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In 2005, Alexandra left her home in Saskatchewan to experience big city life in Toronto, Canada. It wasn't long until she was thrown into the Toronto dance scene and fell in love with all of its possibilities. Alexandra has since danced all over the world; China, Singapore, Japan, Lebanon, Greece, Sweden and the USA. She is featured in Much Music commercials and the Family Channel, as well as 'Skittles' Candy, Dr. Pepper and IMAX commercials.

Alexandra has danced for Canadian artists Shawn Desman, Aleesia, Cory Lee, Adriana Taylor, Shiloh, Alexisonfire and toured internationally with Massari.

Alexandra has numerous live shows under her belt, and has been seen acting and dancing on television shows (SKINS Mtv and Electric Circus) and in feature films (Hairspray, Breakaway and Martin Short Goes Home.)

The most memorable, live-televised performances to date? Alexandra dancing for Lady GaGa during her infamous performances at the Much Music Video Awards in 2009 and again in 2011.

Alexandra is constantly traveling, teaching workshops and choreographing internationally. She also choreographs competitive routines for dance studios across Canada.

Carla Catherwood, creator and director of CMC Entertainment is one of Canada’s top rising choreographers and artistic directors. She not only has created her own production company but has also produced 15 sell out entertainment events and choreographed three full production shows for the “Burlesque Beauties” in the last 5 years. Carla is driven by creativity and passion through dance, the stage, and theatre. Through that passion she created the very successful cabaret dance group the “Burlesque Beauties”.

This woman wears many different hats. Being owner and director of the production company CMC Entertainment and the producer of the successful live entertainment showcases “For the Luv of It!” www.fortheluvofit.com She also was inspired to create, direct, and choreograph a classy and sophisticated throwback on old Hollywood cabaret by starting up the dance group the “Burlesque Beauties” www.burlesquebeauties.com. Carla is driven by creativity and passion through the visual arts, dance and stage direction. From that style of dancing “Nuvo-Burlesque” was then born. Nuvo-Burlesque is all about being Classy, Confident and Yourself.

Carla has many credits already under her belt such as the number one hit music video from Mariana’s Trench’s “Shake Tramp”, Jessie Farrell’s chart topping “Lets Talk About Love”, Cory Lee’s “Goodbye” and “Naughty”, and Thornley’s “Come Again”. Her TV/Film credits include Instant Star “The Flame” and the TV pilot “And Then There Was Simkin”, also assisting L.A. choreographer Nito Larioza in the feature films Catwoman and X-Men 3.

Carla’s stage choreography extends in many different directions from being the movement coach for Jessie Farrell and her bands many national tours “Let’s talk about love” to Cory Lee’s hard hitting sensual dance driven Western Canadian tours opening for Ne-Yo, 112, and Swollen Members for the two albums “What a difference a day makes” and “Sinful Innocence” along with the production show’s for the Burlesque Beauties, “A Night of Burlesque”, “Split Personalities” and “With Love…” and the “Chick-A-Boom Room” which has been featured at the Calgary Stampede, Edgewater Casino (Vancouver, B.C) and the Playboy Mansion in L.A.

She has also had the pleasure to choreograph corporate events for “Grey Goose Vodka”, “Heineken”, “Film Noir Festival”, “Ed Hardy”, “Playboy Jeans”, “Calgary Stampede”, “Lux PR”, “The Juno After Party with Russell Peters”, “River Rock Casino”, and the “Playboy Mansion”.

Carla not only is a chorographer but a well-respected dancer as well. Her dance, TV/Film and theatre credits include, Catwoman, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Goodbye Girl, Life as we know it, Instant Star, Celebrity Cruise Lines, River Rock Casino, EA Sports playing the role of “Storm” in the Marvel Superhero and “Need for speed Underground” video games. Carla has also had the pleasure to dance for recording artists such as Mariana’s Trench, Soul Decision, Cory Lee, Shania Twain and Micheal Bublé.

