Join us for our Annual Fall Dance Intensive
Date / Location
Sunday, October 27th, 2019
@ Creative Edge Dance Studio
1160 Blair Rd #11, Burlington, ON
Click here to download the full registration package:
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
Junior / Elementary
11:20-12:20 Lunch (optional Technique Clinic)
2:40-3:40 Jazz Funk
Intermediate / Senior
12:20-1:20 Lunch (optional Technique Clinic)
1:30-2:30 Jazz Funk
*Technique Clinic is optional and FREE for registered students and teachers during lunch hours
About the Technique Clinic: This is an optional offering to students who might want to spend some one on one time with a teacher to address some specific issues they might be dealing with. For example, one might have problems with pirouettes and a new pair of eyes might bring a solution.
2019 Guest Faculty
La Toya aka MsToya Robinson (Bedeau), has been dancing since she was able to walk. She was thrown into dance by her parents when she was just 3 years old and has been dancing ever since! Technically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics, she has competed across North America with one of Canada’s top dance studios, Canadian Dance Company. Travelling to America’s top dance competition in South Carolina, MsToya and her studio won many championship titles and appeared on various tv shows. With the support of her parents, Ms Toya excelled at dance, but also in the world of sports. Playing baseball, vollyetball, basketball and running track, she was named MVP in high school and played on many winning teams!
Her love of sports continued past high school as she ventured on to work with almost all the major sports teams in Toronto. Starting in 2002, she was a dancer/cheerleader for the Toronto Blue Jays, dancing at home games and pumping up the crowd during innings. For 3 seasons from 2002-2005, she was part of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, dancing at all home games, doing charity work in the community and even travelling to El Paso, Texas and Newfoundland for some preseason games! In 2008 and 2009, MsToya worked with the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders choreographing routines performed in field at the games and the CFL Grey Cup weekend. Over the past 3 years, MsToya has had the opportunity to work with the Toronto Rock Lacrosse team Cheerleaders choreographing game day routines for them!
MsToya has also worked with the most sought after video director little X, dancing in videos for Rihanna, Mario and Keshia Chante. In 2006, she performed with R&B singer Massari at the JUNO Awards in Halifax and the CUMA Awards in Toronto. Dancing for Massari she has had the opportunity to travel and see the world while doing what she loves. They have toured all over Europe, Australia, North Africa, and the Middle East. MsToya is now the choreographer and head dancer for Massari and choreographed his latest video “Shisha” with Ron and they are currently working on staging his world tour!
Some of her greatest highlights over the years have come from dancing at the Much Music Video Awards right here in Toronto. Starting in 2007 right through to 2012, MsToya has performed with Fergie, Akon, Kardinal, The Black Eyed Peas and Flo Rida twice! MsToya has also made appearances on So You Think You Can Dance Canada assisting head judge Tre Armstrong and Choreographer/Judge Luther Brown over all 4 seasons of the show.
In 2011, MsToys spent the first 3 months of the year in New York and Trinidad rehearsing and performing for the Queen of Soca Destra through out the Carnival season. MsToya was also casted as a featured tap dancer in the soon to be released movie Make Your Move 3D. She worked with choreographers Nappytabs of So You Think you Can Dance and the movie stars Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars and Korean pop star BOA. Other movies you can see MsToya in include: Honey starring Jessica Alba, Bojangles starring Gregory Hines and Save the Last Dance 2 starring Ne-yo and Columbus Short.
From touring around the world to performing in movies and videos, MsToya has done it all. Now, she is looking to explore and expand on her creative ideas through choreography. The perfect opportunity arose last year when Tanisha Scott (choreographer for Sean Paul and Rihanna) asked her to choreograph a short show for R&B superstar Mya at Toronto’s Annual Caribbean festival Carnival. That kick-started a string of choreography and performance opportunities over the past year and she plans to keep that going for years to come!
Mike started dancing at the age of 6 and realized his love of the art shortly thereafter. Throughout his career, Mike has trained intensively in tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and partnering as well as performing in musical theatre and modern.
Mike is the current World Tap Dance Champion in the “Battle of the Feet”; A title which he also held in 2017. Along with his title wins, he has won a total of 12 medals in his appearances at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. The students Mike has trained have also had their share of success; winning Silver at the “Commonwealth Dance Cup”, and Gold at the “World Tap Dance Championships” for solos he choreographed.
Mike was a founding member of Everett Smith’s tap company “Bringing Tap Back”, has performed with Shawn Byfield’s “Funk Factory” , and he was a member of the “ONE Movement” anti-bullying performance company. Furthermore, he was recently offered a full-time artist position with the prestigious “Tapestry Dance Company” based in Austin, Texas. Other projects have included: “The Miss America Pageant”, “The Humber River Hospital Benefit”, industrial events for “McDonald’s Canada”, “Geosyntec Consulting”, and “Delta Hotels International”, and a guest solo performance with the “True Jive Pluckers” and the “Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra”.
