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NO BORDERS DANCE CHALLENGE 2016: Meet The Judges   arrow

The NO BORDERS GROUP DANCE CHALLENGE 2016 is a must-attend event if you are a lover of dance.  This is where you will see the best of the best perform with choreograph that is unique and often awe-inspiring.  This year the NBDC takes place on May 14th from 9am until 5:30 pm with the Finals at 8pm on the Main Stage of Surrey Arts Centre.  The HONOUR AWARDS take place at 7:30pm till 8pm on the same stage.


Raised and educated in the Newton area, I have spent the past 50 years watching Surrey’s landscape develop from a vast municipality to the dynamic city that it is today. Married in 1982, my wife and I have brought up our two children in the same area – the brush and trees that I played in as a child became the parks and schools that our children used while growing up in Surrey.  I retired from the position of Chief Fire Prevention Officer with the Surrey Fire Services, on July 31, 2014. My 32 years of service as a first responder, firefighter and public safety figure have provided me with first-hand knowledge and a unique perspective of the growth of the city and those who reside here.

Keiran Bohay is very excited to be judging the No Borders Group Dance Challenge. Raised in Alberta, Keiran fell in love with dance and  performing, and decided to take his training to the next level by moving to the West Coast to train under The Source Dance Company. Since then, and throughout his training, Keiran has taught and choreographed across Western Canada as well as venturing to Toronto for work as well. You will likely find him at Harbour Dance Centre teaching, or working with local Vancouver training programs such as ITP, The Source, or Aviary. Keiran is looking forward to seeing these dancers express their love for performance and leaving it all out on the stage

Originally from BynhHoPhotoVancouver, Bynh Ho trained with Modus Operandi, under the direction David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen. He was accepted to The Juilliard School, graduating with a BFA in 2014. During his time at Juilliard, Bynh performed works by some of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, including William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, and Crystal Pite. He was a featured soloist in a work by the late Pina Bausch, as a 40th anniversary celebration of her company, in Germany. Following graduation, Bynh joined BODYTRAFFIC, a contemporary repertory company, based in LA. Bynh has been featured in publications such as Dance Magazine, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

A native of Port Alberni BC, Juli grew up dancing at Dance Studio West under the direction Tania Brossoit. Upon graduation she was accepted into the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she trained with some of the world’s foremost teachers and choreographers.  Juli has worked professionally in Toronto and Vancouver as a dancer and independent choreographer. She has had the privilege of working with Julia Sasso, Christopher House, Wen Wei Wang and Joe Laughlin to name a few, as well as premiering her own works at Toronto’s Series 808 and Vancouver’s 12 Minutes Max. After receiving her teaching qualifications Juli found her joy in working with young dancers.  Her choreography and unique teaching style has been acclaimed across Canada and the United States. This past year Juli has had the privilege to work alongside the renowned Mia Michaels, for the Canadian Government launching programs that promote contemporary and aboriginal fine arts across the country.  She is currently on the guest faculty at PNBS and Cornish College in Seattle as well as the owner of Stage West in Port Alberni.

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Ellie King is an award winning theatre professional who was born and raised in England where she studied dance and drama, gaining qualifications from RAD, ISTD, IDMA, BBO, LAMDA, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Poetry Society. She is a writer, actor, director, dramaturge, producer, choreographer, set-designer, scenic artist, graphic artist and teacher.  She is currently the Managing Artistic Director of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company; the only Surrey based company presenting a series of three plays annually at Surrey Arts Centre.

Harj began dancing in the 80s with street dancers and break dancers, HARJ  RAIchoreographing freestyle routines influenced by the old school hip hop styles of popping, waving and locking.  While making a name for himself in the underground dance circuit, he began to explore dance classes in other styles.  Always staying true to his roots, Harj has made a career fusing the original, classic styles of hip hop, with newer, more commercial styles.  Over 20 years has passed, and he can still hold his own amongst any dancer.  Harj enjoys teaching where he has created his own unique style of hip hop, mixing choreography with break dancing and acrobatics, as well as the Brazilian martial art form Capoeira.  He has performed & toured throughout the USA, United Kingdom, Germany and Europe  with such artists  as Atomic Kitten, Kiara Hunter, 98 degrees, S.W.V. Sisters with Voices, Coolio, Freedom Williams of C + C Music Factory and Stevie B..  Harj has also done several music videos and commercials with such artists as Britney Spears, N’Sync, Pras (of the Fugees), Mya, Wyclef Jean, All Saints, and Grandmaster Flash.

Ursula Maxwell-Lewis is a Surrey- based journalist and photographer. Born in Scotland, and educated in Britain, Europe, Canada and South Africa, she has worked in the newspaper and international aviation industries in Britain, South Africa and Canada.  As founder of the Cloverdale Reporter News, she owned, operated, and built it until it was bought by Black Press News Group Inc. in March, 2008. She retired as a Black Press managing editor in September 2010, but remains with them as a freelance columnist and photographer.   Locally, she has served as director on the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Board (publicity), the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, museum and library boards and associated national Nonprofit organizations. She is Director Emerituas of the Surrey International Writer’s Conference. Her passions are the arts, travel and photography – and her three children and grandchildren. She is a failed ballerina, but remains an ardent fan. Ballroom dancing became her forte. She yearns to be able to draw and paint, but settles for photography and Photoshop.