Apprentice dancers

Amara Barner

Amara started training at a young age from her hometown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a teenager, she began traveling to assist choreographers and train at numerous dance conventions including The Pulse On Tour and Intrigue Dance Convention.  She gave workshops and performed in Australia, Mexico, London and Italy. After moving to New York City, Amara joined Isodoc Dance Group where she both created and performed works with the company. Amara is joining RUBBERBANDANCE Group as an apprentice for the 2016 season.

Jean Bui

Jean Bui developed a passion for movement art when practising parkour. The study of propulsion through space through the brute force of the body led him to explore the circus arts. He undertook general circus training from 2011 to 2012, after which he plunged wholeheartedly into the world of dance, earning a B.A. in contemporary dance (performance profile) at UQAM in 2015. Over the course of his young career, Jean has had the opportunity to work in Les Minutes complètement cirque and with Destins Croisés, George Stamos, Manuel Roque, Maud Saint-Germain, and Katya Montaignac, as well as appearing in several videos and promotional clips. He joined RUBBERBANDance Group as an aspiring dancer in 2015.

Sydney McManus

Sydney McManus is born in London, Ontario. Following high school she resided in Toronto where she has worked with choreographers and companies such as TOES For Dance, Helix Dance Project, Conteur Dance Company, Bridge to Artists and Transcendance Project. Additional training includes Springboard Danse Montreal where she worked exclusively with RUBBERBANDance Group (Montreal) as well as Frog in Hand (Mississauga) learning both their method as well as their repertoire. She has also worked with MADboots Dance (New York) and Kate Wallich of the YC (Seattle) while also being an emerging choreographer herself. Beyond dance, Sydney is also a commissioned visual artist and designer.

Sovann Prom Tep

Sovann Prom Tep was only nine when he was introduced to urban dance. Taking up the practice, he was quickly welcomed by the Montreal b-boy community. At 13, he became a member of the Sweet Technique group, with whom he participated in many competitions over the years, further developing his talents. To date, he has chalked up over twenty victories and is frequently invited to compete in the U.S.A. and Europe as a participant or as a judge. His passion for the mastery of the body spurred him to enter l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2011; during his time there, he also attended a variety of training workshops. Sovann has had the opportunity to perform works by Mélanie Demers, Estelle Clareton, and (LA)HORDE collective, among others. He recently joined RUBBERBANDance Group as an aspiring dancer.

Paco Ziel

Bellas Artes in Mexico, his country of origin. He won a scholarship to attend Estudio Profesional de Danza Ema Pulido, where he honed his technique and performance skills. Paco came to Montreal in 2011 to continue his training in classical ballet. During his years at l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, he became interested in various movement techniques, in particular, the RUBBERBAND Method. Among Paco’s choreographies, Huapango won first prize at the 2011 Bravissimo competition, and another work, Mexica, garnered positive reviews from eminent Mexican dance critics. He is also a co-founder of the Montreal-based dance collective, Quantum. He joined RUBBERBANDance Group in 2015 as an apprentice dancer.