Archive | December, 2012


17 Dec

This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Josh Assor. Currently on Broadway in Mary Poppins in the role of Neleus.  Most recently Josh  was on The 1st National Tour of Mary Poppins (Disney). Other credits include Baby John at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Arte Poetica (EDGE P.A.C.), originating the role of Ti-Cul and Dance Captain of Le Bleu D’La Metropole in Montreal (Périphérie Productions), Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat (Rainbow Stage) and filming the dance movie Sur La Rythme with Nico Archamboult, in Montreal. Josh was recently features in Dance Canada Magazine as well as Industry Dance Magazine and Dance Plug (Los Angeles). In addition to performing, Josh also teaches workshops and sets choreography for various studios, schools and colleges across Canada and has been on faculty at Metro Movement as well as a number of dance conventions, such as In The Zone Dance Convention and SYNC: Hip Hop Convention.  Josh has won numerous awards for his choreography including a national award at L.A.D.F. He was recently a featured choreographer for I MOVE FORWARD, a cancer benefit show as well as the Toronto Choreographers Ball.

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Find out what Josh had to say in this week’s shout out…

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

Josh: I remember the first time I was introduced to Tap. I was around the age of 13 and I was totally intrigued by the idea of making music with my shoes.  Not long after I took my first dance class at age 14.  I started out with Tap and Hip Hop and then slowly progressed into Jazz and Ballet.

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

Josh: When I was young and in to the competition world I somehow convinced my studio owner to allow me to choreograph all of my solos.  My first was a jazz solo to Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

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

Josh: I believe free styling is as much of a skill as any other dance form that needs to be continually developed. I would say treat it like you would any other dance style and take improve and freestyle classes as much as possible. I think now more then ever there are so many improved and freestyle classes available to take.

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

Josh: A well-prepped idea or concept, a clear and open mindset and a great pair of headphones!

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

Josh: Throughout my career in Canada and the US I have worked with so many talented and creative people in this industry. Its so hard to choose but some that have really influenced and molded me as a performer and choreographer have been Faye Rauw, Linda Garneau, Nico Archambault, Wynn Holmes, Josh Bergasse, Geoffrey Garratt, Adam Parson, Bill Prudich, Terri Best.

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

Josh: One choreographer that I have enjoyed working with on multiple occasions is Marc Kimelman. His creative process and approach to everything he does come from a place of honesty. As a choreographer, working and assisting him has been a major contributing factor to my knowledge of the industry. I feel lucky to know him on a personal and professional level.

Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)

Josh: One pair of artists that really stand out to me are Wynn Holmes and Nico Archambault, who do the majority of their choreography together. I have been lucky enough to work with them on several occasions, although it never seems to feel like work. They both have a great sense of detailed musicality and always bring a fresh and unique style of movement to their work

Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?

Josh: Right now I am in New York on Broadway in Mary Poppins playing the role of Neleus, the featured dancer. In addition to doing 8 shows a week, I am working on a few showcases coming up and continue to travel back and forth to Canada, teaching workshops and setting choreography.

Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?

Josh: I think Toronto dancers are some of the fiercest of the bunch! Dancers in Toronto put a huge emphasis on being well rounded and extremely versatile. I am convinced that is why so many Canadian dancers do so well in this industry on an international level.

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

Josh: Work hard, stays focused and know your craft. I am a huge believer that success does not come to the lucky but to the prepared. It is crucial to keep up with our ever-changing industry while also staying positive!





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3 Dec

This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Nicole Bowser. Nicole was born performing. She started tap dancing at the early age of three and continued her competitive training from Joanne Chapman School of Dance. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip hop, street jazz and acrobatics. Nicole also got the acting bug at a young age and had an agent by the time she was 6. She did numerous commercials appeared in Movies and television shows. Upon graduating high school Nicole attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in the Triple threat Program- There she strengthened her skills and became a more confident well rounded artist. Nicole has been fortunate to travel because of her passion for dance. She Toured with Canadian pop sensation Elise Estrada with memorable performances at the Calgary Stampede and the Junos. She also worked at sea on board of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Dance Captain. 
On screen She was cast to dance in the movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief as well as alongside Vanessa Hudgens in the movie Sucker Punch. Nicole has also been fortunate to work with successful Canadian talent such as Michael Buble, ,Victoria Duffield, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cory Lee, the Stereos and My Darkest Days. Just recently she opened for Nickleback at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto. Nicole is tenacious, determined, vibrant and passionate. She is constantly learning and striving to be a better artist, person, creator, and teacher. She is always looking forward to what the next chapter will bring.

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” Charles Dickens

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Find out what Nicole had to say in this week’s feature…

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

Nicole: I was three when I first walked into a dance class. We did a tap number to “sugar sugar” and yes I still remember it. I may still do it when I hear the song… 

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

Nicole: When I was young about 6/7 I used to put on dance productions in our basement. I would get the kids from around our street to be a part of my show. I taught them the choreography, included props and costume changes, it was pretty elaborate so I charged all of my family to come and watch it; Grandparents, aunts, uncles, mom and dad.  Everyone needed a ticket to see us, $1.00. 

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

Nicole: When it comes to free styling I would say to really try to listen to the music. Try to find an emotional connection to it and then let your body take over. Of course if you are in an audition situation you will most likely want you show off whats in your bag of tricks. Show them what makes you special, diverse, unique and something that they must have.

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

Nicole: I really learned a lot from Faye Rauw and Linda Garneau. I trained with them right after I finished dancing at a studio. Faye really brought out a confidence in me when I danced. Her passion and her love for dance was so influential and inspiring to me. Linda helped me to find a different style and way to move. I learned about control and finding levels when I danced.

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

Nicole: I love working with Ms Carla Catherwood. We started our working relationship in Vancouver about 6 years ago. Carla Exudes Confidence, love, passion and drive. She will always push you in a positive way while having a good laugh. She keeps the business fun. 

Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects? 

Nicole: Living the life of a dancer is a constant hustle. There seems to always be something on the go. I will be shooting a music video this weekend and I have a couple upcoming stage shows. 

Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?

Nicole: I think that Toronto dancers are hungry for the work. They are passionate and driven and emotionally connected to the art. 

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

Nicole: The industry itself can be very difficult at times and full of rejection. Remember that it’s not personal and if you keep working and climbing and doing your personal best you will grow as an artist, choreographer and person. You can always learn from your peers, in class take a look around everyone has something to offer and something to learn from. In tough times remember why you fell in love with dance.