Tag Archives: BDX

UPDATE: How To TURBOCHARGE Your Spring

4 Apr

Toronto dance classes at Byfield Dance Experience

[Shawn Byfield's Toronto dance email update April 3rd, 2012]

Happy April!

Spring has officially arrived. Did it hit you like it hit me? Because just the other day I had a “holy eff” moment- “It’s already April? I swear it was just New Years…”

Yup, we’ve all been busy, I haven’t even written to you in a while. And look- that sneaky Spring showed up right under our nose. In a few days, charming tulips & roses will wink at us to stop by for a whiff. Which leads me into this thought:

Success starts with showing up.

If you haven’t been “showing up” because of [insert excuse here] then take a minute to yourself right now. Inhale, and smell the roses. Got some food for your thoughts below, and it starts with:

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“Why Do So Many Say YES To Drugs? So They Can Get Uncontrollably Hooked On DANCE- WITHOUT Fear Of Intervention”

Rick James once said: “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”

Call me your pusher, man, ’cause DANCE is a hell of a drug. Once it grips you, that’s it. You’re IN. Flying high… And when that dance hit starts to disappear from your life, you pretty much get the same withdrawal symptoms as those crackheads on Intervention.

Shhhh. Come closer…

How does a year supply of dance sound? Get yourself a quick, three-pay plan for an annual membership that costs less than the “insurance” you pay your neighbourhood thug.

Go on, take it. This link gives you 365 day access to some good stuff:

–> http://www.BDXstudio.com/get-your-pass

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“All Dance Monsters Should Pay Attention: Here’s GOOD NEWS That Can Cure Any Bad Romance”

Did you tune in? LADY GAGA’s choreographer and artistic director Laurieann Gibson was teaching at BDX recently? Sweet Judas! Did you know Gibson was born this way? As in Toronto?

BDX & Gaga are definitely a GOOD romance. Here’s the news segment:

–> http://bit.ly/HQj0X6

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“How To Turn Your Flabby Arms Into Sculpted Works Of Art That Make Michelangelo Weep With Jealousy”

Yeah, I said it. If you’re sitting at home wondering how to fix that damn flab where your tricep should be, then I suggest- no, I URGE you to get into our Dance Workout classes. Here’s why…

In the Dance Workout classes I personally taught last week, we focused on some serious arm toning exercises. Sure, lot’s of bitchin’ and whining from my students ’cause it felt like burning. But guess what I tell ‘em?

I tell ‘em: “You’re not gonna die from carving out a sexier body.” You’re a beautiful piece of art under that excess marble. Train for your summer! Train for your future. Come sculpt those arms. 5 Dance Workout classes weekly! Schedule:

–> http://www.BDXstudio.com/schedule

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PSA’s (Public Service Announcements)

** BYFIELD DANCE EXPERIENCE is CLOSED Easter Monday April 9th

** Our FACEBOOK PAGE is on the new Timeline, check the new stuff

** Delicious & healthy GRANOLA BARS are back, on sale very soon made exclusively by Jenna Sweetcakes for BDX

** NEW TEACHERS will be added regularly, stay tuned

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“Who Could Say No To The Nicholas Brothers? — And Why You Should NEVER Put This Kind Of Fire Out”

Now THIS is a good post. Check out the videos too, that’s all I’m gonna say. Want to learn how to TAP DANCE starting from scratch? Let me know TODAY, because I can make it happen for you in a few weeks:

 –> http://wp.me/p4VXs-sD

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So there you have it. This should be more than enough here to turbocharge your season and get you fired up! I’ll send you more news as it comes.

Comment? Tweet me at http://www.Twitter.com/ShawnByfield. It’s really ME replying, no trained monkeys here.

Spring into action!

- Shawn B

How To Get Inspired This Fall – Toronto’s Got Talent

12 Oct

Get Inspired!

A short video, I talk about my studio’s dance showcase Toronto’s Got Talent: Wednesday October 19th 2011 at Panasonic Theatre. – http://www.mirvish.com/ticketking/shows/torontosgottalent

It’s the studio’s 2nd year! Can you believe how quickly time has passed? Wasn’t it just a short while ago that I got the keys?

Come and support BDX students and Toronto’s awesome artists. http://www.twitter.com/BDXstudio

- Shawn B

BDX Toronto July Update

28 Jul

NEW Blogsite, facebook fridays and more stuff! Pay attention to the AWESOME.
http://www.BDXstudio.com

Toronto Instructors Team Up For Hip Hop For Hope

24 Jun

Sunday June 26, 2011
4:00pm to 8:00pm

LOCATION: Canada’s National Ballet School
400 Jarvis Street, Toronto PRICE: $20 (for 1, 2 or all 3 classes)

All classes will be OPEN LEVEL so that everyone can attend!
All proceeds are going to Princess Margaret Hospital!

