A creative powerhouse, Sarah is a choreographer and triple threat performer originally from Waterloo Ontario. Most recently she was the Associate Choreographer for Grease the Musical in Toronto featuring Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish. She was also the Assistant Choreographer on The Moblees TV show with CBC and the Assistant Choreographer for American Idiot at the Lower Ossignton Theatre. With a love for theatre Sarah has established herself as an industry elite in the musical theatre world. As and in demand Dance Captain she has worked on the world famous show Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival, the Broadway hit Hairspray for Drayton Entertainment, the tap dancing classic Crazy For You at both Theatre Calgary and Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and Grease the Musical at the Historic Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. Professional experience as a theatre performer also include; Mamma Mia, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown Festival), All Shook Up, Spamalot, High School Musical (Drayton Entertainment), Beauty and the Beast, Music Man (Capitol Theatre), Doodlebops Live! (KOBA Entertainment), Romeo and Juliet Remixed Workshop (Stratford Festival), Rave On! (RGA Productions) and the Bell Celebrity Gala with choreographer Travis Wall. In between theatre contracts Sarah has also accumulated impressive credits in the film and television industry and just wrapped filming a principle role on the new hit TV show American Gods (Starz). Other FILM/TV credits include: The Next Step (FAMILY), Warrior (NBC), CARRIE (SONY), One Starry Christmas (CTV), Canadian Country Music Awards (CBC), Warehouse 13 (SYFY), The Next Star (YTV), King of the Camp (YTV), SYTYCDC (CTV). Along with working in the entertainment industry Sarah graduated from York University with an Honours Science Kinesiology Degree. During her studies she was a member of the NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pak for four seasons dancing in front of 20 000 fans Sarah is quickly emerging as a top choreographer in Toronto. When not performing she continues to share her passion for dance while teaching and choreographing at studios across Canada.
Nancy Dinner owned and operated the Jaymor School of Dance in Aurora for over 29 years. She teaches all forms of dance and specializes in Acrobatics. Mrs. Dinner is a full member of P.A.E.C. as well as an acrobatics and jazz examiner for the association. Through Nancy's career she has performed in various industrial shows as well as a Canada's Wonderland dancer for the first four years the park was opened. She has also choreographed for many musical theatre productions such as Cats, Oliver, Big, The Sound of Music, Aladdin, Grease, Finnian's Rainbow, Hairspray, Footloose, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Nancy would like to pass on her passion for the art of dance to all the teachers and students alike.
Desmond Osborne is an international performer, choreographer and adjudicator. He specializes in a variety of dance styles including aerial acrobatics and power tumbling.
Desmond attended Ryerson University’s prestigious Theatre Performance Dance program and is a member of ACTRA / CAEA / AEA.
His favourite performance credits include; Bombay Dreams (National Tour), Bomb Girls, SYTYCD, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Lion King (Mirvish), Hairspray (Mirvish), Wicked (Universal Studios Japan), and Seussical The Musical (Young People’s Theatre).
Tina has been a dancer all of her life. She was born and raised in a classical ballet school in the Chicago area studying all dance disciplines. Tina’s early training was under the direction of Chicago’s finest; Ruth Page and Larry Long from The Lyric Opera Ballet, and her personal favorites, Gus and Nan Giordano.
Tina continues to learn, grow and share her expertise with her dancers. With over 30 years of teaching experience Tina knows what it takes to train children. This past season Tina had dancers accepted into ABT, Houston and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and The Rock summer dance intensive program. Currently her students can be seen at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada, The Julliard School of the Arts in NY as well as in two off Broadway shows and two have qualified for YAGP in New York. In 2012, three of Tina’s graduates received a combined total of $125,000.00 in college scholarships to varies dance programs through The United States.
