DANCE ATTACK EXPO FACULTY
YOUR 2017 DANCE ATTACK EXPO FACULTY
MTV Music Video nominated choreographer ,TOKYO, has a very unique induction into dance as he was not introduced to dance till he was a Senior in high school. Tokyo grew up in the martial arts and began training at age 5. By the age of 15 he attained several black belts in various arts in addition to training in Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA (Cage Fighting).
At age 17, after a promising undefeated amateur record, just a few months shy of making a professional career in MMA (mixed martial arts/cage fighting), TOKYO discovered dance and his life changed drastically. Since leaving the “fight” world and entering the dance world, TOKYO has been fortunate enough to have done master classes and choreography in the US, Canada, Australia, Central America, France, Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Mexico and UK for many TV shows, music videos, musicals, studios, companies, colleges, casinos and Cirque Du Soleil. TOKYO is returning from France where he choreographed the largest musical production in France’s history, Adam et Eve. In addition, during his time in France, TOKYO choreographed and directed several music videos and TV shows. Most recently TOKYO choreographed several pieces for SYTYCD-Ukraine as well as for Paula Abdul in Russia. TOKYO is on faculty at the world renowned professional dance studio Millennium Dance Complex as well as guest faculty with EDGE and Broadway Dance Center.
Due to TOKYO’s background in martial arts his approach to dance movement, philosophy and teaching is very unique and has been received and loved by many. TOKYO has recently teamed up with Alisha Captain to produce MOVEtheWORLD, a charity event giving people around the world financial support for medical surgeries and bills.
He is extremely excited to give back to those that have given so much to him, through the art of dance!
Originally from Tottenham, Ontario, Jordan knew she wanted to become a professional dancer when she was eight years old. She started training at the age of 5 in Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and Acro, and was teaching by the age of 12. Shortly after winning the title of “Canada’s Favourite Dancer” on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Jordan immersed herself in acting classes. Her studies quickly paid off when she landed a starring role on the hit Television Series The Next Step. Constantly wanting to explore all areas of performance, Jordan has also appeared on stage in the role of “Eris” in Ross Petty’s 2014 Pantomime, The Little Mermaid, which had a successful run at the prestigious Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Ross Petty cast her again as “Alice” in his latest hit production Peter Pan in Wonderland. Jordan has reprised her role of “Giselle” and can currently be seen Family Channel’s newest series Lost & Found Music Studios, a spin-off of The Next Step, which premiered in January of 2016 and is distributed worldwide by Netflix. In February of 2016, Jordan departed on The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour, a live-on-stage production showcasing the amazing talents of The Next Step dancers. Along with performing in this popular tour, Jordan and co-star Trevor Tordjman have taken on the monumental task of choreographing this exciting production, which, by the end of its run in late 2016 will be seen in Canada, the U.K, Spain, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.
Alisha has been training and studying dance for over 20 years with very strong background in classical ballet. This technical training has aided her development in other styles, including Graham and Horton Modern Techniques, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Pom. She began studying tap and ballet in Louisiana with Susan Ferrera. She later studied at the New Orleans center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). At NOCCA, she was under the tutelage of Jan Miller, former professional dancer with the American Ballet Theater and Joffery Ballet, as well as Miguel Lopez, former professional modern dancer and director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Alisha has studied at the prestigious Boston Ballet and trained with or assisted instructors, including TOKYO, Brooke Lipton, Liz Imperio, Robert Battle and Denise Jefferson of Alvin Ailey.
Upon graduation, Alisha attended LSU to study Fashion Merchandising, and while there, served as a 4-year member and co-captain of the LSU Tiger Girls. following graduation she moved into the role of assistant head coach and Choreographer for LSU Tiger Girls. In 2010, Alisha choreographed and coached the Tiger Girls to their first Hip Hop National Championship, beating teams from 26 other Division 1A Colleges around the nation. In 2011, the team reached their highest ranking in the Division 1A Jazz category at fourth place.
Alisha teaches and judges for dance conventions, studios, and high school and college teams nationally as well as internationally, most recently teaching class at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Alisha has worked with Lynn Spears on projects with her upcoming artists and was assistant Choreographer for Paula Abdul.
