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March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

March 20, 2020
5 pm – 7 pm

Edifice Wilder : 1435 rue De Bleury, Montreal QC H3A 2H7
Café – bar: Espace danse

Facebook event (https://bit.ly/2vQsK8n)
Registration (https://bit.ly/39DChy6)– Registration is mandatory


Open to all dance students and professionals
Cash bar

English and French: Does language impact the development of a dance career?

In collaboration with ELAN (English-Language Arts Network), the RQD – Regroupement québécois de la danse is pleased to invite you to a bilingual* panel discussion exploring language and dance.

This panel will consider similarities and nuances between English and French in relation to: dance education and recorded histories of the discipline, processes of creation, working dynamics and power distribution, access to resources, dissemination and audience, and relationships to institutions.

Moderated by Philip Szporer, four panelists, Bailey Eng, Helen Simard, Roger Sinha and Jamie Wright, will engage with these questions through exploration of their own experiences in the dance community. The panel will be followed by a question period, as well as time to informally network and continue the conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your peers, meet other dancers and to discuss language and dance.

* If you are uni-lingual, we will identify for you bilingual individuals who will be able to whisper the translation.


Thank you to Agora de la danse and Tangente for hosting us!

*Disclaimer: Panelists are speaking from their individual lived experiences as artists navigating both English and French artistic communities in Quebec. However, they are not representatives of any linguistic community.


If you have any questions, please contact us at admin@quebec-elan.org


Edifice Wilder
1435, rue De Bleury
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2H7 Canada
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Edifice Wilder
1435, rue De Bleury
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2H7 Canada
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460 Sainte-Catherine West
Suites 706 & 708, 917 (Quebec Relations)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1A7
Phone: (514)-935-3312

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ELAN is an official minority language organization within a country that recognizes two languages as official. ELAN is located in Tiohtiak:ke, the original name for Montreal in Kanien’kéha, the language of the Mohawk—also known as Mooniyang, which is the Anishinaabeg name given to the city by the Algonquin. While we are based in this city, our projects have also taken place in many regions across Quebec.

We acknowledge the colonial origin of English and French in Canada, and recognize that both languages benefit from official status throughout the land. The province that we know as Quebec is an amalgamation of the traditional territories of the Innu and Inuit nations, Algonquian nations, as well as the Mohawk nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Kanien’kéha and Anishinaabeg are but two of the original languages of this province; Atikamekw, Cree, Inuktitut, and Innu-aimun are also among the many Indigenous languages spoken across Quebec as majority languages, all well before French and English.

ELAN acknowledges the important work being done by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to revive the traditional languages of these territories, and their advocacy for the official status of Indigenous languages.