Esie Mensah is a professional dancer and choreographer to the Canadian industry. After 4 years she has built an extensive resume that includes an appearance in the Walt Disney film “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”. Esie has danced for industry icons such as Divine Brown who opened for the Backstreet Boys, Deborah Cox, Anjulie, Flo Rida at the MuchMusic Video Awards, and many more. Appeared in videos by Jully Black, Keisha Chante, Shamar Forte, Cascada, Lauren Pritchard, Carl Henry, Addictiv, Dru, and Grammy Award winner Nelly Furtado.

Recently returning from China on a dance contract with SDT Dance Company performing on live television with recording artists across the country. Competed and placed within the top 100 dancers on SYTYCD Canada Season one, two and debuted her AfroHouse choreography on season four! Performed on stage with the hit South African musical Umoja and Toronto's Evolution of Gospel Music! Choreographer for World Vision Canada’s “The Other Side of the River” a new youth musical emerging across Canada. Esie is the co-choreographer of Artists in Motion, winners of MuchMusic’s Best Dance Crew sponsored by Xbox Kinect. Other choreography credits include theatre shows, music videos, highschool and university programs, corporate shows, and stage shows. Dance vocabulary includes Hip Hop, African, AfroHouse, World Pop, Jazz, Dancehall and Stepping. Esie is also a graduate of Commercial Dance Studies at George Brown College where she received her training in acting, voice, ballet, jazz and musical theatre.

Hollywood Jade is one of Toronto's fastest rising entertainers, showcasing his talents as a dancer, choreographer and innovator in his artform. Hollywood has found creative and dynamic ways to bring his own brand and style of dancing and Choreography to videos, stages and the big screen. Fusing different styles of dance with different gener's of music is how he has set himself apart from other Choreographer's in North America.

As a Choreographer he has created exciting and groundbreaking routines for various entertainment arenas including Much Music, BET and MTV, short films, corporate events, tours and videos. His greatest acheivements include working with Choreographer's such as Fatima Robinson, Michael Rooney, Adam Shankman, Rich & Tone, Jamal Sims, Eboni Nickles & AJ. His appearances in the block buster musical "Hairspray" where he plays the character of "Stooie" sites on the top of his list. His work as a Choreographer has been featured with the likes of The Dream, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and a number of Canadian and international artist like Divine Brown, Kelis and Lauren Pritchard. Hollywood was also featured on So You Think You Can Dance Canada as not only a dancer but a Choreographer's assistant all in the same year, he is the only Contestant in the history of the show to achieve this in the same year.

Hollywood Jade as a contributing member of Artist In Motion ( Much Music Best Dance Crew Winner's) & Creator/ Choreographer and Director of Urbanesque continues to find new and interesting ways to bring his own flavour and personality to the artform of dance - thereby inspiring others in this field to do the same. He is truly a shining star, one whose power and capability are waiting to be seen. As Hollywood always says "Success lies on the other side of fear"

Jasmyn Fyffe is making her mark on the Toronto dance scene as a dancer and choreographer. A choreographer described as “Alvin Ailey meets street dancer,” (Allan Ferguson – Director: Nelly Furtado Music Video), her work is created within a movement style that is an eclectic blend of her versatile training background while maintaining a strong contemporary foundation. “She’s a young artist whose body of work is developing in a style all her own.”(Sway magazine – Anya Wassenberg)

As a choreographer, her credits include: “Pulse” commissioned by Dance Ontario (2012), “Into the Roots...Beyond the Leaves” Sponsored by TD Bank in collaboration with Vivine Scarlett (2011), “Warfare” a DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event (2010), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (2009), Irie Music Dance Festival (2009 & 2011), Project Dance Toronto (2009), Bazaar (2010-2012), Dance Ontario DanceWeekend (2011), Choreographer’s Ball (2011) and Fresh Blood 2009 and 2010 (The Chimera Project); her solo “Indentity” presented in the 2010 showcase, got her an honorable mention by Artistic Director Malgorzata Nowacka.

