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Through the flaming sparkly art of Waacking, Clarence’s goal with the Scholarship students is to encourage individuality and true self-expression. He believes that all the key elements to Waacking such as Musicality, Risk, Groove and Confidence create a stronger dancer and person overall. As a former student of the Scholarship Dance Program, he is ecstatic to share the knowledge he has gained since completing the program.

Born in Vancouver, Curtis trained at The National Ballet School and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School on scholarship. During his final year at the school he performed with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet in numerous productions and was featured in live performances of the popular children's television show, The Toy Castle. Following 3 summers in The Banff Centre's Professional Dance Program, Victoria Simon from The Balanchine Trust brought him out to the New York based ballet company, Les Ballets Grandiva. His performing career spanned the globe, on the stages of Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In 2009 he was featured in the Chicago Dance Festival along side the stars of American Ballet Theatre. Now retired from the stage, his teaching experience extends all over Canada, as well as having coached a finalist for the International Ballet Competition in Mississippi. Summer 2011 he once again was at The Banff Centre, this time as part of the faculty, assisting in the creation of The Clifford E. Lee choreographic award. Curtis now travels frequently as a guest teacher for The National Ballet of Canada, The National Ballet of Portugal, Ballet Jorgen Canada, The Alberta Ballet Company and is based in Vancouver as the resident teacher for Ballet BC.

Geneen Georgiev is a classically trained dance teacher who has expanded her knowledge over the years to include a variety of dance mediums ranging from Hip Hop to Burlesque to Salsa and much, much more. She is known to fill classes and keep a regular and loyal following of students. Her primary goal is to inspire others through energetic classes where her students learn to understand the purpose of their movements. Geneen choreographed and taught throughout BC for many years before extending her dance training worldwide. She has trained Internationally at acclaimed studios in England, Japan, Australia and the USA where she has absorbed a diverse repertoire of styles that she uses in her classes. Her performance experience includes shows all over Canada as well as overseas. She currently works as a professional dancer and choreographer, with regular bookings in film, television, music videos, dance and theatre in Vancouver. Geneen is also a member of The Underground Circus, Vancouver’s only professional circus group, with training in Trapeze, Silks and Partner Balancing. Always striving to be on the industry’s cutting-edge, Geneen encourages all her students to follow her example by keeping up-to-date on new styles and knowledge of what’s going on in the dance world!

Hailee Frechette started her dance training at a young age in hometown, Port Alberni. Hailee has now been dancing professionally for the past year and has performed at many events in Vancouver. The dance world brought Hailee into a whole new world called Circus; she has currently been working for Vancouver Circus School for a year and has recently started to work with the Ring Master since January 2013. She mentors the students on their dance, movement and choreography, so they can feel confident with every aspect during their performances. Hailee also has a major passion for fitness and is currently a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine! Her hopes are to one day train professional artists, helping them become aware of health and fitness for their body!

Hannah Henney first entered the dance scene in a Port Coquitlam studio at the age of 3 years old.

She hasn’t stopped moving since.

Now, after years of classes, competitions, conventions, and workshops with the likes of Jason Samuels Smith, Henry Link of Elite Force Crew, Sho-Tyme, Mia Michaels, Louis Van Amstel and Tabitha & Napoleon she is an aspiring dance artist in the westcoast community.

She is a well rounded performer strong in many different styles from Hip Hop to Tap to Ballet and Salsa and has received scholarships to a myriad of dance events.

Hannah has travelled to Orlando Florida to perform at Universal Studios with the Extreme Team and has worked with members of Move the Company and 605 Collective. She was featured in the 2010 Triple Threat brochure and appears in Sony recording artist Ash Koley’s music video “Brighter at Night”. She was also a principal dancer in Ashley Richards music video “I like girls” with GSG productions. Hannah has worked closely with the well established, Vancouver based companies, Marta Marta Hop and Kinesis Dance Somatheatro. She danced for the British Consulate’s campaign “Britain is Great”. She has been featured dancing with Canadian pop icon Stef Lang and most recently been dancing as a main cast member of the Lovers Cabaret’s “Lovers of Zeppelin”.

