Dorian Grant has been actively training in dance for 22 years. He has also been teaching and choreographing for 9 years. It started at the age of 3 when he began tap dancing. This was after his mother caught him attempting to reenact Shirley Temple movies on the living room coffee table. He spent much of his childhood training and competing in dance studios for different competitions around the Greater Toronto Area and the United States. At 14, he was accepted into Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program for Dance. This school allowed him to train in modern, ballet and jazz as well as perform at many venues and events both in Canada and the USA. During this four year period, he acted in many community theatre shows with Meadowvale Music Theatre where he received his first opportunity as a choreographer’s assistant. Over the years, he has performed on live television (TSN, Roger’s, YTV), and at various venues in North America (St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Canadian Stage, and Disney World). Dorian has trained with many high profile choreographers (Shawn Byfield, Chris Clarke) and choreographed hip-hop, tap and musical theatre shows and classes for all ages including the Fringe Kids Festival, numerous dance studios in Toronto, and various theatre productions including his debut production with his company, Good Job Sally. Dorian is excited to be at City Dance Corps for his second year and hopes to teach many new faces!
Natalie (Teen Jazz, Acro )
Natalie Chung is a dancer, teacher and emerging choreographer based in Toronto, ON, Canada. She trained for eleven years at Denise Lester Dance Academy in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and musical theatre. After receiving her British Association of Teacher of Dancing certification, she went to further her education at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Toronto, performing and training under an intensive dance curriculum as well as within the select Rosedale Heights Dance Company. An Honours graduate from York University’s School of Art, Media, Performance and Design in 2016, she trained in modern and ballet styles at York University in the Choreographic and Performance stream in their BFA Dance program. Throughout her intensive training and studies, Chung trained among ballet experts and modern dance pioneers such as Tracy Norman, Susan Lee, Helen Jones, Candice Helm, Jennifer Bolt, Julia Sasso, Carol Anderson, Terrill Maguire, Holly Small and John Ottmann. Currently, training in contemporary under the direction of Lineen Doung and Allison Bradley with the DARK Dance Company, she is looking forward to learning and growing into a stronger dancer, teacher and choreographer. As an evolving artist her goals in life are to perform and dance worldwide.
Diana (Teen Ballet, RAD Ballet)
Diana began her dance education at a young age, training under former professionals from the Goh Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After several years of intensive ballet training Diana extended her studies to include Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco and Ballroom. As Diana’s love of dance grew, so did her passion for teaching and she began instructing ballet, jazz and tap classes at her studio. Shortly after graduating high school, Diana toured as a dancer performing at multiple resorts and destinations abroad where she extended her knowledge of Latin dance styles.
After returning home to Toronto, Diana was accepted into Canada’s National Ballet School’s prestigious Teacher Training Program to further hone her skills as a teacher and to further extend her knowledge of Classical Ballet. While training at NBS Diana was hired by the school to teach in the Adult Program, the Associate Program and the Professional Ballet Program. Diana graduated in 2015 and received her teaching certification from the Cecchetti Society of Canada and the Royal Academy of Dance.
Diana is currently a freelance dancer, choreographer and instructor in Toronto and is very excited to be a part of the City Dance Corps Team!
Corynne (Contemporary, Jazz)
Born and raised in rural northern Alberta, Corynne Bisson began her dance training at age 7. She trained in contemporary, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and modern. At the age of 18, with her sights set on further developing her multiple dance styles she moved to Calgary Alberta, a larger urban center to with a stronger dance culture. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary majoring in Dance, where she has had multiple opportunities to perform work of local and national artists such as: Peggy Baker, Oriana Pagnotta, Tara Wilson, Jessilyn Britton and Michelle Moss. While in Calgary Corynne had the distinct honour as a principle dancer with the Surge CO for one season. With growing aspirations, confidence, and skills gained in Calgary Corynne took her dancing internationally in the professional training program at the Bates Dance Festival (July 2014) and the Six Week School at the American Dance Festival at Duke University (June-August 2015). Knowing that she maximized her dancing potential in Calgary Corynne made the decision to move to Toronto to further pursue her passion for dance as a professional. Corynne outgoing personality allowed her to quickly make inroads into the Toronto dance community and has been training in many styles of dance, with different groups in the city while also performing professionally. Corynne actively seeks out opportunities to make connections in the Toronto dance community and collaborate in as many settings as possible.
Professional Artist, Educator & Community Engagement Worker, Marcelino DaCosta aka FrostFlow has been a practitioner and advocate of Hip-Hop culture since 1998.
Founder of the internationally renown Ground illusionz - Hip-Hop Collective based out the G.T.A., Canada with membership & affiliation spanning worldwide to Taiwan, South Korea & Japan.
Frost Flow is internationally respected as a dynamically progressive and passionate signature B-Boy artist; performing and opening for legends such as Maestro fresh Wes, Oscar Peterson, KRS One, Masia One, Grubson, Talib Kwali, Melle Mel & the Furious 5, to name a few and has been featured on MUCH, Global, CBC, CTV, TVO & Rogers TV and various international broadcasts since 1999.
