Catherine Lessard transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of dance improvisation, contact improviation and Authentic Movement since 2001. She has studied and performed with masters such as Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Zoe Avstreih, David Zambrano, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson, Patricia Kuypers and Ray Chung. She has experience in Body-Mind Centering and Butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. She also received a 300 hours training in gestalt practice. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp artistic vision and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine teaches and performs improvisation regularly as a guest teacher around the world, in several improvisation festivals and institutions (Freiburg, Paris, Grenoble, Toronto, New-York, Earthdance, Boston, Nantes), as well as in the Dance department of UQAM University in Montreal. She has served as president of the Montreal Association for Contact Improvisation from 2007 to 2009. Catherine’s workshops are explorations of human expression through breathing, awareness and various nuances of touch and movement, offered in a deep atmosphere of respect and discovery.
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