MOVE Dance Convention

IT'S HERE!

Following in the prestigious footsteps of MOVE The Ultimate Dance Competition, our newly founded Convention will bring you

a Canadian dance convention

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Join Us This 2017 Season

for dance workshops that will offer dancers an experience similar
to our competition. Over 2 days, dancers will experience :

  • Challenging and professional workshops in dance styles such as Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary
  • Enhanced learning outside of regular dance training for dancers at all age levels: Junior (5-10), Intermediate (11-14), Senior (15+) and Teacher (18+)
  • Longer, progressive classes allowing dancers to learn an extended piece of choreography
  • The weekend concludes with a showcase where scholarships will be awarded and selected dancers will have the opportunity to perform on our main stage

We are not your average CONVENTION !

Our goal is to provide a unique experience for dancers.
We will be the most sought after CONVENTION out there!

Fees
LEGAL & RULES
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Why MOVE Convention ?

All Canadian workshop facilitators
and choreographers!

One dedicated room for
Tap only = no tapping on carpet!

Rooms that offer enough space for
dancers to MOVE!

Fresh + Exciting

Fun + Positive Atmosphere

Experienced Directors

Special Awards, Prizes and Scholarships

FEES

Junior + Intermediates:

Early bird fee - $225 (HST included)
Regular fee - $275 (HST included)

Seniors + Teachers:

Early bird fee - $250 (HST included)
Regular fee - $300 (HST included)

** Gatineau early bird fee available up to October 6, 2017 **
** Hamilton early bird available until November 3, 2017 **


Observer pass:

$45 (HST included) includes both days
** Please note that in an effort to maintain optimum space for dancers, observer passes will be limited **

Group registration:
For every 10 paid registrations from one studio, one free teacher registration will be provided

LEGAL & RULES

  • Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Registrations are not considered confirmed until full payment is received.
  • Registrations will be accepted on-site at the convention, providing space is available.
    Please contact us ahead of time to determine space availability.
  • Confirmations and receipts will be made available upon time of registration via email.
  • Prices are in Canadian Dollars and include HST.
  • All registrations are non-refundable, other than an event being cancelled by MOVE Dance Convention. Only upon extreme and extraneous situations, supported by a physician's note, will registration fees be considered for a credit towards a future event.
  • Any payments returned as NSF or reversed, whether by cheque or credit card, will be subject to an additional $40 charge.
  • Transfer of registrations is not permitted for any reason.
  • Registrants will receive one wristband for the workshop that should be worn at all times during the convention. Lost or removed wristbands will not be replaced unless full repayment of the registration fee is made.

MOVE Dance Convention is authorized to use photographs and/or videos for advertising, promotional and marketing purposes.

MOVE Dance Convention will be held harmless, along with its directors, employees, volunteers and independent contractors, from any and all claims for damages or injuries of any kind, nature, or description resulting from or related in any way to the participation in any MOVE Dance Conventions.

MOVE Dance Convention reserves the right to refuse, or remove, any person(s) who presents potential harm, dancer or disruption to themselves or anyone else while attending the event.

MOVE Dance Convention faculty is subject to change.

MOVE Dance Convention is not liable for failure to perform its obligations if such failure is as a result of Acts of God, war, government regulation, terrorism, disaster, strikes, civil disorder, curtailment of transportation facilities, or similar emergency beyond its control, making it impossible, illegal, or commercially inadvisable, or which materially affects its ability to perform its obligations.

Upon registration, the undersigned agrees to indemnify and hold harmless MOVE Dance Convention, its appointed officials, employees, volunteers and others working on behalf of MOVE Dance Convention against any and all claims, demands, suits or loss, including all costs connected therewith by reason of personal injury, including bodily injury or death and/or property damage, including loss of thereof, which arises out of or is in any way connected with this event.