Mike began teaching dance in 2009. He then went on to spend two years dancing aboard the “Disney Dream” and “Fantasy” cruise ships, before returning home to reignite his teaching career. Mike’s passion for working with children and youth has been a driving force in his career. Most recently Mike has become a choreographer for the “Canadian National Tap Team” for the “World Tap Dance Championships” in Germany and the “Commonwealth Dance Cup” in South Africa, and “World Performers Canada” for the “World Dance Cup” in Spain. He is also proud to have worked as a trainer and choreographer for the “German National Dance Teams” (Tap, Jazz, Contemporary), whose members will be competing Mike’s choreography at the 2019 European, and World Dance Championships.
Mike is proud to have become sought after performer, instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator throughout the GTA and beyond. Mike cherishes his time spent encouraging and inspiring his students, and imbuing them with the same love of dance and performance that has him shuffling down the street.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Andrew Kyrzyk has been a part of the entertainment industry since the age of 5. He is an award winning dancer who has extensively trained both competitively and professionally in ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, hip hop, jazz funk, tap, ballroom and musical theatre.
Andrew has won numerous awards in Canada and the United States. He has danced for artists such as Shawn Mendes, Deborah Cox, Capital Cities & Serena Ryder and has also danced in numerous commercials, industrials, gala events, & charity functions for Cineplex, MAC Cosmetics, Sephora, L’Oréal, Pan Am Games, & World Pride to name a few. You can see Andrew on TV Networks such as Family Channel, YTV, Disney, FX, STARZ, & Space TV. Although film is his forté, he never stays off the stage for too long. He’s danced in musicals such as Dance Legends, Cats, & “Dancer” a musical choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Most recently, Andrew was a lead dancer in Disney’s ZOMBIES which recently aired on the Disney Channel. Alongside his dance career he has begun his journey as a choreographer. He has choreographed pieces for Team Canada, various music videos as well as choreographed award winning competitive routines.
Andrew is grateful to have been the associate choreographer of the first two seasons of the Family & Disney Channel show “Backstage” alongside JJ Moore. He loves to share his passion and knowledge with fellow dancers and students and is continuously thriving for new experiences.
Iain Rowe was born and raised in Canada. Educated and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, he went on to join The Royal Danish Ballet at the age of eighteen. He had the honour to perform in an extensive range of classical and contemporary repertoire including world premiere creations from such internationally renowned artists as Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Karine Guizzo, Jorma Uotinen, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Creating his own work is something Rowe has explored from a young age and since his first foray into choreography he has amassed over twenty original works. In 2009, eager to shift focus more exclusively toward the development of his own choreographic voice and to further pursue his keen interest in compositional study, he moved to New York City.
By 2011 he had attained a master’s degree in choreographic studies from New York University and was garnering wider attention for his choreographic work, achieving both critical and audience acclaim for his ability to produce new dance work in a wide range of stylistic modes and for an extensive range of artists. This level of versatility is certainly a rarity in any field and is a subject which Rowe feels passionately about.
Apolonia is the co-founder/director of GADFLY dance company. Her work includes Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning Klorofyl. She has been commissioned to create work for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Alias Dance Project, Citadel+Compagnie, The School of Dance, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Claudia Moore, and Ryerson Theatre School to name a few. Gadfly has been presented at Ted Talks Toronto and festivals such as DansEncore, Luminato, and Nuit Blanche.
Apolonia is also founder/curator of TUDS Festival of Urban Dance Culture and the Aybrid Dance Intensive. Renowned for her versatility, she has acquired a considerable amount of experience in the entertainment and theatre dance industries. Velasquez has worked with artists such as Katy Perry and Kiesza and has choreographed for Bench, Make Up For Ever, Canada Goose, GM Canada, Nike, Azzaro, and commercials for Pepto Bismol, Emergen-C, Chevrolet, Pizza Hut, and Oculus.
Apolonia was also the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance, Dance Ontario Innovation Award, Manifesto Innovation & Originality Award, and the Soul Pepper Dance Award.
Craig Wingrove graduated from York University with an Honours BFA in music, and from the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he received his ARCT in piano performance. A full-time musician at NBS since 1991, he has also been a regular guest pianist at the National Ballet of Canada.
Over the course of his career, Craig has produced and recorded fourteen CDs of music for ballet classes, the “Musical Gems” series, and has written three books of piano scores for these. He teaches music in the Teacher Training Program, has written two books on music for dance and maintains a private teaching studio. His piece Improvisation #4 was featured in the 2005 Hollywood film “The Man’ in which he performed live. Craig has written music for nine children’s musicals and one pop/rock opera with The Really Little Theatre Company.
In addition to playing for ballet classes at NBS, Craig is an integral part of the School’s outreach initiatives and he has travelled with NBS ballet teachers throughout Canada, conducting movement and music workshops for elementary school children.