Ans­we­ring the call to dance

Les Nouvelles Saint-Laurent - - COMMUNITY LIFE - Bris■Timothée son nou­vel­les­saint-laurent@trans­con­ti­nen­ (Trans­la­ted by Mi­chael Bei­gle­man)

Jean-phi­lippe Du­bé does not have a lot of ex­pe­rience as a dancer. Ho­we­ver, this 19 year old St. Laurent re­sident was in the top 14 of the pro­gram ‘ So You Think You Can Dance,’ shown on CTV. Now, being off stage is not an op­tion.

“When the se­lec­tion star­ted, I was the one who had the least prac­tice. I on­ly did hip-hop for four years,” said Jean-phi­lippe, who is still fa­ced with the chal­lenge to conti­nue the ad­ven­ture which he has just li­ved.

Just be­fore the sum­mer, he was cho­sen to be one of the fi­na­lists of ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ The pro­gram fea­tures 22 can­di­dates com­pe­ting for the title of best dancer.

Jean-phi­lippe, who was qui­ck­ly re­na­med JP by the pro­gram’s pro­duc­tion team, won fame for him­self in se­ve­ral cho­reo­gra­phies, each more outs­tan­ding than the others. “An ideal trai­ning,” he said with a bea­ming voice. “To work with cho­reo­gra­phers, to share with other dan­cers… That brought me even more pas­sion!”

Dance be­fore stu­dies

His run in the pro­gram has now en­ded. But, for the dancer, it is out of the ques­tion to stop here. “The ex­pe­riences which I ac­qui­red du­ring the pre­pa­ra­tions and on the show have gi­ven me good know­ledge in this area.”

There are ma­ny pro­jects in the works. At the mo­ment Jean-phi­lippe Du­bé is hol­ding dance work­shops and is star­ting to be­gin his ca­reer by see­king agents in Mon­treal and Toronto. “I would ve­ry much like to dance be­hind a sin­ger or in vi­deos clips,” he ex­plains.

Du­bé is al­so gi­ving him­self a lit­tle time to suc­ceed. Just co­ming out of CÉ­GEP, he had a spot in ar­chi­tec­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­treal. “I am ta­king a sab­ba­ti­cal year to de­vote to dance,” he said, no­ting that pas­sion does not wait!

Jean-phi­lippe Du­bé met the Lau­ren Hill aca­de­my stu­dents last Thurs­day, to share his ex­pe­rience and to ans­wer the stu­dents’ ques­tions.

(Pho­to: Ala­rie Pho­tos)

Jean-phi­lippe Du­bé hopes to re­main in contact with other dan­cers and mem­bers of

the ju­ry, “fa­bu­lous people and great ge­ne­ro­si­ty. I would be ve­ry plea­sed to work

with them.”

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