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KATE HANSON, CONTEMPORARY

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Kate was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where she committed herself at an early age to extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop. She gained a wide knowledge in modern and contemporary dance while attending the School of the Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School. Upon relocating to Toronto to pursue her professional dance career she attended the George Brown Commercial Dance Studies Program where she studied dance, theatre performance, vocal, and acting. She has since deepened her understanding of contemporary dance; studying improvisation theories presented by such artists as William Forsythe, Justine Reeve and Eric Franklin. She has lead various improvisational workshops through Alvin Collantes, P.O.V Dance Project and Echo Dance Company. She is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and has gained a reputation as a respected dancer and teacher in Toronto and surrounding area. She has had the privilege to train and work under such respected artists as Megan Lawson, Hanna Kiel, Siona Jackson, Joeri Dubbe (Amsterdam), and Jason Stroh (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks). She has been involved in various film and live theatre performances in Toronto including Diamond Rings music video, Dance Ontario, Re(mix) (Valence Movement) and Mezzotint (Beehive Collective). Kate has developed into a skilled and innovative choreographer, receiving several accolades in the past years. As a multi versatile teacher and choreographer Kate teaches workshops and sets choreography for various studios across Canada. This past winter Kate produced, directed and choreographed her first full length show ‘Imminent’ which held up to her choreographic reputation. Her dedication and drive to better herself and those around her is noteworthy. She feeds off her creative growth and is not afraid to court her humility in the process. She is passionate about her career and is actively involved in the Toronto arts community with her teaching and performing throughout the city.

 

GEORGE ABSI, THEATRE JAZZ

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Pursuant to his long time love for the arts,  George has been a professional dancer for over thirteen years. He has been training in all genres of dance - Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary, since the age of 13. He was born and raised in Ottawa, ON where he did most of his training which includes A.D.A.P.T and R.A.D. In order to further his training, George moved to Toronto in hopes to pursue his career as a professional dancer. He first landed a job working for Carnival Cruise Lines. When he returned to Toronto, he danced for International Artist PSY, Deborah Cox, Kreesha Turner, Fefe Dobson, Aleesia and Classified, to name a few. George performed and appeared on several television shows and commercials; this past year he appeared on Breakfast Television, Toronto International Film Festival, he acted on the T.V hit show Party Mama’s Season 4 and “Threads" a short film as a news anchor. He appeared on Cineplex commercials and Tim Horton’s Web Commercials. Over the years, he also danced contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop for various independent shows such as Pandora's Box Choreographer Shamika Blake, Notre Dame De Paris Choreographer's Vlad and Linda Garneau. He also performed in a world wide TV broadcast for The 2015 Pan Am Opening Ceremonies with Cirque Du Soleil and The 2015 Pan Am Closing Ceremonies both for 50,000 plus audience. George is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of T.D.C Entertainment catering to main event functions and corporate events such as The Luminato Festival, The Teddy Bear and The Bell Celebrity Gala. George was also nominated for his work for The Star Alliance Awards for best outstanding choreography for special events. In late 2016 George made his debut in the theatre with his first musical Beauty And The Beast, which took place in Halifax, NS. Soon after, George traveled to Kamloops, BC to perform a role in Mamma Mia, where he also acted as Dance Captain. He will be continuing with the Mamma Mia cast early this spring at the Aquarius Theatre in Hamilton, ON. These days you can catch George teaching drop in classes at various dance studios in the downtown Toronto area. George believes that with hard work and determination you can conquer anything in life.

 

LISA LATOUCHE, TAP

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Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Lisa’s recent credit includes original cast member of SHUFFLE ALONG on Broadway choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe.  With the cast she was appeared at the 70th annual TONY Awards and Maya & Marty on NBC and became recipient of the Fred Astaire award for “Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway show” and the A.C.C.A. Actor’s Equity Award for “Outstanding Broadway Chorus”.  She appears as a principal dancer in an episode of Amazon's Original TV series Z- The Beginning of Everything starring Christina Ricci, with choreography by John Carrafa. Previous highlights have also included touring with Savion Glover productions in STEPZ, and also performing in both New York's Off-Broadway and the North American touring casts of STOMP.   She was also in the original ensemble of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards "Sophisticated Ladies" where they performed weekly at The Cotton Club in Harlem and also a member of Jason Samuel Smith's company A.C.G.I.  Lisa has performed, choreographed and taught world wide on various independent projects and was also faculty member of the School of Jacob's pillow under the direction of her mentor Dianne Walker. She appears as guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City and loves sharing her passion within eager up and coming professionals of all ages.  She is currently continuing her studies in acting Susan Batson Studios, and works with vocal coaches Shelton Becton and Susan Eichborn Young.  She believes whole heartedly that we are all to trust and follow our inspirations and welcome a journey of unlimited opportunities.

