Variations Mile End

école de danse

Variations Mile End Dance is a community-minded school located in Montreal's Mile End. It's a dance school that prioritizes creativity while teaching discipline and technique. Variations ME Dance is about body-positivity, individuality and openess and serves as an alternative to competitive programs.



Katherine Dube - Founder, Artistic director and teacher

Katherine began her training as a principal dancer, soloist, and choreographer with the DanceEast Young Company. After receiving the Canada Council of the Arts maximum grant she continued her studies with the professional training program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she continued working with celebrated artists and dance authorities. 

After moving to Vancouver in the early 1990s, she continued creating and performing extensively with bands ( The Cinch )( Anemones )singing and playing guitar and keyboard, touring North America.

In 2004 she became a mother and during that same year she became YMCA-qualified gaining her certificate in fitness training. In 2006 she moved to Montreal and in 2009 received an AEC certificate in Early Childhood Education from Vanier College.

With 25 + years experience and involvement within the arts, Katherine believes in nurturing the creativity and self-confidence of our children. The Variations dance classes will encourage early body awareness, implement a practice of self discipline while sharing a varied repertoire of music and movement. 

In short: Variations hopes to ensure a future affinity and appreciation of the arts, respect for others and connection to their community.


Katherine a commencé sa formation de danseuse, soliste et chorégraphe avec le DancEast Jeune Entreprise. Après avoir reçu le Conseil des Arts du maximum de la subvention elle poursuit ses études avec le programme de formation professionnelle à l’école du Toronto Dance Theatre, où elle a continué à travailler avec des artistes célèbres et des autorités de la danse au Canada.

Après avoir déménagé à Vancouver au début des années 1990, elle a continué création et l’interprétation extensive avec une bande chanter et jouer de la guitare, en tournée en Amérique du Nord.

En 2004, elle est devenue une mère et au cours de cette même année, elle est devenue YMCA-qualifié gagne son certificat de formation de remise en forme. En 2006, elle déménage à Montréal en 2009 et a reçu un certificat AEC en éducation de la petite enfance du Collège Vanier.

Avec 25 ans d’expérience et l’implication dans les arts, Katherine croit en stimulant la créativité et la confiance en soi de nos enfants. Les cours de danse Variations encourageront la conscience du corps précoce, mettre en œuvre une pratique d’auto-discipline, tout en partageant un répertoire varié de musique et le mouvement.

En bref: Variations espère assurer un avenir affinité et l’appréciation des arts, de respect d’autrui et la connexion à leur communauté.


Kaitlyn Ramsden- Kaitlyn teaches Jazz, contemporary and ballet classes for Variations.

Kaitlyn Ramsden is a Montreal based dancer, choreographer, and video maker. Kaitlyn started dancing at Arts Umbrella in her hometown Vancouver B.C. under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard. During her time at Arts Umbrella, Kaitlyn had the pleasure of dancing for Crystal Pite, Cherice Barton, Donald Sales, Aszure Barton, James Kudelka, and Roberto Campanella. Since moving to Montreal Kaitlyn has completed her bachelor's degree in English and History at Concordia University and co-founded Project Contrabête, a collective that explores the intersections between movement, the body, presence, and video. 


Kaitlyn Ramsden est une danseuse, chorégraphe, et vidéaste basé à Montréal. Elle a commencée la danse à Arts Umbrella dans sa ville natale, Vancouver B.C. sous la direction de Artemis Gordon et Lynn Sheppard. Pendant ses études à Arts Umbrella elle a eu le plaisir de danser pour Crystal Pite, Cherice Barton, Donald Sales, Azure Barton, James Kudelka, et Roberto Campanella. Depuis son déménagement à Montréal elle a reçu son baccalauréat en Littérature d’Anglais et l’Histoire à l’Université Concordia et elle a co-fondé Projet Contrabête pour explorer les intersections entre le mouvement, le corps, la présence et le video.



Eryn Tempest- Eryn teaches contemporary and somatic work, dance Improv, Tap, and Yoga for dancers,


Eryn Tempest is a contemporary dance artist and certified yoga teacher from Edmonton, Alberta. Her formative training was in improvisation, release work, contact improvisation and a Japanese practice called Noguchi Taiso under the guidance of Gerry Morita of Mile Zero Dance and Kathy Ochoa of K.O. Dance Productions in Edmonton. In 2012 Eryn moved to Montréal to pursue her studies at Concordia University in the contemporary dance department. She has since graduated from the program and now works as a choreographer and dancer in the Montréal community. 


Guest Teachers

Janelle Hacault - Janelle teaches jazz, hip hop, ballet and contemporary

Janelle Hacault is a professional contemporary dance artist and educator from Winnipeg, MB and currently based in Montréal, QC. She is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers, trained actor, and holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Winnipeg.  She is co-founder of Nova Dance Collective, .6 Ricochet, and co-creator of, an online dance hub focused on promoting dance education and performance for the professional Manitoba dance community.  Janelle has taught for over 6 years at various schools including Masterworks Dance Studio, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Encore Studios.


Kimberley De Jong- Kimberley teaches hip hop and contemporary classes

Kimberley is a dancer for Monumental, and has toured internationally with Godspeed You! Black Emperor. She has danced full time with Compagnie Marie Chouinard and taught at Vancouver's Arts Umbrella. Kimberley's website is here


Kimberly est danseuse pour Monumental et a participé à la tournée internationale de Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Elle a dansé à temps plein avec la compagnie Marie Chouinard et elle a enseigné à la Vancouver's Arts Umbrella. Pour plus d’informations, vous pouvez consulter son site Web ici. 



Guest teacher- Nathan Yaffe- Nathan teaches hip hop and contemporary classes

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Nathan Yaffe has established an extensive artistic presence in Canada since immigrating in 2007. He has since collaborated with many dance and theatre artists on both sides of the border, most notably: Peter Bonham (Le Groupe Dance Lab), Hélène Langevin (Bouge de Là, Inc.), Brian Brooks, Katie Ward, George Stamos, Harold Rhéaume, Sasha Kleinplatz, Peter Trosztmer, Audrée Juteau, Kate Hilliard, Dorian NuskindOder, Sonya Stefan, Mollye Maxner. He was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Best Supporting Actor for the role he created in Molly Maxner’s play Occupied Territories (2015). Nathan’s own choreography has been presented in New York, Ottawa and Montreal. His last work, The Johnsons, was presented by Tangente in Montreal as part of Danses Buissonières_Classe 2014 at le Monument National. The_Johnsons 00:11:56, a dance-film he created in Los Angeles with Elisha Yaffe, was presented at Cinedans festival in Amsterdam, FIFA in Montreal, and Dancemakers Film Festival in Toronto. The_Johnsons 00:21:51, an interactive video-dance installation was presented in Montreal at the Darling Foundry, Eastern Bloc and Monument National. His choreography was most recently featured in the short film, Welcome Back (dir. Elisha Yaffe). Nathan received his BFA in Dance from Purchase College in New York. During that time, he also trained at Codarts in Rotterdam