Date: Sunday March 6th, 2016
Address: Brock University, Hamilton Campus
1842 King Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8K 1V7
About the event: An opportunity for our dancers to hit the stage for the first time! Join us for a spaghetti lunch, a great showcase of all our competitive numbers, a raffle, a bake sale, a cash bar, and an opportunity to mingle with the rest of the competitive team and their families!
Leon Blackwood is no stranger to Music and Movement. He began to explore the possibilities of a Dance Career around the age of 15, Performing at community events and with school dance crews. In hopes of building his choreography reputation he started his own Dance Group/ Company, Nu Limit Entertainment. in early 2003. His strong performance skills and signature cool factor have landed him Principal Dance roles in movies such as “Honey”, “Frenemies”, “How She Move”, “Alvin and The Chipmunks 3” (Playing Alvin), Assistant Choreographer and Dancer on “Make Your Move” and the upcoming 2015 dance film “Full Out”. Training in classes and workshops around the GTA and the U.S he joined the cast of one of the most noted Hip Hop conventions in the world “Monsters of Hip Hop” In 2009. Through hard work and dedication he has been able to Danced and/or Choreographed for the likes of Ariana Grande, Down With Webster,, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Victoria Duffield, Jully Black, Blake McGrath, Mandia, Keshia Chante and Danny Fernandes to name a few. for major Events, TV Networks and charities such as the YMCA, Much Music, Toronto District School Board, The Juno Awards . Leon has been able to provide choreography and work along side top choreographers on many projects from music videos to movies to major network programs such as The Juno Awards, City TV’s New Years Bash, So You Think You Can Dance US, So You Think You Can Dance Canada and SoYou Think You Can Dance Vietnam. Leon recently teamed up with Entrepreneur Aaron Libfeld to open Toronto’s newest dance studio The Underground Dance Centre, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Leon has become one of the most sought after Dancer/ Choreographers in the Entertainment Industry.
Dancers will get intimate one on one instruction for some of Toronto finest artists and choreographers. The Workshop will run from 10 am to 5:00pm on Sunday November 15 at Relever. Guest artists include Esie Mensah, Leon Blackwood, Latoya Robinson and Jordan Blair Francis. Including dance styles such as Afro Caribbean, Jazz, Industry Hip hop and Commercial Dance.
Esie Mensah, the 2014 Black Canadian award winner for Best Contemporary Dancer has worked with industry icons such as Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, Flo Rida, Mariana’s Trench, Coca Cola, TIFF, Estée Lauder FIFA Canada, We Day and more. Esie recently was one of the dancers for Luminato Festival’s Apocalypsis. An opera with a cast of 1000 people that was directed and choreographed by New Zealand’s Lemi Ponifasio. Esie was the co-choreographer of the Victory Celebration apart of Panamania to commemorate the daily medalists.
Trained in several disciplines including Traditional African, commercial dance and contemporary, Esie has also created her own unique style called Afrofusion which is an amalgamation of all her dance knowledge. She is the director and choreographer of Black Stars – an elite Afrofusion dance group. She will be presenting her next production Akoma the Journey at the Betty Oliphant Theatre.. A story of a young man’s journey as he travels from Ghana to Canada and wavers with the decision to return.
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho