STOP Being Awkward Toronto… Why Not Learn To Tap Dance This Season?

2 Sep

Beginner tap dance lessons in Toronto

Beginner tap dance lessons in Toronto


Say NO To Awkward… And Learn To Tap Dance!

Do something DIFFERENT that not only helps your coordination, it gives you great exercise, gets you out of the house, introduces you to amazing new friends and puts a smile on your face.

A beginner tap class makes you smile more. =)

Feel The Rhythm On The Right Foot… Or Left Foot :-)
Click Here For “Toronto’s #1 Beginner Tap Dance Class”

Introducing: Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2014

1 Aug Toronto International Youth Dance Festival
Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

NEWSFLASH: Toronto International Youth Dance Festival is happening!

If you didn’t know, If you don’t hear from me it’s because I’m always working on something. This one is big…

I’m very honoured to be on the Board of Directors of Toronto’s first festival supporting our next generation of dancers. I’ve partnered with some of the TOP leaders in the Canadian and international dance community, and we’re EXCITED. This is the first year, and we’re showcasing young dance talent.

If you’re interested in performing, we have a few slots still available so email me TODAY.

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival Board of Directors

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival Board of Directors

So, Why Toronto?

Because we are one of the most multicultural and diverse cities on EARTH. In Toronto, we are a microcosm of our ethnically diverse planet, and all the dance styles that span the globe can be tapped right here in our city.

And, as seen on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, we definitely have a TON of talent right here. Let’s remind Canada what an inspiration DANCERS are!

And Why Youth?

Because, well, why not? Dance gives youth an opportunity to develop the exact same leadership skills as athletes- perseverance, teamwork, discipline, courage, and confidence.

We have the Pan/Am games coming to Toronto next year. But what about our young dancers? They train just as hard and bust their butts in every class (or SHOULD be!) I started dancing at age six with jazz and tap dance, and it has brought me a wonderfully inspiring life I never imagined.

Dance is also an excellent, positive activity for youth to develop healthy habits, build solid relationships and explore unlimited creative possibilities…

…so we’ve created an organization that supports our next generation of performers, artists and leaders in our community. Note that I say leaders- because 1) it takes a true champion to be brave enough to embrace dance, and 2) some of our planet’s greatest societies involve artists as part of a way of life.

Brand new stage at Toronto City Hall

Brand new stage at Toronto City Hall

And if you didn’t know, we’ve never had a dance festival in Toronto. Until now. And that’s worth a celebration in itself! The Toronto International Youth Dance Festival will be rocking the brand new stage at City Hall Friday August 8th, 6pm. Let’s bring Nathan Phillips Square to life.

Are you a dance lover? Does dance make YOUR world go round? Tweet me @ShawnByfield and let me know!

- Shawn B

Who Needs Professional Headshot Photography in Toronto?

9 Jul Professional headshot photographer Toronto

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Summer is finally here!

Isn’t it time for you to stop slacking and get proper photos taken?

I just added a few DELICIOUS NEW IMAGES to the http://www.ByfieldPhotography.com website, take a look. Had four photoshoots in Toronto last week. We love how the photos turned out!

If you need professional headshot photography in Toronto, Mississauga and GTA you should absolutely go there now and get yourself sorted.

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Impatient? READ THIS… How Does This Popular Movie Quote Relate To Your Current Life?

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So in my world, so much can change in 8 hours! Here’s a real-TIME story unfolding right now:

Two hours ago I was at home in my underwear. Now, I’m lying down comfortably in my honeywagon, after a major movie production sent a driver to pick me up and bring me to set. Yup, I’ve been requested.

How The Heck Did I Get Here? (And Other Random Ramblings)

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If you want it, you have to PREPARE for it. I’m constantly striving to become the person I am capable of being. Working hard is NOT the same as working smart. Understand the difference, then do both! Sometimes that means late nights or earlier mornings. Many times it requires doing something that makes you uncomfortable.

Everything you want in life is just outside your comfort zone.

