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The following dancers are currently working with José Navas/Compagnie Flak:

Lindsey Renee Derry

Lindsey Renee Derry is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in San Francisco. She is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College, Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance – summa cum laude – and Certificate in Arts Management. She was the recipient of the 2006 Thayer Fellowship, a prestigious award given by the New York Foundation of the Arts to outstanding State University of New York graduates pursuing careers in the arts. As a performing artist, Derry has worked with RIOULT (Pascal Rioult), Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and TAKE Dance (Takehiro Ueyama) in New York City; Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF Dance Company and Hope Mohr Dance in San Francisco; and José Navas/Compagnie Flak in Montréal, Canada. In 2012, Derry launched L i n s d a n s to serve as the platform for her solo performance work and teaching. One year later she premiered POR∙TRAI∙TURE, a curated evening of solo choreographies by José Navas, Sidra Bell, Iratxe Ansa, Alex Ketley, and Derry garnering her an esteemed Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) for her performance. Since then, with the support of American Dance Abroad, festivals, and residencies she has had the opportunity to perform POR∙TRAI∙TURE and her new solo show Would_She in Greece, Germany, Canada, Bulgaria, China and the United States. retour

François Richard

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, François Richard began his dance training at the DancEast Dance Centre. In 2004, he was invited to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where he graduated with honours in 2006. Since then, his career has taken him across Canada, the United States and Europe. He has danced for professional companies such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Atlantic Ballet Theater of Canada, and as a principal dancer for Ballet Ouest de Montréal and Eddy Toussaint’s Reconstruct’Art Multimedium, among others. François has also taught for schools and companies in both Moncton and Montréal, including Concordia University, Ballet Ouest de Montréal, Eddy Toussaint’s Reconstruct’Art Multimedium, DancEast Dance Center, the Atlantic Dance Academy and Danse Virtuosa. He first worked with José Navas during Springboard Danse Montréal 2010 and joined the Company in the summer of 2010. retour

Lauren Semeschuk

Originally from Saskatchewan, Lauren Semeschuk began her training as a Ukrainian dancer. Early on, she toured across Canada, the United States and Brazil with Pavlychenko Ukrainian Folklorique Ensemble. Then, after a brief detour into accounting, she continued her training at Ryerson University, where she received her BFA with Honours in dance in 2008. Her professional career has included a diversity of projects with numerous choreographers and companies, including Human Playground (Milan Gervais), Nico Archambault, Astrid Lloyd, Delicate Beast (Dorian Nuskind-Oder) and Compagnie Marie Chouinard. In 2009, she joined José Navas/Compagnie Flak; she also started working as rehearsal director for the Company in 2012. retour

José Navas/Compagnie Flak also had the opportunity to collaborate with many dancers during its rich history of over 20 years, including:

  • Douglas Scott Baum
  • Billy Bell
  • Alejandro De Leon
  • Sarah Fregeau
  • Ève Garnier – Rehearsal Director
  • Hanako Hoshimi-Caines
  • Alexandre Jolicoeur
  • Cori Kresge
  • Benjamin Landsberg
  • Waldean Nelson
  • Mira Peck
  • Erin Poole
  • Eldon Pulak
  • David Rancourt
  • Ami Shulman – Dancer, Rehearsal Director
  • Emilie Tremblay
  • Chanti Wadge
  • Maleek Washington
  • Jeff Wolfe
  • Jamie Wright – Dancer, Rehearsal Director