Laura Cavacece

 

Laura was born on June 2nd 1989 in Toronto, ON.  She has achieved more success than any other up and coming unsigned recording artist from Ontario, Canada thus far. 
She is a singer, songwriter, performer, NFL and NHL anthem performer, producer, actress, and Founder/Executive Producer of Canada's Largest Vocal Competition- Hidden Talent Canada. Rated one of Canada’s Top Vocal Coaches, Stage and Performance Artist Mentor, Laura also runs her own Vocal School, “Laura Cece Vocal School” located in Vaughan and Brampton, ON. She has worked and performed with an endless amount of successful International and Canadian recording artists such as BareNaked Ladies, Jeff Healey, Alexandria Burke, Fifth Harmony, Nicole Sherzinger, Karl Wolf, Bryan Adams, Craig Smart and more. Her music is available on iTunes, GooglePlay, Soundcloud and Reverbnation. 

 

 
 

Tara Pillon

 

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Tara Pillon is a professional dancer,
choreographer, and dance educator. She graduated with honours from Ryerson University, where she received a BFA in Performance Dance. Tara received her Certificate for Russian Ballet Pedagogy in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is an in-demand teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator throughout the GTA. She currently teaches ballet at Toronto's own, Millennium Dance Complex. Tara has performed professionally with Ballet Creole, Gadfly’s Urban Dance Repertory Company, emiMOTION Dance Company, Human Body Expression, Avinoam Silverman Dance,and Creativiva. She can be seen dancing in the Hallmark film A Nutcracker Christmas,and in Diversion, a dance film by Avinoam Silverman. 
Tara has also choreographed with Creativiva for events such as the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Ricarda's Grand Opening, and the Allstate Honor Ring Banquet. Most recently, Tara choreographed with Clarence Ford for The Tenors’ latest music video. Tara is the Co-Artistic Director of ACE Dance Theatre, a professional contemporary dance company based out of Toronto, Ontario, as well as The Ballet Lab, a comprehensive training program dedicated to developing and fortifying a dancer’s foundational technique. 

 
 

Craig McRae

 

Craig McRae has been an Emcee, volunteer, singer and guitarist for over 35 years, and he loves to help out with great causes, especially ones like Staged!  He has donated thousands of hours volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society as an Emcee and performer. He is the co-owner of Hidden Talent Canada, Canada's largest privately-run and funded vocal talent showcase. He has worked with the Toronto Santa Claus Parade for 37 years, and is the Band Director and coordinator. He also owns and runs a successful privately-owned Canada-wide ATM company. 
He utilizes his vocal talents and abilities to perform across Canada, and regularly volunteers at meals on wheels, and homeless shelters throughout the city. Craig is the proud father of two wonderful boys.

 
 

Hannah Bild-Enkin

 

Hannah Bild-Enkin has been a dancer since before she could walk. Initially training in tap, ballet, stage jazz, and figure skating, she found her love for swing era dances in 2011. Since then she has delved into the movement, music, and history of the swing era. She loves the improvisational nature of jazz music and the ways that this music has inspired movement over the years. Hannah is a co-founder of the Swappsydoodles, a role- and partner-switching Lindy Hop team that pushes the boundaries of partnered Lindy Hop. She is also a member of Girlnacular Jazz, a Vernacular Jazz troupe that celebrates women in dance and music. Hannah teaches Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz, is the chair of Toronto Lindy Hop’s Education Committee, and competes internationally. Most importantly, Hannah loves social dancing, and can be found swinging out to the great jazz being played all over Toronto.

 
 

Francesca Chudnoff

 

Francesca Chudnoff is a Toronto based dance artist, illustrator,  film maker and photographer. She began her contemporary dance training working as a company member at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Francesca continued her studies at Ryerson Theatre School while also training independently in street dance forms such as breaking, hip hop and house. After graduating, Francesca became Co-Assistant Director of Alias Dance Project until Spring 2017. She has presented her dance work at Dancematters, Toronto Love In PS We Are All Here, Dancemakers Flowchart Performance Series, New Blue Festival, Wind Down Dance, and Fresh Blood, to name a few. Her film and visual work has been screened in festivals across Canada. Her recent film work has been presented at Toronto Urban Film Festival, Festival of Recorded Movement, Art Spin, On Common Ground Festival, New Blue Festival, Screen:Moves, Rhubarb Festival and Fall For Dance North. She is a member of the Toronto multidisciplinary arts collective, Lost is Found.

 

 
 

Mio Sakamoto

 

Mio Sakamoto is originally from Utsunomiya, Tochigi Japan. Sakamoto had her early training in rhythmic gymnastics, jazz, tap, acrobats including trapeze and many kinds of urban dance. Sakamoto started performing as a young dancer in 2007 as a former member of Okinawa Actors School in Utsunomiya. Sakamoto studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, professional program in Toronto, Canada. During her time at The School, she has worked with many renowned choreographers including Kate Alton, Marc Boivin, Robert Desrosiers, Paul-André Fortier, Danny Grossman, Christopher House, Sasha Ivanochko, and Apolonia Velasquez. She has also trained with RUBBERBAND Dance Company, Gadfly Dance Company, Hanna Kiel, and Emmanuelle LePhan among others. Sakamoto was chosen for the Sharon B. Moore solo project in 2017. As well as working on her solo piece by Sharon B. Moore, she has been her rehearsal assistant and demonstrator. 