David Cox

David Cox has been dancing since the age of 2, as he was brought into this world by a musical family. His father a Motown artist and his mother a dance teacher. At 13 he made his first trip to NYC on scholarship, and that would change his life forever. Studying with some of the best dancers in the world he began to realize that Tap dance was his passion not forgetting his extensive training in jazz, ballet and modern. Since becoming a professional around 15 he has gone on to perform for and at the following...YTV Achievement Award Winner 1999 Dance Catagory, 'Bojangles' the showtime movie staring Gregory Hines, the international sensation 'STOMP', Juno Awards, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival with Kinnie Starr, The Duke Ellington Society, Save The Last Dance pt2, talked Tap and Tapped with Shelagh Rogers (Sounds like Canada CBC Radio 1) , Bravo Fact 'The Hoofers Club, and has performed for the speaker of the house, and Prince Charles to name a few. He is also a member of the T.O based Dance company NEXT TIP. He has been on MTV Canada as a choreographer and dancer for "MTV Live: Dancing with the Hosts". Most recently David has shared his passion with the world, as a performer in the Vancouver 2010 WInter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. His happy go lucky and energetic attitude is contagious to those around him, and urges others to pick up a tap and discover the music they can make. Here's to the 2nd Balcony...Keep it Real!

LUTHER BROWN

Once every generation there emerges that one special individual who is a born leader and inspires a whole movement. That person strives for perfection and is constantly raising the level of the playing field in their respective industry, Luther Brown undoubtedly is one of these individuals.

As the founder and owner of Do Dat Entertainment, Luther channeled his creative energy and innovative vision that transformed the formerly unknown Toronto urban dance community into the thriving industry it is today. His unparalleled love for the arts has given him the extraordinary vision to capture the true essence of his abilities to be an artistic director and choreographer.

His exceptional work speaks for itself and as a result, has allowed him to work with world renown artists such as Janet Jackson, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Brandy, Shawn Desman, Keshia Chante, Victoria Duffield, Jully Black and many, many more.

Luther was a featured choreographer on the most recent season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ seasons 9 - 12 in the U.S. and was a resident judge & choreographer on the hit series ‘So You Think You Can Dance – Canada’ for 4 seasons. And most recently choreographed a special opening ceremony alongside Cirque Du Soleil for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

With his passion for dance and a drive to continuously challenge himself, Luther is considered to be one of the world’s best artistic directors and choreographers to date. His track record for success coupled with an amazing work ethic, Luther continues to make history by taking the vision of any project and creating a timeless piece of art.

Devon Perri

Devon was born and raised in Toronto. He has had the opportunity to choreograph for such projects as The Toronto Film Festival, as well as tap scenes for Honey, Universal Pictures, and Save The Last Dance 2. His music video credits include: Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music," Ne-Yo's "Beautiful Monster," David Guetta + Chris Brown's "I Can Only Imagine," Timbaland's "Cop That Disc," Snoop + Wiz- Young's "Wild n' Free," BoA's "Energetic," K-OS' "Superstar + Crab Bucket," Yasmeen's "Blue Jeans," and many more. Devon has also performed on TV and stage for events such as the V.M.A.'s, Billboard Awards, BET Awards, DWTS w/ Chris Brown, So You Think You Can Dance w/ Ne-Yo, American Idol w/ Travis Garland and Stefano Langone, DWTS w/ Macy's All-Stars, DWTS w/ Jason Derulo, Korean Pop Star, BoA, and many more. He has also appeared in commercials for Marshall's, Cali-Max, Milk - Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Joe Fresh Clothing, and Lotto 6/49. Devon is always seeking to improve his craft within all dance forms. He is currently living in Los Angeles and teaching at Millennium Dance Complex, as well as across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Nicolas Archambault

Born Nicolas Archambault on October 18, 1984, in Montreal, Qc. (Ca) Nico was introduced to dance at sev- en and started his professional career by age 14. He studied at the Academy of Modern Dance of Montreal (LADMMI), lived and trained in Paris between age 17 to 19 and attended prestigious workshops around the world. He soon ended up touring Canada, France, England, Egypt, Europe & South America, showcasing his talents and charisma as a versatile dancer.

In 2008, he was awarded the title of Canada's Favourite Dancer as the 1st season winner of CTV's smash- hit "So You Think You Can Dance Canada", which subsequently saw him come back as a choreographer and guest judge for season 2, 3 and 4.
In March 2012, France also called on him to assume the position of head judge in the 1st ever season of "So You Think You Can Dance France" on NT1 network.

