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DUSTIN WOOD
HOST/EMCEE

Dustin is a competitively trained gymnast and dancer.  Beginning his acrobatic career in men's gymnastics at age 9, he won many Overall Awards and TOP Scores at competitions across Ontario.  Dustin started his dance training when he was 13 in Brantford, Ont. at Dance Discovery under the direction of Carol Ann Bradley.  Then, at 16, he decided to continue his training at The Academy of Dance under the direction of Nancy English.  He is highly trained in Acrobatics, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical & Tap. Dustin holds the titles of Senior Mr. Dance of Western N.Y. DMA Chapter 8 (1996) and Mr. Dance of Canada CDMA  Chapter 38 (2000).  He started dancing professionally when he was 17 and has performed around the globe with Carnival Cruise Lines (Feugo del Caribe, Shout and Swing), Canada's Wonderland (All Shook Up), Panda Dance Company's The Nutcracker, Opening Ceremonies of the Ontario Summer Games, Electric Circus (Brandy & Mase), Academy Award Winning Actress Shirley Jones, Music Videos, Industrial's, Corporate Events, Much Music and Television (Queer as Folk).  While working for Carnival Cruise Lines Dustin had the opportunity to Choreograph for magicians Kevin & Caruso.  As a Coach and Educator for the past 28 years Dustin has seen his students go on to perform on Cruise Ships, Music Videos, Television , Movies, Dance Companies, Cirque du Soleil and performed at Blake McGrath's I AM BLAKE MCGRATH TOUR 2018 Toronto.  His choreography and creative concepts have WON him and his students many Special Awards, Overall High Score Awards, Judges Choice Awards, Choreography Awards, Most Entertaing, TOP Acro Score Awards, National Top 10 Winners & National WINNERS. Over the years, Dustin has been on staff at The Academy of Dance, Beyond the Barre Dance Company, Bojangles Dance Arts, Burlington Studio Dance, Greta Leeming, Leeming Danceworks, Rhythm Plus Dance Company & Xklusiv Dance Productions.  Dustin is currently the Acro Director/Choreographer at Dance FX Studio in St Catharines.  During the Summer months Dustin keeps busy by teaching at MANY Workshops & Intensives at various dance studios and is on Faculty with Dance Attack Acro Workshops. For 10 years Dustin was the Emcee and Host for Canadian Dance Masters of America Chapter #38's Pageants and Performing Arts Competition as well Dustin a Photographer with Dance Odyssey Dance Competition for 4 years. Dustin has sat on Adjudication Panels for Dance Masters of America Chapter #43, Kiwanis Dance Festival, SHOCK, Mercy Dance Productions (Halifax) CDTA Atlantic Dance Festival (Halifax) and is in his 8th season with Bedazzled Dance Champions. In 2011  Dustin became a member of Dance Masters of America and is also a Certified Acrobatics Instructor with Dance Masters of Canada Chapter 38. Dustin is a Founding Member of The Acrobatic Dance Adjudicators through the Acrobatic Dance Teachers  Association. Dustin was the recipient of the Jonathon Crawford Award at the 2021 Unity Awards for his work within the Arts and the LGBTQIA+ Community.........  "Live, Love, Breathe, Dance"

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ADAM MARTINO
ADJUDICATOR

Adam Martino Bio

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 Artists Meghan Patrick & Augusta Ray, Juno Nominees Peter Katz & Marlowe Stone, UK Music Sensation Gali as well as for such professional companies as Carnival Entertainment, AOL, World Pride Festival 2014, Nuit Blanche, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, Ballet Jorgen, Danceology (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 Disney’s Newsies (Romeo/Ensemble, The LOT), Motor City (Dancer/Singer, Carnival Entertainment), Aladdin (Prince Dashing, Middle Eastern Tour), Jungle Book (Monkey, Middle Eastern & Asian Tours), The Brits (Policeman/Dance/Singer, Carnival Entertainment), Legally Blonde The Musical (Kyle The UPS Guy, The LOT), Joseph... Dreamcoat (Brother Dan, The LOT - 2016 Broadway World Toronto Best Musical Award), Country Road (Josh, Carnival Entertainment), 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), ’Franklin’ (Bear, Koba Entertainment) and most recently the lead male role in the North American Tour of PinkFong BabyShark Live (Koba 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’, ‘Pinkfong Babyshark Live’ (Koba Entertainment, North American Tour) and 5 time Broadway World Toronto nominated show Breakaway Entertainment’s ‘Tales Of A Cocktail’. 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 - A Next Stage Theatre Festival Selection.

