FLASHBACK: Choreographer Shawn Byfield On Canada’s Smartest Person

Shawn Byfield dance choreography on CBC Television

Shawn Byfield dance choreography on CBC Television

That time Choreographer Shawn Byfield talked about math! Shawn Byfield created tap dance choreography, and was a guest for an episode of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person.

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Shawn Byfield dance choreography on CBC Television

Shawn Byfield dance choreography on CBC Television

 

 

Shawn ByfieldAs a sought-after presenter, choreographer, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train and mentor with him every year. To start learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends.

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2017 Takes Over City Hall

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2017

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2017

My studio Byfield Dance Experience is sponsoring the 4th annual Toronto International Youth Dance Festival this weekend! I’m thrilled to be on the Board of Directors for this high-energy event, now in it’s 4th year.

Watch kids support each other through many styles of dance. FREE to public Saturday July 29th at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square.

And… Proceeds benefit Sick Kids Hospital! Watch the festival, enjoy food trucks, visit Toronto city hall and support young dancers anytime 1pm – 8pm this Saturday.

Dance authority, coach and speaker Shawn Byfield is live on Turnout Radio.

TUNE IN: Shawn Byfield Going In On Toronto Radio

Dance authority, coach and speaker Shawn Byfield is live on Turnout Radio.

Dance authority, coach and speaker Shawn Byfield is live on Turnout Radio.

Wake up Friends… Because Toronto’s Byfield Dance Experience owner Shawn Byfield will be LIVE on-air!

TUNE IN to Turnout Radio, CIUT 89.5 FM at 9am EST Wednesday April 20th. You don’t wanna miss this fun radio interview and dance performance… you gotta hear it to believe it.


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As a sought-after presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends!


 

How To Win: The BEST PRIZE At Dance Competition

Shawn Byfield, certified public speaker, shares tips for dance competition success.

Shawn Byfield, certified public speaker, shares tips for dance competition success.

Yes, it’s dance competition season. So train hard, show up focused, and commit to your team that you’ll do your best. But the most valuable prize is this: knowing you got out there and left your HEART on that stage. Dance with PASSION. When you start living like THAT, know what happens? Magic. Magic happens. And that’s a prize more fulfilling than ANY trophy.

Sending you energy and high-fives,

@ShawnByfield

 

shawnsquareAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! 


 

The Secret Truth About What’s On Your Playlist RIGHT NOW

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HELLO… And I’m So NERVOUS

Why am I nervous? Because:

“Who is MJ?” Someone young actually asked me last month.

In the words of Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On?! We officially have a generation of aspiring dancers, upcoming singers and rising artists with NO IDEA of where good music came from! Forget that fact that many of them have no idea about the influence of previous choreographers, songwriters, directors and the like who paved the way for them… sigh.

In this post, let’s just chat about MUSIC. The secret truth is this:

  • North America’s new “microwave mentality” combined with the:
  • false promotion of instant gratification we see on TV, enhanced with:
  • the I-deserve-it-all-NOW attitudes we see in young people all around us…

…are all contributing factors in our next generation’s lack of musical appreciation. This makes me very nervous, because great music can easily die out in a short period of time if we’re not careful.

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If you’re an impatient singer, musician, songwriter or artist, Read This Not-So-Charming Post for a wake up call- and 5 point checklist you should magnetize to your fridge
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Like, for instance:

It’s important to know that artists like R Kelly, Ne-Yo, Usher respect Lionel Richie. Why?

Not only is he “Nicole Richie’s dad,” or original member of the Commodores… he’s in fact right up there as one of the BEST-SELLING ARTISTS OF ALL TIME…

And yes, he sang at MJ’s funeral.

No damnit- Michal Jordan is still alive! I refer to The OTHER Michael.

 

YOUNG UNS: Lemme Holler At Chu

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If you’re 26 and under, lemme holler at chu for a min. There’s something important you should know:

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Ask someone older about that photo above, it was a Toronto landmark
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If you didn’t already know, many of today’s grooves, hooks and hits were ACTUALLY influenced by yesterday’s classics, some 10, 20, even 30+ years ago. Yup, before you were a twinkle twinkle in your parents eyes.

Yes I agree, those Tupac, Kendrick and Biggie samples you hear ARE sick! But many times that’s just delicious slice of a bigger pie, an even better, harder, faster, stronger song that the record labels don’t always give credit to.

Understanding the earlier artists who influenced today’s hip hop, pop, R&B, house and more will give you a better knowledge and respect of today’s artists- AND help you appreciate what “timeless” music actually means.

So. Take the time to learn a little bit more about what you’re listening to. Everybody wins when you do.

To continue my mission to positively lift up society, educate our community and support the arts, I’ll regularly post influencing funk, disco and other classics I find on my twitter page. Put your headphones on and sink your teeth into these.

 

ATTENTION Dance Teachers! Do You:

Need an upbeat, crowd pleasing song for a jazz group or waaking routine?

Today’s BIG TUNE below is a disco classic, guaranteed to make you move. You might recognize it from various house tracks, as well as Kirk Franklin’s “Looking For You.” Enjoy,

– Shawn B

Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard

 

Shawn-thumbnailAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! Email Shawn@ShawnByfield.com right now.