He was also the featured dancer in Janet Jackson's music video "Make Me" and danced live with the in- ternational superstar at the American Music Awards and at a series of shows in London (U.K.).

In 2009, Wynn Holmes & Nico Archambault united forces to create Street Parade. Having worked and performed with artists like Sting, Mary J. Blige, K-Naan, Celine Dion, Ludacris, Janet Jackson and for shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, in Canada/France, as well as stage performances with various in- ternational dance companies and musicals, Nico and Wynn bring to their work a blend of contemporary and urban influences.
Most recently, they conceived, artistically directed and co-produced the Canada, France, London & Switzer- land aired dance docu-drama series, "Ils Dansent", currently nominated for five gemini awards.

Nico's involvement in various charities led him in 2009 to design a t-shirt in collaboration with clothing brand TXT Carbon and the Family Channel to raise funds for PrevNET, Canada's largest network dedicated to the prevention of bullying and in 2010/11/12, to work with Street Parade in Serbia with Rpoint's Roma kids, teaching them the art of dance and setting choreographies for their upcoming touring show "GRUB- B:The Musical", which has been selling out at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and invited to New York for the 2012 Lincoln Center Sumer Festival.

Vincent Noiseux

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Vincent Noiseux started dancing at a young age and quickly discovered he had a passion for movement. It didn't take much for him to decide that dance would be his life and career.

After training many years in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz Funk and Modern, he started working in Montreal, quickly becoming one of the top working dancers there and being invited to teach and choreograph across Canada. After competing on the Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance as well as America's Best Dance Crew with Blueprint Cru, Vincent decided to push his career further and he made the move to Los Angeles.

Vincent has danced for artists such as Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha and Kelly Rowland. He also toured with Ricky Martin and recently co- choreographed his newest single, "Come With Me". He was seen performing on various TV shows such as X-Factor, Glee, Dancing With The Stars and VH1 Divas as well as award shows like the Grammys, Kid's Choice Awards, American Music Awards and People's Choice. Vincent is also a proud member of Dana Foglia Dance Company.

Vincent continues to train and take classes and always sees himself as a student, in both dance and life in general. There is always more to learn and for him, growth his key.

Melanie Mah

Melanie was raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario and has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, and tap. She began ballet classes at the age of 5 years old and has since then earned her Advanced Foundation from the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) with distinction and her Pre-Professional certification in Vaganova ballet.

In the summer of 2009, Melanie was a top 6 competitor on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada where she got to work with choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Blake McGrath, Luther Brown, and Jean-Marc Genereux. After SYTYCDC, Melanie traveled with The PULSE dance convention in 2010 as Mia Michaels' dance assistant, and she also had the opportunity to assist Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Dave Scott, Gil Duldulao, Tyce Diorio, and Cris Judd.

In addition, Melanie has experienced great success in the industry working with artists such as Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kat Graham, Victoria Duffield, and Keshia Chante, and has danced on Glee, Two and a Half Men, Suburgatory, Dancing With The Stars, America's Got Talent, and X Factor. She can also be seen in national commercials for Sensa and the Twister Dance commercial featuring Britney Spears. Melanie is a proud member of the Dana Foglia Dance company, as well, which is based out of both NYC and LA. Most recently, she was filming the upcoming movie "Strings" as a dancer and actor alongside Kherington Payne, Lucas Till, and Josh Duhamel.

Melanie is currently living in LA pursuing her dreams, and she is always excited to share her passion and knowledge with younger dancers.

Jayme Rae Dailey

Jayme Rae Dailey was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She took her first ballet jazz class with her twin sister, Jenny, at the young age of 3. She has trained in gymnastics, acrosport and a variety of different dance styles from hip-hop to contemporary to salsa.

The year 2009 was a big year for Jayme Rae when she took part of season 2's So You Think You Can Dance Canada and finished TOP 3. She also did an 18 city-tour across Canada with the TOP 10 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 2. After the show, Jayme Rae traveled through Canada teaching and judging in many workshops and competitions. She then went on to do a year tour singing and acting with the Big Bazaar musical in Canada.

