Archive | February, 2013

MYROSIA PALMER

18 Feb

This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Myrosia Palmer. Born and raised in Toronto, Myrosia first started dancing just a few months before her 3rd birthday. She first started her training in ballet and jazz, followed by tap and acro-gymnastics a few years afterwards.  Myrosia was always an active child who would often dance by the radio, and put on shows for her family members. After years of recitals and exams, Myrosia received her B.A.T.D. diploma (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) and began teaching at the very studio she began her training. In 2006, Myrosia joined internationally known step group Black Ice.  Her first professional job was with Black Ice performing at BET’s Spring Bling after only being a part of the group for a few months.  She then went on to perform for several corporate events, competitions in Canada and the U.S, as well as live shows. At the time, one of the member’s of Black Ice invited Myrosia to a local hip hop class being taught by internationally known choreographer Lenny Len. Going to these classes opened up the doors for Myrosia to grow tremendously and network with many other choreographers and dancers around the city.   Myrosia then received many opportunities to work with great  choreographers such as Hollywood Jade, Tasha “Tazz”Ricketts, Lenny Len, Shameka Blake, Scott Fordham,  Jordan Washington, La Toya Robinson, Mark Samuels, Aakomon Jones to name a few. Myrosia has had the opportunity to perform in various live stage performances, videos and industrials with artist such as Mya, Janelle Monae, Gary Beals, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo to mention a few. Myrosia has also hosted a live national tour of The Backyaridgans: Quest for the Extraordinary Alien and Strawberry Shortcake across Canada and parts of the U.S.A. Myrosia continues to expand her knowledge in dance and the dance industry and has aspirations to take her creativity and love for the arts into producing. 

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

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

Myrosia: I don’t quite remember the first time I started dancing, but I do know I was the kid who couldn’t keep still for too long lol. My mother enrolled me into dance classes a few months before my 3rd birthday at Dennis Moore School of Dance. 

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

Myrosia: No diggity by Blackstreet! My mother was a teacher at my elementary school and for Black History month, I choreographed a routine that my friend and I performed for her class.

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

Myrosia: This is something that I continually practice myself, so I’ll just pass on some great advice given to me from colleagues and teachers J

*Listen to the music and try to highlight its unique properties with your movement.

*Really let the music get inside of your spirit and let it guide you.

*Don’t be afraid to take chances with your movement!

* Taking different classes and dance styles is one great way to expand your dance vocabulary for free styling

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

Myrosia: I choreograph best early in the morning when my mind is fresh and calm. I have to really feel the song and it has to naturally make me want to move. I tend to close my eyes, turn the music waaaaaay up and sit still at first. My mind will then start to create movements to the music I’m hearing and then I get up and test it out.

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

Myrosia: There are so many to name but I am inspired by an eclectic group of great spirits such as Future, Archie Burnett, AntBoogie&ADubz, Debbie Allen, Cyd Cherisse, Black Ice, Shameka Blake, Aakomon Jones just to name a few.

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

Myrosia: I actually have a few that I LOVE working with lol. Black Ice, Jordan Washington, Hollywood Jade and Shameka Blake(AIM).  Even though their styles are different, I love working with them because they constantly challenge me with my craft and they also trust me with their visions. Their choreography is truly unique and their creativity is inspiring and uplifting.

Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why?

Myrosia: BLACK ICE! They are not just a step group but a family who loves and encourages each other to grow. They constantly challenge me and they have helped cultivate me to be the dancer I am today.  Working with them is truly a joy and a privilege!
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?

Myrosia: I believe that Toronto dancers possess leadership qualities. In my endeavours I have been blessed to befriend dancers and choreographers who are great leaders and innovators in this industry. These Leaders have taken their love for dance and manifested it into successful careers, not just in Toronto but internationally as well.

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

Myrosia: Do your homework! It is so important to know where the art of dance has been, in order to help lead the art of dance into a bright future. Sometimes less is more. I think its important to dance/choreograph with a purpose… not just to fill up a count of 8. Also positivity breeds positivity, surround yourself with honest and uplifting artists. Dance is even more enjoyable when your spirit is surrounded by other great spirits. Lastly, be professional and listen to your inner voice.  One thing that keeps a working dancer working is their level of professionalism. 

