The Dancers

Marie-Reine "M Queen" Kabasha When deciding in which university program she would submit, Marie-Reine Kabasha could not believe there was a dance program. Driven by her desire to learn all she could about dance, she had no choice but to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dance at UQAM (2013). Already drawn in the world of dance through hip hop choreography, her studies deepened her hunger for knowledge and training. At that time, she started training specifically in waacking creating her alias M-Queen. One foot in the contemporary scene and the other in hip hop culture, her only desire was to learn as much as she could in order to have tools to express herself in the most authentic way. In 2014, she joined promising new Montreal-based street dance companies Forêt Noire, co-directed by Axelle “Ebony” Munezero and Martine “Cherry” Bruneau, and EBNFLOH, directed by Alexandra “Spicey” Landé. Two years later, she makes her way to the internationally renowned company Tentacle Tribe. It has brought her to perform in several national festivals such as the 100Lux, Accès danse, OFFta , Quartier Danses, CypherFest (YU), Made in Canada (TO) and TUDS (TO). She also performed overseas at the International Choreographic Festival in Taroudant Morocco, Summer Dance Forever Festival in Amsterdam and Breakin' Convention in UK. Since then, she has been dedicated to both the freestyle scene and theater work. Also part of Montreal Streetdancer Crew since 2014, she performs outside every time she can so she can give to those who don’t expect it. Whether she’s teaching, battling or performing, she finds meaning and pleasure in working to refine movement and awareness. The self-discovering aspect of artistic research and the desire to connect with others brought her to believe that growth and sharing should never stop and that dance is the perfect vessel for it.    

Marie-Reine "M Queen" Kabasha

When deciding in which university program she would submit, Marie-Reine Kabasha could not believe there was a dance program. Driven by her desire to learn all she could about dance, she had no choice but to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dance at UQAM (2013). Already drawn in the world of dance through hip hop choreography, her studies deepened her hunger for knowledge and training. At that time, she started training specifically in waacking creating her alias M-Queen. One foot in the contemporary scene and the other in hip hop culture, her only desire was to learn as much as she could in order to have tools to express herself in the most authentic way.

In 2014, she joined promising new Montreal-based street dance companies Forêt Noire, co-directed by Axelle “Ebony” Munezero and Martine “Cherry” Bruneau, and EBNFLOH, directed by Alexandra “Spicey” Landé. Two years later, she makes her way to the internationally renowned company Tentacle Tribe. It has brought her to perform in several national festivals such as the 100Lux, Accès danse, OFFta , Quartier Danses, CypherFest (YU), Made in Canada (TO) and TUDS (TO). She also performed overseas at the International Choreographic Festival in Taroudant Morocco, Summer Dance Forever Festival in Amsterdam and Breakin' Convention in UK.

Since then, she has been dedicated to both the freestyle scene and theater work. Also part of Montreal Streetdancer Crew since 2014, she performs outside every time she can so she can give to those who don’t expect it. Whether she’s teaching, battling or performing, she finds meaning and pleasure in working to refine movement and awareness. The self-discovering aspect of artistic research and the desire to connect with others brought her to believe that growth and sharing should never stop and that dance is the perfect vessel for it.

 

 

