MONTREAL, OCTOBER 18, 2011- JP Dubé, the 19 year old sensation who made it as a top 14 finalist in the most recent edition of CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada (SYTYCDC), will spend some time with more than 200 dance students of LaurenHill Academy (2505 Cote Vertu) in St. Laurent on Thursday, October 20 (12:45 p.m.).
Dubé just completed his CEGEP studies at Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne and says his career plan was to begin studying architecture at the Universite de Montreal this year. “That is on hold right now,” says the resident of St. Laurent. “I think I want to see what I can do in dance. My grades are strong enough that I will still have the architectural studies to fall back upon.”
A spectacular hip hop dancer, Dubé credits his hard work, concentration and passion for dance for boosting him into SYTYCDC’s Top 22 and staying on until the Top 14 round. “After wanting it for so long and completely dedicating myself to reach this goal, it felt totally surreal and it took me awhile to really realize that I had made it,” said JP.
Unlike other competitors this past season, JP did not start dancing until his early teens; however, he says “it was an instant love!” Since then, he has participated in many workshops and trained at various studios in Montreal, practicing different styles of dance including hip-hop at Studio A, ballet with Sonia Belazovjeh, and ballroom with Season 1 alumni Danny Arbour.
As an aspiring hip-hop master, JP is looking forward to seeing SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge Luther Brown on a regular basis, saying, “he has so much knowledge on hip-hop, but he doesn’t only teach choreography, he spreads his knowledge as well.”
Claiming his fashion style is a mix between urban and hipster, this hip-hop dancer says he most relates to Season 1 winner Nico Archambault. “I admire how he inspires young people by sending positive messages to today’s youth through his dancing abilities,” said JP. “He also showed Canada that boys can dance too!”
JP feels that Canadian dancers are one of a kind because, as he says, “we work hard for everything that is given to us!”
LaurenHill has an extraordinary dance program. Dubé says he is anxious to get back to teaching and would love to do so at the high school level.