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Matthew Cortez started dancing and singing at the age of six at Mobile Music School. After two years, he was enrolled at Fresh Groove Productions and was part of a crew named Freshh established in 2005 under the supervision of Cesar Tantoco.
Their group started to gain recognition in just a few years, winning national and international competitions. Freshh placed first in the junior division at the prestigious World Hip Hop Championships in Los Angeles in 2007. This led to other highly prominent events such as We Day, The Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and Canada’s Got Talent to name a few.
As a solo artist, Matthew has won many titles and awards for his performances at International Dance Challenge in the US and other local dance competitions. He was also featured in a McDonald’s McBistro commercial in 2012 where he worked with well known choreographer Luther Brown and Lisa Auguste from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. He is excited to share his passion for dance with his students.
He is also one of the 6 main backup dancers for artist Elise Estrada. He’s featured in her music video, U Don’t Need 2 Know.
As a Choreographer, he started to choreograph the junior dance squad of David Thompson Secondary School who has taken over dance squad competitions in the lower mainland with 1st place titles from 2011-2013.
In 2015 – 2017, he has travelled to Los Angeles, California to train in a huge dance convention named “Build A Beast Experience,” ran by well known industry choreographers Willdabeast Adams & Janelle Ginestra, where he received the opportunity to learn from some of the best hip hop choreographers in the entertainment industry such as Miguel Zarate, Tight Eyez, KK Harris, Twitch, & Laure Courtellemont to name a few.
He has been teaching for many years and currently the founder of The Empire Varsity team and has received numerous overall and choreography awards for his work for solos, duos and groups. His dream is to become a versatile entertainer in the fields of acting, dancing and choreography.
After completing her training (RAD, Al Gilbert and ADAPT) in her hometown of Lethbridge Alberta, Tessa Tamura moved to Vancouver to pursue a professional dance career. Starting out in training companies such as The Source and KTL, she had the opportunity to continue expanding her knowledge of the art under some of the city’s most respected and well known teachers and choreographers. Since making the move in 2010, Tessa has grown to love the city and is still excited by all it has to offer.
For the past 3 years, she has been given the opportunity to teach a weekly contemporary drop-in class at Harbour Dance Centre and is currently acting as Assistant Director to Joanne Pesusich and The Source Dance Company. Tessa hopes to continue to inspire other dancers to work hard and really go for the things they want to achieve in this industry. She thoroughly enjoys being a mentor to people who are going through the same things that she has also experienced in her past training.Read More
Tessa had an early start in her commercial career and since then has been fortunate enough to work on some amazing projects. Along with working on music videos by Mariana’s Trench and Nelly Furtado, some of her credits include tv shows “Lucifer” and “Life Sentence”, and movies “Ragz”, “Jinxed”, “Rufus”, “Inside Voice” (Nickelodeon) and Disney’s “Freaky Friday” and “The Descendants” 1 and 2.
Jared is a multidisciplinary performing artist and athlete, born and raised in Vancouver. At four years old, he began training in Capoeira, which inspired him to pursue Gymnastics, as well as Singing and Musical Theatre. As a Trampoline and Tumbling Gymnast, Jared has trained across Canada, the United States, England and France. He has represented Canada at three World Age Group Championships, earning two World Cup Silver medals, twelve National Championship medals and three Canadian titles. Along with his athletic career, Jared studied as both a classical and pop/jazz vocalist. Some of his theatre credits include working with The Arts Club, Royal City Musical Theatre, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
After graduating high school, Jared began training in Montreal with Cirque Du Soleil, where he became a member of the original recreation of “OVO” the North American tour.
As a dancer, he has trained in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and with Vancouver based companies such as KI&Co, Illustrative Society’s Mentorship Program, and at Harbour Dance Centre.Read More
In addition to his experience as a hip-hop and contemporary dancer, Jared is known for his unique acrobatic-fusion style, and has had the opportunity to teach throughout Vancouver and Toronto.
Jared has continued to explore other crafts and disciplines, expanding his repertoire to include aerial acrobatics, handbalancing and contortion. When not in the studio, on stage or camera, Jared is a psychology student at the University of British Columbia, a dance and tumbling instructor, and a certified personal Trainer.
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Jordan has been training and performing since the age of three. At a young age he learned that as an instructor, he could inspire others about dance. He trained all over North America, as well as with the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet. With a vast background in a variety of genres including Tap and Ballroom, he aspires to push the boundaries of dance as a choreographer, fusing together his acquired vocabulary to create something refreshingly unfamiliar.
