Laurier’s Lesson In Teamwork And Leadership

Shawn Byfield and Hemant Panwar w Laurier team
Shawn Byfield and Hemant Panwar w Laurier team

So recently I judged a fantastic festival, the South Asian Alliance Cultural Show (SAACS) in Mississauga.

The university dance competition is like no other. Each school is required to produce a production dance routine, featuring four dance categories: Bollywood, Bhangra, Classical Indian dance and Fusion, a combination of other dance genres.

They’re also responsible for numerous wardrobe changes for all the dancers, building a set with props, editing a variety of music and integrating a video component throughout the lengthy routine.

Plus, each team comes with its own Spirit Squad- wildly cheering for their performers on stage. It’s a frenzy of positive energy and don’t get more exciting than this!

Every university comes with their A game. I applaud each performer, choreographer and technical hand involved in each production. You should all be extremely proud of your accomplishments.

Based on our judging, Deloitte awarded special awards and prizes that were very well deserved. Wilfrid Laurier University, however, took home the coveted Championship Trophy for their World Tour theme.

Their strong performance combined with well executed Classical and Bollywood dance choreography, excellent costumes (LOVE the Maple Leafs costumes with hockey sticks, and the kung-fu) and a fantastic choice of music proved teamwork was involved in every aspect of the production.

The fact that they’re a great looking group to look at… The guys were strong and handsome, the girls rocked their gorgeous hair and showed confidence… didn’t hurt either. Work it!

Collaboration, Leadership And Teamwork…

I know first hand: the collaboration of many students with different responsibilities isn’t always easy. But the vision of success the event and group leaders had definitely made an impact on everyone.

In any organization, it does start from the top down.

This event is a shining example of how dance and dancing plays a tremendous role on developing the future leaders of the world. Dance not only encourages team play and awareness of your role in a larger picture, but it also gives you the chance to positively affect the lives of others while sharing your passion for the arts.

Congratulations leaders. Kudos performers. Continue to be the change in the world!

– Shawn Byfield

About The Author:

Shawn Byfield ( is an award winning choreographer, show director and a leading expert in dance lessons and industry advice. His extremely fun approach to learning is a must for anyone looking to achieve their highest potential through dance.

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Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

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