As an independent dancer, Jasmyn has performed in the touring musical UMOJA and has been featured as a dancer with Grammy Award winning artist Nelly Furtado, in her music video “Night is Young.” She has performed for Dance Migration, Scott Fordham, KasheDance, Calu Entertainments, Linda Garneau and InDuo Danceworks. Fyffe opened for international gospel sensation Kirk Franklin in his 2011 Toronto concert, and was also featured as a dancer on Vision Entertainments program of “The Seven Deadly Sins” which aired in Spring 2011. In addition, this past summer Fyffe performed in two fringe festival shows (Catalyst and Jasmine Graham), the Dance made in Canada Festival, the Labspace art installation “In-Memory.’ Other recent performances include: Monsters Bazaar showcase, Planet Africa awards, RASTA (black history month launch at the R.O.M and the Martin Luther King Junior annual BBPA celebration.

Fyffe has been commissioned by Wish Opera, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Agincourt Pentecostal Church, Cathedral Productions, Obsidian Theatre, Dramatic Change Youth Theatre, Oakwood Collegiate Institute and Copper Coin Arts Association. Her most recent commission “Pulse” was described as having “all the elements of a Broadway hit musical.” (audience member Omar Al-Salmadi). Fyffe just completed a successful run of her company season show “Interlock.” She is thrilled to be a part of the faculty for the LR Dance Scholarship program, to empower the dancers of tomorrow and be inspired as well.

An extensive background in the dance and performing arts industry, alongside a continuous desire to create, is the driving force behind Jeff Dimitriou as a Choreographer. As Associate Choreographer on the hit TV show: So You Think You Can Dance Canada!, upcoming Warner Bros. Feature Film: SuckerPunch!, Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac and Jamie Chung, and upcoming Warner Bros TV show “Hellcats”, starring Ashley Tisdale, Jeff’s unique style and impressive resume have led him to be in constant demand as a choreographer, teacher and performer across North America, Asia, and Europe.

Backtrack over a decade, Jeff’s training began in Toronto, and quickly expanded through intensive studies in New York and Los Angeles. Fostering a natural gift of the creative nature, Jeff’s experience ranges from musicals to the big screen and local artists to international tours.

Jeff’s extensive credit list includes: High School Musical, The Producers, Houdini (North American Premiere), Chess (Canadian Premiere), Beauty and the Beast (Toronto Cast), Evita, Candide, A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, White Christmas, Anne of Green Gables (Canadian Tour) as well as major stage shows for: Norwegian Cruise Lines, Tokyo Disney, Tokyo Disney Sea, Canada’s Wonderland, Sony Music Groove Tour (Western Canada), The B.C. Lions Cheerleaders, Showstoppers, Candy Girl Cabaret and Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Vancouver), to name a few. His most recent choreographic stage show was Cabaret at Theatre Sheridan, garnering Dimitrou prominent reviews – “This production, like all the super Sheridan efforts, is fast-paced and energetic. The choreographic elements by Jeff Dimitriou are spectacular. Split-second timed and intricately acrobatic… Got a feeling this effort might be the top of our TOP TEN…” –Ontario Arts Review
All while storing his creative edge with live on-stage performances, Jeff’s unique ability to incorporate choreographic and creative edge into live artists has seen the likes of: Jon Secada, Nelly Furtado, Boomtang Boys, Alanis Morissette, M2M, Front to Back, Love Willows, Juno-Award winner Camille, and most recently for huge Asian sensation Sally Yeh in her “Now’s My Prime” Asian Concert Tour. Film and television credits include: The Cleaner, with Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu, The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick and Kristen Chenoweth, and most recently Battlestar Gallactica, and Stargate Atlantis.

Jeff’s years spent vigilantly refining his craft, has opened opportunities such as offering master classes at: Broadway Dance Centre (Tokyo), Randolph Dance Theatre (Toronto), National Dance Canada (Toronto), Rico Choi Dance Centre (Hong Kong), Harbour Dance Centre (Vancouver), and Metro Movement (Toronto). He continues to teach workshops and choreograph worldwide, most recently in Singapore at Studio Wu, in Mexico for Duboforce, for Dance Nova Scotia, Manitoba Arts Council and Dance Saskatchewan. He is also on faculty at the highly respected Sheridan College (Oakville).

Upcoming:
Associate Choreographer – Hellcats (Warner Bros.)

