Archive | January, 2012

BRITTANY-BRIE D’AMICO

31 Jan
This weeks Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Brittany-Brie. Brittany-Brie D’Amico began dancing at a competitive level at the age of five in studio’s around Keswick, Newmarket and Aurora.
As a teenager, she participated in musicals and touring companies, including Mainstreet Theatre Company, Queensville Players Musical Theatre Company and Elite Productions. Brittany-Brie graduated with Honours from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She has extensive training and performs a variety of disciplines including but not limited to modern, contemporary, jazz, ballet and burlesque.  Since graduating she has danced with The Toronto Marlies, Mind The Gap, Vortex Dance, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, Newfound Dance, The Parahumans, StandupDance, LR Productions, Collective Heat and The York Dance Ensemble.   Her experience teaching children and adults in her hometown of Keswick, ON has helped her to understand her passion for dance and the importance of active movement in everybody’s life. Her dancing ability is not limited to a particular style and is as diverse as her personal interests; she has aspirations of pursuing singing and musical theatre alongside dance. Brittany is currently performing with the commercial jazz company, Lindsay Ritter Productions, and with Carla Catherwood’s “The Bombshell Beauties.”
Brittany-Brie has recently taken her experience from the dance floor into the gym where she has become a certified “Jukari: Fit to Fly” instructor, teaching cirque du soleil inspired fitness movements.  She also works for DivaGirl Entertainment as a licensee, teaching classes, workshops and performing. You can see Brittany-Brie in the DivaGirl’s first ever Instructional Fitness DVD, which launches this year. Currently she is dancing in a Cabaret piece with “Pastel Supernova Enterprises”, titled Love Letters. 
 
 Burlesque Bio
VÉRONIQUE (or LADY VÉRONIQUE)
Passion. Power. Ferocity. These are but some of the ingredients from which Véronique originates. Her experience and versatility as a performer have made the art of seduction effortless for whomever she entertains. One needs not to look long to feel the confidence radiating from her body. This is a byproduct of being a thorough professional but a trait that may be overlooked when transfixed by, or lost, in her long, powerful legs. These are her most important tools. But don’t get too close, for her unpredictability is to be approached with caution. When her feet touch the floor, the result is poetry in motion. And her art is passionate. Her motivations, however, will eternally remain a mystery; a whisper in the wind.
 
Bio Provided by Brittany-Brie
 
 
 
Find out what Brittany-Brie had to say in this weeks shout out…
 
 
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
 
Brittany-Brie: The earliest memories of dancing place me in my living room and involve far too many cartwheels and failed handstand attempts with Michael Jackson or Dance Mix ’95 blasting in the background.
 
 
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
 
Brittany-Brie: The very first song I choreographed a dance to was Christina Aguilera’s “Come on Over.” I had to create a dance for gym class.
 
 
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
 
Brittany-Brie: Improvising for contemporary dance has always been something that I have been quite comfortable with. When I entered into the commercial dance world after university, however, “freestyling” was brand new to me. I think the only and most effective way to freestyle is to be your self. Dance exactly how you would dance. If you like someone else’s flow, let it inspire you but make it your own!
 
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
 
Brittany-Brie: I like to be alone in an empty room. I am inspired quite easily whether through music, improvising, etc. Once I have found my inspiration, I am able to begin exploring and turning my ideas, visions and thoughts into movement.
 
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
 
Brittany-Brie: There are so many people who have helped and influenced me on my path as a professional dance for so many different reasons. But, to name a few; Julia Sasso, Meagan O’Shea, Angela Bloomberg, Holly Small, Pastel Supernova, Laura Furtado, Carla Catherwood, Ashley Ball and Linda Garneau.
 
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
 
Brittany-Brie: I have really enjoyed working with Pastel Supernova. Whether we are rehearsing, warming up or stretching; everything is part of the performance process. Her visions are intricate and detailed so she is easily able to describe what she asks of her dancers. In the dance industry, proper feedback and criticism are blessings.
 
Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?
 
Brittany-Brie: I am currently preparing for Pastel Supernova Enterprises/Vanessa Young Productions’ “Love Letters.” I will be performing on February 8th and 9th with ten other dancers. Fall into a world of romance and experience a multidisciplinary cabaret show.
Tickets are available at www.loveletters.pastelsupernova.com.
 
 
Nikki: Qualities you think Toronto Dancers possess?
 
Brittany-Brie: From my experiences, simply put, Toronto dancers are extremely passionate and driven.
 
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
 
Brittany-Brie: Absorb! Whether you’re taking a class, attending a performance, networking, performing, teaching or rehearsing, absorb and learn. Take risks and challenge yourself to do anything that might have initially frightened you. Be confident, love yourself and believe.
 
 
THANK YOU BRITTANY-BRIE FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE AND PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO

CHECK OUT THIS CLIP OF BRITTANY-BRIE…

 

1 Year anniversary Review Shout Out #44-#51

29 Jan
Beginning Tomorrow a new Dancer/Choreographer feature will be posted. T.D.O.T. will continue on our Mission to Recognize, Showcase and Nurture the Dancers and Choreographers of Toronto. A Huge Thank You to all the 51 features for your Hardwork, Dedication and Support this past year. Thank You to All the viewers who continue to read the features. The support has been absolutely amazing all around. I am very Grateful 🙂 xo
 
Miss Nikki

1 Year anniversary Review Shout Out #36-#43

29 Jan
Doing a review this week of all the features over the past year. Thank You for the continued support xo
Miss Nikki

1 Year anniversary Review Shout Out #28-#35

28 Jan

Doing a review this week of all the features over the past year. Thank You for the continued support xo

Miss Nikki

 Shout Out #30 Robert            

1 Year anniversary Review Shout Out #19-#27

27 Jan

Doing a review this week of all the features over the past year. Thank You for the continued support xo

Miss Nikki

1 Year anniversary Review Part 2 Shout Out #10-#18

25 Jan

Doing a review this week of all the features over the past year. Thank You for the continued support xo

Miss Nikki

HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY T.D.O.T. Shout Out#1-#9

24 Jan

I wanna Thank You all for your continued support of T.D.O.T. The Dancers Of Toronto 🙂 It’s been 1 year today that I did my very first post!! For the next week I will be giving all 51 shout out’s an opportunity to have their post on the main page again. Check in every day 8-9 Dancer/Choreographers will be posted with the direct links to their blog post. MUCH LOVE to you all!!

The Year in Review… XO Miss Nikki



JAE BLAZE

16 Jan
This weeks Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Jaeblaze. When the incomparable talent of  Fatima Robinson was met with the passion and creativity of jaeblaze, a match made in choreographer heaven was born. At the time of their 2005 meeting, jaeblaze had established a reputation as one of Canada’s premier choreographers thanks to her flawless ability to unite the aggression of hip-hop with the passion and excitement of Jamaican dancehall. Robinson was working with an unknown Rihanna on her first video for “Pon de Replay” and tapped jaeblaze to bring her authentic style of dance to the project. After seeing her in action, Rhianna insisted jaeblaze join the tour as a dancer and choreographer.  Impressed by her work ethic and dedication to the craft, Fatima Robinson also requested jaeblaze’s continued assistance, which resulted in the opportunity to showcase her incomparable work to international A-list clientele.
 