Victoria "Vic Versa" Mackenzie Victoria began dancing as a child and studied many styles (tap, jazz, ballet, gymnastics) until finding herself situated between the contemporary dance and breaking scenes. A natural mover and music lover, she has danced most of her life. She received her formation in dance from Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal in 2013 and has been breaking since 2008. She has performed in contemporary dance/hip hop theatre/commercial shows and festivals internationally, performing for companies/artists such as Cirque du Soleil, Tentacle Tribe, the Body Slam Collective, Helen Simard, Alias Dance Project; and events such as Breakin' Convention, Summer Dance Forever, Panamania for PamAm Games, Street vs. Stage (Summerworks), Festival 100Lux, Tangente and Festival Quartiers Danses. Since 2014 she has produced and performed two 30 minute solo works, which have been presented in Montreal and Toronto at Festival 100Lux, TUDS, Tangente, and Festival Quartiers Danses. TheStoryProject was created in 2014 and Identity Binding in 2017. Her most recent works as choreographer include creations "The Three" for Rebels de la Soul (Toronto) and "Hexad Myriad" for Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal. A sometimes teacher, Victoria gives episodic workshops in Toronto and Montreal and continues to build her class called Get Low (a dynamic floorwork class for dancers). She continually practices break and battles sporadically. Through her work with KeepRockinYou, she has facilitated breaking workshops, organized community events and battles, and spent time investing in elevating the b-girl scene in Toronto and Montreal. In 2016 she joined the Canadian company Tentacle Tribe.    

Victoria "Vic Versa" Mackenzie

Victoria began dancing as a child and studied many styles (tap, jazz, ballet, gymnastics) until finding herself situated between the contemporary dance and breaking scenes. A natural mover and music lover, she has danced most of her life. She received her formation in dance from Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal in 2013 and has been breaking since 2008.

She has performed in contemporary dance/hip hop theatre/commercial shows and festivals internationally, performing for companies/artists such as Cirque du Soleil, Tentacle Tribe, the Body Slam Collective, Helen Simard, Alias Dance Project; and events such as Breakin' Convention, Summer Dance Forever, Panamania for PamAm Games, Street vs. Stage (Summerworks), Festival 100Lux, Tangente and Festival Quartiers Danses.

Since 2014 she has produced and performed two 30 minute solo works, which have been presented in Montreal and Toronto at Festival 100Lux, TUDS, Tangente, and Festival Quartiers Danses. TheStoryProject was created in 2014 and Identity Binding in 2017.

Her most recent works as choreographer include creations "The Three" for Rebels de la Soul (Toronto) and "Hexad Myriad" for Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal.

A sometimes teacher, Victoria gives episodic workshops in Toronto and Montreal and continues to build her class called Get Low (a dynamic floorwork class for dancers). She continually practices break and battles sporadically.

Through her work with KeepRockinYou, she has facilitated breaking workshops, organized community events and battles, and spent time investing in elevating the b-girl scene in Toronto and Montreal.

In 2016 she joined the Canadian company Tentacle Tribe.

 

 

Mecdy "Venom" Jean-Pierre Having explosive and energetic qualities lit by the strong flame living inside of him, Mecdy Jean-Pierre, dubbed Venom, started dancing at a very young age. Traditional Haitian dances such as ‘Zouk’ and ‘Konpas’ were cultural dances he learnt early on during his family gatherings and celebrations. Later on in his teens, he became a member and founder of the dancehall crew ‘Kinemon’ in 2001. Mecdy was inspired to take his dance to professional heights once he discovered the timeless street style of popping in 2005. Venom soon became a household name most dancers would recognize in the Montreal street dance community. He went on to winning several battles and larger events such as ‘Festival Bust a Move’ and Juste Debout North America (2012 and 2013). Mecdy is also one of the Symbiotic Monsters crew founders with crew mates MonstaPop and Jigsaw. Symbiotic Monsters has represented Canada for two consecutive years at the Juste Debout international competition in France where they were finalists in 2012 and semi-finalists in 2013. Mecdy has worked with many local Quebec artists such as Lukay and Marie-Mai and has been a principle dancer in the Art-Terre company production titled “Temnien”. This show was presented internationally in Haiti as well as in Montreal at the ‘Theatre Gesu’. Venom has recently been offered opportunities that include performing at the 2013 Calgary Stampede as well as teaching workshops in Japan, France, England and Germany. Aside from his accomplishments as a dancer, Mecdy has also been recognized for his choreographic work with Montreal-based popping crew, Dead Angle, which he founded in 2009. Dead Angle went on to winning honorable awards such as the 2012 and 2013 open adult category at the Hit The Floor dance competition in Quebec where they were also awarded a scholarship for their outstanding performance (“Coup de Coeur 2013”). Mecdy aspires to continue pushing his name in the underground as well as creating choreographic work for theaters.

