2018 DANCE ATTACK STUDENT EXPO FACULTY

YOUR 2018 DANCE ATTACK STUDENT EXPO FACULTY

JORDAN CLARK

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.

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.

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KERRY GAGE

Kerry currently resides in Toronto but has spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival. She just choreographed HMS Pinafore for the 2017 Stratford season. Other productions she has worked on include Crazy For You, Fiddler On The Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot, and Two Gentlemen of Verona.You might have seen her on the CBC reality TV show Triple Sensation Season I and II as a dance judge and choreographer.

She has spent 13 seasons at the Charlottetown Festival as part of the creative team and the Director /Choreographer of the Confederation Centre Young Company.  Kerry was also the Children’s Casting and Resident Director for the North American premiere of The Sound Of Music with Mirvish. Her performance credits include: Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Gigi, Love’s Labour’s Lost, My Fair Lady, Romeo & Juliet, The Boyfriend, The Gondoliers (Stratford Festival); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, and Guys & Dolls (Stage West); Grease (Elgin Theatre); Oedipus Rex and Hansel & Gretel (Canadian Opera Company.)

Her choreographic credits include: Mamma Mia, Shrek-the Musical, Elf-the Musical, Miracle on 34th Street, Rocky Horror, Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Wizard of OZ, Anne Of Green Gables, Forever Plaid, Nunsensations, The World Goes Round, Annie, the Canadian premiere of Batboy – The Musical, My Way, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Hello Dolly, and Songs for a New World.

Kerry is co-owner and Creative Director of Hoopla Entertainment. She has taught at many theatre institutions such as Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, St.Clair College, St.Lawrence College, Etobicoke School Of the Arts, and George Brown College.

Kerry has been a dance adjudicator for festivals across Canada for twenty years.

“To dance is to be out of yourself, larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” Agnes de Mille.

AMY WRIGHT

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.

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KYLIE THOMPSON

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.

REBECCA ZIZEK

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.

VICTORIA BALDESARRA

Victoria Baldesarra began dancing at the age of 3 years old and began competitive dance at the age of 6. Victoria trained at The Canadian dance unit in Bolton, Ontario for over 11 years.

Victoria has been very involved in the dance workshop circuit training and dancing at Jump, Nuvo, West Coast Dance Explosion, NYCDA, Ash, The Pulse, Coastal Dance Rage, The Dance Awards, VIP Dance Events and has been awarded many scholarships and titles. Victoria currently works for PureDance, RawMotion, On The Floor, Dance Attack and VIP Dance Events workshops. She was also a member of Team Canada’s National dance Team who won a Bronze medal in Germany in 2010.

Victoria is best known for her lead role as Michelle in the Family Channel   Universal kids and Disney Channels hit series The Next Step. Victoria has toured with The Next Step to many different countries around the world performing in The Next Step Wild Rhythm International tour. Victoria also stars in Family Channels and Netflix hit TV Show, Lost & Found Music Studios, where she sings and acts! Victoria also appears on the hit Global (Canada) Ion network,(United States) ABC Spark (United States) TV series Private Eyes.  Recently Victoria signed with Lang Models and Management in Toronto and Nomad LA Management and modeling agency in Los Angeles. Victoria is has also become very involved in The Influencer market working with many influencer companies in Canada and the United States. Victoria is represented professionally by Parent Management in Toronto and Primary Wave in the Los Angeles and is pursuing a professional career in Acting and Dancing.

TARA PILLON

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Tara Pillon is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. She graduated with honours from Ryerson University, where she received a BFA in Performance Dance. Tara received her Certificate for Russian Pedagogy in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is an in-demand teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator throughout the GTA. She currently teaches ballet at Toronto’s own, Millennium Dance Complex. Tara has performed professionally with Ballet Creole, Gadfly’s Urban Dance Repertory Company, emiMOTION Dance Company, Human Body Expression, Avinoam Silverman Dance, and Creativiva. She can be seen dancing in the Hallmark film A Nutcracker Christmas, and in Diversion, a dance film by Avinoam Silverman. Tara has also choreographed with Creativiva for events such as the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Ricarda’s Grand Opening, and the Allstate Honor Ring Banquet. Most recently, Tara choreographed with Clarence Ford for The Tenors’ latest music video. Tara is the Co-Artistic Director of ACE Dance Theatre, a professional contemporary dance company based out of Toronto, Ontario, as well as The Ballet Lab, a comprehensive training program dedicated to developing and fortifying a dancer’s foundational technique.

