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.

Béatrice Larrivée

Béatrice Larrivée’s passion for dance began at a very young age, leading her to move to Montreal in 2008 to study ballet at l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec. Graduating from the school’s dance program, she left for Vancouver to continue her training under Artemis Gordon at Arts Umbrella. During her post-secondary studies, she performed works by Crystal Pite, Lesley Telford, Marie Chouinard, Aszure Barton, Tom Weinberger, and Sharon Eyal, among others. In parallel to her study program, she worked with Heather Myers, danced in several projects by Paras Terezakis, collaborated with Marie Chouinard, and took the workshops of the Hofesh Shechter Company at the Banff Centre. At Springboard Danse Montréal in 2016, Béatrice worked exclusively with RUBBERBANDance Group and joined the company that same year.

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.

 

Dana Pajarillaga

Dana Pajarillaga is a native of Washington, D.C. She was first introduced to the world of dance through urban dance. After training at CityDance Conservatory in Bethesda under Lorraine Spiegler, she moved to New York to study at the Juilliard School, performing in works by José Lìmon, Merce Cunningham, and Nacho Duato. At the same time, she gained further experience by taking workshops at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, the Cunningham Repertory Workshops, and at Springboard Danse Montréal, where she worked with Victor Quijada, Andre Pena, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Emily Molnar, and Brian Brooks. Dana joined RUBBERBANDance Group in 2017.

Jerimy Rivera

Jerimy Rivera hails from New York, where he was initiated to gymnastics as a child. After accumulating a number of experiences with the New York City Ballet, he decided to dedicate himself entirely to dance. He continues to perform as a young dancer for the Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. While training at Steps on Broadway, Jerimy broadened his repertoire, exploring contemporary dance, hip-hop, ballet jazz, and musical theatre dance. As a teenager, he studied for two years at the JKO School of American Ballet under Franco Devita and Raymond Lukens, then joined the junior branch of Manhattan Youth Ballet. Jerimy continued his training under François Perron and Nadege Hottier at the French Academie of Ballet, and in 2012, toured with West Side Story – The Musical. In 2013, Jerimy moved to Montreal to join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, dancing with the company for four years. He joined RUBBERBANDance Group in 2017.

Zachary Tang

Born and raised in Texas, Zack Tang began his dance training at Dancescape, under the direction of Joyce Beck. He then graduated from The High School for Performing and Visual Arts in 2007, under Luanne Carter. He also trained in programs at Ballet Austin, Tulsa Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Perry Mansfield, and Springboard Montreal. Upon receiving his BFA from The Juilliard School, under Lawrence Rhodes, Zack won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for choreography. He has worked with choreographers Peter Chu, Victor Quijada, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Larry Kegwin, Mark Morris, and Darrell Grand Moltrie, and performed works by José Limón, Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Nijinska. In 2012, Zack was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch”. Before joining RUBBERBANDance Group in 2013, he spent two years with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.

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.