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  • The Acadian Dancers
    The Acadian Dancers

Choreographers

Anne-Marie Comeau

Anne-Marie Comeau, founder of La Baie en Joie, has been interested in stage arts and dance since she was in elementary shool in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia. Later, she worked with Michel Thibault to create the well-known Acadian persona of Roalba, star of Phil Comeau's Les Gossipeuses. Mrs. Comeau also performed in a stage production of Évangéline by Les araingées d Boui-Boui. At the age of 30, she decided to pursue training in tap. step, jazz and jig dancing. In 1976, she received her diploma from the British Association of Teachers of Dance and joined the Canadian Dancer Teachers' Association. Mrs. Comeau has had a profound influence in the personal and artistic development of La Baie en Joie's dancers and was instrumental in placing the Acadian region of Clare on the map. For her excellence, she has received an honorary doctorate from Université Sainte-Anne, the order of Nova Scotia, the Prix Éloges des Éloizes, l'Ordre de la Pléaide, and was named to the Archives of Canada.

Monette Boudreau

Monette has been dancing since the age of 5. She joined La Baie en Joie when she was 12 and remained with them for 6 years. While she was a Bachelor of Education student at Université Sainte-Anne, she was part of a dance troupe called Les Retrouvailles which was composed mostly of Baie en Joie dancers. Since 1998, she had been assisting Anne-Marie Comeau as one of the artistic directors and choreographers of La Baie en Joie. Monette is trained in step-dance, jazz and tap, and is a graduate of the British Association of Teachers of Dance. She is also a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers' Association.

Maria Hanna

Maria has been dancing since she was five years old. At the age of 7 she was asked to join La Baie en Joie and remained with them for nearly 6 years. She is a graduate of the British Association of Teachers of Dance and the Canadian Dance Teachers' Association. While obtaining her Bacherlor of Education at Université Sainte-Anne, Maria became a member of the dance troupe Les Retrouvailles. Since 1998, she has been assisting Anne-Marie Comeau as one of the artistic directors and choreographers of La Baie en Joie. Maria is passionate about the sounds of Acadian music incorported with the sounds of step-dancing.