stories & testimonials
Caroline Laurin-Beaucage has been active in the dance world for over 20 years. In addition to her work as a performer and choreographer, she is a co-founder of lorganisme, a lecturer at Concordia University and a visiting professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
After her training at the School of the Toronto Dance Theater, Caroline spent some time in New York City, where she noticed that many of her fellow professional dancers had second jobs. It was with this idea in mind that Caroline called the DTRC upon her return to Montreal, hoping to acquire skills in graphic design as a parallel career. She quickly realized that graphic design wasn’t for her and turned instead to teaching Pilates, a career she led alongside dance for 10 years. “Pilates allowed me to learn about dance, anatomy, and reading the body.”
Up until then, Caroline had never considered a career transition per se. It was only after experiencing a medical ordeal that she had to start thinking about it. At this point, she was able to count on support from the DTRC:
“During this precarious period, I started from zero. It has been very rich going through the whole [career orientation] process.”
After 20 years on the job market as a performer, Caroline decided to go back to university:
“In my situation, I had no access to any other financial aid. Thanks to the DTRC scholarships, I had the space to build a foundation, and was able to devote myself to returning to school.”
Caroline is currently completing her Masters (MA – Individualized Program in Fine Arts) at Concordia University.