Sakamoto has recently performed Crépuscule by Marie-Josée Chartier from Chartier Danse at Dance Made in Canada, October Sky by Paul-André Fortier at Nuit Blanche, UNM00RED, Qonfidence, and KLOROFYL by Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho. Sakamoto is currently working with Allen Kaeja from Kaeja d’Dance for his new work and Robert Desrosiers. Sakamoto has also been a member of Parahumans Dance Theatre since 2016, and The Garage Dance Collective since 2017. Sakamoto has choreographed Oblivious or Naive in 2016 which was remounted in 2017 and performed at Photons Pass Through Us by Parahumans Dance Theatre.

 
 

Yiming Cai

 

Born in Singapore, Yiming Cai grew up competing in Wushu. Cai started dancing at the Nanyang Technological University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies; at which, he was also president of the NTU contemporary dance club, contempminated. Cai danced in T.H.E Second Company as an apprentice between September 2015 and August 2016 and interned with T.H.E main company in summer 2017. Cai is a student at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre's Professional Training Program and a Kathryn Ash scholarship recipient (2018-19). 

 

 
 

Brianna Salmon

 

Originally from Cranbrook BC, Brianna Salmon is a Toronto-based dance artist. A 2017 graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she has worked with many distinguished choreographers, a few including Christopher House, Kate Alton, Robert Desrosiers, Christina Digiuseppe, Sasha Ivanochko, Danny Grossman, and Hanna Kiel among others. During her time in Toronto, Brianna has also performed with Gadfly, Creativiva, the Garage, the Parahumans, and at events such as Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Nuit Blanche, the Toronto and London Fringe Festivals, Kaeja's Wind Down Dance, and New Blue Festival.

 
 

Geanderson Mello

 

Geanderson Mello is originally from Brazil, he studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he graduated in 2017. Through The School, he has worked with Paul-Andrè Fortier, Danny Grossman, Christopher House, Allen Kaeja, and more renowned choreographers. He is currently dancing with Kaeja d’Dance, the Toronto based dance collective Impromptu Movements by Shakeil Rollock. He is also co-directing Eon Dance Projects along with Mio Sakamoto. 

 
 

Kiyo Asaoka

 

Kiyo Asaoka took her first steps into the Flamenco dance world in 1998, as a student at Arte Flamenco Spanish Dance Company. In 2001, she became a company dancer and started performing at various dance festivals in Toronto, as well as Spanish cultural venues, restaurants and private/social/corporate events.  Over the years, she has also worked with a variety of artists to choreograph and perform her own creations from traditional flamenco to Japanese-influenced flamenco. She has also started producing and directing. Since 2015, Kiyo has been the organizer of  ‘Tablao Flamenco Toronto’, a non-profit organization that provides live flamenco performances.  She also teaches private classes.With her strong commitment and passion for puro-flamenco, she continually strives to improve, studying and taking classes under the tutelage of a number of flamenco masters in both Toronto and Spain.

 
 

Brooklyn Marshall

 

Brooklyn Marshall grew up dancing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, competing both nationally and internationally, and completing all RAD and ADAPT syllabi. She grew up dancing everything from ballet and jazz, to contemporary, tap, and musical theatre. After realizing her true love for ballet and completing her RAD Advanced 2 ballet exam with distinction, she then moved to Toronto to complete the prestigious RAD Solo Seal Award, and to truly begin her dance career. Since moving to Toronto she has performed with Ballet Ouest de Montreal, Hit & Run Dance Productions, Toronto International Ballet Theatre, MAC Makeup, Orpheus and Eurydice at the National Gallery of Canada, and in the TV shows Reign, Mary Kills People, and Titans. She’s also had the pleasure of working with such artists as Brendan Fernandez, Anisa Tejpar, Jenn Nichols, and Harley Valentine. Brooklyn continues to pursue complete growth as an artist, pushing herself in all styles, while maintaining a strong classical core to her dancing.

 
 

Kaleriya Azov

 

Kaleriya is a passionate dancer who has continued to pursue her love for dance for the past 17 years. She was first enrolled in rhythmic gymnastics when shortly after she decided that dance was her ultimate passion. She continued to be trained formally in ballet, acro, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and other cultural styles such as dancehall, afrobeats, and soca. She continues to attend many competitions and workshops specific to her styles, as well as take on opportunities such as various performances, festivals, and music videos. Aside from performing, she shares her passion for dance through her job as a dance instructor and choreographer, something she is very thankful for. Kaleriya hopes to share her creative movement and dedication by contributing to the amazing impact conveyed by Staged. 