Tina is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and conducts weekly classes in the Cecchetti technique. She is an experienced adjudicator judging all over Canada and The United States. Tina established a “Dancer Exchange” program with the country of Belize in 1998 and is currently on staff with the cutting edge dance company, “Belize Dance Company” in Belize. Tina sits on the board of directors for NoMi, a modern/ contemporary dance company in the Chicago Land area.
Tina is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Showtime and share her love of dance with new up and coming dancers. Good luck everyone!
Jennifer Thiessen, originally from Australia, is a professional dancer and choreographer, specializing in musical theatre, film, television, circus and live events in Canada and the United States. Her work in Musical Theatre includes the North American Tour of Saturday Night Fever (Northcore Productions); Man Of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rock Of Ages, Beauty And The Beast (Drayton Entertainment); Guys And Dolls ( Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); Mamma Mia! , Crazy For You, Singin’ In The Rain (Capitol Theatre); West Side Story (Rainbow Stage). You can also catch her turning into a tiger on Season 2 of Masters Of Illusion (CW Network), as an assistant to some of the world’s best magicians! Her work in choreography includes, Disney's Newsies (Forestburgh Playhouse NY - Assistant Director/ Choreographer); Aladdin (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); Toronto Pan AM Games Opening Ceremonies (Cirque Du Soleil, Assistant Choreographer); Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway World Nomination, Best Choreography). Jennifer is also the head choreographer for leading entertainment companies Tropicana Queens & Dreams Event Entertainment (Toronto, Lisbon, NY), and will also choreograph large events for Aerial Dance Cirque Company, A2D2. Jennifer has also recently debut a podcast dedicated to Canadian Theatre Artists across Canada and the US. She is thrilled to be apart of this competition and excited to share her love of performance with the dancers!
Tamerra Herres has spent a generous part of her life immersed in the dance world, where she has spent over 20 years in the industry. Starting at age 4, she quickly realized her love for the performing arts and grew up as a heavily involved and successful competitive dancer. Upon her high school graduation in Canada, she then traveled to the state of California where she trained and competed with the US company Dance Precisions. Shortly after, Tamerra received a full professional dance scholarship through the EDGE Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles where she trained under some of the industries finest choreographers in multiple styles of dance.
In her extensive career as a professional dancer, Tamerra has had the opportunity to perform for the likes of Nelly Furtado, Canadian rapper Shad and Disney Tokyo in Japan amongst others. Her talent and dedication has also presented her with opportunities to work on projects with Universal Studios Hollywood, Fashion Arts Toronto, the Capezio Ace Awards and the Toronto Fringe Festival
Over the years she has blossomed into a well versed teacher, coach and choreographer with her artistry denoting strong aspects of storytelling, refined athleticism, and use of transitional staging and imagery. Her movement quality is very much inspired and influenced by human intention in its many forms and is guided by layers of musicality. Tamerra is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at York University with the purpose to enrich her knowledge of functional movement, progressive physical literacy, injury prevention and biomechanics as related to the dancer. She has a passionate heart for teaching the younger generation and is a strong believer that when science, proper technique and artistic expression come together, the dancer can realize their full potential with longevity. She believes the time is now, that creative aesthetics and smart effective training should be merged together. Tamerra aims to be a pivotal leader in equipping today's generation with the tools to reach endless possibilities as young emerging dance artists, and as well-rounded human beings.
With knowledge there is power, and combined with passion, there is purpose.