She now resides in Los Angeles California where she pursues her dance career. She has danced for artists such as Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J, Nicole Scherzinger, Sheila E, Mike Posner and Adam Lambert to name a few. She has also worked on tv shows such as Smash, Dancing with the Stars, America's got talent, So you think you can dance Canada, So you think you can dance U.S and The X-Factor.

She is a performer at heart who loves the versatility of dance and movement.

Kim Gingras

Montreal-born Kim Gingras is currently on tour with the world famous Beyoncé. Also having shared the stage with some of the top names in entertainment, including Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Aguilera, The Wanted, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent, she attributes her success to a lot of hard work and unwavering commitment to her career. Kim now resides in North Hollywood, California, where she pursues her dream even further.

Tatiana Parker

Tatiana started dancing at the age of five and has since then been able to travel between Toronto and Los Angeles training with many of the industries top leaders. Her passion for the art was one she could not ignore. A career as a dancer and choreographer was inevitable.

Tatiana's credits include; So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Monsters of Hip Hop, Cobu, Alvin & the Chipmunks 3D, The Listener, iSkin, Harvey's, just to name a few. She has worked with artists on numerous live and touring performances, some of which have enabled her to travel all over the world. Some of these artists include Nicki Minaj, Sean Kingston, Carly Rae Jepsen, JoJo, Daft Punk, Ke$ha, Hilary Duff, Howie D., Massari, Blake McGrath, Keisha Chante, George Nozuka, Shawn Desman, Kim Davis, Dru, and more.

Tatiana is always looking for a new challenge. She is constantly improving, training and taking her dance skills to the next level. Her adoration for the performing arts translates into her enthusiasm when dancing, teaching or choreographing. Fully dedicated to her career, Tatiana is a strong believer that hard work pays off.

Bree Wasylenko

Already a successful dancer, Bree immersed herself in acting classes to round out her skills as a performer. Merging the two disciplines, Bree landed the lead role in the Family Channel show "The Next Step", in which she plays "Kate". From there she has gone on to play a supporting role, "Roxy" in MuchMusic's film "Alive", as well as "Frankie" in the short film "56 Pink Flamingos".

After many years of professional dance training, her career took off after she made the Top 20 of Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Bree grew immensely as a dancer and performer, and immediately fell in love with the camera. From there, she went on to perform in hit television shows such as "Nikita", "Bomb Girls", "Baxter", "Over The Rainbow", "Canada's Got Talent", and as Ashley Tisdale's body double in "Hellcats". Her feature film performances include "Make Your Move", ABC's "Desperately Seeking Santa", and CTV's "Turn The Beat Around".

Not long after SYTYCDC, Bree started exploring other facets of the industry. She became very interested in the behind the scenes world of choreography. She has been blessed to have had the chance to work with some of the industry's top players, including being the assistant choreographer for Nappytabs on "Make Your Move", and Danny Teeson on Disney's "Frenemies". She was also the assistant choreographer for the Staples "Back To School" commercial that featured Glee's Heather Morris. Using the skills she learned from these mentors, Bree went on to choreograph for a CTV pilot entitled "Stay With Me", as well as a promo for the upcoming Grace Kelly biopic "American Royalty". She has also choreographed Shad's "Remember 2 Remember music video, Drake's musical director Ardian Eccleston's "Time Bomb" music video, and a commercial for Pepperidge Farms. Her most exciting project as a choreographer was for Carly Rae Jepsen's performance of "Call Me Maybe" for the 2012 MMVA's.

Bree's stage credits include numerous industrials for companies such as RBC, Shoppers Drug Mart, LG, Bell Mobility, MAC Cosmetics, Sears and many more. She has performed with a host of major Canadian pop stars, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Desman, Blake McGrath, Danny Fernandes, Massari and many more. Bree has also been involved in company work, dancing in Linda Garneau's Helix Dance Project in both the '08 and '09 seasons, as well as with the Canadian Opera Company in their Dora Award winning production of "Iphigenie en Tauride". Bree was also lucky enough to represent Toronto in the 2011 Parapan Games in Guadalajara!

