Toronto Dance Teacher Expo 2017 Faculty

TOKYO

TOKYO grew up studying martial arts and began training at age 5. By 15, he attained several black belts in various arts in addition to training in wrestling, Muay Thi, boxing and MMA (mixed martial arts/cage fighting). At 17, after a promising, undefeated amateur record, just a few months shy of making a professional career out of MMA, TOKYO discovered dance and his life changed drastically. 

Since leaving the fighting world and entering the dance world, TOKYO has been fortunate enough to teach master classes and choreography in the US, Canada, Australia, Central America, and the UK for many studios, companies, colleges, casinos and Cirque du Soleil. Due to TOKYO’s background in martial arts, his approach to dance movement, philosophy and teaching is very unique and has been received and loved by many. 

Aside from teaching and choreographing, TOKYO spent four years directing one of the largest dance competitions in the U.S. Since concluding his positions as a competition director, TOKYO is currently on faculty at the world-renowned professional dance studio Millennium Dance Complex and on several conventions such as NRG, WILD, Intrigue Dance Intensive, and Artists Simply Human. He is extremely excited to give back to those that have given so much to him, through the art of dance!

LAUREN RITCHIE

For more than 15 years, Lauren Ritchie has been studying, researching, and educating dancers on the physical, emotional and mental intricacies of dance. Lauren has made it her life’s work to support dancers to be their best – mind, body and spirit. Recognizing the lack of mental skills training in dance, Lauren has created programs and exercises dedicated to educating and empowering dancers mental health and fitness to optimize their training. From her MEd in Coaching Studies to a BA in Professional Communications, to multiple Yoga certifications and an accredited Art & Science of Coaching Certification, Lauren has a unique blend of education and resources that offer a holistic training approach for dancers.

Lauren has firsthand knowledge of the attributes required to achieve and sustain peak performance. She was a highly competitive and decorated dancer having classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. After completing her A.R.A.D, Lauren knew she “wanted to dance” but had little guidance and awareness of the true process of transitioning into a professional dance career. This is why Lauren has created and hosts The Dance Podcast; an invaluable resource dedicated to inspire and educate dancers, teachers, and parents through candid conversations with industry professionals. 

Lauren is an established facilitator and speaker, delivering workshops to prestigious schools and training programs like the Alberta Ballet School and Harbour Dance Centre. She is the co-founder of the Dance Teacher reTREAT AND has also facilitated and contributed to the DTRC’s on the Move workshops speaking to aspiring dancers in Calgary.  Her career achievements had also been recognized as she was a recipient of the Edmontonian’s Top 20 under 30.

Lauren’s engaging and encouraging teaching style has inspired dance teachers and students across the country to use dance as a practice of high-performance living and an exploration of their unique self. 

DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S (DWP)

Sarah Robichaud is a classically trained dancer who has studied and performed extensively throughout Canada, Europe and Moscow where she studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School. She has performed and choreographed for many theatre, film and television projects over the last 15 years. Her passion for an optimum mind-body connection led her to become a certified personal trainer, and later an on air fitness expert for the CBS Early Show In New York City as well as the Steven and Chris show in Canada.

As an author of two fitness books “Getting Fit Without Hitting the Gym” and her 2006 release “Working On The Ball – A Simple Guide to Office Fitness” Sarah has always been promoting healthy living through movement.

Sarah’s interest in Parkinson’s disease began in the spring of 2007 when her client Andy Barrie (formerly of CBC Metro Morning) asked her for help managing his physical PD symptoms through exercise. Sarah was so inspired by the Mark Morris Dance Group’s innovative PD dance program that she went to New York to participate in their first teacher training workshop. Upon her return to Toronto Sarah made it her mission to offer PD dance classes throughout the GTA starting March 2008. Since then Sarah has become a Canadian leader in the field of Dancing with Parkinson’s, a founding member of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network Canada and the only Canadian certified by The Dance for PD organization. 

For more information about Sarah see: www.sarahrobichaud.com​​

KIM O’NEILL

Kim O’Neill is an established dancer, teacher, choreographer, director of the O’Neill Academy of Dance, and also a graduate from the University of Western Ontario. She is trained extensively in all dance disciplines.

