2014 Black Canadian Awards Add Shawn Byfield To Nominees

A HUUUUUUGE THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported me in the Black Canadian Awards. This is the LAST weekend to VOTE. I hope to hear from them this week… and I hope I’m still in the running! As I mentioned on my website, I’m so thrilled and honoured to be officially nominated in Canada’s topContinue reading “2014 Black Canadian Awards Add Shawn Byfield To Nominees”

Is Your Season Ending Or Just Beginning?

REMINDER: Summer’s almost over. Remember when you said you would dance more this year? Remember when you said once exams were over you’d take more classes downtown? Remember when you said “f*ck it, I need to do more of what I love?” Remember that time you said YOU were going to come first? Remember whenContinue reading “Is Your Season Ending Or Just Beginning?”

If You Struggle To Find Motivation Today, My Back Injury May Help You…

DON’T take your gifts for granted! If you decided 2013 you would exercise/dance more, and you haven’t yet, guess what? That can all change in the blink of an eye. It kills me to see… …people take their abilities for granted. I created a safe place where friends can keep fit, throw down and releaseContinue reading “If You Struggle To Find Motivation Today, My Back Injury May Help You…”

Helping To Build ConfiDANCE in High Schools

A few pics of my students at Newtonbrook High School in Toronto. I’m excited for these dancers. They’ve been working on a piece for a competition in the TDSB. They collaborate on all the choreography themselves, with one student choreographer. Their dance teacher Joanna Perlus and I do nothing but coach & ask questions thatContinue reading “Helping To Build ConfiDANCE in High Schools”

If You’re Feeling Discouraged, Unsupported Or Overworked Right Now, You’re NOT Alone… Read This

There’s always an obstacle when you have a big dream! Here’s a story: I remember when I wanted my dance studio BDX. I had 8 months of obstructions and frustrations before I finally opened the doors. Endless surprises, financial hurdles, even a city worker strike that prevented renovation the very week I signed my lease.Continue reading “If You’re Feeling Discouraged, Unsupported Or Overworked Right Now, You’re NOT Alone… Read This”

DAILY INSPIRATION: Even If You’re Broke…

Some daily inspiration and motivation for you. Even if you’re broke, you can make a difference. Remember: true value isn’t created by how much money and “stuff” you have. It’s based on your positive relationships with PEOPLE. Sure “stuff” is nice and makes for more fun, but that’s just icing on the cake. Figure outContinue reading “DAILY INSPIRATION: Even If You’re Broke…”

The Ugly Reality Check About Dancing In A Comfort Bubble

IMPORTANT STUFF! Click here to read it all larger… Taking a dance class in Toronto? Here’s terrific wisdom every dancer should take to heart. Apply to not just hip hop or tap dance class, but to every dance style you do. Get Info On Toronto’s Top Adult Dance Classes For BEGINNERS At Byfield Dance ExperienceContinue reading “The Ugly Reality Check About Dancing In A Comfort Bubble”

Who Could Say No To The Nicholas Brothers? (And Why You Should NEVER Put This Kind Of Fire Out)

Who could say no to The Nicholas Brothers? Fayard and Harold are firecrackers. I mean, they LITERALLY explode off the screen, inextinguishable in every performance. I was just thinking of how as Black performers, because of racial inequality, our ancestors didn’t have many opportunities to perform on stage or film 60, 70, 80 years ago…Continue reading “Who Could Say No To The Nicholas Brothers? (And Why You Should NEVER Put This Kind Of Fire Out)”

Why You Should Kick Your Excuses To The Curb

WOW. Some people! Ok, I need to vent. But what’s with the bra, you ask? I’ll tell you more about that later… Here’s what’s on my mind: I really, truly, strongly dislike when people say can’t. Especially when I teach. You know, when people look me in the eye and say “I can’t do this,Continue reading “Why You Should Kick Your Excuses To The Curb”

Inspiring Words To Live By?

Laugh through dance. Live through dance. Love through dance. If more people on our planet applied this simple, yet powerful wisdom, how awesome would our lives be daily? – Shawn B @shawnbyfield