In 2007, jaeblaze was requested to assist with the choreography for the Academy Awards (Best Costume -“Dreamgirls”) and again in 2009 (Best Song “Jai-Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire). “The Black Eyed Peas” are big fans of the energy jaeblaze showcases in her work and the highlights of their relationship include: the 2011 Superbowl Half-Time show, 2010’s “The End” world tour, the 2010 Grammy performance of the monster hits “Imma Be/Got A Feeling” and Fergie’s 2006 “My Humps” video (MTV award winner for Best Hip-Hop video). Reggae artist Sean Paul also received an MTV award in 2006 after showcasing jaeblaze’s work in the “Get Busy” video. Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias, Niki Minaj, Leona Lewis, R. Kelly and many others have benefited from her talent.  Internationally, jaeblaze has traveled the globe choreographing routines for the Japan MTV Awards and for the India based Disney production of “Cheetah Girls One World” along with all the dates on the Cheetah Girls North American tour. Ad agencies for Target, Old Navy, Kelloggs, IPod and McDonald’s have all used distinct elements of Jaeblaze’s choreography for prime time campaigns.
 
When “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” introduced a Dancehall category to the competition, Toronto native jaeblaze made history as the first choreographer to bring authentic dancehall to a nationally televised show. She returned to SYTYCDC in 2009 and in 2010 jaeblaze choreographed a powerful dancehall piece called “Clarks”. The online video gained tens of thousands of views in a few short days and the viral popularity of the routine prompted several international news outlets, including CNN, to interview jaeblaze about the influence of dancehall on the mainstream industry.
             
jaeblaze specializes in a form of dance that claims no formal training, which works to her advantage. Considered a dancer’s dancer, jaeblaze is synonymous with unparalleled creativity, exceptional work ethic, a commitment to the client’s vision and the well being of her dancers. This can be seen on stage as Jae just completed Jordin Sparks break out performance “I AM WOMAN” on American Idol as well as Jordins tour opening for NKOTBSB. Jae recently returned from France completing the Black Eye Peas “THE BEGINNING” tour. She jumped right into the film production of the star studded remake of Sparkle starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, which is set to release August 2012.
 
“Dance is what  I am made of! There is no separation.
It’s what I do and what I am.” -Jaeblaze
 
 
Bio provided by jaeblaze
 
 
Find out what Jaeblaze had to say in this weeks shout out…
 
 
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
 
Jaeblaze: No! lol..I was told by my adopted family that my mother would dance hard up to 9 months pregnant with me..lol..They said it was unbelievable the way she moved and how passionate she was..I later learned that she was a Jamaican folk dancer in her prime..Interesting!! I’ve always had an admiration and respect for the arts from childhood…i grew up watching my mom have house parties and the guest dancing to ska, disco, reggae, and singing out old Rockas tunes..They would cheer me on as I imitated what I saw and I loved the feeling…I always knew i wanted to perform…that’s my earliest memories of dancing
 
 
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
 
Jaeblaze: No! lol…im sure it was something to Michael Jackson, New Edition or Janet Jackson because i was always dancing to one of their songs!! I always was the one in school who would initiate dance routines, singing groups, artistic paintings or improv sessions…i was just a character at all times!! I’m sure my school mates and siblings can tell you how obnoxious and annoying that was but because I was always so committed and involved.. I can’t tell you what the first one was…i was always trying to create!
 
 
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
 
Jaeblaze: My personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling is to let go! Because I’m not a trained dancer and come from a freestyle background I have the ability not to be hindered by the lines and restrictions some dance genres dictate the body to have! Dance is supposed to be total freedom!!! Do what you want, move the way you want and don’t be hindered by what may be considered “cool” or not!! Just dance!! Get lost in the movement and the music which will expand your musicality! Now on the other side of the coin, I also advise to become educated about other dance genres and learn technique as well because it will only enhance your freestyle!! 
 
 
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
 
Jaeblaze: to choreograph I just need inspiration…whether it comes from music, art, fashion, or words… I just need to be inspired! When I’m inspired by music it usually a bass driven beat that moves me then I zone out! I also love working with artist who have their own visions and that helps because I want to bring that vision to life, I have a focal point and its then my job to translate what that vision is! 
 
 
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
 
Jaeblaze: some of my biggest influences would include Fatima Robinson who I had the amazing opportunity to co-choreograph with for 5 years. Great experience and a lot of exposure to countless forums of dances. Of course Michael Jackson because he changed the way audiences view music and dance on a whole! I also admire Dancehall legends like Bogle and Dancehall Queen Carlene because they set the foundation for dancers in the Dancehall community and that’s a genre very close to my heart! 
 
