Volunteer Help Wanted- But You Can’t Suck…

Toronto volunteers wanted

Toronto volunteers wanted

Volunteer Help Wanted.

If you need volunteer hours, looking for an excellent recommendation letter (providing you don’t suck) and wouldn’t mind gaining first-hand experience and personal coaching in MY world of business and entertainment, I have a TON of exciting projects, businesses and tasks that are waiting for you!

Toronto residents needed for BDX Studio related work.

Some other tasks do NOT require you to be a Toronto resident. Anywhere in Canada will do as long as you have a computer, regular internet access and email/social media savvy.

Contact me IMMEDIATELY if you fit the bill, and we’ll set up an interview.

Top 4 Things That Made Me Smile Today

Tap shoes on Shawn Byfield

So. I’m slightly injured.

I’ve been rehearsing for a film, teaching and running BDX, teaching dance workshops at public schools, and letting the world know about my show. Plus other stuff like performing, newspaper and other media interviews & community work.

I love what I do. I hardly ever complain. I’m blessed to live a life in entertainment! I get to do TV appearances, dance classes, movies, school workshops, kick-ass studio, guest speaking, choreography, interviews, travelling…

Like seriously- There’s about 15 theatre productions running in Toronto right now. And one of them is mine.

Rusty screwdrivers suck

Ok. I’ve been rehearsing for a couple of things. One of them is a new dance movie coming out next year sometime. (Working with some seriously talented peeps and choreographers @NappyTabs @Nick_Gonzalez1)

Last Thursday, my body decided I should have a break, so it strategically damaged one of the discs in my lower spine and tightened the surrounding muscles. Feels like someone has a rusty screwdriver poking UPWARDS on my vertebrae, sending a sharp, shooting pain toward my shoulder blades.

Fun times! All of a sudden, instead of “Well hello world! Nice to tweet you!” I’m saying things like “mutha f**k! This pain is some bulls**t” when attemting to get out of bed…

I’m getting better. Pretty quickly actually, thanks to acupuncture and chiropractor visits to my Dr Ho, because this was no band-aid boo boo.

But not being able to fully dance SUCKS.

Know what I mean?

Even though I’m hurting a bit, I’m still thankful for my blessings. There’s always things, people and activities that make me smile daily! Some major awesome, and some silly but still a mood changer.

In random order, here’s the top 4 things that made me smile TODAY:

1) My interactive dance workshop with Grade 9 – 12 students: I taught a fun basic steppin class at St Lawrence Community Centre. A high school from Burlington came to watch I Think I Can. We had a pre-show workshop where they learned some tap history, dance moves and came up with their OWN step choreography. THEY WERE AWESOME. Why steppin? Big Boots characters do some in the show.

2) The Apple Store: I bought something? Yes. Call me Zeus, because I now have Thunderbolt.

3) This shiny new Sigma lens for my Rebel T2i. This beauty now lives with me. Speaking of smiling, hope you brushed your teeth next time I see you…

4) This has got to be the BEST thing I heard all day. If you’ve ever doubted the power and freedom of dance, or the wisdom and intellect of children, READ THIS:

At the end of each show at LKTYP we have what’s called a Talk Back. Cast members stay on stage and answer questions from the audience. A question was asked TO the audience

“Why do the kids in the show speak with their feet and not their voices?” To which one incredibly smart child around 10 years old, replied without hesitation:

“Because dancing speaks louder than words.”

Ain’t that the truth.

What injury? That kid healed my life today better than any expert doctor ever could. Now I’ll be dancing “full out” soon!

Hope this made YOU smile,

– Shawn B
@ShawnByfield

Been injured? Aside from getting the right treatment and rest, what helps YOU cheer up? Comment or TWEET ME your thoughts.

INSPIRATION: Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011

Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011 is here!

Click the PASSION cover image above to get the magazine.

Starting now, we’ll be sharing our PASSIONS for life, dance and friendships on a seasonal basis. DXM always has current news, useful tips, motivating words of wisdom, and personal interviews that you’ll relate to. This month…

Yoko MatsushitaViola WangDanielle Davies belly dance

AND MORE… Take a read through the SPRING 2011 issue and get inspired today!

Click Here To Get Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011

 

SNEAK PEEK PART 2: More Behind The Scenes Of I Think I Can

SNEAK PEEK PART 2: More Behind The Scenes Of I Think I Can

So you read a bit about the pre-production aspects of putting this show together in Sneak Peek Part 1. This video gives you a quick glimpse into a break during rehearsals- plus an insider’s look at some of the props used in the show.

Because this show is a “remount” (originally on stage 2007, and received a Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical) the choreography is 75% the same. I threw in some crazy syncopation, extra layers of rhythm and new steppin choreography in the other 25%.

We spent the first week of rehearsal just learning steps, because there’s about 2 thousand of them throughout the show…

…and by focusing on just choreography right away, that allowed the performers a better experience in week #2. They dived into character exploration and interacted with each other without having to think about tap dance steps.

It’s pretty tough to act and tap actually. Some days the cast was awesome! And other days…

…let’s just say it’s pretty tough. =)

The sounds of tap feet are the kids’ main method of communication. And their strict Teacher, Miss Miriam “Detention Squared” McColl (played by Melody Johnston) is the only actor to use real dialogue.

Pretty cool huh? Stay tuned for PART 3…

– Shawn Byfield

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa

i Think i Can

TORONTO:
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

April 4th – May 5th, 2011
Get TORONTO Info And Tickets

OTTAWA:
National Arts Centre

May 11th – 28th, 2011
Get OTTAWA Info And Tickets