Category Archives: Guest Choreographers

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!)

Julia Garlisi

Julia Garlisi has been performing with Dancetheatre David Earle since 2003. She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre Professional Training Program. Along with being a Senior Dance Artist of Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) she has the pleasure of working with numerous Canadian companies, choreographers, film directors, and music producers. Independently, Julia has been fortunate to work with Denise Duric, Janet Johnson, Newton Moraes, Suzette Sherman, Lacey Smith, Toronto Heritage Dance, and The Niagara Dance Company. Choreographically, her work has been commissioned for Guelph Dance Festival, Stratford Spring Works Indie Theatre & Art Festival, DtDE, The Suzuki String School, Dusk Dances Hamilton, and Internationally (Austria, Germany, Italy) for the SIBA Ballet Workshop Gala Performance Tour. Julia also has an active life teaching and passing along the principals of Modern Dance for adult community classes and private school dancers. She teaches technique and repertory for these students at DtDE, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, and the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts.