Dance Competition Is Done… Here’s What To Do NEXT

Congratulations! #DanceCompetition season is over! Here’s what you do NEXT:

➡ ** TEACHERS **

1) LISTEN to the notes
2) SHARE the notes
3) HELP your dancers APPLY the notes

➡ ** PARENTS **

1) LISTEN to the notes
2) SHARE the notes
3) HELP your kiddo APPLY the notes

➡ ** DANCERS **

1) LISTEN to the notes
2) SHARE the notes
3) TAKE ACTION and APPLY the notes

The formula is that simple. Our comments are valuable, but will only change you if you apply our feedback. Do that now. And I’ll see you at the top!

– Shawn Byfield

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.

NEWSFLASH! Toronto International Youth Dance Festival Update

Next Friday August 5th, I’ll host and judge the TORONTO INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL at Nathan Phillips Square, downtown Toronto. We’re very excited for the event, which I proudly serve on Board of Directors. Woot woot!
Shawn Byfield hosts the Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

Shawn Byfield hosts the 2016 Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

The team has done a super job showcasing diversity in dance, culture and ethnicity the past two years, and there’s even MORE this year. In fact, our organization has set up a CULTURE EXCHANGE. What’s that?
Well, I hope you’ve been paying attention to my encouragement to THINK BIGGER lately…
…because today, I’m at Canada’s National Ballet School teaching a large private group of bright young students who flew in… FROM BEIJING. How cool is that?! 
Come see what the fuss is all about next Friday August 5th, at Toronto City Hall. Event starts at 4:30pm. I’ll be there all night, so be sure to say hi and let’s take a snap together. Most importantly, our next generation of superstar dancers of all cultures would LOVE your support!
– Shawn B

Dance Lights Up The Stage At Hamilton24 Festival

Hamilton24 Dance Festival: Shawn Byfield, Jennifer Robichaud and Gary Smith judge competitors

Did you miss the Hamilton24 DANCE festival?

This was the first year the week long festival had a dance competition. Performers were given a short list of requirements, 24 hours in advance- that they must incorporate into a dance routine and compete to win a prize.

It’s amazing to see what creative solutions the dancers presented on stage, given such a short time frame. Solos, duets and groups lit up Hamilton’s Sir John A McDonald stage. Dancers received constructive feedback and encouragement from expert dance judges Gary Smith, Jennifer Robichaud and myself.

A loving round of applause from a small but supportive audience filled the room for each performance. I’m sure with added buzz and publicity support, participants and audience sizes and will grow for next year’s festival.

Congratulations to all the participants. Kudos to Hamilton24 Festival Founder Martinus Geleynse and the passionate creative team behind the scenes. This event enriches Hamilton’s arts and culture, and provides a platform for emerging artists to showcase their craft while connecting with the community.

Hamilton truly does have talent!

– Shawn Byfield

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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.