Ryan Foley

Ryan Foley has had the opportunity to perform and train with many talented artists over the years. Highlights include tap legends Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and Heather Cornell. He has also performed with the likes of Blues legends Harrison Kennedy and Michael Pickett, The Bare Naked Ladies, and Hip Hop artists KOS, Mystro Fresh West, and Snow.

Ryan currently teaches and performs in Toronto with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative. He’s worked with TRI in over 10 live shows since their conception in 2011, featuring music from a wide range of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles and many more. This summer Ryan was a featured artist at the 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Festival with TRI, and performed in Tap Internationals as part of the NYC Tap City Festival. Ryan’s most recent venture was participating as an original cast member in Love.Be.Best.Free, a full-length tap show in Vancouver choreographed by Danny Nielsen.

Kevin Howe

Kevin Howe has been dancing since the age of 5. After 14 years of training in various styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Hip hop, arco and contemporary in his hometown Ottawa, ON he decided to make the move to Toronto to begin his professional career. Since then he has taken the dance world by storm from all angles, working with big names like Girlicious, Blake McGrath, Ke$ha, Russel Peters and Lady Gaga to name a few.

On top of his stage performances, he has also ventured into film. His film and TV credits include Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure with Disney's Ashley Tisdale, HBO's Hellcats, Disney's Frenemies, Canada's got talent, and CBC's Over the Rainbow. Kevin was also chosen to be apart of Canada's top 22 on season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Recognized for both his dance abilities and choreography skills, Howe has made a name for himself in the industry amongst other well established professionals. Having won the national title of "Americas Young Choreographer of the year" in both 2007 and 2010, his creative and innovative style has brought Kevin a lot of positive attention and he has since been given the opportunity to teach workshops and masterclasses to students and teachers across Canada.

Hani Abaza

Hani Abaza originally Jordanian grew up in Ontario, Canada where his love of dance and movement stemmed. He has worked all over the world for reknown artists and companies like Patty Labelle, Shaka Khan, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Feist, Shawn Desman, Shaping Sound, Sonya Tayeh Dancers, Cascada, Jully Black and Florence and the Machine to name a few.

His base is now Los Angeles where his dance career has led him to work with the leading talents of our generation including Travis Wall, Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Sonya Tayeh, Noemie Lafrance and Luther Brown, on projects like Cirque Du Soleil, MTV VMA's, AMA’S and the Brand So You Think You Can Dance as a contestant in Canada, choreographer in Vietnam and associate to world famous Choreographers on the hit USA show. Along with national award winning choreography Hani has been named one of Capezio’s top choreographer’s in North America 2009 and 2012. He is also sought out to teach Master classes in many countries, to share his experience and knowledge in the art of dance.

He is now creating and performing across the world and as international co-ordinator for SYTYCD in Asia he is bringing continents together through the language of dance. Hani's passion for movement and dance is immeasurable; his unique outlook on dance in life adds a fresh face to movement, and his vision is a relatable innovation of eye candy.

Elizabeth Tookey

Originally from Edmonton, Liz was a competitive dancer at Shelley’s Dance Company where she trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre from the age of 5.

Her professional career has allowed her to travel all over the world. She began with Princess Cruises as a featured dancer, she then travelled to Tokyo, Japan where she was part of the featured pas de deux couple in "Encore!" at Tokyo Disney Sea. She also went to Egypt and Israel under Big Fish Management to perform alongside Lisa Brokop for an inspiring show tour for the Canadian military.

Liz was able to exercise all of her skills in dancing, acting and singing when the love of the stage drew her to the world of musical theatre. Throughout her career she got to play a wide variety of characters, in Theatre Calgary’s production of "Anne of Green Gables" she played Gertie Pye, a flashy chorus girl in The Arts Club production of "Spamalot" and a dream come true performing in the North American Premiere/Toronto Mirvish production of "Dirty Dancing". She performed as Ensemble and 1st "Baby" understudy. After an 18 month run Liz went on to play the role of "Baby" 52 times!