An extraordinarily eclectic freestyle dancer and choreographer, Jojo the “Kinetic Philosopher” Zolina, is greatly respected for his work in the dance community worldwide. He was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 1992 and has been dancing since he was born (his mother told him he was dancing in her womb). He has traveled to research and work with originators and pioneers of Hip Hop dance such as the Electric Boogaloos LA (est.1972), Rock Steady Crew NYC (est.1977), Mop Top Crew NYC (est.1990) and Dance Fusion NYC (est. 1996). Learning from the originators made Jojo realize that there are not many messengers to pass along the true essence of Hip Hop culture. He melds a diverse fusion of dance styles like traditional ethnic folk dance, hip hop, funk styles, vogueing, waacking, house, reggaeton, dancehall, contemporary and salsa. Jojo has been a phenomenal collaborator with local talent and well-known international choreographers. His resume includes performances with such musical talents as Nelly Furtado, K-OS, Swollen Members, Michael Buble, Cory Lee and Illa Brown as well, opening for artists Mos Def, The Rootss and Dogg Pound. Movie and TV credits include Dr. Doolittle 3, Catwoman, Reefer Madness, Goodbye Girl, Hard Corp, Eureka, Bratz Dolls, Verizon, Blue Cross and Kyocera. As an Artist, his talents have taken him beyond Vancouver, sharing their knowledge and skills in the Netherlands, France, Italy, Australia, England, the Philippines, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. Jojo will be touring this year with Over The Influence (OTI) for “Hip Hop Is…” a show written, choreographed, directed and co-produced by Jojo. He will also be working along side Morganic (Australia) and MC Baba (Sweden) and traveling to New York, Sydney, London and Manchester. For Jojo, this is only the tip of the iceberg. The constant love and support he receives from his community and students only fuels the growing inspiration and passion for dance, leaving limitless possibilities for the future.

Kyra Jean Green was born in France and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She obtained her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in May of 2006. Upon leaving Juilliard she has danced with CityDance Ensemble, Culture Shock D.C., Cas Public, Destins Croisés, and Ballet Creole. She has set choreography on Hubbard Street II, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Bosma Dance, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Bridges of Cadence Contemporary and was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to present an evening of her choreography. She was awarded the audience choice award for her piece presented in the 2010 "Fresh Blood" performance with the Chimera Project. Kyra currently dances for and works closely with Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet and Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, both based in Toronto. She has recently presented work independently at F.A.T. and with Jasmyn Fyffe for Dance Matters, and Labspace. Kyra has also recently choreographed a music video for local Toronto music producers Torro Torro.

Lauren’s passion for dance began at the age of thirteen. She studied various forms of dance focusing on Modern, Jazz and Ballet. Inspired by her mother to try ballroom, Lauren enrolled in the American Ballroom and Latin Teacher Training Program at the Joy of Dance Studio. She completed the 17 dance program and graduated with honors. Following graduation, she pursued her Canadian Dancesport Federation teacher’s certification, receiving one of the top marks in Canada. Lauren furthered her training of classical styles in the dance program at George Brown College. Upon graduating she was asked to join one of Toronto’s most innovative and versatile dance companies, Artists in Motion Dance Company. Which whom won the Much Music New.Music.Live. Best Dance Crew competition. Lauren is also a member of Urbnesque, a female urban burlesque company known for empowering women and bringing sensuality to the stage. Her ability to quickly learn many forms of dance has attracted the attention of choreographers in Toronto; including Salsa legend Albert J. Gomez of Strickly Salsa. With whom she competed in the professional division placing 2nd at the Toronto Salsa Festival. In the summer of 2011 Lauren was chosen to be a part of So You Think You Can Dance Canada's Top 20 for Season 4. Since then she has danced for artists such as; Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, Divine Brown, Keshia Chante and Victoria Duffield. Lauren continues to share her passion and love for dance through choreographing, teaching and performing anywhere it carries her.

Leon Blackwood is no stranger to Music and Movement and began to explore the possibilities of a Dance Life around the age of 15. Performing at church events and with school dance crews, he began to build his choreography reputation by starting a Dance Group/ Company, Nu Limit Ent. in early 2003.

