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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Jessica found her passion at the age of ten, when she started competing at national and international levels. She has years of experience in jazz, tap, ballet, hip- hop, acro, contemporary and musical theater. She soon began to realize she wanted a career in dance. Jessica has competed in many worldwide competitions and competed several times with team Canada at the International Dance Organization in Germany. With the routine “Birdz Du Freak” ranked fourth at worlds, she has been showcased through City TVs Breakfast television, CP24 and local community channel for Rogers’s television. This routine was also on Canada’s Got Talent and qualified to the second round. “Birdz Du Freak” has also received an honorary award by the mayor of Vaughan, Maurizio Bevilaqua. Jessica has taken part in New York City’s Capezio A.C.E Awards, Toronto’s Choreographers Ball and has performed “Birdz Du Freak” to open up for Blake McGrath’s Toronto concert. Jessica is also showcased in the Hamster Dance 2.0 Music Video by the Boomtang Boys. She has recently become Acrobatic Arts Certified and is eligible to put her students through their level 1 – level 6 Acrobatic Examinations. Jessica has many dreams in the art of dance. She inspires her students to be the best that they can be. Jessica has won many choreographic and overall awards at competitions all over Ontario. Jessica is currently attending her 4th year at York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Dance. She is constantly taking classes from well-known choreographers in Toronto and New York City to keep educated in the art. She aspires to inspire her students to find who they are through creative movement. Jessica is a former student of the City Dance Corps Pre-Professional Dance Program and is excited to continue her journey with the CDC Youth Program!
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