Black Canadian Awards nominate Shawn Byfield

Black Canadian Awards Nominate Shawn Byfield In Top Six

Black Canadian Awards nominate Shawn Byfield

Black Canadian Awards nominate Shawn Byfield

I’m OFFICIALLY IN! And I’m asking for your help.

It’s true. I’m one of six amazing artists (out of 20,000 online votes) officially nominated in the 2014 BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS for Best Contemporary Dance Act.

What a remarkable honour! I’ve been dancing for 30 YEARS, and have always been a supporter of my community. It’s wonderful to be recognized for what I’ve done- and will continue to do on and off the stage now and years to come. I’m excited!

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Come support the Black Canadian Awards live show, March 1st in Toronto. It would be great to have friends and family cheering us on. You can get tickets at (group discounts available) and have a formal red carpet and entertaining night out.

– Shawn Byfield

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 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

Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

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

National Arts Centre

May 11th – 28th, 2011
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Women In Dance Returns To Toronto

Women in Dance show Toronto

Women in Dance show Toronto

A Creative Showcase Celebrating the Female Dancer

Co-Produced by Laura Furtado & Melissa Nascimento-So

Date: Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Theatre: Jane Mallet Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Showtime: 7:30PM

Tickets: $25- $45 Purchase Women in Dance tickets online:

Women in Dance is a collaborative dance showcase featuring female dance talent and choreography within the Toronto dance scene. Women in Dance will give Dancers and Choreographers, the amazing opportunity to share their passion of dance and highlight their creativity to our immediate community.

We are an artistic dance show that is created, performed and inspired by women. We will inspire and awe audiences through creative expressions of dance, while supporting and highlighting talent in all forms.

For our 2010 Showcase, we will celebrate a women’s SENSITIVITY, COURAGE, PASSION & INDEPENDENCE.

Women in Dance is happy to announce that we will be donating tickets for our 2010 Showcase to Big Sisters of Canada!

Find us on Facebook! For more info and detailed list of performers and choreographers visit: