Women In Dance Returns To Toronto

Women in Dance show Toronto

Women in Dance show Toronto

A Creative Showcase Celebrating the Female Dancer

Co-Produced by Laura Furtado & Melissa Nascimento-So

Date: Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Theatre: Jane Mallet Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Showtime: 7:30PM

Tickets: $25- $45 Purchase Women in Dance tickets online: www.stlc.com

Women in Dance is a collaborative dance showcase featuring female dance talent and choreography within the Toronto dance scene. Women in Dance will give Dancers and Choreographers, the amazing opportunity to share their passion of dance and highlight their creativity to our immediate community.

We are an artistic dance show that is created, performed and inspired by women. We will inspire and awe audiences through creative expressions of dance, while supporting and highlighting talent in all forms.

For our 2010 Showcase, we will celebrate a women’s SENSITIVITY, COURAGE, PASSION & INDEPENDENCE.

Women in Dance is happy to announce that we will be donating tickets for our 2010 Showcase to Big Sisters of Canada!

Find us on Facebook! For more info and detailed list of performers and choreographers visit: www.womenindance.com




Juno Awards Flash Mob Takes Over Toronto

2010 JUNO Awards Flash Mob Toronto

2010 JUNO Awards Flash Mob at Yorkdale Mall, Toronto.

This is frickin’ sweet! How many times do you get to see regular people bust out in public?

I created the dance choreography, planned rehearsals, & direction of the event. The filming & editing by THE Chris James of Grey Area Productions http://www.GreyAProductions.com

All the craziness happened Saturday March 27th. Dancers rehearsed at my studio Byfield Dance Experience, downtown Toronto, and at Yorkdale Mall the night before. Thanks Yorkdale!

So… What ‘chu think?

I hope you RATE IT 5 STARS, because the majority of dancers in the video are REGULAR PEOPLE, not trained professionals.

A massive Congratulations to everyone involved, from start to execution. You created buzz and excitement for the upcoming JUNO Awards, got little kids dancing (did you see?)… and even put a smile on the mall’s security chief!

– Shawn B

About The Author:

Shawn Byfield (www.ShawnByfield.com) 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.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Voting

Update: Monday December 8, 2008

Well, the final Canadian show of So You Think You Can Dance just aired. And I must say, my gut KNEW the final two would be Allie and Nico. Both are fantastic artists, who give more than just dance steps and surface.

Well… The results came in, and Canada voted:

Nicolas “Nico” Archambault

As Canada’s Favourite Dancer! Congratulations!

Nico wins Canada's first season of So You Think You Can Dance!

Nico wins Canada's first season of So You Think You Can Dance! See more pics: dance.ctv.ca

I would like to congratulate the ENTIRE cast of contestants. Every single dancer on the SYTYCD stage deserves a tremendous round of applause, support and praise for pushing through rigorous rehearsals, injuries, exhaustion… and demanding the most from their minds and bodies.

As a performer and choreographer, I know first hand how difficult it can be to appear on stage week after week. But these truly talented artists showed Canada what it means to live passionately through dance.

Sure, it’s easy to for the public to think “that’s so easy” while we sit on our #ss at home, watching the show on boob tube twice a week. But just one show consists hours of rehearsals every day. Yes, EVERY DAY. You think you’re stressed? Just try and learn a new dance routine every day for three months and tell me how you feel!

Thank you to the top twenty dancers, for inspiring Canadians from coast to coast with your honesty and joy.

– Shawn Byfield

Update: November 27 / 08

Final 4 dancers on So You Think Canada!

Final 4 dancers on So You Think Canada!

So we’re down to the last four contestants on SYTYCDC: Allie, Natalli, Miles and Nico. Unfortunately, Lisa and Izaak have been voted off the show.

Congratulations to Lisa and Izaak. They worked so hard, and have grown so much though the competition. They deserve your props!

Who will be the last guy? Nico? Miles? And the last lady? Will it be Natalli or Allie? Canada, YOU DECIDE, because you’ll be voting for our final two dancers!

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Arassay and Vincent say bye to Leah

Update: November 21/08

So You Think You Can Dance Canada is now in Top 6!

Lisa, Allie and Natalli are our remaining ladies. Izaak, Nico and Miles are the 3 boys left. Who will take it to the final four?

Can anyone predict who will actually WIN the contest? Will it be one of our sassy ladies, or will one of the men hold it down? Not sure…

Get more updates on the CTV website, dance.ctv.ca and see some great photos. Post your comments below, and remember to vote y’all!

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So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Canada is alive! Paul Becker did some cool Capoeira choreography to start off the results show last night. But why was the show only half an hour?

Canada, if you want to keep our favourite dance show running, pick up the phone and vote for your favourite dancers. So You Think You Can Dance Canada has some SERIOUS talent!

Kevin and Bre first to go. (From dance.CTV.ca)

Kevin and Bre first to go. (From dance.CTV.ca)

We had the first round of phone in votes with the Rogers network Wednesday night (the writers made sure Leah mentioned “Rogers Recap… and to place your vote with Canada’s most reliable network” or somethin’ like that). I love the branding Rogers. 😉 Pretty soon you’ll own Canada…

And the verdict: Luther, Jean Marc, Tre and Blake decided that contestants Kevin and Bre were the first to head home. We’ll miss you, friggin’ talented the two of you!

Anyhow, will our Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance compare to the integrity of the American production? Let’s hope so. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be watching every week to support.

Shawn Byfield

Thrive Entertainment Hip Hop Master Classes

Thrive Entertainment Hip Hop Master Classes!

Just a heads up,

Jeff Wong and I will be changing the way we do things… and we have an exciting future planned for the start of next year!

In the meantime, we’ll be running some kick @ss Sunday classes at Metro Movement starting this month. For anyone that wants to push their hip hop dance choreography, check it out:

Hip Hop Master Class w Jeff Wong & Shawn Byfield

Hip Hop Master Class w Jeff Wong & Shawn Byfield

Classes start SUNDAY AUGUST 24th.

You can get more info about what we do at the Thrive website.

So… Will I be dancing with you soon?

– Shawn B


Class Hip Hop Dance Videos

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Remember, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible this year.
“Impossible” is just another word for “challenge”.
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So here’s a few videos of random hip hop stuff from class and a Thrive rehearsal last summer. Nothin’ fancy, just fun viewing. There’s more on my YouTube channel or on my Facebook.

And Myspace too… but do you really still use Myspace?

– SB