 
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
 
Jaeblaze: a Toronto choreographer I enjoyed working with would be the homie Luther Brown. Him and I worked together in the junior and high school era…we basically started our careers together with a bunch of kids (our age mind you lol) from the Driftwood Community Centre in Jane and Finch…we had a crew called One Step Up comprised of dancers and steppers..We did fashions shows, talent shows, competitions…we were the crew to beat back in the day! And everyone in our crew has gone on and flourished into amazing adults with great careers…very proud of Big Move, Jully Black, Denise “Bruk it Up”, Fogah Don, Julie and Araba, lol..There is just too many to name!! But our members went on to own dance studios, dance for Argos and Raptors, featured in countless music videos, commercials, became actors etc…We really set the standard for Toronto!! 
 
 
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why?
 
Jaeblaze: wow! That’s a big one! I can’t just name one because I’ve had so many phenomenal experiences with phenomenal people! So bear with me! Jennifer Hudson-amazing work ethic, lovable person…rapper Nelly-he called my mom on the phone because she was his biggest fan! lol Fergie of BEP-just a cool round the way chick!! Kelly Rowlands-super sweet! Jordin Sparks-spunk, voice, body done! Derek Luke and his wife Sophie-astounding actors and heart of gold those two! Lady Saw-she could be family! Chaka Khan-adorable lady, so professional! These are my fav artist because they were so gracious and fun to work with which made my job really easy! They definitely made an impression on me!
 
 
Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects? 
 
Jaeblaze: Currently I’m working on shooting something really special…that i can’t quite talk about lol! But stay posted! Just finished the remake of Sparkle movie in Detroit. Then went straight to NYC to choreograph VH1 Divas… I’m doing workshops around the country for the start of 2012, then move into production for another gig in Feb./march…all in the works but I will keep you posted on everything I promise! 
 
 
Nikki: Qualities you think Toronto Dancers possess?
 
Jaeblaze: I say it all the time and will continue to say it…Toronto dancers are the best all around performers…they have the look, the moves, and the drive! All we need now are the opportunities for those qualities to shine!! Toronto dancers posses all the qualities needed to become a top booker in America, well world wide as a matter of fact! 
 
 
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto? 
 
Jaeblaze: keep at it!!!!! Know your craft! DO NOT STICK TO ONE CHOREOGRAPHER!! In order to gain knowledge, how to politic, learn different techniques, freestyle, perform, network, you have to expand your dance vocabulary! To do such you must expose yourself to everything! Do not be afraid to be a student of dance because it may not be kool or what everyone else isn’t doing! I am always learning and always seeking out dance knowledge that will allow me to excel at what I do! When u become “cultish” you then cut yourself off from a whole world of experience! You may have immense talent but because you have stayed loyal to one person your talent will remain where that person is! And if he/she becomes dormant…so will you!! 
 
THANK YOU JAEBLAZE FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE AND PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
 
CHECK OUT JAEBLAZE’S REEL & THE SHORT FILM SHE DIRECTED, CHOREOGRAPHED AND PRODUCED….FIYAHHHHH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RON BEDEAU

10 Jan
This weeks Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Ron Bedeau.  Bedeau began his hip hop career where many dream to one day complete it: under the mentorship of Luther Brown.  Since 1999 Ron studied and performed with his dance crew “DoDat”.  Luther has a talent for spotting and training dancers to be successful artists and choreographers in their own right and Ron is no exception.  Ron was in good company at DoDat, working extensively with dancer/choreographers such as Tanisha Scott who has choreographed and danced for artists such as Shaggy, Sean Paul, Amerie and Mya, and with Sarah Rosete who has been one of Usher’s core dancers on two past tours.
 
