AMBER FUNK BARTON Contemporary/Modern Adjudicator
Amber trained with Goh Ballet, Arts Umbrella, Banff Centre, & Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Programme. Upon completion of her training, she established herself as a Professional Dance Artist, and has danced for various companies & choreographers, such as Joe INK, Judith Marcuse Projects, Lolo Dance, Marta Marta House of Pride, Mascall Dance, MovEnt, Battery Opera, Karen Jamieson Dance Co., MOVE; the company, Ruckus Co., Mark Godden, Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Marla Eist, Jennifer Clarke, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Lina Fitnzer, & guest artist with the 605Collective.
As choreographer Amber has had her work presented in various venues, quickly building a reputation for athletic hybrid movement. Amber was named the inaugural recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2005) which led to her first production “Threefold”, followed by “5ive Solos later In 2006. Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales, Amber performed her third production “Thrice”, & received the danceWEB Scholarship to train in Vienna’s Impluse Tanz Festival. As Artist in Resident at the Dance Centre(2006-2007), she created “RISK”, and was awarded the 2007 Holy Body Tattoo Emerging Artist Award. Amber established her own Vancouver based company, “the response”, (2008) and is currently in creation of her newest work The Art of Stealing which will premiere in May at the Firehall Arts Centre
ANALI REIZVIKH Junior Ballet Adjudicator
Anali is originally from Alberta, where she trained and attended the Alberta Ballet School of Dance before going on to develop her studies in dance centers around North America including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago and New York. She holds her Advance II certificate and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (2006). Anali is also a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Currently based in Toronto, she is on faculty at City Dance Corps and JCB Danceworks where she directs the RAD ballet program.
Anali is a founding member of In’trinzik Dance Project, a collaboration creating new contemporary dance works since 2012. As well as her ongoing work as a member of In’trinzik Dance Project, some other recent credits include assistant choreography for Canada’s National Ballet School’s International Dance Day performance, two seasons with Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet, as well as guest work with The National Ballet of Canada (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Gadfly (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche), Much Music, MTV, W Network, Fusion Television, ELD Films and Torro Torro.
GRACE CHEN International Dance
Grace Chen graduated from the Shanghai Dance School in 1998, where she majored in Chinese Folk Dance. Upon graduation, she worked for five years as a principal dancer of the Shanghai Song and Dance Troupe. During that time, she danced several leading roles in notable dance dramas including the Queen Mother in Golden Dance, Silver Clothes and Wang Zhao Jun in Four Beauties. She also gave solo performances with the, The Dancing Peacock and Moon Reflected in Pond. Grace has toured around the world with the Shanghai Song and Dance Troupe, and has been featured in several major events. One of her most unforgettable career highlights occurred in 2000, where she performed Golden Dance and Silver Clothes in Paris for Shanghai’s bid for the 2010 World Exposition.
Although her main career focus is in Financial Planning, Grace has never given up on her passion for Chinese Dance. Grace has been performing with the Lorita Leung Dance Company since 2003 and is now an instructor with the Company.
LAUREL TOTO Intermediate/Senior Ballet Adjudicator
Laurel Toto began studying dance with Anna and Igor Youskevitch in New York City. She continued her dance training at the High School of the Performing Arts and the Joffrey School of Ballet. In her early career, she performed with the New Orleans Ballet, where she had the opportunity to work closely with Harvey Hysell and Ivan Nagy. Throughout her professional career, Laurel has enjoyed working on both classical and contemporary repertoires.
A graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, Laurel joined the NBS staff in 1983, where she continues to work today as head of the Junior School for the Professional Ballet Program and Co-Manager of Community Engagement.
In addition to her administrative duties, Laurel is still an active teacher in the Professional Ballet Program teaching Ballet, Pointe and Repertoire. She is also the Rehearsal Director of Students for the National Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker, Pastorale and The Contract.
ANDREW ROUBAL Junior Tap & Stage Adjudicator
Andrew started dancing at the age of three and continued this training receiving numerous National titles and went on to compete his training at California State University, Fullerton, where he obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre. He has performed in productions such as, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Seussical The Musical, A New Brain, City of Angels and Cabaret. He has also worked with many regional theatres as a performer in Damn Yankees, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver, and Sweet Charity. As a director and choreographer, Andrew held the reins of the Musicals Guys & Dolls and Footloose with All About Theatre. He has also performed with Walt Disney holiday shows and ABC Christmas Day Parades with stars such as Lady Antebellum, Stevie Nicks and Reba McEntire.
