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.
Kat Baranowski has previously performed in Binbrook Little Theatre’s Pinocchio and also co-choreographed Puss n Boots the Panto. She has danced with multiple studios including Broadway Bound Dance Studio for over fifteen years in jazz, ballet, hiphop, tap, musical theatre, modern, lyrical and acro. She also participated in many shows in the Hamilton,Burlington and Binbrook area in venues such as Hamilton Place, The Sanderson Center, Burlington Performing Arts Centre and many supportive schools. She has recently been seen in her first professional show that was an aboriginal dance showcase gala called Dream Catchers. Kat also completed a specialized performing arts program called ArtSmart where she learned a variety of skills for both on stage as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, and dance ensemble in Beauty and the Beast. She has also gained experience behind the scenes in cotsumes, props and set design. This past summer Kat played ‘Kitty’ a Kit Kat Klub dancer in Cabaretpresented by The Neverland Project. She also choreographed for multiple musicals like Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast, alongside being the Dance Captain of Saltfleet High Schools Competitive Dance Team. Kat has now been working at Broadway Bound Dance Studio for 6 years teaching competitive and recreational classes. She is excited to be involved with Relever Performing Arts Academy this season and looks forward to working with all their lovely students!
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Danielle Viola (Co-Director/Musical Director)
Danielle has been teaching dance, voice and directing for children’s productions for five years and loves every minute. She has participated in competitive dance for fifteen years including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, along with completing exams in both Jazz and Tap. She has studied in classical and contemporary voice for 12 years and now has her own private students, Danielle has also studied piano and theory for multiple years and has completed Royal Conservatory exams for voice. She has recently been Vocal Director of Brock Musical Theatres production of Little Shop of Horrors, has choreographed Once on this Island Jr. and 13 The Musical while directing drama productions at Saltfleet District High School including Fame the Musical. She has been involved in theatre productions with Theatre Ancaster and EBP Productions musicals and vocal reviews, she has also participated in the ArtSmart Co-op program playing various characters and has recently been seen in Cabaret (Frauline Schnider), The Wiz (Wiz/Evilene) and Les Miserable (Mme. Thenardier) Currently she teaches song and dance at Broadway Bound Dance studio, is Assistant Director for Theatre Ancasters Peter Pan JR and is Stage Managing for ArtSmart. Danielle is in her third year of University where she is studying Theatre as well as completing her Bachelors of Education. She has always been involved in theatre and is looking forward to sharing her love of arts with the students.
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