 

SHAVAR BLACKWOOD, HIP HOP

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Shavar "Caution" Blackwood was raised in Detroit, and has been living and working in Toronto for the last 10 years. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with many outstanding choreographers and performers such as Allen Kaeja, Luther Brown, Sean Cheeseman, Siona Jackson, Mandy Moore, and Bill T Jones. His passion for dance lets him take his ideas of the hip-hop culture to the next level by fusing it with different forms of dance such as Contemporary, House, Vogue, Popping, & Krump. These principles have allowed him to achieve a Top 14 spot on Season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, was a featured dancer in the lifetime movie “Aaliyah The Princess of R&B”, danced in the Family Channel show “Naturally Sadie”, and perform with artists such as Cascada, Mcfly, George Nozuka, Divine Brown, and Jacksoul. A well sought out choreographer and teacher, Shavar has taught for many institutions, including National Ballet School of Canada, City Dance Corps, OIP Dance Centre, Canadian Dance Company, Wonderland Dance Company, Ontario School Of Ballet and Academy of Ballet & Jazz. He has choreographed for events such as Sick Kids Canada, Toronto’s Choreographers’ Ball, Bazaar, Fever, TDSB Martin Luther King Remembrance Day celebration at Roy Thompson Hall, and was the winner of Manifesto Dance Competition. In summer of 2012 Shavar founded a program called “The Male Initiative” which is a collective of artists whose goal is to get more males involved in dance by creating a welcoming environment for emerging male artists to train. Program participants receive mentorship from experienced and qualified male dance professionals, as well as provide a professional platform for them to perform and express themselves.

 

LINDSAY AQUIN, JAZZ FUNK

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Lindsay started dancing at the age of 4 and has never stopped. Realizing her love for dance she began studying at Unionville School of the arts and for the past 3 years Lindsay has continued her journey at George Brown Dance. She began in the Commercial Dance program broadening her entertainment skills through singing and acting and after graduating decided to continue on in the Performance Dance Studies program to solidify her training and technique. Through the program Lindsay has had the pleasure of working with amazing chorographers such as, Daryl Tracy, Gadfly, Nicola Pantin, Dana Bondy, Derek Sangster, Hanna Kiel, and Anisa Tejpar and has really started to find herself as an artist. She was also accepted and attended ProArte Danza SIP 2014 and Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Summer Intensive 2014 and 2015 working with amazing choreographers Hanna Kiel, Alysa Piers, Ryan Lee and Gadfly. Lindsay is trained in a wide variety of dance styles and has had several performance opportunities working with other known choreographers such as Scott Fordham, Derick Robinson and Chris Knowles. Lindsay also teaches in the competitive and recreational program at Wonderland Dance Company and is a teaching assistant at, The Dance Project workshop. She has also recently accepted a position as a fitness instructor at Barreworks Studio and with her love and strong passion for dance, she is going to push forward into the future and keep reaching for more. Her overall goal is to encourage learning, self-expression, and inspire. “Dance enables you to lose yourself and find yourself at the same time.

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LINDA GARNEAU, CONTEMPORARY

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Choreographer, educator, and student, with an MA in Dance Studies from York U. Linda is the artistic director of the Helix Dance Project, whose works include The Waiting Room, Rain, Unearth, and Integration. Theatre credits include three seasons with The Shaw Festival, as well as productions for Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre, National Theatre Centre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Tarragon Theatre Company, and Sheridan Theatre. Other credits include the Opening Ceremony for the Pan Am Games (Guadalajara), Juno and Gemini Awards, and repeat guest choreographer for Stars on Ice. Linda continues to enjoy freelance choreography, teaching both at home and abroad, and is in her second year of York’s PhD program in Dance Studies.

 

JOSH ASSOR, THEATRE JAZZ

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Josh is a New York based award winning choreographer and performer. Throughout Josh's career, he has worked some of the most respected jobs including Broadway, National Tours, National Commercials, Film and Television. He has performed in major venues across the world including United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Josh was recently the Asst. Choreographer of the Saturday Night Fever North American Tour (North Core Prod.). Other previous credits include Disney's 1st National Tour of Newsies (asst. Dance Captain), Neleus in Mary Poppins on Broadway and the 1st National Tour, Baby John In West Side story (Stratford Festival), Wizard Of Oz National Tour (Troika), and dancing on NBC's Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon. He has worked regionally in productions such as The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast and Aida the Opera. Josh has been featured in Dance Canada Quarterly, Industry Dance Magazine and Dance Plug (Los Angeles). He has taught at Edge Performing Arts Center and is on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

 

SORAH YANG, HIP HOP

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GEORGE ABSI, JAZZ FUNK

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Pursuant to his long time love for the arts,  George has been a professional dancer for over thirteen years. He has been training in all genres of dance - Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary, since the age of 13. He was born and raised in Ottawa, ON where he did most of his training which includes A.D.A.P.T and R.A.D. In order to further his training, George moved to Toronto in hopes to pursue his career as a professional dancer. He first landed a job working for Carnival Cruise Lines. When he returned to Toronto, he danced for International Artist PSY, Deborah Cox, Kreesha Turner, Fefe Dobson, Aleesia and Classified, to name a few. George performed and appeared on several television shows and commercials; this past year he appeared on Breakfast Television, Toronto International Film Festival, he acted on the T.V hit show Party Mama’s Season 4 and “Threads" a short film as a news anchor. He appeared on Cineplex commercials and Tim Horton’s Web Commercials. Over the years, he also danced contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop for various independent shows such as Pandora's Box Choreographer Shamika Blake, Notre Dame De Paris Choreographer's Vlad and Linda Garneau. He also performed in a world wide TV broadcast for The 2015 Pan Am Opening Ceremonies with Cirque Du Soleil and The 2015 Pan Am Closing Ceremonies both for 50,000 plus audience. George is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of T.D.C Entertainment catering to main event functions and corporate events such as The Luminato Festival, The Teddy Bear and The Bell Celebrity Gala. George was also nominated for his work for The Star Alliance Awards for best outstanding choreography for special events. In late 2016 George made his debut in the theatre with his first musical Beauty And The Beast, which took place in Halifax, NS. Soon after, George traveled to Kamloops, BC to perform a role in Mamma Mia, where he also acted as Dance Captain. He will be continuing with the Mamma Mia cast early this spring at the Aquarius Theatre in Hamilton, ON. These days you can catch George teaching drop in classes at various dance studios in the downtown Toronto area. George believes that with hard work and determination you can conquer anything in life.

 

JOHNATHAN MORIN, TAP

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Johnathan Morin is one of Canada's finest tap dancers on the scene today. Born and raised in Edmonton, Johnathan has been sought out internationally to perform and teach.  He is the co producer of  "Rhythm and Sound" with Cori Giannotta which had 2 sold out shows at the TDC Studio Theatre during the summer of 2015. Last year Rhythm and Sound sold out 2 shows on Sept 11th,2016 at Dancemakers in the distillery district of Toronto. Most recently Rhythm and Sound was presented in Edmonton by the Feats Festival of Dance dancing to a sold out audience on June 30th!  In 2015 he was faculty at Tapperfest and the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference in Toronto. In 2014 he was on faculty and performed at the Vancouver Tap Dance Festival as a principle role in Danny Nielsen’s Love. Be. Best. Free. Previously he made his presence felt in the United States performing with Lisa La Touche's "Tap Phonics" at Tap City's International Showcase in New York In 2013. He also had the pleasure of tap dancing in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative. Other accolades include 2010 cutting contest champion at the Vancouver Tap Festival, 2nd place in 2010 Northern Star Talent Search and a finalist in the fourth season of SYTYCDC. He most recently went on tour in BC with Love.Be.Best.Free for 3.5 weeks. Johnathan lives in Toronto, working as a choreographer with the acclaimed studio "The Tap Dance Centre" and also teaches all around the GTA.

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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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