Dance Adjudicators 2020

The Kiwanis Music Festival reserves the right to substitute or appoint another adjudicator.

Adam Ashby

April 1 – April 5

 

Adam is triple threat choreographer, dance educator and performer from Barrie, Ontario.
Adam began his dance training when he was ten years old and has trained extensively in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Tap. He trained under Carla Tucker and Jay T Schramek during his high school years and continuously trains to do this day in all styles, including new styles and skills such as ballroom and aerial silks. Adam has trained in ISTD Ballet and Tap and CDTA Jazz.

Adam is a well rounded triple threat performer and has performed in many shows throughout his career. Some past credits include; Finch in Newsies, Angel in Rent, Tiny Tom in Urinetown, The Heartthrob in You Want It What Way? A Boy Band Tale, Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Stiff and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.

As well as performing in shows Adam has also choreographed many shows including; Madagascar, Annie, The Wedding Singer and Aladdin for which he was nominated for a THEA award for Best Choreography.

Jessica Ford

April 1 – April 5

Having trained with some of the top teachers and choreographers in Canada, Jessica has picked up a thing or two when it comes to teaching herself. Best known for her company, Kalos Collectives, Jessica is a passionate choreographer and dancer and is eager to share her knowledge with her students. She teaches at 3 studios in the GTA and her students have gone on to win many competitions and awards. She believes in molding dancers into their own true artist instead of pushing them into a specific genre.

Qualifications
14 years of training at two of the top studios in Canada. Diploma from George Brown College for Dance in affiliation with Ballet Jorgen.

Experience
Jazz, technique, improvisation and contemporary teacher at TheDanceStream Studio, Academy of Ballet and Jazz and OIP Dance Centre.

 

Nadine Varga

April 1 – April 5

Nadine is a multi-talented dance professional and the owner and studio director of “Pulse Dance Works Inc.” in Markham-Toronto, Ontario. She is an accomplished dancer; instructor; choreographer and a sought after international adjudicator with over thirty years of dance experience. As well, Nadine is an experienced business professional specializing in office and operations management and event planning.

Nadine is a certified member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.), Acrobatic Arts, Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.) and a certified “Strip To Fit” instructor in fused dance and fitness – burlesque dance. Nadine’s intensive dance background includes various disciplines of dance; ballet, jazz, strength & flexibility (a.k.a. stretch), tap, acrobatics, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, song & dance, salsa and many forms of social dance in which she continues to choreograph in many of these styles. Nadine also studied music for several years, specializing with the Tenor Saxophone.

As well as dance and music, Nadine possesses a strong background in musical theatre which she started at a very young age. Nadine has not only performed in musicals on stage, but has choreographed and assistant directed shows with various size casts of all ages. Some of her musical theatre work includes “The Wizard of Oz”, “Peter Pan”, “A Chorus Line” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Nadine was one of the past trainers and choreographers at the prestige Kalev Estienne Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre in Toronto, that is highly recognized for bringing the sport into Canada, for one of the past Junior Canadian Teams “Jr. Rhythmic Express”. Nadine had the great opportunity to instruct some of the top rhythmic gymnasts in all of Canada.

Outside of teaching both recreational and competitive classes at her own dance studio, Nadine choreographs show pieces for professional venues and charity events. As an experienced international dance adjudicator, reputable for her detailed and positive technical critiques, Nadine continues to judge dance competitions regularly. As a former competitive award winning dancer, competing heavily in Canada and the USA for many years, Nadine understands the hard work and dedication it takes to become a well-trained dancer, performer and dance professional. Nadine’s knowledge and experience, unique and creative choreography as well as her passionate approach to dance instruction, helps dancers of all ages and levels strive to achieve their highest dancing goals.

Nadine wishes all competitors the best of luck, but most importantly she wants all dancers to try to put aside their nerves and remember to have fun, because that’s what performing is all about!