Mecdy "Venom" Jean-Pierre

Having explosive and energetic qualities lit by the strong flame living inside of him, Mecdy Jean-Pierre, dubbed Venom, started dancing at a very young age. Traditional Haitian dances such as ‘Zouk’ and ‘Konpas’ were cultural dances he learnt early on during his family gatherings and celebrations. Later on in his teens, he became a member and founder of the dancehall crew ‘Kinemon’ in 2001.

Mecdy was inspired to take his dance to professional heights once he discovered the timeless street style of popping in 2005. Venom soon became a household name most dancers would recognize in the Montreal street dance community. He went on to winning several battles and larger events such as ‘Festival Bust a Move’ and Juste Debout North America (2012 and 2013). Mecdy is also one of the Symbiotic Monsters crew founders with crew mates MonstaPop and Jigsaw. Symbiotic Monsters has represented Canada for two
consecutive years at the Juste Debout international competition in France where they were finalists in 2012 and semi-finalists in 2013.

Mecdy has worked with many local Quebec artists such as Lukay and Marie-Mai and has been a principle dancer in the Art-Terre company production titled “Temnien”. This show was presented internationally in Haiti as well as in Montreal at the ‘Theatre Gesu’. Venom has recently been offered opportunities that include performing at the 2013 Calgary Stampede as well as teaching workshops in Japan, France, England and Germany. Aside from his accomplishments as a dancer, Mecdy has also been recognized for his choreographic work with Montreal-based popping crew, Dead Angle, which he founded in 2009. Dead Angle went on to winning honorable awards such as the 2012 and 2013 open adult category at the Hit The Floor dance competition in Quebec where they were also awarded a scholarship for their outstanding performance (“Coup de Coeur 2013”).

Mecdy aspires to continue pushing his name in the underground as well as creating choreographic work for theaters.

 
Melissa "MellyMel" Flérangile From Contemporary to Street dance, Mélissa "Melly Mel" Flérangile has been devotedly mastering her craft over the years. Her passion and dedication as a dancer has led her to appear in several Hollywood motion pictures including "Sex In The City 2", "Honey", and the Academy Award winner and big screen success "Chicago". From 2005-2008, Melly Mel had the chance to participate in the creation of and perform in “The Beatles LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil. This led her to perform on various events such as the 50th Annual Grammy Awards and the Jay Leno Show. From 2010-2012, Melly Mel has been part of Cirque Eloize’s new creation “iD”. She’s been touring the world performing in prestigious theaters such as “Wang Theater” in Boston, Marina Bay Sands Theater in Singapore, Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. Furthermore, with iD, she earned the opportunity to perform for one of the most renowned TV show in France, “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”; A delight for any performer! Since 2012, Melly Mel has been a strong asset and a key member of the Canadian Dance Company “Bboyizm”, touring nationally with its recent creation “Music Creates Opportunity”, all while doing outreach work in various communities in Canada. In addition she performed on tour with Tentacle Tribe a Swedish-Canadian based Dance Company in Canada and the UK. While touring, Melly Mel started a movement, mellymelinspires.com, to work with youth in different communities around the world.  She uses her passion for dance to motivate & empower the youth to assist them in becoming creators of their lives that transcend the ordinary.   As she aspires to inspire people from different walks of life, she shares her purpose to “Live. Laugh. Love” through dance!

