DansEncorps is the quality of education, which is why we keep the number of students per class to a minimum, grouping them together according to their age and level. By doing so, we ensure that all of our students get the most out of the classes.
We take the time to get to know our students in order to give them the best dance experience possible.
In 1979, Chantal Cadieux founded 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.
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 40 years Chantal, a committed artist, has been sharing her knowledge, love, passion and her vision for dance.
Throughout the past 40 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. In November 2010, Chantal Cadieux received the Lieutenant-Gouvernor’s Award for High Achievement in Arts in New Brunswick.
Julie Goguen Carpenter
Born in Moncton, Julie began dancing at the early age of 3 at the DansEncorps School. 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, studying techniques such as Simonson, Matt Mattox, Luigi and Jump Rhythm.
During her time in Calgary, she went on tour throughout schools in southern Alberta and performed in many other shows in the region. 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 returned to to her roots, accepting a position as educational director and jazz teacher at the DansEncorps School.
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.
Originally from Moncton, Vanessa Chiasson is a recent graduate from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program. She initially began her dance training at a young age and trained in many styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip-hop, and was given the opportunity to perform, as well as assist and teach dance classes from a young age. Wanting to intensify her dance training in preparation for a dance career, Chiasson attended the Quinte Ballet School of Canada from 2010 to 2012.
Discovering a passion in contemporary dance, Chiasson attended The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s three-year post-secondary training program. She has attended many summer training programs to compliment her training while in Toronto, such as Alias Dance Project’s summer intensive program in 2017, and the ProArteDanza’s Apprentice Program in 2016, where she had the opportunity to perform challenging repertoire work such as Expire by Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek. Chiasson also performed in October Sky, a work by Paul-André Fortier, during Nuit Blanche of 2016. In 2015, she also had the occasion to perform at the Atlantic Cirque Festival with Cirque Stella.
Back in Moncton, Vanessa now teaches at the DansEncorps School and dances for the DansEncorps company.
Born in Dieppe NB, Chantal Baudouin took her first dance classes at l'École DansEncorps. Ten years later, as a member of the DansEncorps Company, she has toured and played on provincial, national and international platforms several times (Brazil, Netherlands, Jamaica, Niger). Chantal pursued her dance studies at the Toronto School of Dance where she graduated in 2012 with a background in the Graham technique and other various styles such as Horton, Limon and classical ballet.
Chantal joined the Toronto Dance Theater Company as an apprentice for their 2012-2013 season. In 2013, she worked for ProjectLIMB in Gabriel Forestieri's Glass Jaw site-specific work in New York, NY. In 2014, Chantal joined the DansEncorps as a member in the Company, happy to participate in the tour L'école buissonnière (33 shows in the Atlantic region) and the creation of the works Respire par le nez and Resistance. Chantal also works with PPS Danse, a Montreal based company. She has toured with L'école buissonnière (Quebec, Hong Kong, Philadelphia), offered cultural mediation workshops in elementary schools and participated in the creation of the show Le Trésor.
Chantal is currently working on a new solo creation with choreographer Jessie Garon (Vazari Dance Projects, Toronto) and continues to perform with DansEncorps and PPS Danse. In parallel with her career as an interpreter, she teaches contemporary dance classes at l'École DansEncorps contemporary, develops projects in school context (GénieArts) and works in the office of DansEncorps Productions Inc. Chantal won the prize: Artist of the Year in dance, Éloizes 2018.
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), The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company (2008) and the DansEncorps Company (2015). 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).
Creative Dance, Hip-Hop
Originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, Estelle Dupuis teaches at the School DansEncorps for over 10 years. Graduate of the Preprofessional Program (Jeune Troupe) in 2011, she danced professionally for Compagnie DansEncorps in the productions Let's go, Connivence and Truancy.
Her career as a teacher and performer at DansEncorps gave her the opportunity to train and perform at the local, national (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Yukon) and international level (France, Jamaica, Taiwan, Australia). in 2018, she performed with the DansEncorps Company in Australia at an International Dance Conference (DACI) and in Moncton on August 15th in front of more than 6,000 spectators in a partnership between festivals ADFDA and Acadie Rock.
Estelle Dupuis also holds a bachelor's degree from the Université de Moncton (major in history and minor in political science) and a Master's degree in history from the Laurentian University of Sudbury.