The current artistic director of Breakaway Entertainment & Theatre Jazz faculty member of Millennium Dance Complex Toronto; Adam has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Adam has had the privilege of training with some of the industry’s leading choreographers: Joe Lanteri, Andy Blankenbuehler, Dawn Martino, Sean Frederick, Glenn Gilmour, Linda Garneau and Dana Wilson. He has had the opportunity to perform/work with such artists as Five Seconds Of Summer, Country Artist Meghan Patrick, Juno Nominees Peter Katz & Marlowe Stone, UK Music Sensation Gali as well as for such professional companies as AOL, World Pride Festival 2014, Nuit Blanche, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, Ballet Jorgen, Dance-ology (Buffalo NY), Fiesta- Spain Show Team (Malaga, Spain), MTV Canada, CTV, CW’s Reign, Montana’s Cookhouse, TFO’s ‘BRBR’ and Niagara’s Fallsview Casino. Adam has twice performed at the prestigious Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival directed by David Earl (Founder of the Toronto Dance Theatre). His musical theatre credits include Aladdin (Prince Dashing, Middle Eastern Tour), Jungle Book (Monkey, Middle Eastern & Asian Tours), Legally Blonde The Musical (Kyle The UPS Guy, The LOT), Joseph... Dreamcoat (Brother Dan, The LOT - 2016 Broadway World Toronto Best Musical Award), the lead role of Toopy in the Canadian National Tour of the children’s musical Toopy and Binoo ‘Fun and Games’, Portrait Of A Scandal (Duke De Lorraine, High Society Cabaret), White Light Follies (Warren, High Society Cabaret), La Dolce Vita (Ensemble, High Society Cabaret), Dance Captain & Associate Choreographer of Cinderella (Bert, Creativiva Toronto (Canada Day 2017)), Toronto premiere of ‘Laundry List’ (Janitor, Vintage Taps) and most recently playing the role of Bear in the live stage show ‘Franklin’ (Kobe Entertainment). Adam has had the opportunity to choreograph for both film and the stage; choreographing TFO BRBR’s Peter Katz Music Video ‘Lay It On Me’, UK Music Sensation Gali’s hit single ‘I’m Alive’, the Dominican Republic’s Royalton & Memories Resorts stage show ‘Styles’, '12 '13 & '14 Toronto Pride Festivals, the hilariously amazing Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club show ‘Outrageous’ and the ‘All Canadian Basketball Championships’ televised by TSN. Adam has also served as an associate/assistant choreographer for Bash Fx & Pratibha Art's production of 'Global Bollywood', Creativiva's Jungle Book Circus (Singapore Tour), The Silent Goodbye (High Society Cabaret), Shiver (Kul Kat/Glenn Gould Theatre), Creativiva's Cinderella. Over the past year Adam has served as lead choreographer of the sketch comedy dance show entitled ‘You Want It What Way - A Boy Band Tale’ in Toronto and Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre 100th season production of ‘Queen Marie’. Most recently he served as the Producer, Creative Director and Choreographer of Breakaway Entertainment’s new hit show ‘Anatomy Of A Dancer - Tribute To The Life Of A Song & Dance Man’ chronicling the life/story of Gene Kelly - Premiering at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival playing to sold out audiences and winning the 2018 Broadway World Toronto Award for Best Fringe Musical. The former artistic director of the Silhouettes Dance Company and current member of D’Zouk Productions, Bash Fx, Kulkat, Sapphire Dance Productions, Breakaway Entertainment and Interactive Entertainment; Adam consistently produces, directs, choreographs and performs across Canada and Abroad. A regular guest faculty member at the Mayfield Secondary School for the Performing Arts. He currently serves as a faculty member of the Millennium Dance Complex Toronto, City Dance Corps, City Centre Dance as well as for conventions - Captivate: The Dance Movement, B.A.T.D., Breakaway Dance and Star Catchers Dance Convention; teaching the next generation of dancers across Canada.
Kelly Gifford has been teaching dance for 25 years. After completing her dance training she continued her post-secondary studies in performing arts at Randolph School of the Arts. During that time she worked in the industry performing in live shows, film and television.