Melissa "MellyMel" Flérangile

From Contemporary to Street dance, Mélissa "Melly Mel" Flérangile has been devotedly mastering her craft over the years. Her passion and dedication as a dancer has led her to appear in several Hollywood motion pictures including "Sex In The City 2", "Honey", and the Academy Award winner and big screen success "Chicago".
From 2005-2008, Melly Mel had the chance to participate in the creation of and perform in “The Beatles LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil. This led her to perform on various events such as the 50th Annual Grammy Awards and the Jay Leno Show.
From 2010-2012, Melly Mel has been part of Cirque Eloize’s new creation “iD”. She’s been touring the world performing in prestigious theaters such as “Wang Theater” in Boston, Marina Bay Sands Theater in Singapore, Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. Furthermore, with iD, she earned the opportunity to perform for one of the most renowned TV show in France, “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”; A delight for any performer!
Since 2012, Melly Mel has been a strong asset and a key member of the Canadian Dance Company “Bboyizm”, touring nationally with its recent creation “Music Creates Opportunity”, all while doing outreach work in various communities in Canada. In addition she performed on tour with Tentacle Tribe a Swedish-Canadian based Dance Company in Canada and the UK.
While touring, Melly Mel started a movement, mellymelinspires.com, to work with youth in different communities around the world.  She uses her passion for dance to motivate & empower the youth to assist them in becoming creators of their lives that transcend the ordinary.   As she aspires to inspire people from different walks of life, she shares her purpose to “Live. Laugh. Love” through dance!

Rahime "NOSB' Gay-Labbé Rahime started dancing at the age of nine and he has been using his skills and interest in music -  mostly percussion - to explore the different ways of using dance as a medium of expression ever since. His alias, NOSB, stands for New Old School B-boy. As the youngest member of his group Bboyizm and part of the new generation of street dancers, NOSB sees the thin line between changing the dance form and respecting its natural evolution. He is recognized not only for his technical expertise but his extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture. Rahime is a strong asset and key member of Bboyizm Dance Company. He has toured with the company since 2012, having performed at Breakin’ Convention 2016 – the largest street dance platform in the world, held at Sadler’s Wells, London, England. He was part of the creation for the pieces "IZM", "Evolution" and "Music Creates Opportunity". NOSB has been working as dance instructor with kids of all ages for over 10 years, teaching in more than 400 school across Canada. He believes that sharing and inspiring others to learn about themselves through art leads to happiness while achieving life goals. In 2017 Rahime started working with Montreal dance company Tentacle Tribe, having performed with them in Brighton UK, Saint-Sauveur and Montreal.  He is in their new group piece "Threesixnine". Born and raised in Hull, Quebec, NOSB is always on the lookout for new opportunities to travel and meet other street dancers. Pursuing his journey around the world, his goal is to find balance in every aspect of life while training and exploring the many different aspects of dance.

Rahime "NOSB' Gay-Labbé

Rahime started dancing at the age of nine and he has been using his skills and interest in music -  mostly percussion - to explore the different ways of using dance as a medium of expression ever since.

His alias, NOSB, stands for New Old School B-boy. As the youngest member of his group Bboyizm and part of the new generation of street dancers, NOSB sees the thin line between changing the dance form and respecting its natural evolution. He is recognized not only for his technical expertise but his extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture.

Rahime is a strong asset and key member of Bboyizm Dance Company. He has toured with the company since 2012, having performed at Breakin’ Convention 2016 – the largest street dance platform in the world, held at Sadler’s Wells, London, England. He was part of the creation for the pieces "IZM", "Evolution" and "Music Creates Opportunity".

NOSB has been working as dance instructor with kids of all ages for over 10 years, teaching in more than 400 school across Canada. He believes that sharing and inspiring others to learn about themselves through art leads to happiness while achieving life goals.

In 2017 Rahime started working with Montreal dance company Tentacle Tribe, having performed with them in Brighton UK, Saint-Sauveur and Montreal.  He is in their new group piece "Threesixnine".

Born and raised in Hull, Quebec, NOSB is always on the lookout for new opportunities to travel and meet other street dancers. Pursuing his journey around the world, his goal is to find balance in every aspect of life while training and exploring the many different aspects of dance.