Answering the call to dance
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.
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