Intermediate/Senior Tap & Stage AdjudicatorGraeme has performed on stage and screen all over Canada from P.E.I. to Vancouver. Favourite theatre credits include: Les Feux Follets, Beauty and the Beast, The Nutcracker, and West Side Story. Favourite screen credits include: The Music Man, Hellcats, Mirror Mirror staring Julia Roberts, and finale of Warehouse 13 as tap dance double for lead actor Aaron Ashmore. Graeme has also been involved with commercial bookings such as KFC, Del Monte, Milk, The Source, Tim Hortons and Zantac.
Graeme grew up competing in all styles of dance from tap to ballet and soon was dancing professionally and branching off as an actor and stunt performer. In 2005, he represented Canada at the IDO World Championships in Germany where he received the Gold Medal for Male Showdance Soloist. Graeme was recently working on dance/gymnastics movie TV series Reign and the new Michael Keaton film “Spotlight”. In May he will be joining the cast of Anne of Green Gables and The Music Man, with Drayton Entertainment in Ontario.
He is thrilled to return to The Surrey Festival of Dance after having a great time adjudicating in 2011 and looks forward to sharing his experience and passion with this generation of aspiring dancers and entertainers.
Andrew started dancing at age three and continued his training receiving numerous National titles and to complete his training at California State University, Fullerton where he obtained a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has performed in productions such as Cabaret, Seussical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, A New Brain and City of Angels. He has also worked with many regional theatres as a performer in Damn Yankees, Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, The Wizard of Oz, Sweet Charity to name a few. As a director and choreographer, Andrew held the reins of the Musicals Guys and Dolls, Footloose, Oliver and Bye Bye Birdie.
While in New York City, Andrew had the opportunity to perform in the Broadway National Tour, A Chorus Line. After the tour, Andrew found himself working for The Walt Disney Company. Here he has been seen in many holiday shows, and ABC Christmas Parades with stars such as Lady Antebellum. For several years now, Andrew has been Dance Captain for the Walt Disney Company, working on their yearly Holiday Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom.
Andrew enjoys judging and adjudicating as a way to teach and help younger performers reach their goals. Andrew currently resides in New York City, when not on the road choreographing, teaching or performing.
Stephen Roberts is an established performer, choreographer, adjudicator, dance educator, entrepreneur and writer. Stephen trained on full scholarships at both the Sheridan Institute’s Music Theatre-Performance Program and the training Outlet in New York City. He also studied Benesh Notation for Classical Ballet through the University of Waterloo, and achieved significant visibility in the dance landscape by way of his choreography. His work has been showcased in Atlantic Canada, Toronto Centre, the Miss Universe Canada Pageant, and Disney World. Stephen has been a panelist for numerous auditions, at Etobicoke School of the Arts and George Brown College while maintaining the title of Resident Adjudicator at the Canadian national Exhibition across Canada.
Stephen has worked with several artists: Sergio Trujillo, Eva Avila, Roberto Campanella, Helix Dance Company, Linda Garneau, Cynthia Dal, Jordan Clark and Amy Wright. Some of his credits are: Alter Boyz, Peter Pan, Guys and Dolls, Degrassi Goes Hollywood, MTV’s Save the Last Dance 2, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid to name a few. Stephen has also bridged the gap from performance to journalism, acting as a staff writer for Industry Dance magazine and Dance Canada Quarterly Magazine.
Erica “E-Rok” Torok has been a hip-hop dancer/performer/choreographer in Edmonton, Alberta for 10 years. Growing up Erica seized every opportunity to perform or compete; fashion shows, talent searches, charity events, and dance competitions. If there was an opportunity to dance she was there. Her love and passion is now reflected in her quirky and fun-loving teaching style, her elaborate themes, and original style of choreography. Training in fun styles and street choreography as part of 3SB crew, Erica represented Canada with 3SB crew in the Hip Hop International (HH1) semi-finals in Las Vegas. In 2014 she choreographed and performed as a backup artist for Damien Escobar during the half time show for the Edmonton Eskimos, as well as in the first International production called Hip Hop Saved my Life in China in 2011.
Erica has completed a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta, has a recording Arts diploma from Grant MacEwan University. She believes that her experience in her studies and love of music, helps make her a better dancers, performer and educator.
She inspires fun, motivation, positively and team work. Why dance at all if you’re not having fun?.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Breanna holds a Bachelor of Physical Education (Dance Major) from the Universities of Alberta and Otago, New Zealand. As a performer, guest instructor, choreographer and adjudicator, Breanna has had the opportunity to combine her two passions of dance and travel to nearly 60 countries and currently represents Canada as a judge and choreographer for the International Dance Organization.
