DEADLINE JUNE 30th! Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2019

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2019

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2019

CALL FOR DANCE STUDIOS:

Get ready for the 2019 Toronto International Youth Dance Festival!

The annual TIYDF is created to bring youth dancers from all over the world together while celebrating diverse dance and culture through friendly competition and showcase. Toronto International Youth Dance Festival aims to instil the importance of Art, Education, and Community in our daily lives and help youths uncover their full potential artistically and academically.

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival past participants

This is a festival with emphasis on performance, teamwork and fun!!

Open showcase will happen on Aug 2nd, 2019 while the competition portion of our festival takes place on Aug 3rd, 2019.

Also, the event theme is KIDS HELPING KIDS. This is an opportunity to use your love of dance to raise funds for SICK KIDS HOSPITAL. 

DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE is JUNE 30th.
To register, email:

tiydancefestival@gmail.com

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

(( NEWSFLASH! ))
 
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
Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

Introducing: Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2014

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

NEWSFLASH: Toronto International Youth Dance Festival is happening!

If you didn’t know, If you don’t hear from me it’s because I’m always working on something. This one is big…

I’m very honoured to be on the Board of Directors of Toronto’s first festival supporting our next generation of dancers. I’ve partnered with some of the TOP leaders in the Canadian and international dance community, and we’re EXCITED. This is the first year, and we’re showcasing young dance talent.

If you’re interested in performing, we have a few slots still available so email me TODAY.

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival Board of Directors

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival Board of Directors

So, Why Toronto?

Because we are one of the most multicultural and diverse cities on EARTH. In Toronto, we are a microcosm of our ethnically diverse planet, and all the dance styles that span the globe can be tapped right here in our city.

And, as seen on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, we definitely have a TON of talent right here. Let’s remind Canada what an inspiration DANCERS are!

And Why Youth?

Because, well, why not? Dance gives youth an opportunity to develop the exact same leadership skills as athletes- perseverance, teamwork, discipline, courage, and confidence.

We have the Pan/Am games coming to Toronto next year. But what about our young dancers? They train just as hard and bust their butts in every class (or SHOULD be!) I started dancing at age six with jazz and tap dance, and it has brought me a wonderfully inspiring life I never imagined.

Dance is also an excellent, positive activity for youth to develop healthy habits, build solid relationships and explore unlimited creative possibilities…

…so we’ve created an organization that supports our next generation of performers, artists and leaders in our community. Note that I say leaders- because 1) it takes a true champion to be brave enough to embrace dance, and 2) some of our planet’s greatest societies involve artists as part of a way of life.

Brand new stage at Toronto City Hall

Brand new stage at Toronto City Hall

And if you didn’t know, we’ve never had a dance festival in Toronto. Until now. And that’s worth a celebration in itself! The Toronto International Youth Dance Festival will be rocking the brand new stage at City Hall Friday August 8th, 6pm. Let’s bring Nathan Phillips Square to life.

Are you a dance lover? Does dance make YOUR world go round? Tweet me @ShawnByfield and let me know!

– Shawn B

Dance Coach Saves Toronto City Hall

Dance Intervention for Mayor Rob Ford? (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star)

Dance Intervention for Mayor Rob Ford? (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Ugly Crack Habit, Booze Addiction And Spiralling Depression Saved By Dance Class Intervention

(Toronto ON- November 18, 2013) It’s not easy to kick a bad habit. But kicks, along with jumps and basic footwork- are exactly what Toronto Mayor Rob Ford needs. A hip hop dance class is a healthy choice that will finally end the Toronto Mayor’s shocking substance abuse, anger issues and his overuse of alcohol.

Enough is enough! It’s time for an intervention. Our Mayor needs to know there is help. And dancing is a proven alternative to the crack pipe,” shares leading dance authority Shawn Byfield, and owner of popular dance school Byfield Dance Experience. “Dance puts you in a great mood by boosting endorphins in your body, which gives you a rush and that ‘high’ feeling. Drugs and alcohol do that artificially. Plus, a sweaty session on the dance floor helps you relax after.”

With the multitude of tasks required to manage city hall, no wonder the city’s Mayor is under so much pressure to escape the daily stress. Running Canada’s top marketplace clearly has a toll on Toronto’s top employee. Byfield’s prescription? “A beginner hip hop dance class twice weekly is an excellent start. I’d even give him free classes because I know it will change his attitude right away- and that’s exactly what our city deserves.”

With all the bad press of his overuse of drugs and alcohol, Mayor Ford has nothing to lose by trying a natural alternative. But there’s a catch, Byfield warns. “Dancing can be quite addictive… But dance is the purest form of stimulant with zero side effects. In fact, Ford may even lose a few pounds.”

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Shawn Byfield Dance Authority & EntrepreneurShawn Byfield is an award-winning choreographer, leading dance coach and owner of Toronto’s favourite dance studio Byfield Dance Experience. Shawn teaches residents how to lose weight and boost confidence- all while having fun learning head-turning moves on the dance floor. CONTACT SHAWN TODAY