 

EMILY EINSMANN

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!

For inquiries please contact: emily.einsmann@gmail.com

Instagram: @emilyeins

JAC VALIQUETTE

Jac began dancing at the age of 2 at her family’s dance studio in Guelph, ON, where she has since trained in styles such as tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop (w/ Gadfly). At the age of 13 she began training and taking classes in Toronto in addition to training at her studio. In 2010 she began dancing with the O.I.P Dance Company under the direction of Danny Davalos, where she trained for four years and was given the opportunity to meet and train with many of Toronto’s best choreographers.

 

In 2013, she joined BOSS Dance Company under the direction of Leah Totten which provided her with many opportunities as a dancer. Jac has since performed in shows such as We Day with Kiesza, Toronto’s Choreographers Ball, The Industry TO as a two time elite dancer, the mainstage for Toronto Pride, The Juno’s red carpet performance with Shawn Desman, Choreographers Cup in LA and many other live dance shows as well as concept/music videos. In addition to training in Toronto and Guelph, Jac has travelled to many cities such as L.A. and New York to train with top industry choreographers and become more versatile. She has also attended many Monsters of Hip Hop Conventions where she has received scholarships and been given the opportunity to train with many of the Industry’s best.

Jac is currently a faculty member at The Underground Dance Centre, DancelifeX, Rhythm2Dance, Kindred Culture, and AnnaMarie Oliver School of Dance. She teaches a wide range of ages from 5 to professional in a variety of styles and has a true passion for teaching. She recently was part of the faculty for the Rhythm2Dance winter camp alongside Bam Martin, Josh Williams, and Jerome Esplana. She has presented work at showcases such as Fever After Dark, Toronto’s Original Choreographers Ball, The Bazaar Dance Showcase, The Industry Night, and Boss Dance Company Productions to name a few.

 

LEXY COX

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.

REBECCA REINHART

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, LightsClassified, 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 Watchingand 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 VelizGord 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 FestivalThe 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)

 

BONELESS

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!!”

SHAWN BRACKE

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

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.

KAYLEE CACCIOTTI

Kaylee Cacciotti, 19, born and raised in Sudbury Ontario, has been gracing the stage since the young age of 2. Kaylee has trained extensively at her mother’s studio, Happiness is…Dancing,  in all disciplines of dance. Over the past 15 years, she competed with her local dance studio regionally, nationally and internationally, earning many prestigious titles, awards and scholarships. Fortunate to have trained with many professional choreographers and artists at various conventions and open classes, Kaylee has expanded her knowledge and artistry in the field of dance. Currently, Kaylee is enrolled in the Performance Dance program at Ryerson University. This program will allow Kaylee to fulfil her passion and assist her with entering the professional dance world.

In the last five years, Kaylee has also been employed as a teacher and choreographer. As well, she has been an assistant at several dance workshops in Ontario. Her energy, knowledge and enthusiasm in the classroom has motivated and inspired many young dancers. Kaylee is always striving to learn something new and continues to set higher goals for herself. Kaylee is looking forward to new and exciting opportunities that will leverage her dance career.

 

CHELSEA KING

Miss. Chelsea’s love of dance has grown since starting at the age of 2. She is a national champion in Canada and the United States, winning numerous scholarships and titles. Chelsea was trained at Dimensions In Dance which is the top studio in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region.  Chelsea studied dance with the internationally renowned choreographer and studio owner Kimberly Kay, the mega talented and Dora Mavor Award nominated performer, educator and adjudicator Jay T. Schramek. Chelsea started her ballet training at age 3 and has strong technique training from the talented Katherine Kuwabara, R.A.D.  Chelsea has many exams under her belt, obtaining Distinction for all ballet exams and is currently working to achieve her Solo Seal Award, which is the highest vocational  graded examination at the Royal Academy of Dance. Chelsea has successfully completed her Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Certificate Program and is now RAD certified. Chelsea has successfully completed her studies in child psychology, anatomy and kinesiology, body conditioning and health & safety. She is also a member of the Professional Adjudicator Alliance. Chelsea has also been a guest choreographer at Dance Attack workshops. Chelsea’s training is extensive and continues to attend and participate in many workshops, teacher expos and seminars to bring your children the most up to date dance training.