 

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.

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OLEXA KOBYLECKYJ
ADJUDICATOR

Olexa Kobyleckyj – Biography

 

Olexa is an accomplished dance educator, an award-winning choreographer, and a certified adjudicator. She grew up as a competitive dancer and artistic gymnast, with over 20 years of extensive training in Jazz, Acro and Tumbling, Ballet and Pointe (Vaganova, RAD and Cecchetti methods), Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical, Partnering, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Musical Theatre, Song and Dance and Character. As a versatile dancer and triple threat performer, she has won many prestigious awards and scholarships at major competitions in Canada and the United States. Olexa trained with some of the industry’s top teachers and choreographers, and expanded her artistry through intensives and workshops with the National Ballet School, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Radio City Rockettes and many more. She continued her dance education at Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program, while teaching and choreographing locally.

 

Olexa is Acrobatic Arts certified and a Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certified teacher. Currently, she is completing her Jazz and Tap certification with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT). She is also an Acro Dance Adjudicator (ADA): Certified Founding Member and a proud member of the Professional Adjudicator Alliance (PAA).

 

With a keen interest in human kinetics, Olexa graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Toronto. Her combined dance, gymnastics and kinesiology background gave her the unique opportunity to teach physical education, conditioning, injury prevention and dance at various school boards. She has also been invited as a commissioned choreographer and dance adjudicator for high school Arts Dance programs in Ontario.

 

For almost a decade Olexa has been teaching a wide range of dance styles to a variety of ages, at both the competitive and recreational levels. Recently her work has been awarded “Adjudicator’s Choice of All Entries”, “Best Choreography of the Competition” and recognized for its entertainment, creativity and innovative use of musical dynamics. She has a talent for tailoring her choreography to best suit the dancer’s age, strengths, artistic style and level of technique. Olexa enjoys being a part of the dancer’s growth and makes it her focus to help develop the dancer into a confident yet humble individual. Olexa will continue to inspire dancers to be well rounded and reach their fullest potential, with her positive energy, enthusiasm and loving support.

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HEATHER COOK
ADJUDICATOR

Heather Cook Biography

Both as a teacher and as a performer, Heather's focus in dance has always been of health and history. Understanding the body to learn dance safely for the longevity of the body is of the utmost concern. Similarly, a student must understand the lineage they continue, and the footsteps they follow in order to truly understand the different styles of dance. 

Heather has extensive knowledge of the technique and terminology of the following dance styles: Ballet (RAD, Cecchetti, Bournonville, Vaganova), Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, Modern (Limon, Alexander, Skinner, Graham, ISTD), National Dance, Character, Pointe & Classical Repertoire. 

A graduate of both Canada's National Ballet School, Teacher Training Program, and York University's BFA Dance programs, she has been a teacher, choreographer, and coach for over 15 years. Heather is certified and in good standing with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS), Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), Acrobatic Arts (AA), AlixaFlexibility, Deflying Fitness, the National Coaching Certificate Program - Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline (NCCP), Society of Russian Ballet (SRB - Vaganova), Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD), 

Heather has held teaching positions at Canada's National Ballet School, The School of Alberta Ballet, The McPhereson Classical Coaching Academy (USA), Red Deer College, and many other notable schools. She was a professional dancer for 10 years - 5 years with Eurvieves Dance Collective (Contemporary, Odisi), and 5 years with the National Ballet of Canada (Ballet). Heather trained and performed for three summer seasons with ROSAS P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium), and performed on tour in Europe, Israel, West Bank, Japan, Costa Rica, and the USA. 

She has trained several candidates for the Youth America Grand Prix. In 2019, her students competed in YAGP Las Vegas, Toronto, and Oklahoma City. 

