An exciting initiative: Springboard curates former Emerging Choreographers whose work has been deemed exceptional and who are at the forefront of the international choreographic scene.

Resident Choreographers

An Exciting Initiative at Springboard

The Resident Choreographer Program was developed for former Springboard Emerging Choreographers whose work has been deemed exceptional and who are at the forefront of the international choreographic scene. Springboard curates these exceptional artists who have been commissioned for international productions. Springboard provides creative residency support, including elite dancers, studio space and informal showings at Place des arts and Usine C.

Residency Perks

Springboard will offer residency perks, such as:

  • 27 hours of rehearsal with Springboard dancers (5 – 7 pm, Monday through Friday) in gorgeous, luminous studio spaces in downtown Montréal;
  • Studio residency time to research and develop work;
  • A cast of 12+ elite dancers, hand-selected for the current edition of Springboard;
  • An informal showing and talk-back during the process, presenting the work-in-progress to local presenters and members of the Montréal dance community;
  • Installation and pop-up opportunities in public locations around the city of Montréal;
  • The opportunity to present previously created work at Springboard’s Emerging Platform at Place des Arts.
  • The opportunity to present a work-in-progress at the final showing, alongside fellow Resident Choreographers, Principal Companies, and Emerging Choreographers at Usine C, Montréal’s avant-garde theatre;
  • Unique opportunities to meet and network with Montréal presenters, curators, choreographers and company directors;
  • Ongoing promotion and enhanced visibility including live-streaming and published videos on social media (Springboard newsletters, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo).


Springboard Danse Montréal is working in partnership with Agora de la danse and with Place des arts to provide our Resident Choreographers with access to studio space, contact with presenters and curators, and visibility within the Montréal community.

2018 Resident Choreographers

Jasmine Ellis

Resident Choreographer 2018 | Emerging Choreographer 2017
Teaser for “Empathy” by Jasmine (2018)

Jasmine Ellis is a Canadian choreographer and dance film director based out of Munich Germany. A graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory, Ellis has worked professionally in dance as a performer and choreographer since 2006.


Ellis’s choreographic stage work has been supported and presented internationally. Most recently; ‘Empathy’ (Munich/Jan 2018). Ellis is a Resident Choreographer for Springboard Danse Montreal 2018. Ellis has been commissioned to create work for: Random Collision (The Netherlands), Springboard Danse Montreal (Canada), OPENFLR (Florence Italy), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada). Ellis has received support for her own work from Canada Arts Council, Kulturreferat der LH München, and the Dufferin Arts Council. Commercially, Ellis has worked for clients including Nikon.

Ellis is an award-winning dance film director and choreographer. In 2011 Ellis co-founded Bad Posture Productions, a group dedicated to making contemporary dance films. Alongside Ellis’s many stage productions, her experimental drama, action and dance film work has grown steadily including outstanding shorts such as PLAN B (2011), INFORMATIE (2014) and most recently CARGO (2017).

Ellis has performed for companies like Dorky Park – Costanza Marcas (DE), Random Collison (NL), Zata Omm – William Young (CA), Satellit Produktion – David Russo (DE), the Bayerisches States Opera (DE), and for many choreographers including Edan Gorlicki (NL), Ido Batash (IS), Anna Reiti (HG), Audrey Bergeron (CA), Brodie Stevenson (CA).

A resident of Munich for many years Ellis is proactive in cultivating a lively independent dance scene in Munich. Co-creator of Munich DancePAT with Katrin Shafitel, Ellis programs and facilities guest artist to teach monthly professional morning training in collaboration with Tanztendenz Munich e.V .

Michael Getman

Resident Choreographer 2018 | Emerging Choreographer 2017
Excerpt of “am i new” by Michael

Born in Israel to a Russian/Jewish parents, Dora & Zacharia.
He received his professional training at the Bat Dor School of Dance, under the directory of Ms. Ordman, Tel Aviv, Israel. After graduating He started his journey as a professional dancer and performer. Michael worked and interpreted works by Ohad Naharin, Amanda K Miller, Marguerite Donjon, Bill Forsythe and Michael Schumacher. At the age 17 Michael joined the young Bat Sheva Ensemble Company Directed By Naomie Perlov and Ohad Naharin. After a year at the Junior company he was invited by Ohad Naharin to join the Bat Sheva Dance Company. In 1999 Michael Joined ‘The Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly Dance Company’, Directed by Amanda K Miller.


Between 2002-2003 Michael was dancing at the Stats Theatre Saarbrucken, Artistic Director Marguerite Donlon, before joining the last season of Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly 2004. His first Choreographic project, a site specific project, was an artistic collaboration with artists from the field of dance, music/sound, and theatre; facilitating an old cotton factory in Saarbrucken, Germany 2003.

Since 2006 Getman is based in Israel and working in the field of Choreography,Theatre and Performance. Michael has been creating throughout the years numerous projects and choreographic works, his works are presented in various festivals and Venues, such as the; International Exposure at the Suzanne Dallal Centre Tel Aviv, Korzo Theatre The Holland Dance Festival, CSC Garage Nardini Bassano Del Grappa Italy, Theatre National De Chaillot Paris, Open Look Festival St.Petersburg, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Graz Oper Austria, The Royal Danish Theatre Copenhagen, Warsaw Jewish Museum, The Israel Museum among others.

In 2012 Michael Collaborated with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra creating the Fire Bird Ballet.
He was consecutively invited by the Cellist and the Artistic Director Zvika Plesser to create a Choreographic score on Schubert’s Quartet The Death and The Maiden, and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, premiered at the opening night of the : ‘Voice of Music- Upper Galilee Chamber Music Festival’. (2015,2016)

In 2015 Michael was assisting the Theatre and Circus Director – Evgeni Mestetschkin with staging and directing the theatre production ‘ Out of Mea Shearim..’, A joint Israeli-German production with ex- ultra Orthodox from Jerusalem.

He has been awarded first and second prizes in two major intentional choreographic competitions.
2008 ‘ CCBC ‘ International Choreography Competition, Copenhagen.
2014 ‘ No Ballet ‘ International Choreographic Competition, Ludwigshafen Germany.
Michael teaches and holds workshops based on research and improvisation for professional and amateurs and for Bachelor and Master programs in different Universities and Art school programs.
Michael continues his artistic search and Choreographic exploration by meeting with the “Daily Reality” and by collaborating with various artists from the field of Theatre, Dance,Music, Literature and Visual Arts.