As a Canadian B-Boy champion, Frost has lead and trained members of his crew to win countless titles both locally and internationally over the last 18 years, while earning his own esteemed solo titles with conviction: Ottawa “Cipher Champ” 2008, Toronto “Style Champ”, 2008, “Absolute Canadian B-Boy” 2009, Toronto “TopRock Champ” 2010, “B-Boy Lifestyle” Award 2011, "Manifesto Arts education award" & Top nominations 2011-2013, "Skillz-O-Meter” National Champion 2012, "Manifesto Top Rock Champ" 2013, UBL top 4 in Toronto 2015.
Along with competitive experience, Frost has also become a national ambassador, local leader and pioneer of many grassroots public health initiatives for youth including: "The Word Project" 2004’, "Behaviour Arts Fest" 2009-14’, "R.H.Y.T.H.M." & "Let Go Expo" 2011’, "Share Our Spirit" 2012-14,"The HUB” 2015-17, "STORYTiME" (Japan) 2015-17 & "Full Step Saga" 2016 all while supporting and representing world recognized organizations & companies such as "BBoyizm", "UNITY Charity" & "BluePrint Pathways” as a performer, producer, program coordinator, facilitator, and senior staff. He has also been instructing for City Dance Corps since 2005 and officially has the longest running Breakin’ class in Toronto!
Frost currently shares knowledge of Hip-Hop Culture and promotes the arts through continual effort and inspiration on a multitude of platforms: From street-level to stage performance, to speaking at universities and along world-class innovators at TEDX. Frost Flow represents a definitive essence of his craft.
Anna (RAD Ballet, RAD Exam Prep)
Dance has always been a part of Anna's life, but it was at age 11 that she fell in love with ballet and persuaded her parents to enroll her in the professional ballet program at Victoria Ballet Academy. While attending this program, Anna was given the opportunity to assist and teach creative movement and beginner ballet classes under the guidance of her ballet teacher. This experience influenced her to further pursue her teaching career. Anna graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School, through which she achieved Registered Teacher Status with Royal Academy of Dance. As well, she graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education. Anna continues to seek out professional development opportunities and recently became a Level 1 certified teacher in C-I Training™ (conditioning-with-imagery). Alongside her teaching, she also performs with Toronto Dance Life Company, an entertainment company that specializes in a fusion of jazz, contemporary and ballroom styles. Anna believes that ballet is a great way to train and condition the body for all dance styles and she looks forward to continuing to share her passion for ballet with her students.
Christopher is a Canadian based Dancer/Choreographer who now resides in Toronto, Ontario. Born in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Christopher started dancing at a very young age. Growing up, he was also a student teacher for many years and choreographed his own work performing them across the east coast. In 2008, Chris was chosen to attend a Dance Tour in London, England in training with some of the world’s best choreographers as well as classes with the cast of WICKED the musical.
At 18 he moved to Toronto Ontario to attend George Brown Dance College where we furthered his technical training. While at George brown he received high achievements in choreography. After graduating he then moved back to Nova Scotia and became the artistic director of Precision Dance Company. While under the direction of PDC Christopher was frequently awarded for his choreographic works while his students excelled. During these years he also co-created a Canadian East Coast event called “The Entity Tour” that inspires and trains students every summer since 2014! Recently Christopher has had the opportunity to choreograph for George Brown College students and had it performed at their graduation show “Unleashed.” George Brown has also used his work for advertisement for their post-secondary program. He was also honored to create work “Toronto’s Choreographers Ball ” ,“Fever After Dark “ as well as “Dance Weekend” for Dance Ontario! All events showcasing Toronto’s talent in the industry. While Christopher works towards his future plans, he has had the opportunity to teach at multiple professional level training venues such as “Metro Movement” and “RIGHTFOOT DANCE STUDIO” . Now, Christopher is working full time at “City Dance Corps” downtown Toronto where he teaches and choreographs weekly! Creating stories through movement and watching it come to life is his calling. He brings passion, technique and energy to all his creations. The biggest lesson he loves to leave with students while teaching is just to dance from your heart, be yourself, have fun and never let go. Dance is his life and he is now ready to share all he knows with the world of others who share the same love.