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BRANDON FULFORD
ADJUDICATOR

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Brandon Fulford Bio

Brandon was born to dance. At the tender age of three he started taking ballet which led to tap, jazz, lyrical and acro. All this after being exposed to dance by his mother who taught in a family owned studio in Brantford, ON. It wasn’t long until he was competing locally and internationally. Brandon was invited to perform on the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, CFPL-TV, and earned his way to dancing with the Berkshire Ballet in The Nutcracker. He was the ‘Auditioner/Dancer’ in the Curtain Call Players version of “A Chorus Line” in Toronto. After ten years of dance at the Phillips Dance Studio in Brantford he continued his dance training in Brampton, ON at JoAnne Chapman School of Dance for 5 years. Brandon performed in ‘Superstars’ at Canada’s Wonderland in the Paramount Theatre. Brandon’s musical and acting training involves vocal, piano and theory studies at Sue Marwood Taylor, B. Music in Toronto, Musical Theatre/Performance studies at Sheridan College in Oakville, and Sears & Switzer TV & Commercial studies in Toronto. This also included a stop with the Sears Fashion Show as a dancer in Toronto, ON. and Vancouver, BC. Brandon has over 15 years of teaching experience at local dance studios involving pursuance of technical training, exam work, workshops and choreography. Brandon attends workshops and summits around the United States and Canada, including the Dance Teachers Summit in New York City. For 8 years Brandon worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as a Professional Dancer and Dance Captain.

Brandon is a member of the PAA (Professional Adjudicators Alliance) and is also involved in adjudicating for dance competitions in Canada and the United States. He has adjudicated for Dance Star Productions 2008, Jump Shout Boogie 2010 and 2012. Star Beat 2013, Terpsichore Dance Ltd. 2013, Virtual Dance Competition 2013, Attitude Dance Challenge 2014 and 2015 and 2017, Star Talent 2014, Take The Stage 2015, En Point and Just Dance 2015, Just Dance Challenge 2016, Synergy Dance Competition and Provincial Finals 2016 and 201, and International Dance Challenge (Regional and National Finals, USA), 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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CHELSEA GIBBS
ADJUDICATOR

Chelsea Gibbs Biography

Chelsea Gibbs started her dance training at the young age of four in Toronto, Ontario. At the age of six she started competing and won numerous special and overall awards for her performances. At age eleven, she was the youngest to audition and become a member of the semi-professional tap company “iTap Youth Company,” based in Hamilton, Ontario, under the direction of, the late, Kimberley Timlock. She also successfully completed her B.A.T.D. Tap and Jazz Exams, R.A.D. Ballet Exams and her P.A.E.C. Tap Exam. She is a certified tap teacher with Dance Masters of America, Chapter #38. She is also a certified Acro Dance Adjudicator (ADA) through the Acro Dance Teachers Association (ADTA) and is currently enrolled in the prestigious Association Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) Teachers’ Training School under Mr. and Mrs. Brian Foley working towards her Tap and Jazz certification. Chelsea obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and her Master of Arts in Leadership degree from the University of Guelph.

Chelsea’s performing highlights include: the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York (own choreography), the Olympic Torch Relay Performance Team, the Canadian National Tap Team, Chicago Human Rhythms Project, Montreal Tap Fest and Corporate events. She also had the wonderful opportunity to perform with professional tap companies such as Bringing Tap Back under the direction of Everett Smith, and What’s On? Tap! under the direction of Kim Chalovich. In 2018, she was invited to perform with Andrew Prashad and Travis Knights at the Young People’s Theatre gala called, “Imaginarium: Jewel in the City.” She has also taken Master classes from tap enthusiasts such as Savion Glover, Jason Janas, Bril Barret, Starinah Dixon and Lisa La Touché. Chelsea’s mentors are Emmy award winner Ted Louis Levy, and sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold of the Syncopated Ladies. Over the years, Chelsea has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows such as “The Next Step”, “IIFA Awards”, “Breakfast Television”, “Motives and Murders” and “Voice of a Child” to name a few.

 

To further her professional development, Chelsea attended The Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA (2017), Broadway Dance Center’s Dance Teacher Workshop in Manhattan, New York (2018), the Toronto Teacher Expo (2019), and Jump Start Dance Intensive where she took classes from Rebecca Davies, and Krista and Autumn Miller (2019).

Chelsea is also passionate about adjudicating and is a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.). She views her adjudicating role as an empowerment platform and judges across Canada. Chelsea has and continues to receive the finest training and is privileged to teach and conduct intensive workshops that allow her to impart her knowledge and creativity to students. With her knowledge, expertise and passion for dance, Chelsea’s goal is to continue to inspire and ignite the passion of dance within her students, as well as living her dream as a performer.