Dance Extravaganza 2021 Clinicians

We are excited to share the bios of the extraordinary people who will be presenting FREE classes at the 2021 Toronto Kiwanis Festival Dance Extravaganza

Nadine Brown – Afro Fusion

 

Nadine has taught in various institutions with people of different abilities and ages, working with different genres of dance, theatre and various other art forms not only as a teaching tool and a form of therapy but for various projects which often led to performances from catwalk shows to choreography for concerts. Amongst the institutions, she has worked with have been schools, where she worked with different dance cultures and performances and created a syllabus linked to the national curriculum of which they were learning in their classrooms.

For a number of years, Nadine participated, directed, coordinated, choreographed and been a movement director for both industry and community projects which has resulted in working with various companies and performances spaces such as Rogers Canada, the Legislative assembly of Ontario in Canada and Royal Festival Hall, and Royal Albert Hall in London UK.

Nadine was the director of her own company NBDT Ltd. in her native UK, for a number of years providing dance, drama and team building support to educational and non–educational bodies. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship to travel to Cuba and Jamaica to research Folkloric culture of which I am a specialist and have taught workshops on African retention in Caribbean folklore, dance and African and Caribbean dance technique.

Katie Chartrand – Contemporary and Hip Hop

Katie currently resides in Toronto and is a professional Dance Educator and Choreographer.

Katie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from Wayne State University where she became assistant director and choreographer to “CompanyOne”. She is certified in Module 1 and 2 of Alixa Flexibility and has been a guest choreographer and educator for intensives such as Team Canada, Sarah-Brewer Clowes’, ACT student intensive, Wayne State University, BCDEA Dance Educators Conference and m ost recently the BATD Toronto Region. Katie has choreographed for music artists Marianas Trench, Kadooh, and Marlae as well as a commercial for Hootsuite. She is a 7 year returning faculty member of Brighton Dance Festival, 6 season choreographer for The Source Dance Company, and has adjudicated for Shine Dance Festival, Aberdeen Dance Festival and Phoenix Dance Competition. Katie choreographed the Top 10 Emerging Artists dance concept video for Shine Dance Festival and has directed and choreographed several concept videos of her own. Katie’s choreography continues to find a voice in the industry.
 

Kerry Gage – Musical Theatre and Teacher’s Workshop: How to Approach Choreography

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”.

Kimberly Kay – Jazz

Kimberly is an internationally acclaimed teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. She has owned and operated Dimensions in Dance in Kitchener Ontario for over 35years.

The motto of Dimensions in Dance is “The Studio With A Difference”, and this is truly reflected with the level of professionalism and dedication that Kimberly brings to the table. When a dancer graduates from Dimensions and moves on to pursue higher education in the arts industry, they are invited to the finest arts institutions including but not limited to: The National Ballet School of Canada, The Juilliard School, The Quinte Ballet School, Ryerson University, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Marymount Manhattan College and the Debbie Allen Performing Arts Company in California.

Kimberly’s students have performed on Broadway, National Tours, Theatre, Major Motion Pictures and Television shows such as “The Next Step”, Cir du Soleil reality-based show “Under the Big Top”, and “Northern Rescue” on Netflix. You have seen the dancers from Dimensions on “So You Think You Can Dance”, in New York working with the “Radio City Rockettes”, “Billy Elliot” and in many of the prestigious Stratford Festival’s plays.

With Kimberly’s outstanding choreography and technique, her students continue to compete at an International level and are regularly invited to assist and have won scholarships at The Edge in L.A. and are featured in instructional videos from The Broadway Dance Centre in New York. They are sought after as apprentices and assistants to Industry Leaders such as: Marinda Davis Mia Michaels, Dee Caspery, Mark Meisner and Brian Freidman. Kimberly’s dancers have been featured on the cover of the American publication of ‘Dance Teacher Now’ and have appeared in the prestigious Dance Magazine.

Kimberly is one of Canada’s most successful Studio Directors and is extremely excited to teach for the Toronto Kiwanis festival !

 

Janice Lynn – Acro and Teachers Workshop: Working with Pre-Schoolers

Janice Lynn (Acro and Teacher’s Workshop – Working with Pre-Schoolers 2-5 years of age)
Janice Lynn has been involved in dance education for the past 35 years. She owned and was the Artistic Director of a successful dance studio in Whitby, Ontario for 27 years. Currently, she is teaching tap, jazz, acrobatics and pre school movement classes in Toronto, Whitby and Ajax. She proudly represents the B.A.T.D. (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) as a Fellow Member, as an Examiner and is the current BATD Toronto Regional District Secretary.

Janice’s true passion is for dance education. Her passion extends to training teachers in the B.A.T.D. professional syllabi. Her students participate in annual dance examinations achieving top marks, competitions, year end recitals and charity events. Under her direction, many of her students have won prestigious awards both locally and internationally. Many of her students have gone onto professional careers in dance including studio owners, cruise line performers, theatrical performers and singers.

