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TEYA WILD

Teya Wild, is no stranger to the limelight. As a child, Teya discovered a love for acting. She has worked on projects such as, Head Over Heels, A Storm In Summer, The Outer Limits, Radio Disney, Kohl’s Clothing, AmSouth, Kodak, and Crystal Light, to name a few. Following her acting career, dance quickly became a passion of Teya’s. She began a professional dance career at a young age and as a passionate learner, she used every opportunity as a means to better herself and her craft.

Training and competing professionally her whole life, Teya's expertise include a wide variety of styles such as, Hip hop, foundations (popping, locking, house, breaking), jazz, lyrical, theatre, contemporary, tap, and pointe to name a few. Teya is also a R.A.D. ballet honours graduate.

Teya’s hard work and drive has led her to world wide opportunities. Some of Teya's credits include: Touring the US with recording artist Hailee Steinfeld, Assisting Choreography for Actor/Singer: Laura Marano, The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Feature Film- Step Up 5: All in, Freaky Friday, Disney’s Descendants 2 & Descendants 3, Rocky Horror Picture Show – Skeleton Dancer, Make Your Move, So You Think You Can Dance Canada: Season 4, Zapped  (Disney film), Much Music Video Awards (PSY performance), Over the Rainbow, Russell Peter's Christmas Special, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Lightning Thief, Victoria Duffield's Western Canada Tour, Spectacular (Nickelodeon film), Another Cinderella Story, Centre Stage 2: Turn it Up.

Teya is a judge and adjudicator for many competitions across Canada. She has toured all over Canada and the US dancing and teaching Hip Hop's history. She has over 15 years of experience teaching and choreographing high-ranked competitive dancers from all over the world. She is continuously pushing her dancers to new heights and teaching them the skills and importance of being a well rounded dancer/performer.

Teya currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she is continuing her professional dance career. Since moving to LA, she has been fortunate enough to work closely with leading industry choreographers such as, Luther Brown, Aakomon Jones, Draico Johnson, Nappytabs, Rosero McCoy, Teresa Espinosa, Tony Testa, Kenny Ortega, and Keone & Mari, to name a few.

As Teya continues to travel back and forth between Canada and the United States, she is consistently setting new goals for herself and helping to guide the next generation to follow their dreams and never stop believing in themselves.

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JULIANA KELLY

Dance has always been a big part of Juliana's life. Beginning her training age of three, she studied in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, pointe, and acrobatics at a competitive level, where she competed across Canada and the United States. Since 2004, her focus has shifted to specializing in tap dance.

Upon graduation of high school, Juliana joined Downbeats Tap Company under the direction of Cathy Duncan where she danced for two years performing in the East Coast Tap Conference (ECTC), Taking the Rhythm Train, Embrace the Rhythm, Toronto's Live in Culture Campaign and many other shows across Ontario. Currently Juliana works as a contributing artist with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative (TRI), a collective of tap dancers committed to voicing the artistry of Toronto’s professional tap dance community. With the Toronto Rhythm Initiative she has performed in eleven TRI shows to date. She has sat on the faculty for TRI's Youth Ensemble for many years, and in 2016 began working as co-producer for the Summer Youth Intensive. Juliana spent time studying abroad with Heather Cornell, and performed in Walk To The Beat (Nyack, New York), Rhythm Lives! (Montreal Tap Festival) alongside living legend Arthur Duncan and members of Tapestry Dance Company, as well as performing in the Inaugural Toronto Body Percussion Festival (Allison Toffan). Most recently, Juliana performed in Ron Davis' Symphronica, and The Inaugural Toronto International Tap Festival (both choreographed by Dianne Montgomery), as well as Rhythm & Sound's Illumination (Johnathan Morin and Cori Giannotta), and sat on faculty for the Rhythm, Body,  & Soul Tap Festival (Calgary). 

Juliana's love of dance has also led her to many opportunities as an educator including guest choreography and classes, summer intensives, workshops, conventions, seminars, and adjudication. Her main focus is as a teacher and choreographer, with a specialization in tap. She has received multiple accolades for her work, and her students are well known in the dance community for their technical and musical excellence. In 2016, Juliana founded The Rhythm Ensemble, a pre-professional tap dance company dedicated to providing unique training and performance opportunities. She strives to spread the love, and respect of tap dance and it's community to all her dancers

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KIM O'NEILL

Kim O’Neill is an established dancer, teacher, and choreographer.  She is trained extensively in all dance disciplines under the direction of her former teacher / mentor, Matthew Clark.  She is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, and is also the proud owner of the O’Neill Academy of Dance in London, Ontario.

Kim continues to peruse her dance career, represented by Da Costa Talent Agency in Toronto.  With more than a decade of professional work under her belt, Kim has become a well- established dancer and performer.  Kim began her professional career as a featured dancer for the Helix Dance Project, (Linda Garneau), and in Je Danse, dance company (Siona Jackson).  Kim has performed at numerous industrial shows including the Bell Celebrity Gala, the Crystal Ball Charity Event, the C.I.M Awards, the Contessa Awards, the Steve Nash Charity Event, World Pride 2014, the 2016 / 2017 Hold Em’ for Life Gala, the Gilda Awards (dancing alongside Eric McCormack), the Mary Kay Event Gala, and the Chandelier Ball” (Elgin Theatre’s 100th anniversary spectacular ), to name a few. Kim completed a series of appearances on CBC's "Over The Rainbow,” "Warehouse 13’s” finale episode (42nd Street segment), The Strain, Beauty and The Beast, Bomb Girls (CTV), and “Canada’s Smartest Person.”Kim can be seen in the motion pictures "Save the Last Dance 2: Steppin Up,” and "Camp Rock", starring the Jonas Brothers.  She also had the pleasure of working on the popular t.v series “Schitt’s Creek” as a dancer / dance stand in.  Kim was also a top 100 finalist for the Canadian Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, Canada.  

Kim’s theatre credits include: Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Song and Dance", Drayton Entertainment's, "Aladdin", "Cinderella", Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Dance Legends (2010 / 2011), Big Band Legends, Rock n’ Roll Legends, Assistant Choreographer / Dance Captain / Dancer in Dance Legends at The Grand Theatre, and in “Return to Grace” (RGA Productions) and the Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2014 and the Fallsview Casino (2015 and 2017).  Kim was also thrilled to join the Canadian National Tour of Return to Grace in 2015 / 2016, as well as, continue the tour in Bangkok, Thailand (2015). A highlight for Kim was having the pleasure of dancing as a soloist for Canadian Country Music Star / Singer, Chad Brownlee, at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards.

Kim has had the honour of assisting many re-known choreographers including Matthew Clark, Gino Berti, Jeff Dimitriou, Trudy Moffatt, and Sean Cheeseman. She continues to train, adjudicate, and teach master classes across North America.  She was the choreographer of the Canadian National Jazz and Modern Team in 2010 / 2011 alongside Jacques Monfiston, and is also a choreographer for World Performers Canada, and the Five Star Dance Company.  You can also find Kim teaching guest classes at Metro Movement Dance Studio (Toronto), and at the new Millennium Dance Centre (Toronto), in various disciplines of dance.

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ROSS WIRTANEN

Ross Wirtanen is a dancer whose years of training in urban dance styles has made him one of the top upcoming artistic directors/choreographers in the Canadian entertainment scene. He has won countless awards for his choreography and performances in numerous festivals and competitions throughout Canada and the U.S.A. Dancing professionally since the age of 18, Ross has been fortunate enough to travel all over North America and train intensively in L.A., New York, Toronto, Vancouver and San Diego, under some of the world’s most renowned street-dance teachers and choreographers.

Presently residing in Toronto, ON, Ross is the director of RiaToss Productions, his own theatrical, performance-art company. Known for their fashion–forward and edgy multidisciplinary pieces, RiaToss has performed works at notable Toronto venues/events such as The Carlu, Casaloma, The Spoke Club, World Pride and FAT – Fashion Art Toronto. He is currently a key artistic director for the FLAUNT Festival, a wearable-art and fashion extravaganza taking place once a year at Harbourfront Centre. He is on faculty at various dance conventions/intensives and choreographs for studios throughout the country, all while continuing to work commercially as a dancer, choreographer and stylist.

Some of Ross’ credits include: “The Descendants 3”, “The Descendants 2”, Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, PSY, Nicki Yanofsky, INXS, DJ Tiesto, The JabbawockeezET Canada, "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B" and more… With such a diverse and extensive knowledge of pop culture and movement, Ross is continuously driven to expand his versatility as a dancer and push the boundaries with his unique choreography and artistic direction.

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ANDREW DRAGERT

Andrew started dancing at the age of five and it has become his passion ever since. Finishing his Regional Arts Program Certificate at Cawthra Park Secondary School where he had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers Allen Kaeja, Darryl Tracy and Michael Trent. On his final year of competing, Andrew won Mr. Dance Canada and had been selected to be the “Face Of Fever” at Fever International Dance Championships in the 2012-2013 season. His professional career started as an apprentice in the Rutherford Movement Exchange’s first debut production entitled “Ascension,” under the artistic direction of Stephanie Rutherford.

Working with such passionate and talented dancers in Toronto and abroad Andrew was inspired him to broaden his horizons. Some Televised opportunities Andrew has had the chance to work on would be The Next Step, Backstage, Reign, The 2015 CCMA Awards comedy segment, The 2015 Pan American Games closing ceremony and The 2015 Para Pan American Games opening ceremony. Andrew has had the opportunity to dance in Stephanie Rutherford’s production “Ascension,” Vlad Novitski’s production of “Checkmate,” Ross Wirtanen and Tia Haraga’s “Marina Antoinette,” the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival, and the 2016 Toronto Beaches Jazz festival. Most recently Andrew had the opportunity to dance for Blake McGrath at his I Am Blake McGrath Tour. A new goal for Andrew is to move his way into being a choreographer as well as a dancer. Some Choreography opportunity’s accomplished to date would be a opening number for the I Am Blake McGrath Tour, a piece for the Canadian Mental Health Association Conference 2018, and a opening number for a movie screening for “Paper Year.” One goal Andrew has had for some time was to become a drop in teacher in Toronto and he has met that goal by becoming faculty at The Underground Dance Centre as well as Millennium Dance Complex Toronto.

Andrew continues to train, take class, and teach at competitive and drop in dance studios throughout Ontario. His passion, determination and hard work are what have pushed him this far in his career and he plans on continuing to pursue his dream for many years to come!

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"My students love TDP! Amazing faculty, positive atmosphere and a well organized event, we always leave inspired! Hands down one of the best conventions in the GTA”

Marie Julien, Director,
Wonderland Dance Company

“The personal attention given to dancers and teachers makes for a positive and educational convention. Guest Faculty are not only knowledgeable professionals in their field, but deliver and communicate material as a teacher, not just a working artist. Above all, the charismatic energy Jennifer fosters at The Dance Project is contagious and permeates throughout the entire convention”

Christine Tavares-D’Angelo,
Artistic Director, Protégé Dance Company

“The staff is super friendly and welcoming to all involved - as a faculty member its amazing to feel so supported, respected, and welcomed to be able to share an authentic experience with a positive and interested group of dancers. TDP creates an incredible learning environment, making dancers of all ages and levels feel fully encouraged to reach to their highest potential, push for greatness, and connect with others.”

Allison Toffan, 
Toffan Rhythm Projects

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