Amanda Cleghorn is a well-rounded dancer, teacher, choreographer, and, overall, performer. Her credits include movies, Camp Rock 2, Make Your Move 3D, ABC’s Desperately Seeking Santa, and Honey and tv shows, Glee, The Goldbergs, The L.A. Complex, Canada’s Got Talent and Nikita. Most notably, Amanda appeared on SYTYCDC Season 3, finishing as Canada’s favourite female dancer. She performed on Dancing With the Stars for the promo of the movie Rock of Ages choreographed by Mia Michaels, as a dancer on Xfactor Season 2 and she’s toured, assisted and judged on Jump and Nuvo Dance Convention with many well known choreographers. Amanda has performed in Stacey Tookey’s show Moment’s Defined as a dancer in Still Motion Dance Company and performed with the company at Jacobs Pillow in Massachusettes. She was featured as the lead female in Hedley’s Kiss You Inside Out music video and danced in the Oscar promo with Ellen Degeneres choreographed by Allison Holker and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. She also played the female lead, acting and dancing in a new digital special on ABCSpark called Rise and danced in the opening for the TV Land Awards with Terry Crews. Amanda toured the world with Taylor Swift on the Red tour choreographed by Tyce Diorio, she’s performed on the Grammy’s, Billboards, NBC’s Macy’s July 4th Special, the CMT Awards, American Music Awards and the Brit Awards and is seen in Taylor’s 22, Red and Shake It Off music videos. Amanda’s latest projects include working as a main troop dancer on Season 2 and 3 of the hit tv show Lip Sync Battle on SpikeTV, a performer on the newest summer television show “America’s Greatest Hits” dancing in the finale with Kelsi Balllerini, a dancer in The Hobbit: Kingdoms of the Middle Earth Dance Battle promo video for Kabam entertainment choreographed by Christopher Scott and is a dancer in the feature film Popstar: Never stop never stopping produced by Judd Apatow, choreographed by Danielle Flora and featuring the incredible Andy Samberg. Amanda was most recently an actor and dancer in the new Hallmark Channel movie A Nutcracker Christmas playing the role of Suzanne. She looks forward to continuing her career in dance, film and television.
JAY T SCHRAMEK
Jay is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated performer, educator and adjudicator. His twenty year teaching career spans Canada’s most prestigious post-secondary arts institutions and dozens of dance studios. A graduate of Ryerson University’s dance program and a former Mr. Dance of Canada, he has been a faculty member at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, George Brown College and Saint Lawrence College. Jay has been a guest teacher at: Sheridan College, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Pearson School for the Arts, the Eastern Arkansas Ballet, Duboforce Mexico and the Charlottetown Festival Young Company. He is currently the Tap Director at Dimensions in Dance in Kitchener and on faculty at Toronto’s Metro Movement.
His professional choreographic credits include: Singin In the Rain (Rubarb), The Fan (Odyssey Theatre), The Time of My Life (Soulpepper),The Haunted Hillbilly (Sidemart Theatrical), Little Shop of Horrors (Magnus Theatre) & Dads II (Magnus Theatre). Jay and his wife Kerry Gage own Hoopla Entertainment, providing corporate entertainment for clients such as: Canada Blooms, The Ontario Hospital Association, The Wedding Shows, Perfect Sphere and more.
As a performer, he continues to work in theatres across the continent. He has performed for The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Mirvish Productions, Capitol Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, Stage West, Drayton Entertainment, Clearchannel Entertainment and dozens more. Some of his favourite roles include: Cosmo in Singin in the Rain, Bobby in Crazy for You, Skimbleshanks in Cats, Nana in Peter Pan, Pepper in Mamma Mia, Jimmy in White Christmas, Ethan in The Full Monty, Jinx in Forever Plaid, Cecil in Anne of Green Gables, Batboy in Batboy the Musical, Action in West Side Story, Barnaby in Hello Dolly.
An accomplished voice-over actor, Jay is the voice of Platy the Platypus on Arthur (PBS Kids), Data Bot, Build Bot & Garbage Bot onSpace Ranger Roger (Family Jr), Mr. Security on Inspector Gadget (Teletoon/Netflix), Felix on Trucktown (Treehouse), Blinky on Willa’s Wild Life (YTV / Discovery), Satoru Kakuta on Slam Dunk and Tad in the animated feature Totally Spies-The Movie. His voice has been used by Royal Bank, Microsoft, Pfizer, Subaru, CBC, Aleve, Cepacol, Air Transat, and Motorola. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel’s Mayday, Showcase’s Lost Girl, CBC’s Getting Along Famously, Showtime’s Queer As Folk and the Gemini nominated film From Time to Time. He also provided the motion capture for the lead character Hadyn in the PS3 game Dark Sector.