Janice has adjudicated at both the regional and national level in Canada. She is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, is a Pre School, Module one and two certified instructor in Acrobatic Arts, holds her Acro Dance Adjudicator Certification and completed her teacher training course at the Tap Dance Centre in 2018. It is Janice’s belief that education in dance is vital to our industry and therefore continues to expand her knowledge and training each year by taking part in seminars and conventions along with weekly vocal, ballroom and guitar lessons that help her maintain high standards. Her ongoing passion and focus is in encouraging and developing young performers. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge with many more dancers. “Shine Your Way”!

Gerard McIsaac – Ballet

A double alumnus of the Canada’s National Ballet School (Professional Ballet Program/Master Teachers Training Program for Former Pro’s), Mr. McIsaac is a well-recognized professional performer, dance educator and a highly recognized Master Class and Dance Convention facilitator for over 25 years.

His vast experience as a professional adjudicator and his unique ability to inspire dancers to achieve their highest technical and performance potential is well respected throughout the dance community at large. Mr. McIsaac has taught Classical Ballet and Theatre Jazz at several prestigious institutions, including Canada’s National Ballet School. He is also in high demand as an Intensive and Convention facilitator.

Mr. McIsaac is also the resident ballet master for several competitive dance studios within the greater Toronto area, instructing students from age’s 5-18. He also mentors artists for the Youth American Grand Prix, and boasts an impressive roster of private clientele under his company ‘Dance Direction’.

Certifications include: Diploma with Distinction from the NBS Teachers Training Program for Former Professionals, Mutually Recognized Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, ballet faculty member with Dance Masters of Canada and International Dance Teachers Association of Great Britain, and Professional Adjudicators Alliance. He was also the recipient of the 2013 Carole Chadwick Award and 2014 Sylvie M. McPhee Awards.

Highlights of Mr. McIsaac’s professional performance career include: Cats (Original Can. Cast/Nat. Tour); Miss Saigon (London’s West End); Home and Away The Musical, UK Tour; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London’s West End); Showboat (Toronto/US Nat. Tour/London’s West End); Beauty and the Beast (US Nat. Tour); The Handmaid’s Tale and Death in Venice, (Canadian Opera Company); Hairspray The Movie!; Canadian Idol Season 3; Synchronicity, (Japan Tour).
 

Gurdeep Pandher – Bhangra Dance

Gurdeep is a Yukon based, Bhangra instructor. He creates performance pieces that bring together artists from all backgrounds while promoting inclusivity and diversity. Currently, he is best known for bringing happiness and positivity during the pandemic through his online dance classes and videos. The dance performances and videos are watched by millions of viewers throughout the world. Gurdeep’s works have been published by many international art and media organizations including BBC News, CBC National, The Globe and Mail. Although he is presently a dance instructor at the Yukon University, Gurdeep has experience teaching Bhangra workshops at many venues in the Yukon, Canada and throughout the world. Along with this, his sessions are a considerable workout and a fun way to introduce physical activity. For more information, please visit Gurdeep.ca 

Lauren Ritchie – Teacher’s Workshop” Mental Skills in Dance

Lauren has been researching, studying, and educating dancers and teachers on the physical, emotional and mental intricacies of dance. Recognizing the lack of mental skills training in dance, Lauren has created programs and exercises dedicated to educating and empowering both dancers’ and educators’ mental health and mindset to optimize physical and artistic training.

An established educator, facilitator and speaker, Lauren has worked with prestigious schools and programs like Harbour Dance Centre, the Alberta Ballet School, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Capilano University and The Bridge Program with The Protege Movement. She created the renowned Mental Skills Training Teacher Training, is the co-founder of the Dance Teacher retreat, and has been a keynote speaker for the Women In Sport Speaker Series, Dance Studio Owners Association, House of Jazz (London), and the Dance Teacher Expo.

She is also the producer and host of The Dance Podcast; an invaluable resource dedicated to inspiring and educating dancers, teachers, and parents. Ritchie unpacks and decodes each guest’s professional journey, mental framework, and mindset skills and practices. Past guests include Mia Michaels, NappyTabs, Misty Lown, Alex Wong, Stacey Tookey, Clint Salter, Josh Assor, and Bree Wasylenko.

Jay T. Schramek – Tap

Jay T is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated performer, educator and adjudicator. His twenty-five year teaching career spans Canada’s most prestigious post-secondary arts institutions and dozens of dance studios. A graduate of Ryerson University’s dance program and a former Mr. Dance of Canada, he has been a faculty member at the Randolph College, George Brown College and Saint Lawrence College. Jay has been a guest teacher at Sheridan College, Canada’s National Ballet School, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Pearson School for the Arts, the Eastern Arkansas Ballet, Duboforce Mexico, Metro Movement and the Charlottetown Festival Young Company. He is currently the Tap Director at Dimensions in Dance in Kitchener, a choreographer for the Canadian Tap Team of World Performers and the Director of Programming for the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo.

Jay is one of North America’s most prolific talent adjudicators and has judged and hosted over 200 talent competitions, pageants and festivals across the globe. He is the Owner/Host of Dance Attack Competition. Jay is a member and contributor to the Professional Adjudicator Alliance manual, has written articles for The Agent’s Book and had a column in Dance Canada Quarterly. He is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award and a Maud Whitmore Scholarship.

Jay is the owner of Tap Shoes Canada and is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Miller and Ben Tap Shoes.