Kelly decided to further her education and extend her love of dance and performance to younger children. She graduated with honors as a certified Early Childhood Educator. She is a certified Tap and Jazz teacher with A.D.A.P.T. Her choreography has won many prestigious awards and titles. She has adjudicated at many large dance competitions across Canada. Kelly is a certified and licensed Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor. Along with dance, Kelly has a passion for drama and musical theater. She has produced, directed and choreographed 15 musicals to date. Ms. Gifford became a certified Youth Empowerment Coach with the Intercontinental Coaching Institute because she saw a correlation between self-confidence and maximum potential and wanted to be able to provide her dancers with inspiration, goal attainment skills and the most positive environment for success. She most recently co authored the book Your Child, My Student: Lessons from the classroom and beyond. This book is an anthology providing insight to new teachers, parents and mentors. Many of Kelly’s students have gone on to have successful professional careers in both Canada and the United States performing on Broadway, as back up dancers for some of the biggest names in the industry, live theatre productions and film and television.
Erin Hopewell has been involved in the dance industry for over 30 years. She is a valued and sought-after instructor and choreographer for many studios and dancers throughout the Maritimes. Her choreography has won many awards throughout Canada and the USA. Erin is a member of the ADAPT association, the British Association of Teachers of Dance, and is the Artistic Director of Dance Zone Performing Arts Centre located in Nova Scotia. She is well-known for her choreography and producing top notch dancers with a strong technical
foundation, along with unique style. Erin grew up dancing and has performed in many shows and festivals. She has performed at Disney Worlds’ Epcot Center, and also alongside the Rankin Family at the Scotiabank Centre, to name a few. Her experience as a teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and performer has provided Erin with a great love of dance and she is so pleased to share her knowledge and expertise with young dancers to help them grow in this amazing art.
Victoria Marshman is a passionate and motivated adjudicator, choreographer, dance teacher, and entrepreneur. With 25 years of experience in the industry, she has extensive training in various genres specializing in the technique behind ballet (Vaganova and RAD style), jazz, tap, and lyrical. Victoria trained in her youth and competed at Elite Danceworx where she was also a part of the teaching faculty for over 5 years. Currently, she teaches competitive ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary at various studios in Toronto and guest teaches and choreographs across Canada.
As a professional dancer, Victoria danced in various renditions of “The Nutcracker” as several characters, notably as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Victoria appeared on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada where she made the top 40 female dancers in Canada. While completing her Honors Bachelor of Science Degree, Victoria was the Co-Captain of the University of Toronto Dance Team for 3 years, where she led the team to a 1st overall championship. Victoria is the Co-Founder of Stratus Events - a Toronto based event management and entertainment company. Victoria works with hundreds of dancers a year, organizing performances for clients such as MAC Cosmetics, MARSH Canada, Mercedes-Benz, Pride Parade, Honda and so much more. She is also the Co-Founder of City MOGULS - a platform that connects and celebrates entrepreneurs, inspiring the next generation of leaders to give back through incredible events. Through this initiative, Victoria has helped raise over $150,000 For Canadian Charities. Victoria is thrilled to be a part of Move with the Beat’s faculty, and is looking forward to inspiring and encouraging dancers to pursue what they are passionate about.
Naomi Costain is an accomplished musical theatre performer, dancer, choreographer and teacher. Most recently she played Mrs. Warrack in The Louder We Get with Broadway Director Lonny Price and Choreographer Rebecca Howell (Moulin Rouge). She has performed in seven seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Latest roles there included Anne Riley in 42nd Street, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, and the Tango Dancer in Evita. Dance shows at Stratford included Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Gigi, My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Oliver! Other favourite dance roles include Janet Van De Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC/ Theatre Calgary), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Segal Centre), Brooke in Legally Blonde, Roxie in Chicago, and Bombalurina/ Assistant Choreographer/ Dance Captain of Cats (Neptune Theatre), Bebe in A Chorus Line, Norma in Victor, Victoria, Ursula in Sweet Charity (Stage West), and Ariel (the Little Mermaid) for Disney.
