Dance in Quebec
Dance in Quebec includes dances that are specific to the province of Quebec, Canada, it comprises traditional group, couple, and solo dance as well as contemporary jazz, ballet, and modern dance. There are a number of dance companies and dance schools.
In late 17th century, English country dances, contredances, cotillions, and minuets were popular. The most known dance was the bastringue. In the 18th century, reels and jigs were introduced to Quebec from the British Isles and British colonies in America.
Dancing had traditionally been monitored by the Catholic clergy of the province of Quebec, which often used its social and moral influence to ban dancing altogether in many villages and towns.
Dance continues to evolve in Quebec today. Famous dance companies are Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and the La La La Human Steps modern dance troupe of choreographer Édouard Lock. There is also the École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal
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