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Jacqueline Lemieux Prize

Travis Knights

Travis Knights

Photo: Damian Siqueiros

Current Winner

Travis Knights

Travis Knights is a tap dancer. Born in Montréal, he was introduced to the rich oral tradition of tap by his teacher, Ethel Bruneau, at age 10. At 13, he danced with his idol, Gregory Hines, and he has been working ever since. He went on to travel the world, spreading his love of rhythm across four continents, touring with Tap Dogs, Tapestry Dance Company, and the self-produced Tap Love Tour. In 2019, Travis finished a two-year community development residency at the Tranzac Club, in Toronto, hosting the Jazz United Jam, a weekly jazz jam session aimed at reconnecting musicians with dancers. In April 2021, Travis will debut his one-man show called Ephemeral Artifacts with a three-week residency at the Theatre Passe Muraille, in Toronto. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario, and hosts The Tap Love Tour Podcast, featuring interviews with a myriad of inspiring tap dance artists.   

For more information, visit Travis Knights’ website. 

What is this prize?

The Jacqueline Lemieux Prize recognizes the work of an established dance professional who has made an outstanding contribution to dance in Canada.

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How to qualify

Established dance professionals who submit an eligible application to the Explore and Create program are automatically considered for this prize. The winner is selected based on the assessment of the grant application.



Who created this prize?

This prize, which was established in 1980, is given in memory of Jacqueline Lemieux's profound contribution to the development of Canadian dance. Co-founded with her husband, Lawrence Gradus, of the Montreal dance company Entre-Six and of Québec Été Danse, a summer school in Lennoxville, Jacqueline Lemieux was a teacher, administrator and member of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Advisory Panel.

For more information

Jennifer Cherniack

Program Officer, Prizes

E-mail: jennifer.cherniack@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5265

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5265

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