Despite her young age, she has over a decade of experience performing live in the lower mainland and has been recognized for her dance ability as well as her positive and enthusiastic attitude.

Hannah loves sharing her passion for the performing arts…She was born to dance.

Heather Dotto is a diverse performer trained in many forms of dance and theatre. Having been a member of Move: The Company since it’s inception in 2005, she has been privileged to perform, tour, and be artistically involved in many new creations by Artistic Director, Josh Beamish. Heather has also performed for Simone Orlando, Amber Funk-Barton, Coriograph Theatre, Heather Laura Gray, Cardiff Stage Productions, The New Pornographers, and more recently with mmHop. Her acting credits include various plays, musicals, and the lead role in the short dance film “Perceptions”. She is also a local and provincial level award-winning teacher and choreographer for various training programs in the Lower Mainland. In 2009, Heather made her professional choreographic debut as one of the invited collaborators involved in the creation of MOVE: the company’s “The Cell”. More recently she premiered her first creation on the talented group; “ActualPlay”. After performing in Whistler for the Olympics, Heather will be in rehearsals for Move: The company’s tour to Shanghai.

Believe it or not, the roots of Jamieson and his crew the Groovy G’s trace back to a small garage equipped with an old speaker system.

It started with Jamieson teaching his cousin what he could from video & internet forums about Popping. 3 years later the Groovy G’s are now 8 people, learning and training with the original creators and pioneers of the dance themselves. None of them expected that their simple love to learn this dance would take them this far, and their passion, skill and influence in the local scene seems only to grow more and more exponentially.

Today you can find Jamieson and the G's teaching and giving demos and performing at local high schools, universities, nightclubs and theatres. They've had the honour of performing alongside Mr. Wiggles & his son, Unico. Jamieson and the Groovy G’s goal is simple: to teach and spread the Funkstyles culture in Vancouver and to meet others who love the dance as much as they do!

Jeri Chien, aka Hao2 from the Now Or Never Crew ( NON crew ), started spreading his love of street dance as a bboy in 2002. He then got hooked into the culture and rhythm of hip hop in 2008 and has taken home the title of champion 7 times in 1-on-1 hip hop competitions for the past 3 years. Jeri recently participated and won 1st place in the hip hop division of "The Last One Stands 2011", one of the biggest dance battles in Canada. With several music video and TV appearances, Jeri was also part of the "2010 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony" as a main stage dancer. With the attitude of always being a student and the hunger of knowledge in life through hip hop, Jeri is always ready to share and inspire the youth of tomorrow with the real 4 elements of hip hop: Peace, Love, Unity and having Fun.

Jhaymee Hizon (Bboy Eloquence) is known and respected throughout the Lower Mainland as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and as one of the members of the infamous Now or Never Crew. Jhaymee and his crew are one of the top bboy crews in Canada and becoming highly regarded worldwide. Jhaymee has been teaching dance for fifteen years. His recent accomplishments include Massive Monkee Day (Champions) Battle of the year International (Germany), IBE (2011 Europe World Battle) Closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place. His goal is to promote the positive side of hip-hop, while preserving this powerful art form and its strong cultural presence.

Jheric has been involved with the Vancouver Hip Hop dance scene for over 20 years, his teachings have brought him all across the globe but calls Vancouver his home, Jheric's recent dance credits include: Hip Hop choreographer for the 2010 Winter Olympic closing ceremonies, K-os music Video"Eye Know Something", fort knoxx five music video "SHIFT", Hell Cats TV show, Another Cinderella Story, Centre Stage 2, and Lost Boys 2. Jheric is also a member of Canada's Top Breakin Crew Now Or Never, who won battle of the year Canada in 2008 and competed in BOTY Germany. Jheric is the Co-producer of High School High Hip Hop dance competition, Set It Off dance showcase and creator of Harbour Dance Series Bboy Battles. His love for music is what gave him the understanding to transition from dancer to Dj.