Jay is one of North America’s most prolific talent adjudicators and has judged and hosted over 100 talent competitions, pageants and festivals across the globe. He is a member and contributor to the Professional Adjudicator Alliance manual, has written articles for The Agent’s Book and had a column in Dance Canada Quarterly. Jay is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award and a Maud Whitmore Scholarship.
Originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada, Kylie has been training in various styles of dance for over twenty-five years. She holds an honours degree in Kinesiology, and her diverse dance background and exposure includes extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre throughout her childhood, and in more recent years has taken to training in contemporary, improvisation, yoga, hip hop, house, and funk styles. Kylie is a founder of Toronto’s Point of View Dance Project, a contemporary company that she co-directs and co-choreographs with partner Amy Adams. Outside of her own work Kylie has also performed in contemporary works by Gadfly Dance Company (Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Portillo), Alias Dance Project (Lauren Cook and Troy Feldman), Keren Rosenberg (Israel) and Marie Lambin. While residing in Toronto she performed in various commercial shows including Toronto Original Choreographer’s Ball, ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche, Toronto PRIDE, Short Dances in Small Spaces, CONTACT, and Dance Matters. She had the privilege of performing alongside pop artist Kiesza at WE Day 2015 in Toronto. Kylie has taught and shared her passion for dance at over 50 different studios and dance companies across Canada; including Toronto’s Underground Dance Centre and Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Centre, both as a faculty member and as a guest teacher. She is also a faculty member with Dance Attack Convention. Kylie aims to inspire and motivate all those who she works with, and is dedicated to a life of making her passion her career.
Since her professional beginning in 1995 Amy Wright has become one of Canada’s most in demand Choreographers. Her work includes feature films, movies of the week, television series, reality TV, commercials and stage musicals, including Canada’s prestigious SHAW FESTIVAL. Amy is the Casting Director, Choreographer and a Producer for the sensational television series The Next Step watched by millions around the world.
Amy Wright makes her career by choreographing and casting projects viewed by International audiences. Her choreography was featured on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Recently in movie theatres: Crimson Peak with Tom Hiddleston, directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Feature Film). On television: Saving Hope (CTV), Lost Girl and Copper (Showcase), Defiance and 12 Monkeys (SyFy), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), Amy is proud of her work on Emmy and Golden Globe winner Grey Gardens (HBO) with stars Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. The IIFA Awards (2011) opening, a “flash mob” with over 200 dancers live onstage, remains Amy’s most watched choreography with over 600 million viewers worldwide.
Over the years, Amy has been fortunate to work with some of the hottest stars in the business: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Hedley, LeAnn Rimes, Will Ferrell, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Colin Farrell, Molly Shannon, Alyssa Milano, Lauren Holly, Colin Mochrie, Hilary Duff and a movie produced by Britney Spears. Amy has choreographed eleven Academy Award Winners/Nominees: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Sissy Spacek, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter O’Toole, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Irons, Virginia Madsen, Helen Mirren, Ellen Page and Jessica Lange!
With an eye always open to new talent, Amy has cast hundreds of dancers for a variety of projects ranging from television’s The Next Step, to Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (Feature Film) and the American Girl movie-of-the-week Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight. She loves watching young talent shine while adjudicating across Ontario for competitions such as: Terpsichore, Fever, Starbeat, Battle of the Next Generation, Ultimate Dance Connection, Breakthru Dance Challenge, Just Dance, Candance.
Cassiah is no stranger to the dance community. She has been a very successful performer/ dancer since the age of 2, where she quickly learned that she had a passion for the performing arts.
Cassiah has obtained her BA Honors in Drama & Communications, Media and Film, as well as her Bachelor of Education teaching diploma. Cassiah has graduated with a gold seal from the ADAPT syllabus teachers training program, where she completed an extensive 3 years of training, under the direction of Brian and Faye Foley in the styles of Tap and Jazz. She also has a very extensive Acro background and has been named a Master Instructor/ Examiner for the Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus.
Emily Einsmann is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Toronto. (Emily’s versatility forges the bonds between technique and artistry, and her co-existing levels of success in both the commercial industry and the contemporary dance world set her apart.)