He landed his first Broadway National Tour “A Chorus Line in 2009.
Andrew’s latest projects include “Good News” at Goodspeed Opera House and Dance Captain for Walt Disney Production of their Holiday Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom.
He has adjudicated events such as, I Love Dance International, Miss California, and Miss Santa Cruz Competition. He values adjudicating, as a way to teach young performers how to reach their goals.
DEVIN JAMIESON Hip Hop/Street Adjudicator
Devin began dancing at the age of 7 and trained in Jazz, Tap & Ballet at the Dance Connection in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, under Virginia Winterhalt, Margaret Stephan and Dianne Gryba.
He has worked with Dorie Konno Lazaroff, Kelly Konno and Caroline Lancaster Castellino of Triple Threat Dance Conventions and is now currently on their faculty.
Since re-locating to Los Angeles in 2007, Devin has worked with artists such as Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera, and numerous Television Award Shows, Feature Films, Commercials, and Music Videos.
His dreams came true when he was given the incredible opportunity to work with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson on “This Is It.” The experience with him and the amazing cast will always hold a special place in his heart.
JONATHAN ARSENAULT Junior Jazz Adjudicator
Jonathan is a dedicated and passionate dancer, teacher and choreographer from Kitchener, Ontario. After many years in sports, came to realize dance was where his heart thrived and at the age of 14, started his dance training. After several years of dancing competitively, he made the decision to take the next steps towards a career in dance.
Jonathan began his career at Canada’s Wonderland. From there he danced around the world on Holland America Line’s World Cruise. He has performed in the musicals Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, the Canadian Opera Company and the Canadian tour of Aladdin. His talent has landed him principal roles in the movie Shark Tale, Gap, and Joe Fresh Style and commercials for Baskin Robbins and Toyota. At his most recent Canadian appearance he was a Top 12 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Jonathan is presently performing in Las Vegas, in the Donny and Marie Show.
The high demands and elevated competitive nature of the dance industry has made Jonathan continually to train and hone his abilities with teachers and choreographers from around the world. He has trained at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City, Edge Performing Arts Centre, Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Studio in Los Angeles
“Dance from the heart, and the whole world will see you shine. Boom Bam…”
KELLEN STANCIL Intermediate/Senior Jazz Adjudicator
Kellen Stancil is the dance captain of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. He started his professional dance training at Cal State Fullerton, and at a young age began to dance for companies including BARE Dance Company under the direction of Mike Esperanza. Along with the Broadway Company, Kellen has also worked on The National Tour and Las Vegas Company of The Lion King. While taking a 2 year break Kellen appeared on “So you think you can dance”, worked for Cirque Du Soleil in Viva Elvis and Franco Dragone’s Le Reve in Las Vegas. He currently is producing and choreographing a show with Coco Austin, reality star (of E!’s ‘Ice Loves Coco’) and wife to Ice T. He also is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for recording artist Mila Jam.
Intermediate/Senior Tap & Stage Adjudicator
Andrew grew up learning all aspects of performing art graduating from the University of Toronto at Mississauga with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in “Theatre and Performance”. He is not only a solidly trained and versatile dancer, but a musician and an actor as well. He has studied under and taken classes from the world’s best tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Jason Samuel-Smith, Chloe Arnold, Heather Cornell, Derick Grant and Lane Alexander.
Andrew’s credits include principle and ensemble roles in television shows, award winning short films, television commercials, music videos, feature films, and local and touring theatre productions. He is a regular faculty member for the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference and Tapper Fest and he recently performed at National Tap Dance Day in Toronto. He has also performed in Montreal Chaos Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival and Hamilton Fringe Festival. Andrew is now at Toronto Rhythm Initiative as a contributing choreographer and performer and putting tap dancing back in the public eye of the Toronto theatre scene.
Andrew has become a sought after adjudicator, choreographer and instructor; teaching at highly regarded dance conventions, in-studio workshops, and choreographing across North and South America.
One of his goals is sharing his love for the arts with others.