Category Archives: 2015 Competitive Season

March Showcase!


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

12179695_10153753095828593_40417769_nLeon 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.

November 15th, 2015 Workshop

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.

Toya Robinson

Ms Toya Robinson is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor born and raised in Toronto!  She is very excited to be joining Relever for the Summer Intensive Program!

She began dance at the age of 3 and is technically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics and hip hop and competed across North America winning many championships. Ms Toya broke into the entertainment industry with a tap dance role alongside the late great Gregory Hines in the movie “Bojangles”. From there she went on to dance in a few more movies, videos and stage performances with Drake, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Akon, Flo Rida, Kardinal Offishall and Ludacris to name a few. Ms Toya has also performed on tours in North America, the Caribbean, UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia with Massari, Kreesha Turner, Blake McGrath and soca star Destra. She has also assisted Tre Armstrong and Luther Brown on all the seasons of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. A true lover of dance and movement, MsToya likes to express her creativity through choreography which has lead her to produce routines for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Argonauts, and the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders.  In the summer of 2012, MsToya had the opportunity to work with R&B superstar Mya on her performance for Toronto’s Carnival. It was a huge accomplishment and one of the years highlights for her. As of late, Ms Toya choreographed and danced in Massari’s latest music video “Shisha” and is currently choreographing and staging his world tour for 2014! Make sure you check out this entertainer and stay up to date with her at as she is busy preparing for another full year of dance and performance!

Scott Ruddick

Scott Ruddick is a top competitive Pro-Am Teacher.  He trains all ages from 5 to over 80 years old, as well as all levels from absolute beginner to Championship Level competitors.  Pro-Am is similar to “Dancing with the Stars”, the instructor trains you and than acts as your partner in competitions against other student teacher combinations of similar age and dance experience.  It is a fun way to meet new people and have fun goals for your dancing.

•       Captain of Dancesport Team Canada for the last 5 years.
•       Last Season Ranked #1 in Canada and #2 in the World (of over 5000
teachers) for Pro-Am Competitive Instructor
•       Last Season Competitive Team Ranked #1 in Canada and #5 in the World.
•       Chairperson for Canadian Wheelchair Dancesport Federation
•       Certified Adjudicator
•       Producer of North American Show Dance Championships Television specials
•       Organizer of Tulip Classic Ontario’s Largest Ballroom and Latin

Esie Mensah

Esie July 2015 (2 of 9)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

Esie Mensah

Dancer. Choreographer. Model. Teacher (New Site Coming Soon!)

Early Registration is Now Open!

We’re so excited to be building our Competitive Dance Team for our 2015-2016 Season!  Thank you to everyone who took part in the We Rise by Lifting Others promotion.  We are looking forward to working with such a talented group of dancers in September!

We are pleased to introduce our June incentive and special September discounts.  We can be reached for more information via email at or 844-888-4441

Tuition Paid Upfront
If you would like to pay your tuition upfront we  will offer a 15% discount.  Tuition covers all group routines, choreography, small groups, technique, training, ballet, and participation in our year end Musical.
Mini Tuition:  $2,000 +tax  Save $300  Tuition after discount $1,700+tax
Junior Tuition:  $2,600 +tax  Save $390  Tuition after discount $2,210+tax
Intermediate Tuition:  $3,200 +tax Save $480  Tuition after discount $2,720+tax
Senior Tuition:  $3,200 +tax Save $480  Tuition after discount $2,720+tax
Part-Time and Advanced Tuition:  $2, 000 +tax Save $300  Tuition after discount $1,700+tax
Family Tuition:  $4,000 +tax  Save $600  Tuition after discount $3,400+tax

June Pre-Registration
We are offering a special incentive for all students who register Before June 20th.  If you pay for September’s Tuition (or pay for the year upfront) we will waive October’s tuition fees.  Contact us today for more information!




Here at Relever we believe that everyone has the right to fun, creative, and technical dance training.   Passionate and talented dancers can be found everywhere, though not all of the them can afford the opportunity to join a team of competitive dancers.

We are proud to offer both Full and Partial Scholarships to our dance community.  Whether you have little to no training, but spirit and drive, years of recreational classes with a desire to dance more, or simply the inability to afford your current dance curriculum due to financial hardships; we are here to support you!

Our process requires a few simple steps.

For Intermediate, Senior and Advanced Dancers
First:  fill out the application form S2ScholarshipApplication
econd:  write us an essay about all things dance related.  Tell us why you love to dance.  Help us understand who you are as a dancer, where dance fits into your life, how it affects you, and what your goals are.   Everyone has a story, tell us yours!
Third:  list all of your volunteer experience, plans to volunteer in the future, and/or ways in which you may like to volunteer with us.  This gives us an opportunity to see your community spirit, your interests outside of dance, and ways you can be a bigger part of our team.
Fourth:  call or email us to schedule your Audition, this is an assessment opportunity to see where you would best fit into our company and to see which classes are best suited to meet your dance abilities and help you reach your goals.
After your audition we will contact you and your parent for a meeting.  We will discuss your essay, volunteer sheet, audition and opportunities with Relever.
We’re looking forward to Receiving your Application Package!

For Junior and Mini Dancers, and Parents Applying on Behalf of their Child
First:  fill out the application form S2ScholarshipApplication
econd:  either a) have your child draw us a picture of themselves dancing, and help them write a few words answering the questions  “What is Dance?  What Do I Love Most About Dance” or b) let us know why this is important to you, what do you hope your child gains from this experience.
Third:   call or email us to schedule an Audition, we will see which competitive company, technique class, and/or ballet level your child is best suited for.
After your audition we will have a quick meeting regarding the costs not covered by the scholarship, fundraising opportunities,  and any other questions or concerns  you may have.
We’re looking forward to Receiving your Application Package!

2015-2016 Tuition & Class Prices

Competitive Team Prices:
Mini Company Ages 6+ $200/month +tax
Junior Company Ages 8+ $260/month +tax
Intermediate Company Ages 10+ $320/month +tax
Senior Company Ages 12+ $320/month +tax
Part-Time Senior and Advanced Company 17+ $200/month +tax

For Families with Multiple Dancers the Unlimited Family Tuition rate is $400/month +tax

All of our Competitive Team dancers take place in an Audition where they are assessed and recommended for the level they are best suited towards.  Ages are used as a guideline.  Previous Competitive experience is reflected in the dancers placement.

Recreational Class Prices:
1 Class  $60/month+tax
2 Classes $120/month+tax
3 Classes $180/month+tax
4 Classes $240/month+tax
5 Classes $300/month+tax
6 Classes $360/month+tax
7 + Classes $400/month+tax

Don’t forget to take part of our We Rise by Lifting Others Promotion and save up to $2,200 on tuition next year!