Dance Adjudicators 2023

We are excited to share the bios of the extraordinary people who will be adjudicating at the 2023 Toronto Kiwanis Festival Dance!

Kerry Gage 

Kerry currently resides in Toronto and is a professional Director and Choreographer. She is a 2019 Dora Award recipient for outstanding original choreography.

Kerry has spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival. Productions she has worked on include: HMS Pinafore, Crazy For You, Fiddler On The Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

She was also the Children’s Casting and Resident Director for the North American premier of The Sound of Music with Mirvish.

She has spent 13 seasons at the Charlottetown Festival as part of the creative team and the Director/ Choreographer of the Confederation Centre Young Company.

Her choreographic credits include: Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, Shrek-the Musical, Elf-the Musical, Rocky Horror, Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, Forever Plaid, Annie, the Canadian premier of Batboy – The Musical, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Hello Dolly and Songs for a New World.

She has taught for many institutions such as Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, St. Clair College, St. Lawrence College and Etobicoke School of The Arts.

Kerry has been an adjudicator across Canada for over twenty years.

“Remember all things are possible for those who believe”.

Ashley Earl has an impressive portfolio which spans choreography, teaching, performing and adjudicating at many different competitions. Her extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet (RAD), Hip Hop, Lyrical, Music Theatre and Acro have won her numerous choreography awards across Canada! 

Since graduating from the Sheridan College Performing Arts Program, and the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program, Ashley has taught at many studios across Ontario, and done a vast array of performing and choreography. In the summer of 2007, Ashley landed her first professional role in “The Sunshine Boys” with The Thousand Island Playhouse in Gananoque. Other favourite roles have included Matron Mama Morton in “Chicago” and Sheila Bryant in “A Chorus Line”. Ashley has choreographed such shows as “Annie Jr”, “Peter Pan”, “Tweed the musical” and “Godspell”. Her Choreography has won her many awards including a Brampton Bloom award for Best Choreography for Annie Jr. Ashley holds her Associate Membership in Jazz through CDTA, Associate Membership in Stage through BATD, and Her Module Two through Acrobatic Arts. 

Ashley previously Co Owned a successful Workshop called The Dance Challenge.  Classes ran like an audition and scholarships were given out at the end of the day.  During this time her and her partner ran six successful events throughout the GTA, pushing dancers to excel in all disciplines and giving them tips for the professional world.

Most recently, Ashley has taught and choreographed at Ballare Performing Arts in Woodbridge for 9 years, 5 of which she was the Artistic Director. 

Ashley continues to further her dance and teaching practice by attending workshops. Her hopes are to remain current and relevant in the ever-changing dance world, and to continue to inspire her students to always strive for the next level.

Adjudicator #3 – TBA