Kim continues to peruse her dance career, represented by Da Costa Talent Agency in Toronto.  With more than a decade of professional work under her belt, Kim has become an established performer.  She was a featured dancer for the Helix Dance Project, (Linda Garneau), Je Danse (Siona Jackson), has performed at numerous industrial shows including the Celebrity Gala, Crystal Ball Charity Event, the C.I.M Awards, the Contessa Awards, the Steve Nash Charity Event, World Pride 2014, the 2016 / 2017 Hold Em’ for Life Gala, the Gilda Awards alongside Eric McCormack, the Mary Kay Event Gala, and the Chandelier Ball” (Elgin Theatre’s 100th anniversary spectacular ), to name a few. Kim completed a series of appearances on CBC’s “Over The Rainbow, “ “Warehouse 13’s” finale episode (42nd Street segment), and can be seen in the motion picture “Save the Last Dance 2: Steppin Up,” “Camp Rock”, starring the Jonas Brothers, and “Canada’s Smartest Person.”  Kim’s theatre credits include: Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Song and Dance”, Drayton Entertainment’s, “Aladdin”, “Cinderella”, Robinhood, and Peter Pan, Dance Legends, Big Band Legends, Rock n’ Roll Legends, Assistant Choreographer  for “Dance Legends” at the Grand Theatre, “Return to Grace” (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Fallsview Casino, Bangkok Thailand, and Canadian National Tour), had the pleasure of dancing as a soloist for singer, Chad Brownlee, at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards,

Kim has had the honour of assisting many re-known choreographers including Matthew Clark, Gino Berti, Jeff Dimitriou, Trudy Moffatt, and Sean Cheeseman. She continues to train, adjudicate, and teach master classes across North America, and is also a choreographer for World Performers Canada, and the Five Star Dance Company

 

REBECCA ZIZEK

Rebecca is a versatile and passionate choreographer, teacher and adjudicator
based out of Toronto, Ontario. She is no stranger to the world of competitive dance,
having trained as a multi-disciplinary dancer by some of the industry’s best. In addition
to her extensive dance training, Rebecca merged her academic and dance careers by
receiving her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and Dance Minor from Western
University.
Most recently Rebecca’s choreography was featured at the APAP Dance
Showcases presented by Peridance Capezio Center (New York City, 2017) and the
Young Choreographer’s Festival (New York City, 2015). She has choreographed and
performed for many other professional and commercial shows throughout North
America including; Fever After Dark, Raise the Rhythm, Fresh Blood
(The Chimera Project), New Blue Festival for Emerging Artists, Toronto Raptors Junior
Dance Pak, Block Party featuring Calvin Harris, Ray-Dance Gala, Sketch (the Canadian
National Exhibition), Toronto Dance Teacher Expo Showcase, Breaking Formality (Echo
Dance Company/York University), Wireless Connection (POV Dance Project, company
member). Rebecca was the choreographer and director of movement for independent
dance film White Flag which was screened at Portland Dance Film Festival (Portland),
Ryerson GLARE Festival (Toronto), Toronto Youth Shorts Festival and 300 Seconds
Short Film Festival where it was a finalist for Best Music Video.
Rebecca has extensive teaching and choreographic experience with students of
all ages and levels. She loves working as a freelance guest teacher and choreographer
and is in constant demand at studios, intensives and workshops across Canada, with
her work receiving much acclaim. She is on faculty with Canadian conventions, the
Audience Dance Rivalry and Dance Attack, as well as a guest faculty member at the
Underground Dance Centre. Rebecca has been recognized for her innovative
choreography, receiving countless awards for her vision and creativity. Many of her
students have gone on to pursue professional dance careers, with students training at
Joffrey Ballet School (New York City), Toronto Dance Theatre and performance dance
programs at Ryerson University, York University and George Brown College.
Rebecca is a proud member for the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and
adjudicates at various dance competitions throughout Canada. She is also a mentor
and judge for Young Creator’s Challenge; a choreography competition that serves as a
platform for budding artists developing their craft. Her passion, energy and enthusiasm
as an artist is undeniable and it is her honour to influence and share with the next
generation of dancers.

The British Association of Teachers of Dancing

 

Performing Arts of Canada

Dance Masters of Canada 

 

Tap Dance Centre

Healthy Dancer Canada

REBECCA BRETTINGHAM-FILICE

Rebecca Brettingham-Filice is the owner and artistic director of Dance Extreme Inc. located in London, Ontario, Canada. Teaching and managing the studio since its inception in 1997, Rebecca and her team have taught over 25,000 students.

She is a certified instructor with Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of Canada, Chapter #38 where she sits on the board of directors. Rebecca has served as the director of social media for the past 3 years and has served as delegate for over 12 years for Dance Masters of America.  Rebecca graduated from Dance Masters of America’s Teacher’s Training School at Kent State University and the State University of New York in Buffalo.

Rebecca adjudicates for a number of dance organizations, competitions and has taught at various workshops throughout Canada and the United States.  A number of Rebecca’s students have attended professional schools for dance and theater and worked professionally. In 2012, Dance Extreme was honoured to perform at the Summer Olympics in London, UK.

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