His strong performance skills and signature cool factor have landed him a Principal Dance roles in movies such as “Honey” “Frenemies”, “Alvin and The Chipmunks 3” (Playing Alvin) and assistant choreographer and Dancer on "Cobu 3D." Training in classes and workshops around the GTA and the U.S he joined the cast of 1 of the most noted Hip Hop conventions “The Monsters of Hip Hop” In 2009.

Through his hard work and dedication he has been able to Dance/ Choreograph for the likes of Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Victoria Duffield, Jully Black, Blake McGrath, Keshia Chante and Danny Fernandes to name a few. Leon has been able to provide choreography for major events, networks and charities such as the YMCA, ICRF, Much Music, Toronto District School Board, So You Think You Can Dance Canada and more. He’s assisted Top Choreographers Luther Brown and Nappy Tabs on many projects from Artist video’s to major network programs like the Juno Awards and So You Think You Can Dance (American) He is currently working with Do Dat Alumni and Choreographer Mark Samuels with a few upcoming artists. Continuing to build his craft he travels to L.A a few times a year to train and work with some of the industry’s leading Choreographers and Dancers. Leon holds a regular drop in class at OIP Dance Centre (Tues 830-10pm and Fri 7-830pm) and teaches at various competitive and non competitive studios in the GTA. He has become one of the most sought after Commercial Dancers and Choreographers in Toronto. Leon continues to hold the title of Nu Limit’s head choreographer sharing his passion for Dance and Movement around the world.

Choreographer, director, and teacher, Linda has had the privilege of a varied career creating work for stage, film, television, and ice.  As artistic director of Helix Dance Project, she continues to explore the unique capacity of dance to tell meaningful and relevant stories; past works over the eight seasons include; Unearth, Integration, Every Now and Then, Rain and Verbatim.  

Other credits include co-choreographer for the Pan Am Canadian Handover ceremony (Guadalajara), Trouble in Tahiti (Shaw), Stars On Ice (International tour), Dance Legends (Drayton Ent.), Shiver (Shawn Desman), Assassins (Dora Award-best production), The Wizard of Oz (Drayton Ent.), Triple Sensation (CBC), and The Juno and Gemini Awards.  Linda continues to enjoy sharing her love of the craft and has been a faculty member at the Randolph Academy,  Ryerson University, and Sheridan College.

Lindsay Ritter is a talented teacher, choreographer and director with more than 15 years experience working with dancers of all ages.

Lindsay attended The Randolph Performance Academy in Toronto where she trained in dance, drama and vocal. Some of Lindsay’s performance credits include: Fame-The Musical, Legends Tribute Show, MuchMusic, City TV, The Comedy Network, Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Lindsay currently runs and directs an independent dance company: LR Productions, which provides professional dancers and packaged dance productions for corporate events, shows and entertainment.

Lindsay’s rapport with her students is reflected in her confidence and professional relationships she has built over the years. With the combination of training and work experience, Lindsay has been able to transform her love for dance into a successful and rewarding career.

Miles Faber was born in Toronto and raised in Calgary. Miles started his dancing at the age of 16 by hanging around the bboy community in Calgary. He continued to practice and learn from the more experienced bboys for many years. When the Electric Boogaloos (creators of popping) came to Calgary to teach a workshop, he was hooked. Since Miles's 3rd place finish on CTV's "So You Think You Can Dance Canada". He has been working with artists around the country including: MC Hammer,Dirty Vegas, 2live crew, Amanda Morra, Circle square, Kreesha Turner, Kim Davis, Blake McGrath and more! He has danced and starred in many movies including MTV's turn the beat around, Disney's "Harriet the Spy", TIFF festival opener "Score: A hockey Musical", french film "Sur Le Rythme" and more! Miles has choreographed for many music videos and movies and corporate functions including Circle Square's video "Dancers", choreographed the hip hop in the just released movie "Score: A hockey Musical" and has done work for Harley Davidson. Aside from being a part of many shows across Canada and abroad, Miles now continues to work hard at his own craft as well as sharing his knowledge as a teacher around the world.