 
 

Natalie Chung

 

Natalie Chung is a dancer, teacher and emerging choreographer based in Toronto, 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, Julia Sasso, Carol Anderson, Holly Small and John Ottmann. Continuing her training in contemporary under the direction of Allison Bradley with the DARK Dance Company. As an evolving artist her goals in life are to perform and dance worldwide.

 
 

Peter Han

 

Peter Han graduated from York University with degrees in Music (piano performance) and Mathematics. Presently, heteaches instrumental music for both the Regional Arts andComprehensive Programs at St. Elizabeth C.H.S. in Thornhill. He directs the Concert Bands and Jazz Band and takes them to perform at various concerts, festivals and competitions. A few of the highlights include taking the bands to perform in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City and receiving the Gold award at MusicFest – The Nationals, which is the highest level of band competition in Canada. 

Outside of teaching, Peter is a very active musician in Toronto and the GTA. His primary instruments are keyboards and violin but he has also played guitar, bass and drums when the situation calls for it. His ability to adapt to any situation and his versatility has allowed him to perform a wide range of genres and events. These performances include weddings, corporate events, Craft Beer Festivals, Rib Fests, Musical Theatre Pit Bands and even live music yoga. Some performances of note include: opening for international touring progressive rock acts Haken and Thank You Scientist, playing major events for the City of Toronto such as the Beaches Jazz Festival and taking part in the Guinness World Record for “Longest Concert by Multiple Artists”. His music arranging skills were put to use for the 2016 Taiwanese film “10,000 Miles”.

Peter continues to be a student of music and is regularly practicing and preparing for his varied performances. Outside of music he enjoys playing hockey, staying active, reading, watching movies and travelling.

 
 

Stephanie Bergeron

 

Stephanie Bergeron is a multi-hyphenate artist, thrilled to be performing as an improvisational dance soloist and film actor as part of Staged. Known as a dancer-actor-choreographer-singer-dance educator, Stephanie is a proud graduate of Ryerson University (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours- Dance), under the direction of Nadia Potts. Favourite credits include dancer for The Canadian Opera Company, Telus, Honda, Marc Jacobs, and Yonge-Dundas Square Illuminite, lead actor for Canadian Caper, Panic Factory Inc., and several independent films, and choreographer/instructor for Centennial College Dance and Claude Watson at Earl Haig SS.

 
 

Danielle Ruiter

Danielle Ruiter, a Toronto resident, began studying dance at Maple Academy of Dance where she trained in jazz, acro, tap, ballet, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, and modern. During these years she also had the opportunity to be a cheerleader for the Toronto Blue Jays. Following graduation she continued her studies at George Brown College in the Preparatory Dance Program and the Commercial Dance Program , where she graduated with two certificates in dance. 

Danielle has performed for circus companies A2D2, TDC and The Silver Starlets (a touring circus show across Canada) where she specialized in acrobatics, aerial silks and lyra. In addition to performing, Danielle is a dance instructor at multiple studios where she teaches acrobatics, jazz, and hip hop. Danielle has recently graduated from the physiotherapy and occupational therapy assistant program at George Brown College, and she is now a full time OTA/PTA who loves to keep busy and help those in need.

Justin Brown

 
 

Justin Brown has been a student of flamenco guitar for over 15 years. He has studied dance accompaniment with Carmen Romero, and flamenco guitar with Miguel de la Bastide. He works as a musical performer, composer and educator. He has worked with flamenco artists such as Patricia Guerrero, Esmeralda Enrique, La Tati, Carmen Romero, Elena de Comadre and many more accomplished artists. 
He is currently the resident guitarist for Carmen Romero School of Flamenco and Arté Flamenco.

 
 

Claudia Aguirre

 
 
Claudia's training in Spanish dance began with one of Toronto’s flamenco and Spanish dance pioneers, at Paula Moreno’s School of Spanish Dance. She later spent several happy years training as a flamenco vocalist at Carmen Romero’s School of Flamenco Dance and, more recently, has trained at Maria Serrano’s Academy of Dance. Claudia’s holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from York Dance, a Commercial Dance Certificate from George Brown College where she trained in musical theatre singing under the direction of Louise Burgess Corbett and Kevin Nelson. To supplement her Canadian training, Claudia has gone on several trips to Europe where she has taken class with reputable and renowned flamenco instructors. Claudia also possesses and an entrepreneurial spirit and recently open her own business with guitarist, Julian Berg. Together, they offer flamenco classes and workshops in the GTA and Kitchener-Waterloo and have founded of the KW Flamenco Fest. Through her PhD studies in Urban Planning, Claudia advocates for increased arts and culture provisions for marginalized communities in the suburbs.
 
 

Omar Driftnote 

Omar Rivero, also known as Driftnote, is a musician and multimedia artist whose work is centred around improvisation, interactivity, audio visual installations and 3D imaging. He is interested in themes of cultural erasure, systemic oppression, race and identity in the African/Indigenous diaspora.