Seen the Joe Fresh dance commercial yet?

Because I haven’t seen it yet =,(

I’m in the one with the white birch trees, we’re in grey black and white. It’s playing I think on CTV. I just added a few pics so you know what I’m wearing.

Shawn Byfield- Joe Fresh shoot

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SOMEBODY please post a message and let me know if you can even see me (I was in the back). The clothes looked great, but my sweater was itchy as hell so… the girls Joe Fresh selection is pretty cute too.

And a reminder, come and dance. I’m gonna bash you over the head every week with reminders.

And for students, you really have no excuse because I made the world’s cheapest dance pass ever. No, really. And you can use it for the whole school year! None of this expires in one month bullsh#t. See?

Word. Stay warm and I’ll see some of you next week!

– SB

Ready for hip hop dance classes!

I’ve finally made the changes to my site! Take a look now:

Shawn Byfield chillin’

It is SO simple to read and use. Everything you need to know is on ONE page- either the tap dance page or the hip hop page. You choose.

Check out my website today, so you won’t be confused as to how to register for your membership. It’s also just one click near the bottom of each page.

In 24 hours, you’ll be able to grab yourself a spot in class. Hip hop classes are now at the Eaton Centre. Yup, the EATON CENTRE Goodlife Fitness. I’m working out details for tap, thanks hoofers for your patience.

STUDENTS: make sure you check out the “Amazing Student Deals” page, it’s the ONLY page you need to read. I think you’ll like. =)

I’ll be starting registration at 6am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, to be fair to everyone. I have a feeling I’ll run out of memberships this week… if that happens I’ll have to take the page off-line until I can arrange more classes.

Here’s a question: What’s a good week DAY for you?

As always, please post your thoughts on my BLOG. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. See you soon,

– SB

PS: I’m so excited to dance in our new location!

Registration for Hip Hop Dance Classes In Toronto… And Gemini Awards

Good day!

Instead of typing forever, October’s Dance Newsletter is in video format. I do talk a lot, but it’s a much more entertaining way to get time-sensitive info on: hip hop dance classes, a new system, online registration, a sweet sale, Gemini Award info... and the state of my bladder.

Make sure you DON’T skip through, you will miss something extremely important (like, how much for classes, and how to save even more money). The image will take you to the Vimeo site where you can watch the whole thing:

October Dance News Video


October News 2007 from Shawn Byfield on Vimeo.

BTW, THANK YOU to everyone that came to support THA OFFICE, we all had a great experience at the Winter Garden Theatre. And judging by your standing ovations each night, so did you! This show really forced us to think on our feet, and push our creative buttons. Congratulations everyone. =)

Let me know your thoughts by posting a COMMENT below.

– SB

Hip Hop Dance Documentary of Thrive! Entertainment’s THA OFFICE

Check out the short and fun documentary for THA OFFICE!

– Shawn B

Visit Thrive! Entertainment Website Here

Thank you goes out to Chris James for his editing skillz. Drop him a message on YouTube

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Thrive! Entertainment presents… THA OFFICE

Two Nights Only:


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THA OFFICE is an energetic, hip hop and street dance infused story about office workers living the rat race at a prestigious downtown law firm.

Confined in their jobs, escape is all they think about only to be grounded again and again by their superiors. It isn’t until two employees, the ones you’d never expect, decide to break from the norm and inspire everyone to let loose, dance, and live out their dreams. =)

Headed by 2007 Dora Award winner and Gemini Award nominee Shawn Byfield (i think i can, Funk Factory) and Jeff Wong, two of the country’s top choreographers, dance instructors and show producers, Thrive! Entertainment is the most unique and versatile company on Toronto’s street dance scene. This year’s dance crew is comprised of 40 top-notch dancers.

This show runs only on TWO NIGHTS:

– – Friday September 28th, 7:30 pm

– – Saturday September 29th, 7:30 pm

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If you’re a supporter of dance, don’t miss this show. Get tickets TODAY. Here’s how:

Phone: 416-872-5555

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Thrive Entertainment: behind tha scenes of THA OFFICE

Just a heads up: THA OFFICE takes centre stage in two weeks. And just so you know, the best five rows in the orchaestra section are completely sold out!

But don’t worry, every seat in the Winter Garden Theatre has a great view. I AM gonna put some fire under your butt, because tickets go up to regular price September 26. Get yours as soon as you can to save some moolah, aight?

Word. Now check this out, I put it together yesterday:


Spread the good news, and get your tickets!

– Shawn B

How To Save Mad Chedda On Thrive’s Hip Hop Dance Show

So, how do you save mucho fungolas on “Tha Office” tickets?

Thrive! presents: Tha Office

The answer is so amazing, so incredible, you’ll wonder why I haven’t done this before… but before I tell you, click this link to get info about the show:

Ok, ready for the answer?

Are you sure?

Here it is: buy your tickets in advance. Like, today.

Because after September 27, you’ll have to pay regular price like all the other last minute slackers.

And NO, I’m not going to tell you how much they are.

You know I’m overwhelmingly passionate about dance. You know Thrive! Entertainment puts on great shows every year. You know Funk Factory’s show was featured in the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine, and received standing ovations. And you KNOW I received a friggin’ Dora Award for my childrens’ show “i think i can”.

Holy cow, what more do you want?

So get the price question out of your head. You know how hard I bust my b#lls putting on great dance events, classes and shows for you and the rest of the city to enjoy.

The real question is: How much do you really want to support me? Yes, today, it’s all about me. If you love me… post a comment after you get your tickets. Here’s the phone number: 416-872-5555.

Here’s the promo video again: 

That’s it for today. And if you’re a subscriber, watch for my Free September Newsletter in your inbox. Peace,

– SB

EXPERTS AGREE: Hip Hop and Tap Dance Workshops; Savion Glover; Thrive! Entertainment Are Top Picks For Summer

So, here’s this week’s post, from the Official King of the Video! I quickly talk about 5 things in this weeks’ video, see if you can count them all.

Here’s the web links for what I talk about in the video:

* College & University hip hop dance workshops, August 18th:

* Tap dance workshop, August 25th:

* Thrive! Presents “Tha Office” show in September: (more info on show and tickets coming soon)

So what are you waiting for? All the info you need is on the links above. Give us the word… and get involved. Byaah!

– Shawn B

PS: I hope my videos make your viewing experience more enjoyable. Let me know what you think, because it’s only a matter of time before people start imitating or copying my video style and ideas. Remember, there’s only one Shawn B! =)

PPS: I’ve copied the comment and link to the Savion Glover clip below. Let them know what you think.

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Jason Katzman | | | IP:

We’re an independent media network in Vail, Colorado with stations in several resort markets around the country. We just had Savion Glover on our show for an interview and short performance and thought it might be of interest to you and your readers. You can check it out at:

Let me know if you’d like to link to the interview. Thanks.


Shawn, what are these hip hop dance classes you speak of?

Hark, hark… Hear ye hear ye the Good news!

Remember last week I told you that hip hop classes would be open for registration this week?

Well, I kept my word and the my site is ready for you. Take a hop, skip and a jump over to my website and see what’s available for you.

This Saturday August 11th is the first hip hop workshop for jazz bunnies. And to save those of you who hate reading, watch this special video. =)

Spread the news and see you Saturday!

– SB