As a featured DoDat performer Ron opened up for Destiny’s Child at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland in 1999 and 2000. While on tour with Canadian Recording artists B4-4 Ron again opened for Destiny’s Child in front of a crowd of 20 000 in Calgary and Vancouver.  He has also performed on tour or in live shows in North America with Keshia Chante, Shawn Desman, Deborah Cox, Ray Robinson, Jully Black and The Barenaked Ladies. Ron has been a featured dancer in major motion pictures like Honey, Shall We Dance, Save the Last Dance 2 (Stepping Up) and Repo Genetic Opera.
 
Ron is no stranger to television either.  On top of numerous performances, he has also landed rolls in several commercials including the very first Swiffer commercial, two McDonalds commercials featuring R&B artists Joe and Sisqo and the ‘Hero’ in Canada’s 2005 Lavalife commercial.
 
Ron has had the privilege of teaching workshops alongside choreographers in other genres.  Namely, Linda Garneau and Kimberly Glasco, who is famous for her appearances in the National Ballet of Canada’s rendition of Swan Lake. He has also had the pleasure to be involved and adjudicate the 2008 South Asian Alliance Culture show that hosts 16 Universities across Ontario for one day of competition.  His familiarity to the East Indian culture can also be attributed to his constant association as his choreography has been displayed in several low budget Bollywood movies filmed in Calgary.
 
Ron’s passion for music and dance has led him to create innovative choreography and classes for dancers of all ages and abilities.  Along side his hip hop workshops he has created classes that empower women through strength training and sensual movement.  He has also been creating a name for himself as a choreographer for competitive cheer dance and hip hop companies internationally.
 
Ron has earned his place amongst the elite in the hip hop industry here in Canada and has been blessed with the ability to not only perform but to teach. Watch out for big things from Ron as he combines his musicality, natural talent and ability to connect with people to create a truly innovative experience for his class participants. 
Bio provided by Ron
 
 
Find out what Ron had to say in this weeks shout out….
 
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
 
 
Ron:  first time I started dancing was in early 1980’s when my big cousin from New York would come visit and have all the Italian boys on my street pay to learn how to break dance.  I didn’t exactly pick it up with him; my brother and I started watching music videos, music award shows and practiced our back spins, locking and moon walking on the linoleum kitchen floors.
 
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
 
Ron: Well the first time I officially made up choreography worth mentioning was to “When The Last Time” by Clipse for the first class I’ve ever taught at DLM dance studios. 
 
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
 
Ron: I have never been much of a freestyler but I would more than likely say 3 things that come to mind
1. Learn your body and have a strong awareness of it.
2. Having a wide vocabulary for dance  is an asset meaning  knowing different styles.
3. Musicality! Learn to truly listen to music not just hear the snares and basic bass line.  
Be involved with the music so when you dance your simply the drama to the movie soundtrack
 
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
 
Ron: My energy has to be right!  Anyone can choreograph to anything but I think special things happen when I am trying to create something to a song I truly enjoy.  I feel that choreography and music should be an honest match which is why I specifically choreograph to the song that I am working with.  I prefer not to make up choreography before listening to the song.  It is like a marriage between the two arts.  Depending on my mood I may create my choreography prior to teaching it or I may just create it on the spot.
 
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
 
Ron: My biggest influences has always been and will always be Luther Brown, my other influences are Ms. Toya Robinson, Ro Ro and Ed (Emotion) Moore
 
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
 
Ron: Luther Brown has been my career choreographer.  I have been an original Dodat dancer since 1999.  Learning from Luther as a Dodat dancer has instilled in me the tools and knowledge that I now take with me and instill in others.  The opportunity I had to learn with Luther on Dodat
 
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why?
 
Ron: I can really say I enjoyed every artist I had the pleasure of working with.  Every artist I had worked with, I was around for the beginning of their careers and stardom.  I have worked with the likes of Jully Black, B4-4 now RyanDan, and Shawn Desman to name a few.  It is really something humbling to see an artist I have known before the fame in their levels of success and how they have stayed true to who they have always been.  That genuine quality is something that you can look at and be proud of years later “before it all started”.
 
Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?
 
Ron: I am working on my baby project “Ron-Dez-Vous” a non-intimidating, female empowerment workshop that helps build confidence and body-awareness while enjoying the liberation and excitement of learning a seductive chair dance routine!  This 2.5 hr workshop was based on the notion that being sexy is about feeling sexy.  It’s not about how you look or what you wear, but rather how you carry yourself.  I believe that if you feel sexy, you will act on it.  This workshop helps increase self awareness in females through their movements.  Whether it’s the way you walk, talk, or smile, the objective is to feel comfortable and sexy in your own skin.  This workshop also promotes fitness and works hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle by boosting confidence and a positive sense of worth.

Nikki: Qualities you think Toronto Dancers possess?

 
Ron: I think Toronto dancers have all acquired a sense of determination.  I am sure that every dancer here has started out a student watching those before them do great things which have prompted them to set personal goals for themselves.  I can honestly say that in my years of dancing here in Toronto there is not a single dancer that I have taught or just saw taking classes that have not transformed themselves in to world class dancers.  It is truly amazing to see the dedication of the dancers in Toronto.  In my day the dancers did not really have a “day job” or “9 – 5”, our jobs were to go to auditions, book gigs and live.  These days you are seeing professionals walking into studios and taking classes in the evenings, it’s a beautiful thing to see the caliber here from working dancers to working professionals who also dance recreational.
 
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
 
Ron: Really all I would say is work hard and pay your dues. There are too many people who have put too many years in this game to establish what is here for dancers today, to only have it ruined by dancers who only see the “perks” and want everything easy and fast.  It changes everything.  The love for the art of performing to music is lost and that one special thing that motivated us to rehearse outside in the rain or at night in front of glass windows is no longer familiar.
 
THANK YOU RON FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE AND PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HAYLEY PAONE

3 Jan
This weeks Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Hayley Paone. Born and raised in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada began training for the art form at the age of five. Ms. Paone has been surrounded by and involved in the industry for over 22 years and has established a place for the craft in her local district, as well as reaching a wider scale in the Greater Toronto Area.  As a graduate from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario Hayley maintained dance in her life while on the “Huron Heat” dance team. Shortly after, Ms. Paone unleashed “Breathe”; a travelling dance workshop created for both young and mature advanced dancers. Breathe provides dancers the opportunity to continue their training in a wonderful atmosphere among some of Canada’s most respected Teachers/Choreographers. As both a founder and director of Breathe, Hayley is proud to be celebrating its fifth successful year.
Paone has performed in various shows and fundraisers including Hamilton24 Festival, Toronto Choreographers Ball, as well as both Infusion Canada’s Dance Show and Fashion Show Fundraisers. She was also a background dancer for the movie “turn the beat around” (protocol productions inc).
Ms. Paone teaches and provides freelance choreography for studios throughout Ontario. She has also extended her dancing expertise at a University level; both teaching and choreographing for Western University Dance Team “Huron Heat, “McMaster “Verve” Dance Team as well as Mac Dance Company. Hayley has been a part of McMaster University’s Athletics and Recreational Dance Program teaching Jazz and Lyrical for over 5 years, which has formed an impressive following of students. She has worked with many sought after professional dancers and continues to help them grow in the industry.  Ms. Paone’s students have gone on to receive many overall awards as well as scholarships from various competitions & conventions throughout Canada and the United states. Hayley has been acknowledged for her work as a choreographer at both Regional and National competitions receiving several choreography awards.  Hayley’s most recent work has been viewed at Dance Offerings and is often showcased at ABA Entertainment’s “The Bazaar”. She is recognized for her innate style and paying close attention to detail in her work.  Ms. Paone believes that pushing above and beyond perfection both inside and out, assists in developing brilliant dancers. Hayley brings a sense of realism and honesty to everything she teaches and focuses on all of her students equally, enabling each of her dancers to reach their full potential. She is a sought after choreographer, teacher and adjudicator. Hayley is thrilled to now launch her own dance company “iNhayle” and has eagerly waited for this moment her entire life.
 