After years of training under ballet mistresses from The Goh Ballet and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Emily went on to receive her B.F.A in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. Upon graduation, she was immediately launched into the commercial world, and has worked and performed with Hedley, The Weeknd, Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Naughty by Nature, Young MC, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base, Karl Wolf, MuchMusic and YTV, to name a few.
Her dance adventures have taken Emily all over the world, including to China, Dubai, Qatar, and all throughout the USA. Emily recently cast, choreographed and danced in two full length original contemporary works that toured throughout Dubai. She also choreographed the official City of Toronto’s 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony, a record production that drew in over 8000 spectators.
Emily’s dedication to dance and art is evident on and off the stage. Her ultimate goal is to transport audiences with her performance, and to pass on her passion and knowledge to up and coming artists!
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Hayley Paone, born and raised in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada has established a place for her passion in her local district, as well as reaching a wider scale in the GTA. Trained under the direction of Miss Tiffany McLaughlin, Hayley has been greatly influenced and inspired by forming her own styles and teaching methods sharing her knowledge with artists of all ages.
Over the years Hayley has gone onto work with many sought after professionals and continues to help them cultivate in the industry. Hayley is owner and Artistic Director of iNhayle Dance Company where she provides young artists with constant exposure to the professional world while encouraging personal growth in a nurturing company tone.
Paone’s work has been showcased at the Toronto Fringe Festival, as she co-directed and co- choreographed “PROJECT DABDA”, a one-hour contemporary dance production alongside Alvin Collantes as well as the Toronto Dance Expo Gala 2015.
Hayley currently received her level one yoga certification and training and continues to broaden her knowledge and practice. She is a sought after choreographer, teacher, and adjudicator. Hayley is a faculty member and Adjudicator for “On The Floor” as well as Faculty member for “Dance Attack”.
Paone is known for her raw movement quality, style and interesting use of musicality. Specializing in contemporary and improvisation as a movement coach she brings a sense of realism and honesty to everything she teaches. Hayley is fuelled to create from life experiences and has been able to recreate many of these moments with the dancers she works with today.
Kelly is an honours graduate from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program and has been a professional freelance artist in Toronto for 6 years. Dancing for 20 years in multiple disciplines, she has trained with the Quinte Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet and Springboard Danse Montreal. She has worked with esteemed educators and choreographers such as Robert Glumbek, Allen Kaeja, Vicki St. Denis, Nadia Potts, Marie Chouinard, Amy Shulman, Dee Caspary, Tiffany McLachlan and Linda Garneau to name a few. She has been an apprentice and company member with Toronto’s ProArte Danza in their 2009, 2010, and 2012 seasons. Kelly has also performed as a part of Dance Ontario Weekend, Toronto Fringe Festival, Capezio ACE awards, Helix Dance Project, Dance Matters, Human Body Expression, Gadfly, Hit and Run Productions, Transcendance Project, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, Conteur Dance Company and TOES for Dance. In recent years has studied Ohad Naharin’s improvisation technique in Barcelona, Spain and New York City. In addition to performing, Kelly is sought after as a freelance teacher and choreographer. She has been a faculty member with Fresh Dance Intensive and is a faculty member at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, Conteur Dance Academy, On The Floor and is recently certified as a Pilates Level 1 Mat instructor.
Lexy Cox : Founder Full Out Dance
– BFA, CDTA, PAEC, AAC, PAA
Lexy is a diverse performer, choreographer and instructor specializing in a variety of dance styles. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA program, majoring in Theatre
Performance and Dance. Her additional dance certifications include, the Canadian Dance
Teachers’ Association, the Performing Arts Educators of Canada, and the Acrobatic Arts Canada. Lexy is also a qualified dance adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance.
As a choreographer Lexy has worked across Canada and the US on projects such as Mini Pop Kids, Mirvish Travelling Stage Artist Educator (Matilda), Shrek The Musical at Rainbow Stage, Dance Attack, One Night Only Musical (Dora Award Winner- Now Audience Choice), Port Hope Capitol Theatre Company, New York City’s Theatre Arts Centre, City Dance Corps, CNE Rising Star Talent Competition, Illuminite Toronto, Bravo Academy, The Players Company, and Google Learning Mini Series.