Listen. Whatever you want you’re not going to get right away. I’ve worked diligently for years to build a reputation of being an expert in my field. So now, sometimes unexpectedly, I land a gig and appear on set literally hours later. Pretty cool sh*t. :-)

There’s a popular saying in the movie biz:

“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”

That’s a good one, no? Damn witches…

But the one I’m referring to is actually “Hurry Up And Wait.” It’s important to notice how that directly relates to our personal growth as well. Invest in yourself NOW. Work hard NOW…

…Then be patient. You might not see instant success but you will reap the benefits in the future.

Wait for it. It’s coming!

- @ShawnByfield

Who Else Wants To Become A Top Choreographer, Director, Pop Sensation Or Television Celebrity? ** Here’s The SECRET **

17 Jun THINK BIGGER!

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DANCERS!

Listen. I’m actually quite upset…

There’s a whole world of opportunity out there. You can do anything you put your mind to…

So Why Is Shawn So Upset?

Because too many dancers only aspire to be a “backup dancer” for some artist. That’s their DREAM. And that’s fine…

…But why not dream bigger?

What’s the harm in having a more creative, fulfilling idea of your future? Why limit yourself to being in the background, when you were born with more to offer?

You can do and become literally ANYTHING you want. I truly believe this, and you should too. If you want to become an award-winning choreographer, popular vocalist, famous director, best-selling author or TV celebrity you need to…

THINK BIGGER!

THINK BIGGER!

The Secret To Instantly Expanding Your Reach…

What’s the secret? It’s simple. All you need to do is just THINK BIGGER. Think about this:

Why not become a nationally respected pop artist, and have your OWN backup dancers?

Or why not write your own play, cast yourself as the lead, and YOU be the director?

I can go on and on. I was fortunate to be an artistic consultant, dance choreographer AND played an actor on a national television show, Working The Engels (Global TV.) And guess what? It’s airing on NBC this summer! Which means not just Canada, but the entire North America will watch.

Just one example of a THINK BIGGER mentality. That opportunity only came my way because I’ve been preparing for it.

BONUS: I worked side-by-side with Director Jason Priestley (see photo above) and 1st AD Mark Pancer. Look them up if you don’t know who they are.

Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or stay afraid of taking them. – Jim Carrey

Another example:

Theatre productions are hard to come by in Toronto. So, I co-wrote AND choreographed my own musical (i Think i Can) that was not only nominated for awards (and won,) it thrilled our audience every single performance. AND, it was remounted for another successful run at the National Arts Centre, proudly in the nation’s capital.

FYI: The story in my show was “told” through tap dance. Now you don’t see THAT on a regular.

I’m so grateful to be a Gemini Award nominee! Holy eff! I’m also a Dora Award Winner because a show I created was more outstanding than We Will Rock You! Who can say that? I actually can. That’s an honour that makes me teeth smile.

And… I’m HAPPY. Because what I do is friggin’ FUN.

BTW: Want to pay your rent? Artists always go through the financial roller-coaster… but thinking bigger PAYS WAY BETTER than being a backup dancer. Just saying. ;-)

IMPORTANT! Read (Don’t Skip, READ) This FULL DISCLOSURE

You also deserve to be happy. And you can be. But don’t be fooled! You need to know this in advance:

It doesn’t come easy. Just like any other field, the Entertainment biz is HARD.

So to get you started, use these three EXTREMELY important habits you need to develop to have success in your future career:

  1. You have to suck it up and WORK HARD (and put in all the effort required)

  2. You absolutely must have a PROACTIVE MINDSET (not a reactive mindset)

  3. You need to constantly EXPAND YOUR SKILL SET (to attract new opportunities)

Are you SERIOUS about making a career out of your craft?

Do you want to be offered MORE OPPORTUNITIES?

Are you interested in MAKING GOOD MONEY doing what you do?

If yes, you should learn from the people that can help you get there. I say this, because not everyone can. There’s a lot of talk out there, and not enough walk.

With that said, I’m currently putting an intense course together that you might want to attend, that if you’re an upcoming dancer, model, actor or entrepreneur helps you get started on the RIGHT path, the SMART way.

Comment below or email me. Let me know if you’re interested and tell me about your dreams. I’m here to help! But you’ll be stuck in the same place if you don’t contact me and take ACTION.

I look forward to hearing from you!

- @ShawnByfield

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