Her television credits include assisting Canadian Choreographer Stacey Tookey on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She was part of the creative team for ‘Reefer Madness" where she helped create dance sequences for the film.

Liz can be seen on various episodes of the CW Network’s "Hellcats" as a featured dancer, and as Ashley Tisdale’s dance double. She was also Maggie Lawon’s dance double in the musical episode of "Psych", and a featured dancer in ABC’s "Once Upon a Time" and Nickelodeon’s "Jinxed".

Transitioning to the world of choreography Liz’s work can most recently be seen on Super Channel’s "When Calls the Heart". Other credits include choreographing and directing the Czech Republic fashion show for the 2010 winter Olympics, and choreographing the opening number for the Times of India Film Awards at BC Place. Liz loves to share her passion for what she does with pre-professional and professional dancers across Canada via master classes, adjudicating or setting choreography. She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre.

Jerome Esplana

Jerome Esplana is one of the most elite choreographers from Vancouver, BC. He began dancing at the young age of 7. Showing major potential and talent so early, he was given the opportunity to lead and choreograph for the competitive dance team, "Xtreme Soul Style (XSS)." They were crowned champions in the "Canadian Hip Hop Dance Competition" from 2007-2009. From there, his name spread and grew in the local dance community where he was found teaching and setting choreography on teams, companies, and local artists. Jerome has been nominated for the "Monsters of HipHop" show and has been given many awards for choreography and outstanding dancing in Canadian dance competitions. He has also received scholarships to studios like Debbie Reynolds and Millennium Dance Complex in LA.

With the help of social media, Jerome began to post videos of his choreography and his work instantly spread worldwide.

He has been fortunate to teach workshops in Germany, Portugal, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Singapore and more. He has taught at conventions like Urban Dance Camp, REACT, OHH Madrid, Movement Lifestyle, Danzpeople, Boogiezone, SOREAL Studios, Soundbox, and MYWAY Dance Camp Russia.

He has worked as a dancer for K-OS, Travis Garland, Kenny Ortega on "Disney's Descendants," and has been an assistant choreographer in the closing ceremonies for the "Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics".

Lindsay Nelko

Lindsay Nelko has established herself as a choreographer whose conceptual vision and execution has moved audiences around the world. Unique, diverse, theatrical and a fusion of ballet, modern and jazz techniques her work stands out as high impact and extremely powerful.

Lindsay has been a Choreographer on Season 10 of FOX's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE where Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe said she was “a true asset to this program”. She was an associate choreographer on FOX's hit show THE X FACTOR and NBC/Universal Feature Film American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky. Lindsay choreographed a Design Lab & Zixi Inc. live event Royal Wedding in Dubai directed by world renowned Director/Producer/Writer Amy Tinkham. Lindsay has work-shopped her new works with dancers from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. As well Lindsay choreographed and co-creatively conceptualized the Music Video “Get Out Alive” for Canadian Artist Sheena Grobb from Red Shoe Music Inc.

After being AWARDED 2nd Runner-Up at the 2013 CAPEZIO A.C.E AWARDS in New York City Lindsay Co-Produced, Directed and Choreographed her Contemporary Ballet show "AWAKENING" August 2014, at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre. Her stellar cast included professional dancers appearing courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. DANCE SPIRIT MAGAZINE “I count myself as lucky to have been in the audience, witnessing the next big step for this up-and-coming choreographer.” – Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone.

Most recently, Lindsay was named the 2015 BEST EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHER by DANCE MAGAZINE! She choreographed the Nationally (Canada) Televised Opening Ceremonies for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Lindsay was a finalist for the 17th Annual McCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Dessert CA. Lindsay won the coveted 2nd Place Grand Prize and was thrilled to be working with dancers appearing courtesy of Smuin Ballet Company of San Francisco under the artistic direction of Celia Fushille.

Winning four "Choreographer's Pick" awards and the 2012-2013 "Pulse Featured Choreographer of the Year" at their New York City Finale, Lindsay's choreography has played a critical role in The PULSE On Tour conventions throughout North America.