Selected Choreography credits include the premier musicals A Christmas Carol (TNB and STC) and For Life at the Sudbury Theatre Centre; For Life was written by Michael Doherty and Norm Foster (Canada’s most-produced playwright). Naomi played the lead in this production as well. Co-choreographer/ Assistant-Director the acclaimed experiential show Hogtown at Toronto’s Campbell House, Sister Act ( Chor. At The L.O.T.). The Wedding Singer (Director/ Choreographer at St. Lawrence College)
She completed three summers at The Banff Centre of Fine Arts, received her Musical Theatre Diploma from Laine Theatre Arts in London, England and also has her Advanced RAD Ballet and Advanced ISTD Modern. Naomi studied the Solo Seal RAD ballet syllabus while in England. She has adjudicated across Canada and has taught at CCPA, STU, George Brown, and the Stratford Festival. She has been on faculty at Randolph Academy, Holland College and Sheridan College. She has also been a guest teacher at dozens of dance studios across Ontario, and is a sought after choreographer for Theatres and Theatre Schools across Canada.
Naomi is energetic, passionate and driven to pass on her knowledge and love of dance and theatre to each and every one of the students she works with.
Jennifer Thiessen, originally from Sydney, Australia, is an actress, acrobat, aerialist and choreographer, who currently resides in New York City. Selected theatre credits include Saturday Night Fever (North American Tour), Throughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rock Of Ages, Beauty And The Beast (Drayton Entertainment); Guys And Dolls ( Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, NY); Mamma Mia!, Crazy For You, Singin’ In The Rain (Capitol Theatre); West Side Story (Original Choreography, Rainbow Stage). Jennifer was also an aerialist, dance captain and original cast member for Celebrity, Royal and Carnival Cruise Lines. Film and Television: Masters Of Illusion (Season 2, CW Network/Magicians Assistant), The Marilyn Denis Show (Choreographer). Other choreography credits include Disney's Newsies (Forestburgh Playhouse - Assistant Director/ Choreographer);Joseph And The Amazing… (Broadway World Nomination; Best Choreography), Aladdin (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); Toronto Pan AM Games Opening Ceremonies (Cirque Du Soleil, Assistant Choreographer). Jennifer also choreographs for leading entertainment companies in Toronto, Lisbon and New York, is a circus troupe member in her 'spare' time, and is a co-host and producer of North American Theatre Podcast, Tits and Teeth Podcast! IG: @Jenniferclarethiessen W: jenniferthiessen.com
Hannah Burkholder is a triple threat choreographer and dance educator from Toronto, Canada. Hannah began dancing at the age of three and has trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, theatre, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary and acrobatics. She trained at a competitive level during school years and completed exams with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.) in Tap and Jazz. She has extensive acting, vocal and music theory training. Hannah attended University of Michigan and continues to broaden her education through courses and classes offered through top international universities. Hannah believes that we are always learning in new ways and will forever be students!
Hannah has had the opportunity to work and train internationally with amazing choreographers and educators. She works as a choreographer, teacher and adjudicator across Canada and the United States and continues to educate back home in Toronto and surrounding areas. She is a certified Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (Y.P.A.D.) member of Canada and has aided the growth of YPAD’s Adjudicator Certification Course, ensuring that dancers’ safety is a top priority in competitive dance. Hannah’s work has allowed her to travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bahamas and the UK. She has been recognized for her innovative and award-winning choreography, as well as her attention to execution and detail in the studio through her use of science and body mechanics in her lessons. She is a faculty member of various conventions across North America. Hannah’s current and graduate students are members of Team Canada (IDO), the Tap Dance Centre, Ballet Jorgen, George Brown, cruise lines and more.
Past dance and vocal performing credits include Disney Cruise Line, Much Music, MMVAs, DVBBS, Eric Prydz, Dada Life, Dragonette, Afrojack and has appeared in stage performances across theatres everywhere. Hannah was one of five chosen
worldwide to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to attend St. Catherine’s Palace with Disney as the iconic princess, Cinderella.
Hannah continues to educate dancers of all ages and is thrilled to share her love of dance across the nation!