Dance Dance Department Chair
Josée Garant has had an active career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and administrator. A Native of Canada, Ms. Garant received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival, a BFA (honors) degree in Dance from York University in Canada and graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada Teacher Training Program.
After a successful career as a freelance modern dance performer, Garant shifted her focus to choreography and to the education of young dancers. She joined the faculty of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. During this long association she created the Modern Dance and Choreographic Programs, was the director of the postgraduate Aspirant Program and collaborated as a choreographer on many productions with Winnipeg’s GroundSwell New Music Series.
As a choreographer Ms. Garant has garnered numerous choreographic awards, including the Youth America Grand Prix competition in Connecticut and at the International Choreographic Competition in St-Sauveur, Québec. In 1988, Ms. Garant was nominated by l’ADISQ for a ‘Felix’ for Stage Direction and for Scenographer of the Year for her work with singer songwriter Daniel Lavoie.
Ms. Garant’s choreography has had an international impact and has been presented on many stages around the world ranging from the Olympia Theatre in Paris to the New York Joyce Soho Theatre. Her work has been produced by diverse organizations such as by the Festival of Women in the Arts in North Dakota, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Du Maurier New Music Festival, and by the 1999 Pan American Games. She has created works for international dance competitions held in Istanbul, Tokyo, Jackson Mississippi, and New York City.
Prior to joining SCGSAH, she founded Josée Garant Dance in Miami, Florida, a company with a dedicated mission to educate, promote, and increase the public’s awareness, knowledge and appreciation of contemporary dance and arts. While living in the Miami area, she also worked at New World School of the Arts and Harid Conservatory and was awarded the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Choreographer Fellowship Award. Ms. Garant has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Dance Association from 2008 to 2012.