Artistic Director of mmHoP, Martha Carter is a Canadian based director-choreographer-creator of dance, media and music works. Transcending her roots of classical music and ballet, her works push the boundaries of style fusion. Dancers sing their score and composers dance; video artists share the stage with drag queens on pointe; ballet dancers battle freestylers while breakdancers reinvent ballet. Carter's hybrid's are the external expression of her vision of dance as a reflection of contemporary life. Carter's recent choreographies "Xdance" at the Canada Dance Festival 2002, "iDUB" at the ScotiaBank Dance Centre in March 2004, and "The Spell Remains" at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in January 2005, are each an evolution of her innovative multi-disciplinary style. "iDUB" has since met critical praise at The High Performance Rodeo in Calgary (Jan 2006) and at the New Dance Festival in St. John’s Newfoundand in June 2006. Martha is also a respected teacher at universities and private schools, notably Montréal's Studio 303 that she co-founded in 1989. Since 1993 she has regularly toured internationally with Compagnie Marie Chouinard as Rehearsal Master and Artistic-Touring Director.

Michelle C. Smith is on a quest. A quest to become a real life superhero! Armed with a unique set of skills, Michelle seeks out every opportunity to work and train in highly unusual, quite dangerous circumstances. In the beginning, Michelle started off as a baton twirler… Deemed “one with potential” she was quickly enrolled in dance and gymnastics then subsequently taught to win gold medals. Upon completing her initial training, Michelle moved to Vancouver to pursue a dance career. This move was a success, leading Michelle to years of great work doing original, kick ass dance productions with The Ruckus Company. Feeling unsatisfied, Michelle decided this strange career choice was evidently not enough for her. She soon found a new home in an underground circus company called, The Underground Circus. This 2nd phase of training, awoke Michelle’s innate ability to lift people, climb things at great heights and playing with fire. Entering a whole new dimension of body awareness, her strength, power and grace multiplied ten-fold. Feeling confident, strong and challenged, Michelle was ready for a new adventure when the unthinkable happened! Michelle picked up a sword! Then Michelle learned how to kick people…and a super hero was born. Michelle’s third phase of training has been her most exciting yet! Putting dance on the shelf for the time being, she came the conclusion that being a stunt performer encompasses all of her skills like nothing she has seen before. This very outlandish new world has taken Michelle by storm as she climbs the proverbial latter to ultimate ninja bad ass-ness. Currently, she trains in everything from falling down stairs, getting beat up, falling on the ground and her new love, martial arts. Having had the opportunity to work on sets through all of her career, Michelle is ecstatic that she now gets to do it more often and do way cooler stuff. You can usually find Michelle knife sparring, playing with a staff/sword, boxing, kicking people or doing conditioning. Always learning and exploring the limits of the human body, she is excited to share her knowledge with anyone who will listen. In secret and her spare time, Michelle is already embarking on her 4th phase of training…Operation Michelle is a Rock Star!!…seriously.

Mike McInnes was born in the northern town of Terrace BC. At the age of 16 he moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in dance, training at some of Vancouver’s finest schools including Danzmode productions under the direction or Rachel Porrier. With a background in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip-Hop, Mike has also spent time in L.A. training with some of the worlds top Choreographers. As a dancer Mike has worked in many aspects of the dance industry including Cruise Ships, Industrials, and Television. Recently Mike spent time in Toronto studying everything he could about the body including anatomy and bio-mechanics. It is his goal to combine this information with his existing knowledge of dance technique to find more efficient and effective methods for training and developing dancers. Mike excels as a choreographer and actually considers this to be his forte. He has been getting notice as a choreographer since his first piece when he was 16. Since then he has had great success including working for MTV, Much Music, The Burlesque Beauties, and being a scholarship winner at CMC's "For the Luv of it.

Rachael has more than 24 years of experience as a choreographer and dance instructor and has trained throughout North America in cities including Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. Ms. Poirier founded R.P. Danzmode Productions in Vancouver, B.C. in 1994. Her dances have captivated audiences across Canada and the United States, and as far away as Japan, China, Bulgaria, Greece and Sweden winning numerous awards for their innovative style and consistent originality. Rachael has choreographed for numerous industrial shows as well as the opening acts for the B.C. Country Music Awards, Michael Buble, and the world renowned magician, Juliana Chen.