Bio provided by Hayley
 
 

 

Find out what Hayley had to say in this weeks shout out….

 

 

Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing? 

Hayley: I don’t recall one vivid memory of the exact moment I started dancing but I do know that I was constantly dancing around and experimenting with movement as a toddler. I had no shame to put on a show whenever possible, I’m pretty sure people had to ask me to stop dancing around lol. Dancing has always been what I do and who I am.

 

Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)

Hayley: The First song I choreographed to along with my best friend (I won’t say any names you know who you are lol) is “READY OR NOT” by the Fugees, We were about 12, it was pretty lame but we thought it was the ONE when we did it. I definitely choreographed before this but for the life of me I can’t remember and this I remember so clear probably because I’m still in love with the song.

 

Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?

Hayley: When you are about to Freestyle a couple of things I always keep in mind are, listen and analyze the music you’re going to move to, find a place within yourself that’s peaceful with clear thoughts and be comfortable in your own skin, ignore and forget about any judgement because who cares  nobody else matters in that moment it is all you, be willing to explore and maybe even feel uncomfortable by taking risks and making mistakes, NEVER plan how you are going to move or what tricks you are going to do because that’s not free styling.  I think the most beautiful lines and movement occur when we least expect it and when we just go with the flow.

 

Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?

Hayley: A few aspects come into play when I’m choreographing and put me in the right frame of mind:

1) I prefer to be by myself in the studio so I can take my time and allow everything to sink in my body and my brain. The process of creating can be very personal. Being alone allows for some me time doing what I love the most.

2) Music is key for me, if I’m not inspired by the song I’m choreographing to or I don’t love the vibe or the feel it’s hard to get in the zone

3) A clear head and not putting pressure on myself also allows me to produce my best work

 

Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?

Hayley: Tiffany Mclean, Not only is she a brilliant teacher but she is an amazing person. I know that everything she does and everything she says she means, she never sugar coats anything for her students. She can admit her own faults and work on them with her students and turn it into a positive.  She always makes me want to be a better Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer and most importantly a better person.  I also love Linda Garneau, she is the definition of a teacher, she is beyond humble and her choreography is and always will be classic.

 

Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?

Hayley: Juliette Irons is the most modest and genuine person I have ever met in the dance industry, she is so dedicated to her work. Her choreography and movement portrays the same. The way Her brain works is the most interesting to me and all of her perspectives in life are revealed through her OWN movement. Juliette is one of a kind and a wonderful talent to work with.

 

Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects? 

Hayley: In September I just opened “iNhayle” my own Dance Company located in my Hometown Ancaster, Ontario.  I am training company students who will compete in competition as well as recreational students. At “ iNhayle” I focus on training the whole person not just the dancer. Good People, who work hard and are hungry & passionate about the art form, become the most brilliant dancers.  As well as teaching at my own studio I continue to gain knowledge in the professional world and stay connected with the Toronto dance industry by Teaching an urban contemporary class at the National Ballet School as well as showcasing my work in ABA Entertainment’s Bazaar.  Check out my work in the next Bazaar “Monsters” at the Toronto Opera house Feb 28, 2012.

 

Nikki: Qualities you think Toronto Dancers possess?

Hayley: I think Toronto Dancers are hungry, passionate and so dedicated to the craft, I think that because the Toronto Dance industry is such a small world all of us are pushing each other to get work and create so it ends up bringing a lot of us together.

 

Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?

Hayley: If I could give one piece of advice to those who are emerging dancers or choreographers I would say NEVER EVER change who you are. If you are talented and you stay true to what you love and believe in it people will see that, it may take time but it will happen. Art is not something that can be faked and eventually people will catch on. So be YOURSELF 😉

 

 

THANK YOU HAYLEY FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE AND PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
 
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