Melissa’s passion and love for dance began at the young age of 4. Throughout her years, Melissa has been lucky to train in some of North Americas top dance facilities with internationally known instructors. As a performer and choreographer Melissa has worked with the Hamilton Tigercats, Ontario Raiders, Toronto FC, Canadian Music Week, International Dance Day, Dance Ontario Week, with features on Breakfast Television, OMNI, Daybreak TV, Much Music, Chin Radio, CIRV Radio, EVI Dance Radio and NOW Magazine. Melissa was personally invited twice by the government in the Azores, Portugal to perform and choreograph at their dance festival “Dances of the Senses, Memories in Movement.” The festival toured the Azorean islands of Terceira, Faial, and Ponta Delgada. Melissa and the festival received outstanding reviews. With 20 years of teaching and choreography experience, Melissa continues to instruct and choreograph at various dance studios, workshops, secondary art and elementary schools across Canada. Her choreography has won awards at several dance competitions across Ontario and she is invited to adjudicate annually. Melissa is a strong believer that dance and the arts play an important role in the up bringing of our children and youth. She actively coordinates, produces and assists in various charitable dance related events for organizations such as the Red Door Family Shelter, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Rethink Breast Cancer, Youth Rally’s, Camps for under privileged, Arts for Kids of Toronto, Yorktown Shelter, Princess Margaret Hospital, Cancer Research, Big Sisters of Canada, Sick Kids Hospital and Because I’m a Girl to name a few. Melissa is the co founder, director and producer of Women in Dance, a showcase that brings females in all walks of life together in a festival of empowerment, while showcases a variety of dance styles. This will be Melissa’s tenth year with City Dance Corps which spent five years as the Youth Program Coordinator. She strives to provide a space and communityin which young dancers may flourish and grow to love dance and all that it offers. As a mother of two she truly believes that “Dance teaches more thenjust dance” Melissa will continue to expand her knowledge so that she may share her passion all “For the love of it”.
Eleanor Bull is a former professional who received her ballet training at Canada’s National Ballet School. During her career she danced with the renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington, and then continued on to dance with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before moving back to Toronto. In 2012 she toured across Canada with Ballet Jorgen dancing soloist roles in their production of Swan Lake. She also danced in the corps de ballet with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for their Nutcracker.
In 2016 Eleanor graduated from the Teacher Training Program at NBS. Eleanor believes in nurturing strong artists as well as providing a technical foundation that will enhance expression.
Madison (Acro, Jazz)
Born in Beeton Ontario, Madison Burgess started dancing at the young age of 3. Growing up she trained in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, acro, contemporary and modern; during her many years of training she realized dance was her passion. She started student teaching in her early high school years, and found so much joy in working with students who share a similar passion for dance! In the summer before her last year of high school, Madison was 1 of 75 who where chosen to dance overseas with The Royal Academy of Dance in London, England where she trained for 3 consecutive weeks with elite choreographers and ballet examiners. After returning home from England Madison decided to continue her dance training at York University where she is now a recent graduate from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in Dance, specializing in Performance and Choreography. During her undergraduate degree, Madison participated in an exchange program in 2014/2015 studying at Chichester University located in Chichester, England where she performed in Lîla Dance’s show, The Deluge, choreographed by Abi Mortimer and Carrie Whittaker. Once returning to Toronto, Madison worked with the York Dance ensemble in 2015/2016, performing works by renowned choreographers including Carol Anderson, Susan Lee, Allison McCaughey, and Kiera Shaw. In the summer of 2016, Madison danced as an apprentice for the aLOFT Project; performing in a short contact improvisational film Momentary choreographed by Suzanne Liska. Madison also participated in the New Blue Festival 2017, performing in the festival’s first Creative Crunch choreographed by Jasmyn Fyffe. Madison is thrilled to start working with the CDC Youth Program!
Samantha (Parent & Tot, Intro to Dance)
Samantha started dancing at the age of five at a full time competitive studio in Markham. It was here where she found technical training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet (R.Soc.), Lyrical and Contemporary. At 18 Samantha made the decision to follow her passion and attend Ryerson Theatre School. Here she learned Modern (Graham), Improvisation, Choreography and
furthered her knowledge of Ballet and Jazz. After a year of the program, she felt that it was not the right fit. So took off for New York City. Here, Samantha attended the globally recognized Broadway Dance Center, where she completed a program called the International Student Visa Program. During her time as an ISVP, Samantha exposed herself to various forms of urban dance that has now integrated itself into her own creative movement. She then went on to
work with numerous choreographers in the industry, but her eagerness to learn and to better her craft was still evident. At 20, she was accepted to an internship in Los Angeles with Dana Foglia Dance, an innovative company started by one of the most in demand choreographers in the business. After this experience, Samantha returned to Toronto. Eager to spread her knowledge and passion, Samantha is always looking for opportunity to create truly unique movement.
Jennalee is an up and coming Hip Hop dancer and choreographer. Known for her high energy and quirkiness, she is quickly making a name for herself as a passionate and fun-loving teacher and student. While taking a degree in English and International Development Studies at King’s College in Halifax, Jennalee fell in love with Hip Hop dance and quickly began to change her life’s focus. Jennalee grew up studying many forms of dance, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acadian and Highland. In her teens she landed many roles for stage, print and television, including a national television campaign for YTV.
Currently, she is a member of Culture Shock Toronto, a non-profit dance organization. Since joining in 2010, Jennalee has been fortunate enough to perform in WOD Toronto, the East Coast Dance Concert in Washington D.C., and the Culture Shock International Showcase in L.A. (2011) and San Diego (2012). Since joining City Dance Corps in 2013, Jennalee has won the hearts of all her students, from young to old and her classes are always infused with a deep connection to the roots of Hip Hip while maintaining fun and energy.