A Toronto native, Natasha Powell is not only recognized as an extremely versatile and passionate artist, but more importantly, a soulful mover. Dance only started out as a summer activity that her mother enrolled her in, not knowing that Natasha was about to meet the love of her life at the age of 9 years old. Her training started in ballet, jazz, and tap, then branched out to street dance forms hip hop, house, waacking, and funk styles. Her extensive dance vocabulary stems from training across North America with some of the best in these forms. As a performer, select credits TV and film credits include Nickelodeon’s “Spectacular!”, HBO Series “The L Word”, and “Centre Stage 2”. In 2008, Powell became co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of Toronto dance company Catalyst; a collective that is highly-respected for their creative, dynamic, and versatile story-telling methods, through the use of their highly diverse vocabulary in movement. They have performed and hosted dance workshops across the Greater Toronto Area. They are most known for their work in the Toronto Fringe Festival titled “The 5th Element” which received raving accolades from NOW Magazine, and other theatre reviewers, and was nominated as BEST DANCE PRODUCTION in the 2011 Broadway World Toronto Awards. In 2011, she founded Soul Committed Productions, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the vital core element in urban dance: soul. Through workshops, programming, and choreography projects, her aim is to foster, inspire, educate and build relationships between the artists and the people that support them.

Ryan has had the opportunity to perform and train with many talented artist over the years...From Tap legends like "Gregory Hines" "Savion Glover" "Heather Cornell" to big name bands like "Bare Naked Ladies" blues legends like "Harrison Kennedy" and " Michael Pickett" to hip hop artists like "Koss" "Mystro Fresh West" and "Snow"....Ryan now teaches and perform's in Toronto with the "Toronto Rhythm Initiative" spreading his passion for the craft to whom ever will listen..

Siona Jackson is a graduate of Ryerson University, a performer, choreographer, and dance instructor in Toronto. Siona received honors through the Royal Academy of Dance and Dance Education Syllabuses, while having a successful competitive career in many provincial festivals and competitions.  She has also studied at Savage Jazz in San Francisco, in New York and in Los Angeles.

Performing credits include Smile Theatre, West Side Story, Chess, and Carmen.  She has been artistic director of Jackson Dance Network and JeDanse, before joining forces with Neesa and Leah to form Creative Habitat.  Her choreography has been showcased at Dusk Dances, Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Canadian Dance Festival (Ottawa), Fleck Dance Theatre, fFIDA and Metro Convention Centre. In 2007 she was an integral part of Sick Kid’s Hospitals’ work entitled Hearing Voices-Youth and Psychosis. She continues to create innovative choreographic works with Creative Habitat.

Stephanie Rutherford currently resides in Toronto, Canada where she is an in demand teacher and innovative choreographer locally and throughout Western Canada.

Originally hailing from Winnipeg, she has trained extensively in jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap and hip hop under the direction of Barbara Daurie and during her younger years at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Rutherford is known to evolve her students and other dancers with no limitations and has won numerous choreography awards, overalls and professional recognition for her cutting edge work. Recently, she had her choreography showcased and profiled on MTV Canada, danceplug.com (Los Angeles), The Dish Segment (Los Angeles), Toronto Choreographers Ball (2010, 2011), Toronto Pride TD Main Stage, Women In Dance (2010, 2011) Lynzie Kent's music video "Whoop De Doo", Canadian Dance Masters of America Convention (Chapter 22, faculty) and has work shopped projects with professional companies and studios around Canada. She's also professionally danced with Faye Rauw's Company show, Shawn Desman, Virgin Mobile AD, Buck Productions (Breast Cancer awareness commercial) slice TV, Much Music, MTV and many industrials/ corporate events throughout the city.

Having her theater and film major from the U of W has helped her merge into the world of acting and directing, which ultimately has inspired her to teach with a new creative direction in dance.

She's currently on faculty at Metro Movement (One of Canada's Leading Schools of Professional dance) teaching advanced contemporary drop in's, Guest teacher at OIP dance center, Guest choreographer at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, Guest Teacher at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and a member to the Professional Adjudicators Alliance.