CLASSES & INSTRUCTORS:

1. OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP
Shawn Byfield BDX – Byfield Dance Experience)

2. KRUMPING
Dustin Pym (GeoMetrix)

3. GADFLY HIP HOP
Apolonia Velasquez & Ofilio Sinbadinho (Gadfly)

Advanced registration is required!
For registration details visit:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=193894547309592
OR contact us at info@hiphopforhope.ca

Too Much Rain? Beachwear Week At BDX Predicts A Sunny Forecast

15 May

Tired of the gloomy rain clouds? Lacking energy? Watch This.

Toronto tap dance and hip hop dancers, let’s create our own weather forecast and make the sun shine. Beachwear Week at Byfield Dance Experience will make the clouds disappear. You’ll see.

Essential wardrobe for the trip this week: tank tops, bikinis, shorts, swim suits and anything beach wear.

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

http://www.Twitter.com/BDXstudio
http://www.ShawnByfield.com

Top 4 Things That Made Me Smile Today

5 May

Tap shoes on Shawn Byfield

So. I’m slightly injured.

I’ve been rehearsing for a film, teaching and running BDX, teaching dance workshops at public schools, and letting the world know about my show. Plus other stuff like performing, newspaper and other media interviews & community work.

I love what I do. I hardly ever complain. I’m blessed to live a life in entertainment! I get to do TV appearances, dance classes, movies, school workshops, kick-ass studio, guest speaking, choreography, interviews, travelling…

Like seriously- There’s about 15 theatre productions running in Toronto right now. And one of them is mine.

Rusty screwdrivers suck

Ok. I’ve been rehearsing for a couple of things. One of them is a new dance movie coming out next year sometime. (Working with some seriously talented peeps and choreographers @NappyTabs @Nick_Gonzalez1)

Last Thursday, my body decided I should have a break, so it strategically damaged one of the discs in my lower spine and tightened the surrounding muscles. Feels like someone has a rusty screwdriver poking UPWARDS on my vertebrae, sending a sharp, shooting pain toward my shoulder blades.

Fun times! All of a sudden, instead of “Well hello world! Nice to tweet you!” I’m saying things like “mutha f**k! This pain is some bulls**t” when attemting to get out of bed…

I’m getting better. Pretty quickly actually, thanks to acupuncture and chiropractor visits to my Dr Ho, because this was no band-aid boo boo.

But not being able to fully dance SUCKS.

Know what I mean?

Even though I’m hurting a bit, I’m still thankful for my blessings. There’s always things, people and activities that make me smile daily! Some major awesome, and some silly but still a mood changer.

In random order, here’s the top 4 things that made me smile TODAY:

1) My interactive dance workshop with Grade 9 – 12 students: I taught a fun basic steppin class at St Lawrence Community Centre. A high school from Burlington came to watch I Think I Can. We had a pre-show workshop where they learned some tap history, dance moves and came up with their OWN step choreography. THEY WERE AWESOME. Why steppin? Big Boots characters do some in the show.

2) The Apple Store: I bought something? Yes. Call me Zeus, because I now have Thunderbolt.

3) This shiny new Sigma lens for my Rebel T2i. This beauty now lives with me. Speaking of smiling, hope you brushed your teeth next time I see you…

4) This has got to be the BEST thing I heard all day. If you’ve ever doubted the power and freedom of dance, or the wisdom and intellect of children, READ THIS:

At the end of each show at LKTYP we have what’s called a Talk Back. Cast members stay on stage and answer questions from the audience. A question was asked TO the audience

“Why do the kids in the show speak with their feet and not their voices?” To which one incredibly smart child around 10 years old, replied without hesitation:

“Because dancing speaks louder than words.”

Ain’t that the truth.

What injury? That kid healed my life today better than any expert doctor ever could. Now I’ll be dancing “full out” soon!

Hope this made YOU smile,

- Shawn B
@ShawnByfield

Been injured? Aside from getting the right treatment and rest, what helps YOU cheer up? Comment or TWEET ME your thoughts.

INSPIRATION: Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011

14 Apr

Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011 is here!

Click the PASSION cover image above to get the magazine.

Starting now, we’ll be sharing our PASSIONS for life, dance and friendships on a seasonal basis. DXM always has current news, useful tips, motivating words of wisdom, and personal interviews that you’ll relate to. This month…

Yoko MatsushitaViola WangDanielle Davies belly dance

AND MORE… Take a read through the SPRING 2011 issue and get inspired today!

Click Here To Get Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011

 

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