THANK YOU MYROSIA FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO

CHECK OUT SOME FOOTAGE OF MYROSIA…

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CHRISTINA DIGIUSEPPE

5 Feb

This week’s Dance/Choreographer shout out goes to Christina Digiuseppe. Christina D is a passionate choreographer and dance artist who is inspired by the exploration of the creative process. She is the Co-owner and Director of Artistic Edge Dance Company, a thriving Performing arts school which prides itself on promoting diversity as well as artistic and personal growth for the building blocks of tomorrow. Christina just recently had the honor of working alongside Miss Nelly Van Bommel as an emerging choreographer at the RDA National choreography Intensive in Winston-Salem North Carolina. As a performer and choreographer some of her credits include, Night Of Essence, The Toronto’s Bazaar, Talent Defined, Sears Canada , Benson and Hedges, and Swatch Watches. Christina believes that striving to encourage and inspire dancers artistically and intellectually can truly bring out the best in any individual who is passionate about the Arts.  She considers herself a life- long student continuously seeking out new ways to expand as an artist and develop a new found appreciation in her craft. “Dance, dance or we are lost.” Pina Bausch

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Check out what Christina had to say in this week’s feature…

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

Christina: My childhood friend taught me how to dance in her living room. She choreographed a routine and we performed it in front of our families. I told my mom I wanted to dance and she enrolled me that week.

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

Christina: I started choreographing when I was 6 years old. The first song…MC HAMMER “Can’t Touch This” with my friend Melissa Conte. (Good memoriesJ)

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

Christina: To freestyle means to “express” yourself, to “lose” yourself and to “find” yourself. It gives you an opportunity to showcase your own talents and it is a great way to discover who you truly are as an artist. Embrace it!

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

Christina: Everything that surrounds me is inspirational. From the way someone walks, to how someone picks up an object. My personal life experiences as well as others have greatly inspired me. Life in itself is art all you have to do is look around you, there is so much to create about and so many stories to tell. Knowing that you have the opportunity to change peoples’ lives as well as your own through artistic expression is motivational enough.

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

Christina: All of those who trained me believed in me and pushed me beyond my limitations. And to be honest, even the ones who doubted me or who had me doubting myself. Every person who has been a part of my dance world has not only enriched me as an artist but also as an individual. For that I am truly blessed!

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

Christina: Miss Shameka Blake! She is a beautiful person and a talented choreographer. I love her tenacity, her drive but above all things her selflessness. She is a risk taker and I love that about her. Shameka’s choreography is full of intent; there is so much honesty in her work. You can tell that she never skips a beat, every moment counts. I also love how much she cares about her dancers, they aren’t just instruments to her, they are real people and she never forgets that.

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.)

Christina: “The Love Project” company members. I have such an amazing and talented group of dancers who are so open, honest and fearless in their craft. I love them all!! Each dancer brings something special and unique to the company. I am living my dream with these dancers and the best part is that we are all growing and learning from one another. Every rehearsal I walk into I am inspired and every time I leave rehearsal I am ignited!

Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?

Christina: Aside from running a dance studio (Artistic Edge Dance Company) with my amazing business partner Dar Zammit, I am currently producing and choreographing a professional dance production “The Love Project” which will be showcased on February 9th and 10th 2013 at The Al Green Theatre in Toronto. The Love Project is a collaboration of works that revolve around the universal emotion and experience of love. It is a journey that will take you through the beauty, the chaos, and the constant pursuit to find our “true” meaning of love in every facet of our existence. For more information on The Love Project you can visit our website! www.aedcloveproject.com For tickets visit HERE

Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?

Christina: Toronto dancers are exceptional! They have heart and you can’t beat that. T.DOT dancers are hungry for growth and opportunity, I always see so much passion their eyes. Dancing is their livelihood and they all take pride in that. Love it!

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

Christina: Never forget your roots, when times are tough it is something you will always want to go back to. Never forget why you are pursuing your passions. It may take a bit longer to find success in your venture but it is well worth the wait. Climb your mountain and you will see your way through. Be that person who can say they did what they loved in life and they were great at it! Believe that anything is possible because it really is! Being a dancer/artist is a true gift, cherish it;)

THANK YOU CHRISTINA FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO

CHECK OUT THE PROMO FOR CHRISTINA’S UPCOMING SHOW “THE LOVE PROJECT”

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Top Dance Blog results are in

3 Feb

The results are in. Thank You to everyone who voted, words cannot express how grateful I am for all the support. Thanks to your votes and comments we have been named The Top Dance Industry support Blog of 2013 and The Top 2 Dance Blog of 2013! Congrats to all the other Dance Blogs that competed be sure to check them out HERE And a HUGE Thank You to Nichelle Strzepek & Dance Advantage for running this contest and helping bridge the gap of the Dance Community Internationally

xo Nikki

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