Her performance credits include; Bound For Broadway (NYC Theatre Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre), Cory Lee’s Cruel Intentions Music Video, ET Canada, Much Music’s Best Dance Crew Commercial (New Music Live), Madonna Bazaar (Opera House), High School
Musical 2 live on Stage (Jonathan Randall Productions), Peter Pan (Royal City Musical Theatre Vancouver), as Velma Kelly in Chicago (Treehouse Theatre), and as Bombalurina in Cats
(Stanley Theatre Vancouver).
For more information and bookings please visit www.fulloutdance.ca.
Dwayne”Boneless” Gulston was amazing on the 2011 T.V show “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”. He performed some of the best Hip Hop this country has ever seen!! Now he’s giving back to his community by inspiring youth in Toronto and across Canada. Immigrating from Trinidad & Tobago to Toronto Canada he is taking advantage of his unique story to start a very successful dance career. Instrumental in developing mandatory dance classes in the Toronto District School Board with his company Mayhem Bros, he continues to offer this program throughout multiple public, private and catholic schools!!”
Business woman by day, Rebecca Reinhart works professionally in the industry as an actor, dancer, director and choreographer. Her choreography can be seen in musicals, and music videos working for artists such as Paper Lions, Lights, Classified, Jake Robertz and MUGZ and a 2-time award winning production NUMBERS on Broadwayworld.com. Recently creating, directing, acting and casting projects such as, AGAPE, Hope for the Hopeful Unknown – which was featured in the Toronto Short Film Festival, They’re Always Watching, and Would You Babe with Ubiquity Records in Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) and was single-handedly selected to be showcased in the Toronto Silent Film Festival, Rebecca is continuously working in her field of passion in the arts.
Recently holding lead female role (dancer) in Alx Veliz’s U & Me Music Video, she continues to dance her life into greatness. Seen performing in dance shows around Canada, some more current examples include live stage and music video performances for Alx Veliz, Gord Bamford, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, has performed for Warren G, and sassed up many stages with nuvo-burlesque for Chic-a-Boom Room and the Calgary Stampede. Rebecca has won numerous dance awards growing up, twice receiving the overall award in the scholarship based performance company The Young Canadians, the Groove Street Dance award granting her a scholarship to Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver.
Acting plays a large role in her life, stemming from years of training with The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede as a triple threat performer, Meisner with Robyn Kay, The Dirt Underneath with John Gordon, and other acting classes from renowned Directors and Actors. Holding many lead roles, Rebecca is starring in a web-series ‘Lynn & Louise’, and was on the big screen at the Calgary International Film Festival as Kiran in ‘A Tune for Her’. Rebecca feels comfortable both in-front-of and behind the camera. Speaking as the Master of Ceremonies, and hosting numerous shows, Rebeca’s drive and outgoing personality all work together towards her love for the spotlight.
Her strong and diversified technical dance background allows Rebecca to work within many fields in dance. Entrepreneur by day, she opened Dance Educators International with Meaghan Giusti and Heather Saum. Their goal is to continuously build a strong community of dance teachers around the world. Rebecca herself has coached children in performance and acting for the Calgary Stampede Talent Competition in, has been teaching dance since 2004, and has now moved on to adjudicating dance competitions: Kiwanis Dance Festival, The Ultimate Dance Connection, Millennium Productions and an all-styles battle at Hip Hop Krismas. Rebecca has traveled across Canada to adjudicate, and is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA).
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Rebecca has over 20 years experience as an accomplished dancer, teacher, choreographer and adjudicator from Mississauga, Ontario. Growing up in the dance world, she trained extensively in all dance styles with some of the industry’s top teachers and choreographers. In addition, she also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. Rebecca has choreographed and performed for many professional and commercial shows throughout North America including; Fever After Dark, Raise the Rhythm, Fresh Blood (The Chimera Project), New Blue Festival for Emerging Artists, Toronto Raptors Junior Dance Pak, Block Party featuring Calvin Harris, Monsterball London, Women in Dance, Ray-Dance Gala, Sketch (the Canadian National Exhibition), Toronto Dance Teacher Expo Showcase, Breaking Formality (York University BFA). Rebecca also spent two years dancing as a company member with contemporary dance company POV Dance Project. Rebecca was selected as a featured choreographer at the Young Choreographer’s Festival in 2015 (New York City), as well as at Peridance Capezio Center’s, APAP showcases (New York City). She was a five-time recipient of the Award for Young Choreography and was the recipient of the George Lon Choreography Award from DMA in addition to many other accolades that her artistic and innovative work has received. Rebecca is also in the process of choreographing her first full-length show.