Lindsay has represented her country of Canada as a choreographer at the International Dance Organization (IDO) World Dance Championships in both Germany and Poland, where her choreography helped team Canada win the silver and bronze medals in 2010 & 2011. As a top choreographer, she also donates her time to worthy charitable events. As well she adjudicates major competitions and conventions throughout Canada and the USA.

Since 2003, Lindsay has taught students of all ages and is well known for her attention to detail, technique, musicality and artistic expression. She incorporates real life experiences as well as her acting and theatre training to tell a story through her movement. Lindsay is a young, fresh talent with an amazingly natural ability to create breath-taking dance pieces.

JULIANA KELLY

Juliana Kelly began her dance career at the age of three and continued her dance studies in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, pointe, and acrobatics at a competitive level, where she competed across Canada and the United States. Since 2004, her focus has shifted to specializing in tap dance.

Upon graduation of high school, Juliana joined Downbeats Tap Company under the direction of Cathy Duncan where she danced for two years performing in the East Coast Tap Conference (ECTC), Taking the Rhythm Train, Embrace the Rhythm, Toronto's Live in Culture Campaign and many other shows across Ontario. In 2006 Juliana joined Funk Factory National Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Shawn Byfield. Funk Factory headlined events such as National Tap Dance Day (2006 and 2007), The Feats Festival (Edmonton, AB), Live in Rhythm and Deloitte's 50 Best Managed Companies Gala. Currently Juliana works as a contributing artist with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative (TRI), a collective of tap dancers committed to voicing the artistry of Toronto’s professional tap dance community. With the Toronto Rhythm Initiative she has performed in nine TRI shows to date. She has sat on the faculty for TRI's Youth Ensemble for many years, and mostly recently, has begun working as co-producer for the Youth Intensive. Juliana spent time studying abroad with Heather Cornell, and performed in Walk To The Beat (Nyack, New York), Rhythm Lives! (Montreal Tap Festival) alongside Arthur Duncan and members of Tapestry Dance Company, as well as performing in the Inaugural Toronto Body Percussion Festival.

Juliana's love of dance has also led her to many teaching opportunities across Ontario including guest choreography, master classes, summer intensives, workshops, and conventions. Her main focus is as a teacher and choreographer, with a specialization in tap. She has received multiple accolades for her work, and her students are well known in the dance community for their technical and musical excellence. Juliana strives to spread the love, and respect of tap dance to all her students.

TESTIMONIALS

THANK YOU for a great weekend!! We loved all the teachers and how well organized the whole event was. As always it was great seeing all of your friendly faces.

A. Van Mil

Thank you so much for a wonderful time in Devon's class . Great faculty and I can't speak highly enough about Mario, Beatriz and all the MOVE staff -Simply Incredible .. all the best.

L. Musselman

It was our first time at a Dance convention. Our studio TJs Dance Troop highly recommended this convention. We were glad they did . Can't think of a great and better way to give Lilli exposure for this exciting dance year. Thank you

K. Stainthorpe

Great Convention, lots of energy and a positive message!

T. Tucker

Thanks to the MOVE team - our dancers had a great time.

J. Barkey

Thank you for a wonderful weekend of dancing from The Dance Element.

T. Mackenzie

I attended your convention this past weekend. I just have to say that my students and I had a great weekend! The faculty was fantastic, inspiring, and of course extremely talented. The choreography was attainable, the pace at which the teachers taught it was great and I know all my dancers felt very accomplished at the end of it all. So thank you very much!

S. Huynh

My kids LOVED the convention! Won’t stop talking about it! Thank you!

K. O'Neill

FACULTY

FACULTY

Hani Abaza
Nicolas Archambault
Luther Brown
David Cox
Jayme Rae Dailey
Jerome Esplana
Ryan Foley
Kim Gingras
Kevin Howe
JULIANA KELLY
Melanie Mah
Vincent Noiseux
Lindsay Nelko
Tatiana Parker
Devon Perri
Elizabeth Tookey
Bree Wasylenko

We are working hard to bring you the best Canadian
faculty to your convention experience. Expect your faculty
to include the following:

  • Canadian Professional Choreographers and Dancers
    working abroad in international productions such as
    concerts and shows.
  • Alumni from So You Think You Can Dance - worldwide!
  • Special guests: names and faces you know from
    the international dance industry!
  • Our PROFESSIONAL and EXPERIENCED faculty will offer workshops in the following dance genres: Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap.
  • Faculty will provide professional instruction in a positive, intimate and rewarding environment, bringing their unique choreography and experience to each workshop.

