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Garcia-Ribala Montoya

Creation Laboratory - Flow

My creation process is based on a mixity of different practices. Drawing inspiration from martial arts, the physicality and fluidity of a variety of contemporary dance styles along with the lyricism of ballet and neoclassical styles, I blend these different components to shape and inform my perception of movement.


I work with all the unique resources I have available to explore all possibilities of movement. I encourage strength training and agility to facilitate moving through different levels with fluidity, combining some acrobatic floor work with standing broad movements which travel across space. Relying very much on musicality for dance inspiration allows me to explore advanced pathways of coordination and work with body isolations, waves and spirals to create complex and interesting pathways of movement, and to support the artistic expression of the movement through lyricism and emotion behind gestures. I continually reach for refined intricate and physical partnering focused on a fluid, organic and smooth execution. 

Garcia-Ribala Montoya

Creation Laboratory

June 6 to 10

2:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

(20 hours)

Wilder Building

Studio: to be confirmed

Pricing and


DAC pro - $ 180 ($9 / hr) | Standard- $ 260 ($13 / hr)


Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya, from Spanish and Equatorial Guinean origins was born in Madrid, and received her conservatory diploma at the age of 17. She landed her first job with the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2, and after two years there briefly joined the ranks of the Ballet du Rhin in France. Vanesa was next hired by Les Grands Ballets, in 2006. She was promoted to demi-Soloist after two years, then to Soloist, and to First Soloist three years later. She was promoted to Principal dancer under Ivan Cavallari’s direction in 2017 becoming the first Black female dancer holding that title in the history of the company and in the Canadian Ballet scene. The company became her true home, and Montreal the setting for her personal and professional development. 


Today, Vanesa is also a choreographer, and teaches and collaborates often at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec and also works with different schools in Montreal. She discovered in herself a true passion for artistic creation, and offers her works to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Parlami d’Amore program, Luna program), and for fundraisers, charitable causes and festivals in Canada, Europe and Asia. She has additionally done collaborations with well-known artists, among them Martha Wainwright, Raine Maida, Chantal kreviazuk, Ravid Kahalani from “Yemen Blues” and Orchestre Métropolitain as part of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. She has collaborated also with OSM, Festival Stella Musica, Festival Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal,Fall For Dance North Festival in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada. Vanesa has collaborated with different musicians like neoclassical pianist Alexandra Stréliski, amongst many other artists in Canada. In addition Vanesa has also participated in different dance films and dance video projects, one of her latest short dance documentaries was featured at Festival du Film sur l’Art FIFA 2020 “The challenging dance” by Alexandre Paskanoi Her recent participation at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur offers a film by Louis-Martin Charest, “Le vol de l’Épervier”, a solo piece performed and choreographed by Vanesa on the musical composition of F.H. Leclair, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal. Her latest dance film project was in support of Black Lives Matter movement, «Reflexion», a film by Matthew Richardson featuring different black artists from Montreal. DANCE TRAINING 1994-1997 Conservatorio Profesional de Danza of Madrid 1997-2003 Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza of Madrid     DANCE CAREER 2003 Jeune Ballet d’Europe 2003-2005 Compañia Nacional de Danza 2 2005-2006 Opéra national du Rhin 2006 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Corps de ballet) 2008 Promoted to Demi-soloist 2009 Promoted to Soloist 2016 Promoted to First Soloist 2018 Promoted to Principal Dancer DANCE REPERTORY Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya has performed as a soloist dancer in several ballets including Rubies (George Balanchine), Rassemblement (Nacho Duato), The Rite of Spring and Le regard d’Orphée (Stijn Celis), Sleeping Beauty (Mats Ek), Leonce and Lena (Christian Spuck), The Firebird (Marco Goecke), The Nutcracker (Fernand Nault), Roméo et Juliette (Jean-Christophe Maillot), Cantata, The Four Seasons (Mauro Bigonzetti) and The Queen of Spades (Kim Brandstrup), The Little Prince (Didy Veldman). Her repertoire also includes ballets from world-renowned choreographers such as Duende, Coming Together, Arenal, L'Amoroso, Jardí Tancat, (Nacho Duato) Six Dances, Forgotten Land, Bella Figura and Symphony of Psalms (Jiří Kylián), Polyphonia (Christopher Wheeldon), Arbos, Danz and Minus One (Ohad Naharin), Searching for Home, Dream Away (Stephan Thoss), RE-,II (Shen Wei), Frisking (Wim Vandekeybus), Ondine (David Nixon), Désert d'amour (Dominique Bagouet), Dance, Chamber Suite (Lucinda Childs), Episodes (George Balanchine), Noces among others.