Numerous dancers of Rachael’s represented with her choreography have gone on to compete and win at the B.C. Provincials in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Musical Theatre categories. In 2004, Rachael’s innovative choreography for Alex Wong’s “Capture of the Tiger” solo, with which he became the first Canadian winner at the Prix De Lausanne in Switzerland. This piece has also been performed with A.B.T. Studio Theatre N.Y. in 2005, the Miami City Ballet Company in 2006, and has most recently been seen during Vegas week on “So You Think You Can Dance” where Alex Wong was a finalist. Her inventive work for Fei Fei Ye’s Contemporary piece “Innocence” was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Varna Competition, in Russia. Rachael has been awarded several Choreography Awards at Youth American Grand Prix for Melissa Ong’s performance of “Attitude with Strings” in Carolina in 2007, Alyssa Steven’s performance of “Womb” in Los Angeles in 2007, and again in San Francisco in 2009. Her students have been runner-ups several times at the New York City Dance Alliance National Finale. In 2006, Kirsten Wicklund won National Teen Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA, and in 2009, Bynh Ho was awarded second runner-up National Senior Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA. In 2008, Miguel Nguyen and Rina Watanabe won the Gold Medal at the World Championships in Norway for modern dance.

Rachael has choreographed routines and demo reels for University Applications where dancers have been accepted to institutions such as Point Park University, Juliard, and Alvin Ailey. Rachael has also choreographed demo reels for private auditions with the Netherlands Contemporary Ballet Company.

Dance has been Rachael’s life, her dreams and her existence since she was five years old. Teaching allows her to share her passion and knowledge of dance gained through her experiences.

Rina started classical Ballet at 7 years old, then immersed herself in street styles straight out of High School. She has since trained in House, Popping, Vogue, Locking, and found her niche when she discovered Waacking. She has travelled across Canada and the U.S.A to train with some of the pioneers of street dance, and is determined to spread her knowledge and grow with her community. She is the co-director of Vancouver's Waacking group, Konichiwaack, a member of Project Soul, No Boys Allowed, and House of La Douche.

Sarah has been a teacher for the past 30 years, regularly here in B.C., as well as guest teaching in Europe, America and across Canada. She held the position of Assistant Ballet Mistress to the Professional Program in Banff for three summers, a sessional faculty position at Simon Fraser University for four years, as well as a senior faculty position at Main Dance Place for a decade. She held a senior faculty position at Spotlight Dance Centre for eight years as well as having been the Senior Ballet teacher with Spiral Dance Co. for over 20 years and the Contemporary teacher at Tri-City Dance Center for the past seven years. Sarah has also been choreographing professionally for over 20 years.

In the past two decades, Sarah has had the pleasure of adjudicating dance festivals throughout Canada, including two consecutive Provincial competitions, in Victoria and Nelson, B.C.

Sarah Brewer Clowes has danced professionally with the Munich Ballet in Germany, Northwest Florida Ballet in the U.S. as well as with the Banff Festival Ballet and The Vancouver Opera here in Canada. She has maintained an independent performing career since 1989 and has had the pleasure of working with such esteemed choreographers as Gioconda Barbuto, Crystal Pite, David Earle, Naomi Lefebvre, Wen Wei Wang and Cori Caulfield, to name a few. Sarah also co-produced, choreographed and performed in the Funky Brewster Cauling PULSE presentation at the Dance Centre in 2007 to sold out audiences. Most recently, Sarah and her husband Michael welcomed the arrival of their beloved daughter, Kira. Sarah loves the passionate expression that sharing dance as a teacher, choreographer and performer can offer.

Stu’s humour and distinctive choreography are true assets to Over the Influence. He is a sought-after dance instructor and a highly respected choreographer and freestyle dancer. Stu began break dancing in 1996 after learning the basics from his older brother in junior high school. After winning a few local b-boy battles and performing in local events, he branched out into other dance styles such as stylized hip hop, locking, popping, waving, street jazz, house, tutting, and krumping. His dance style fluctuates depending on whatever inspires him. In 2008, Stu made it into the first season semi-finals of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” in Toronto. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films such as “Another Cinderella Story” and “Fantastic Four”. He has also appeared in music videos including a prominent role in Michael Bublé’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” and Daniel Wesley’s “Pilgrimage”.