Breanna has performed for television;(Warehouse 13, Bomb Girls, The LA Complex, Theatre: Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, West Side Story, Return to Grace, 9-5, The Musical, Chicago and many more. Breanna has also toured Asia on Princess Cruise Line. As a choreographer she has held the reins for 9-5, The Musical, It’s Always Something, Strictly Dancing, Mass Exodus, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. She’s also an assisted choreographer for the Canadian National Dance Team (Jazz) 2012-present.
Mr. Rykine is one of the exceptional dancers of his generation. He was a graduate of the Rudolph Nureyev State Ballet Academy in Ufa, Russia. In 1993, Mr. Rykine was awarded the Gold Medal and First Prize at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. He was a Bronze medal winner at both the Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest Hungary in 1993 and the International Ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi In 1994. He was a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. His repertoire included many major classical, contemporary and neoclassical roles including La Fille Mal Gardee, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, etc. During his career, Mr. Rykine learned from a multitude of teacher, choreographers and coaches including Yuri Gregorvich, Natalia Makarova, Nacho Duato, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, James Kudelka, Hans van Maanen and Jorma Elo. His career had led him to tour extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and United States and was a guest artist with various ballet companies.
In 2010, he retired from the stage and turned his focus to teaching. He was a guest faculty member at the Boston Ballet School before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in January 2012. Mr. Rykine brings to his student a wealth of knowledge and experience from his illustrious performing career.
Starting at the age of five, Ocean Lu along with her twin sister, Rain, were selected among thousands of children to be admitted into the Beijing Children’s Palace, where she received very rigid and systematic Chinese dance trainings. Following that, Ocean was accepted into the National Children’s Performance Ensemble as a performer, and gained the privilege to perform in Russia, Singapore, and so forth. Ocean later studied Chinese Folk, and minority dance choreography at Beijing Dance Academy, and became a choreographer working for various dance schools in China.
Upon her arrival in Canada in 1999, Ocean became fascinated about different cultural dances and dove into learning many different ethnic dances including Flamenco, Indian Folk, Ukrainian and Ballet.
In 2008 Ocean and Rain formed the first Chinese dance school, Ocean Rain Chinese Arts Academy in Victoria, B.C. She is an advanced instructor, certified to teach Chinese Dance Examination Syllabus, which is recognized by the Ministry of Education, as the extra curriculum credited syllabus.
Born and raised in Vancouver, KerryLynn trained primarily with the Goh Ballet Academy, and in 1993 was the only Canadian competing in the Genee Awards (RAD) in London, placing as a finalist. She then went into the inaugural year of Ballet B.C.’s Mentor Program before being asked to join the company as a full member. KerryLynn danced with the company for six years creating roles and working with many International renowned dancers/choreographers including Jean Grand-Maitre, Miko Nissenen, Patricia Neary, Michael Schumacher, Chris Redpath, Victoria Simon, Michael Byers, Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar and John Alleyne. During the course of her career, KerryLynn performed as a soloist and/or principal artist in several significant works, and was guest performer with the National Ballet of Canada, Hong Kong Ballet, Alberta Ballet, and Banff Festival Ballet as well as the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa.
Retiring from the professional stage, she returned to England where she earned Distinction in the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma Program, and also holds her ARAD status with the Royal Academy. She has taught in London and the U.S. for the RAD in London. In 2013 KerryLynn was appointed as Director to Victoria Academy of Ballet Post Graduate Bridge Program after being guest teacher and choreographer to the school. She has been privileged to guest teach for the Vancouver Cecchetti Society, and has served as adjudicator for various Regional Festival of the Arts and MADDfest.
Wendy Chiles began her dance training in Edmonton, studying Ballet, Flamenco, Jazz and Tap, which became the foundation for her career. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from York University. As a gifted teacher her experience as a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre and as an independent artist has given her the essential perspective of the training and dedication one must achieve as a dance artist. She expanded her training into film and theatre, and this led to rehearsal directing for the Clichettes and the Nylons.
With a long association with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Wendy is one of the most established Graham technique teachers in Canada She has been invited to choreograph and teach throughout Canada and in South Korea, for the Kim Bock Hee Dance Company. In 2013 and 2014, she was a jury member of the UNESCO-approved Korean International Modern Dance Competition. At the School of TDT, Wendy teaches dance history and Graham technique. She recently retired after an inspiring and fulfilling 22 year career teaching dance at Unionville High School for the Arts.
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