How To Get Inspired This Fall – Toronto’s Got Talent

Get Inspired!

A short video, I talk about my studio’s dance showcase Toronto’s Got Talent: Wednesday October 19th 2011 at Panasonic Theatre. –

It’s the studio’s 2nd year! Can you believe how quickly time has passed? Wasn’t it just a short while ago that I got the keys?

Come and support BDX students and Toronto’s awesome artists.

– Shawn B

Start The COUNTDOWN, Because In 21 Days…

BDX Toronto Dance Showcase

Get ready… In 21 days we hit the stage! On Wednesday October 19th, BDX presents “Toronto’s Got TALENT!

This. Is. Epic. Check it out HERE

A celebration of 2 years. A showcase of top Toronto dance artists. Secret agents. Ninjas. And the best part? All current BDX students are invited to perform!

Here’s what I need you to do:

Open your Outlook, iCal, Blackberry or GCal and put this info in. Book it off. Find a babysitter. Wash your hair and dust off your shoes… ‘Cause we gonna celebrate! “So bring your good times, and your laughter too…”

– Shawn B

PS: Dancers: A rehearsal schedule is posted on the BDX facebook fan page:

PPS: Yes, real ninjas.

SNEAK PEEK PART 1: Behind The Scenes Of I Think I Can

SNEAK PEEK PART 1: Behind The Scenes Of I Think I Can

So what exactly is “i Think i Can” anyway? It’s basically a show about social skills, teamwork, bullying, schoolyard politics and science, Science, SCIENCE! A crazy teacher tries to get someone in her class to win 1st prize at the science fair.

Of course there’s WAY more, but that’s all you get. The cool part? This story is told mostly through Tap Dance.

So most of the time, you just get to enjoy the show. But rarely do you get to experience the behind-the-scenes stuff, activities and people that make the show a spectacular success. Like: Exact theatre and set design measurements and specifics. Technical details must be precise to make for a perfect fit…

Stage blueprints & specific dimensions

Stage blueprints & specific dimensions

Or this stuff: Creative meetings so that our set, character costumes, audio, lighting, animations and projections all integrate seamlessly to enhance the story without becoming too distracting…


Production meetings w Set, Sound and Projection Designers

Production meetings w Set, Sound and Projection Designers

And what about this stuff: Hours of designing and building massive sets to exact measurements, then painting and moving to the main space for assembly in the theatre…


Set construction and painting in the shop

Set construction and painting in the shop

It’s no easy task producing a professional theatre show! Months of expert planning, numerous weeks of preparation, production and creative meetings, contract negotiations, re-designs, problem solving & construction has already taken place for i Think i Can before we even started rehearsals with the cast (that’s another post…)

Just to give you a scope of the many levels of involvement, and attention to detail you’ll see when you watch the show. Exciting, it’s all coming together!

Stay tuned for PART 2,

– Shawn B

i Think i Can dance show - Toronto Ottawa 

i Think i Can dance & theatre show – Toronto & Ottawa

i Think i Can

Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

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

National Arts Centre

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

A MUST SEE: The Dance Migration Presents Os Elementos

Dance Migration presents Os Elementos

Dance Migration presents Os Elementos

SO. I’ll try to keep this short. If you’re a fan of vivid dance choreography, a fan of passionate artists, and a fan of powerful Brazilian music, this show is a must-see. Here’s why…

Last year’s The Dance Migration Toronto show was a smash. The company is inspired by choreographer Adrianna Yanuziello, who I had the pleasure of working with (including a recent engagement we did together in Tel Aviv, Israel). Her earthy & sensual Afro-Brazilian dance choreography takes you to an authentic South America. Which makes sense…

…since she travels to Brazil annually to study directly from the masters. Here’s what happened to me at last year’s show, Journey To Brazil:

The Dance Migration - Photo Eunice Ching

The Dance Migration - Photo Eunice Ching

By the time intermission hit, Adrianna’s inventive, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat afro choreography and Silvestre technique had my creative bones aching to get up and dance. Such flowing movement. And the storytelling. There was still another half to go!

I was so frickin’ excited I sent her a text message at end of first half. Rarely can I say I’ve received my money’s worth in the first 30 minutes. After an agonizing 15 minutes… the second half came. Which again reinforced how trained, talented and terrific the dance company and musicians were.

This weekend’s Os Elementos has quite a large cast: 10 live musicians and 10 skilled dancers. Unfortunately you won’t see any capoiera in this show, an equally exciting bit on last year’s stage. But I’m sure this production has just as much heart, inspiration and sheer hard work put into it. I have a good radar for these things. I’m mentally preparing to leave my Blackberry alone until end of the show.

Teeth smile anyone? Yup, that’s what this company does for me.

I’m looking forward to Saturday night, tweet when you’re there.  The warmth of Brazil is exactly what I need to escape the cold white stuff outside. But heads up: if you haven’t taken a dance class before, The Dance Migration might inspire you to let out that inner dancer!

Enjoy the journey,

– Shawn B

A DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event

Dance Migration presents Os Elementos December 17-18, 2010

Os Elementos evokes the exhilarating spirit of Brazil through dance and music. The performance celebrates African-influenced rhythms of Bahia and Pernambuco told through stories of four natural elements: earth, water, air and fire. Featuring Brazilian percussion, traditional vocals and contemporary dance inspired by folkloric traditions.

“Inspirational and astoundingly powerful.”
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Fri Dec. 17th & Sat Dec. 18th @ 8:00PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West

Tickets $35-$25
Harbourfront Box office – 416-973-4000