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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

HAPPENING TODAY! National Tap Dance Day Workshop

24 May Toronto's National Tap Dance Day Workshop
Toronto's National Tap Dance Day Workshop

Toronto’s National Tap Dance Day Workshop

Today’s the day Toronto! For the official National Tap Dance Day workshop at Byfield Dance Experience. Get all the amazing info right now and register your spot. We have a great time every year, and 2014 will be no different. Go to the page at the link for all you need to know…

Toronto’s National Tap Dance Day Workshop 2014

Today’s Awesome DANCE News Brought To You By…

23 May

Today’s dance news is brought to you by two events that make you happier than Pharrell’s song…

FIRST:

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Remember that Black Canadian Award I was nominated for, and the event got postponed? Well it’s happening in two weeks! Gahhhh I’m so excited! I’m one of only six dancers across Canada nominated for Best Contemporary Dance Act in the 2014 Black Canadian Awards. Not too shabby.

But I need YOUR help to win. Please vote DAILY here:

http://bit.ly/1nhM7vE

SECOND:

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It’s that time again! National Tap Dance Day 2014. And I’m having Toronto’s Official super-fun tap dance workshop to celebrate the date, this Saturday. If it weren’t for tap dance, you and I probably wouldn’t have met. True story.

Do tap dancers do it better? Shuffle to this page to find out:

http://bit.ly/1n61Afs

Please share the good news. Both events are time sensitive, so please RUSH OVER to those links faster than a grade 12 student on last day of high school. ;-)

Thanks for your support,

- Shawn B

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