CREW BEHIND

SHAWN DESMAN

With a platinum debut album, a sophomore Juno Award winning album for Best R&B/Soul Recording, chart-topping singles & videos, movie roles and international accolades under his belt, singer/dancer/songwriter/producer Shawn Desman was poised to launch his highly anticipated fourth album.

Hot on the heels of his FRESH album, Desman was ready to release his fourth studio album "ALIVE" in a way no other artist has before. His new album launched in conjunction with a movie set to the music of his new release. The movie aired on MuchMusic starring Shawn Desman, Heartland's Kaitlyn Leeb, Degrassi's Melinda Shankar, and Lost Girl's K.C. Collins and provided audiences with a brand new way to experience music and visual celebrity content.

It is undeniable that Desman's fourth highly anticipated album "ALIVE" featuring his Platinum selling chart topping single "Nobody Does It Like You", "Dum Da Dum" and "Too Young To Care" represents a tremendous leap in the next direction for a young man who has spent most of his life working diligently at becoming a world renowned entertainer, with personal and professional accomplishments that leave an indelible mark on the human experience.

As Co-Owner and Co-Founder of MOVE Dance Productions, Shawn also brings over 5 years experience in the dance competition industry. His roots in the dance community allows him to bring passion to every MOVE Dance event, delivering a unique experience and atmosphere for all dancers.


Beatriz Leonardo, CMP

Co-owner and Co-Founder of MOVE Dance Productions, Beatriz
brings over 5 years experience in the dance competition business.
With over 10 years in the event management industry, she brings
expertise in areas of logistics, on-site management, supplier
liaison, client management and registration management.

As a Part-Time Professor at George Brown College in
the Hospitality & Tourism Department, with a focus on
the Special Event Planning Certificate Program, Beatriz
educates future event planners on the process of event
management and applies real-world experiences
to the classroom.

The combination of the academic
leadership role along with her entrepreneurial
accomplishments, Beatriz shows a true
commitment and dedication to the industry.


RYAN WONG

Ryan has numerous years in Film and Television being apart of various productions such as “Flashpoint” (CTV), “Degrassi” (MTV), “The Border” (CBC), “Really Me” (Family), and “Life With Boys” (Family), as well as appearances in feature films like “Total Recall” (Columbia), and “Pacific Rim” (WB).

In 2011, Ryan joined the Financial Industry becoming the advisor to people in the Entertainment business. Continuously using his unique ability to relate and connect with his clients, and combine his personality with experience, Ryan has developed an alternative approach when educating others about insurance and investments.

Ryan is extremely excited to rejoin the Move family in 2015, and along with over 5 previous years of dance competition industry knowledge, he also brings back his 13 years of experience in branding and relationship management, as well as his lifetime of advocacy for the Arts.


EVENTS

EVENTS

GATINEAU

October 14-15, 2017

Palais des Congrès de Gatineau
Place Du Centre, 50 boulevard Maisonneuve
Gatineau, QC J8X 4H4
819-595-8000
HAMILTON

November 11-12, 2017

Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers Lane
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2
905-525-2020
schedule

Saturday

7:30 am - Registration

9:00 am - Workshop 1

10:30 am - Workshop 2

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Workshop 3

2:30 pm - Workshop 4

4:00 pm - Day End

** Detailed schedules will be emailed to confirmed participants prior to the event **

Sunday

8:00 am - Registration

9:00 am - Workshop 1

10:30 am - Workshop 2

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Workshop 3

2:30 pm - Workshop 4

4:30 pm - Showcase

** Detailed schedules will be emailed to confirmed participants prior to the event **

MEDIA

MEDIA

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