Meet the Bloom Squad
Founder & Curator
With a passion for dance and youth, Valérie is a dance entrepreneur and founder of Danse Bloom.
Growing up in Quebec, she has over 13 years of experience working with youth, first as a Dance Teacher and then as Coordinator for national and international exchange programs. This love of dance helped her though highs and lows, built her self-confidence and made her a creative problem solver.
Since launching Danse Bloom, Valérie has seen the benefits of creating a space for young dancers to invest in self-development by connecting them with local leaders. The goal of Danse Bloom is to highlight the human behind the dancer and to create raw conversations about common challenges.
With a value for education, Valérie completed the Simonson Method of Teacher Training in New York with Lynn Simonson and Teresa Perez Ceccon. She has an AEC in Dance Education and a Double DEC in Dance and Arts and Letters from Cégep de Drummondville. Always curious to learn about different cultures, she traveled in 15 countries while completing her BA in Communications and Human Resources Management at McGill University, UQAM and ULB in Belgium.
When Valérie isn’t creating projects for Danse Bloom, you can find her in a coffee shop meeting new people, training in a dance studio or planning her next trip.
Originally from Belgium, Robbert-Jan grew up doing urban freestyling. Breakdance taught him how constraints lead to creativity and being part of a team demonstrate diversity. Freestyling allowed him to see positivity in failure. Now, he's using this knowledge in his career in the creative tech industry working on films and games.
By joining Danse Bloom, Robb wants to bring technology and innovation to the conversation. Highlighting opportunities that tie dance into other industries is fundamental in the development of our youth. He is seeking out other like-minded organizations to collaborate with on this adventure. Reach out to him: email@example.com.
Erin is a 16 year old girl who has loved dancing, music, and performing all her life. She trains extensively in all forms of dance for many hours each week, and competes on the local and regional scale. Dance has always been an impactful outlet for Erin; she has developed self-confidence and creativity, and is constantly learning and growing through her passion of movement.
As Community Activator, Erin acts as advocate for Bloomies. Don't be shy next time you see her and say hello! She brings creative ideas and supports the Bloom Squad with decision making. Erin is honoured to be involved with Danse Bloom and hopes to highlight and start conversations about all aspects of young dancers and their communities.
When working towards our goals, it’s important that we are surrounded by inspiration and wisdom. The Advisory Committee is a group of talented individuals who bring many lessons and experience to the table. They believe in what Danse Bloom stands for and are supporting the Bloom Squad in creating meaningful experiences for Bloomies. They are our rocks and go-tos for any gut checks. We are grateful to have such powerful and diverse members on our team.
Advisory Committee Member
Dance Artist | Choreographer
As a graduate with classical piano training, a double DEC in Literature, Cinema, Theatre and Dance, and a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance from Université du Québec à Montréal, Gabrielle is a well-rounded artist. She thrives in creation, a passion driven by a hungry curiosity. She plays with how to embody the presence of a dancer on a day-to-day basis and communicating emotions with the body for full self-expression. She has been a member of Collectif Danse To Go since 2014, and has had several roles within the organization from Dancer and Choreographer to Communications Manager. She released her first choreographic creation as a soloist at Tangente in 2016.
Advisory Committee Member
Senior Executive | Speaker | Coach
Ludovica is a C-suite, Senior Executive in Marketing and Technology, with leadership experience developed through managing and founding companies in 6 countries across the globe. She started her career managing over 35 international regions at a global corporation. Ludovica later founded a startup incubator targeting the creative economy, produced international media festivals, and designed award-winning branding strategies. A curious explorer, Ludovica is a former professional dancer, a certified yoga and dance teacher, who choreographed and directed dance companies internationally.