FLASHBACK: Choreographer Shawn Byfield On Canada’s Smartest Person

That time Choreographer Shawn Byfield talked about math! Shawn Byfield created tap dance choreography, and was a guest for an episode of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person. » Click Here To Watch (Scrub to 25:25)      As a sought-after presenter, choreographer, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train andContinue reading “FLASHBACK: Choreographer Shawn Byfield On Canada’s Smartest Person”

Canadian Tap Dancer Wins GOLD MEDAL At Dance World Cup

15 Year Old Tap Dances Circles Around World’s Best, Wins Top Prize At “Olympics Of Dance” TORONTO, ON – When it comes to dancing, Canadians have the tap bug. Dance student  Lara Renaud wins the top medal for her tap dance solo at this year’s Dance World Cup, held this July in Whistler, BC. “It’sContinue reading “Canadian Tap Dancer Wins GOLD MEDAL At Dance World Cup”

Tapdancing Television: Shawn Byfield On CP24 Toronto

In case you missed it… your favourite, most awesomely fun dance expert 😉 was interviewed and taught the hosts Jee and Gurdeep tap dance moves for National Tap Dance Day 2013. An entertaining few segments, we woke up Toronto with some fun! | Watch on CP24 Here’s a few photos from National Tap Dance DayContinue reading “Tapdancing Television: Shawn Byfield On CP24 Toronto”

Celebrate National Tap Dance Day With FREE Tap Dance Classes in Toronto

What’s the best way to celebrate Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday? Totally FREE tap dance classes! Saturday May 25th is National Tap Dance Day. I’m hosting FREE tap dance classes for dancers aged 16 and up, at Byfield Dance Experience, 819 Yonge Street, Toronto. 4pm Dancers with lots of tap training 5pm Dancers with a bitContinue reading “Celebrate National Tap Dance Day With FREE Tap Dance Classes in Toronto”

Toronto Dance Auditions – PRE AUDITION NOTICE

**ATTENTION DANCERS** I have gigs & performance opportunities coming up that I’ll need talent for. I need performers who can do MORE than one style, and will hold a Toronto dance audition sometime next few weeks. If you only take hip hop, this is not for you. Not interesting. And yes, I will give preferenceContinue reading “Toronto Dance Auditions – PRE AUDITION NOTICE”

Tap Dance With Flute And Beatbox

Tap Dance FluteBox – Shawn Byfield & Rahul Bader share an elemental combination of wind, wood and metals to create a spark… tap dance, flute and beatbox. Check out the video to see their unique collaboration. Connect with Toronto tap dance choreographer Shawn Byfield on Twitter Connect with Toronto flute musician Rahul Bader on TwitterContinue reading “Tap Dance With Flute And Beatbox”

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)”

Tap Dance To Raise Awareness For Autism

On Tuesday May 17th, I was honoured to be a tap dancing headliner for The Autists– a high-profile art auction created to raise funds and support for the Geneva Centre for Autism. The event was curated by celebrated Canadian artist Charles Pachter. Ralph Benmergui of CBC and JazzFM fame, hosted the evening. Canada’s top jazzContinue reading “Tap Dance To Raise Awareness For Autism”

The Complete Guide To Finding The Perfect Woman At Recess

Ahh yes. The mystery of Woman. Hear her roar. Us mortal men have asked the same pressing questions for centuries: What does she want? What does she mean? Why is she: [doing this] [saying that] [acting weird] [eating so much] [not eating anything] with me? My futile attempt to search for the answers may humourContinue reading “The Complete Guide To Finding The Perfect Woman At Recess”

Experience Jazz. Thelonious Monk at BDX

Love jazz music? Thelonious Monk was a highly influential post-bebop jazz pianist. He played with more space, and used dissonance in his chords (notes that normally wouldn’t sound good together, or clash). He was cool. His quartet joined us for a recent tap dance class at Byfield Dance Experience in Toronto. Well… maybe not inContinue reading “Experience Jazz. Thelonious Monk at BDX”