Not only does she present professional work at various shows and festivals, Rebecca has extensive teaching and choreographic experience with students of all ages. She loves working as a guest teacher and choreographer and is constantly working at studios, intensives and workshops across Canada, with her work receiving much acclaim. Many of her students have gone on to pursue professional dance careers as well as students training at Joffrey Ballet School (New York City), Toronto Dance Theatre and performance dance programs at Ryerson University, York University and George Brown College. Rebecca loves to share her versatile knowledge and experience with the next generation of dancers as an adjudicator as well. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and passion as an artist is undeniable and it is her honor to be able to share this with the dance community.
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Shawn’s diverse experience as a performer, choreographer, instructor and adjudicator have taken him all over North America and Europe. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta – he trained extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, street styles and vernacular styles under Variations Academy of Performing Arts. Upon graduating from Victoria School for the Performing Arts, Shawn moved to Vancouver to be a part of The Source Dance co. directed by Joanne Pesusich. He then worked with Royal Caribbean Productions for three consecutive contracts the final working as an aerialist in an all arial show directed by Jeremy Plummer (C5 Productions, Miami). He then made the bold move to London, UK where he worked commercially as a dancer/choreographer for 2 years. While in the UK Shawn gained contracts in Italy, France and the Netherlands for contemporary and commercial works. He currently resides in Toronto, ON and works commercially as a dancer/choreographer and instructor. An ACTRA Apprentice member – Shawn’s major credits in both North America and Europe include: “The Next Step” – Family Channel, “Victoria Duffield” – chor. Luther Brown, “Dartmoor” – dir. Steven Spielberg, “Mark Masri” PBS Special, “Converse”, “HP/Intel”, “MTV” & “Samsung”.
Jessica Ford began developing her unique style at the age of 4 at top studios in the GTA. She gained a strong technical foundation at Performing Dance Arts and Joanne Chapmans School of Dance. Throughout her dance career, Jessica has always been known for her intense, yet gentle quality of movement and ability to connect with an audience. Jessica graduated from an arts high school as a modern dance major, receiving her Regional Arts Program certificate, and went on to graduate from the George Brown Dance program affiliated with Ballet Jorgen. She has had the opportunity to work with inspiring choreographers including Hanna Kiel, William Yong, Jessica Runge, Jade Whitney, Colleen Snell, Lauren Runions, Leon Blackwood, Scott Fordham, Alyssa Martin, Daniel McArthur and many more. She has been featured in music videos and on stages all over Ontario; performing at Hit the Floor: All Stars (Gatineau), The LabCab Festival, Limitless, Choreoball, New Blue Festival and The Parahumans Dance Showcase: SO FAR, to name a few. Jessica is the founder and artistic director of Kalos:The Program; a contemporary training program aimed to bridge the gap between commercial and concert dance. She is also the Artistic Director and Manager of Human First Dance (HFD); a new developmental project geared towards giving professionals in the industry a safe place to train and perform in the city. Recently, Jessica signed a partnership between HFD and CAMH to help raise money for mental health research and treatment. She has choreographed in such events as A Night at the Moniker, Fever After Dark, The Choreographers’ Ball, Raise the Rhythm Fundraiser, 1234, Dark Dance Showcase, OIP Company Showcase, The Industry Showcase, New Blue Festival, Mezzotint, Let The Elephants Dance and Ray D’ance Gala among many others. She is an award winning competitive contemporary choreographer aswell as a sought out workshop instructor due to her vast knowledge in improvisational skills . Jessica is also on staff with Dance Attack Workshops and Competitions. Currently, Jessica is the head of the jazz and contemporary departments at three competitive studios in Toronto and has won an abundance of choreography awards for her work with these studios. She teaches 3 weekly open classes at The Underground Dance Centre, focusing on contemporary technique and improvisational skills. She is part of The Garage collective and contemporary company, i/o movement. Jessica is known for her risk taking choreography and ability to have a non-artistic audience, find relativity in her work. She strongly believes in connecting a performer and a viewer through pieces created around real human experiences, aka the company name; Human First Dance.