At fifteen Jordan booked his first professional job and knew this was the life for him. Fresh out of high school, he kicked off his career as a dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. After a few years at sea, Jordan traded in his sea legs and began dancing whenever possible. He’s had the opportunity to perform across Canada, the US, and overseas to China. Jordan’s passion for dance expands beyond performance. In the past few years he has established himself as a choreographer and is known for his ‘innovative’ and ‘unique’ creations. He also discovered a deep interest in musical theatre and since then has gone on to choreograph the musical productions of CATS, Oliver, Grease, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up, and more.Read More
One of Jordan’s most exciting professional jobs to date was working with VANOC helping create, bring to life, and perform as Quatchi – the 2010 Olympic mascot. He also performed in and took on the role as Performance Director for the 2010 Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies in Vancouver BC. Another highlight involved flying high above thousands as a Zip-lining Performer in “Ignite The Dream” over Robson Square during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In 2008 he became a BCRPA certified fitness instructor and took the fitness world by storm with his dance-based cardio classes; Dance Fit Cardio. Most recently Jordan became a member and new owner of Taptastic Productions, a Vancouver based Production Company that specializes in tap-dancing entertainment, creating high-energy shows for all ages. Above all else, he is happy to share his love and passion for the art of dance with whoever will listen.
Aimee Payne is a professional dancer born just outside of Toronto and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She has trained and made her mark in many genres of dance. Her talent has taken her across Canada, the United States and Europe as a professional dancer and choreographer. Aimee has carved out a dynamic career that has her in demand in the entertainment industry performing in various professional shows and teaching workshops. She has assisted many of the industry’s best such as Brian Friedman, NAPPYTABS, Blake McGrath, Dave Scott, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Jillian Meyers, Dana Wilson, Kelly Konno, Megan Lawson and Tessandra Chavez.
Aimee performed “Rhythm Nation” with the iconic Janet Jackson for the kick-off off her “Unbreakable World Tour”. She has performed with artists such as Nickelback, One More Girl, Johnny Reid, Sharaya J, Bif Naked, FeFe Dobson, Destineak, Big Time Rush, Dallas Smith, and Madeline Merlo. Some of her film and TV credits include XFactor UK, Canada’s Got Talent, Winter Olympics Opening Gala, Paralympics Opening
Ceremonies,”Bravetown” featuring Josh Duhamel and Laura Dern, Canada’s National Football League’s Grey Cup championship game half time show performances, “Fallen Hearts” with choreographer Paul Becker and director Jason Priestley and most recently worked with choreographers Mandy Moore and Jillian Meyers on an upcoming TV series.
Her versatility and strong talent was recognized when she was awarded Canadian National Tap Champion, as well as the Provincial Champion for the Performing Arts of British Columbia. She has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships throughout Canada and the United States including The Pulse On Tour Protege, NYC Broadway Dance Centre International Student Scholarship, Monsters of Hip Hop, JUMP V.I.P, Dance Educators of America Final Grand Champion, and Triple Threat “Definite Threat”.
Aimee’s passion and positive energy has always been a driving force in her career and contributed to her success. She is a true artist. She remains focused on her dream and continues to push towards new heights in a dynamic career within the industry.
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Beginning her training at Caulfield School of Dance, Lyndsey now performs, instructs, and choreographs all across the Lower Mainland. Select credits include: My Fair Lady (RCMT); Hairspray (TUTS); Fame! (BoT Co.); Crazy For You & The Music Man (Gateway); and A Little Night Music (PSP.) She recently won a CTC Award for her choreography for Cabaret (TomoSuru) and was nominated as Outstanding Newcomer for the 2018 Ovation Awards. Up next, you can see her choreography for Urinetown (The Lawyer Show), or see her work as the Assistant Director & Assistant Choreographer for Newsies (TUTS). Much love to our Singin’ in the Rain family!
Born and raised in the Fraser Valley, Phoebe first enrolled in dance classes at the age of three. Since then she has trained intensely, loving every second! In her competitive years, Phoebe was able to find great success in competitions; being awarded top soloist of the year, and even receiving an invitation to compete at a national level.
Post graduation, Phoebe has traveled to Los Angeles, New York and Toronto for multiple occasions. With each visit, her experience and success levels have elevated; leaving with roles in music videos, ‘featured dancer’ in professional class filming and scholarships. Continuous training in ones craft is an important aspect in Phoebes life, as she will never stop trying to better herself so that she is equipped with the knowledge and ability needed to advance her students.Read More
Beginning in September of 2017, Phoebe took on her new role as dance instructor. From this, Phoebe was able to find a new type of love and appreciation for dance; feeling fulfillment through her students successes! Also ranging in the field performance, Phoebe is involved with multiple acting schools in Vancouver. Having Vancouver be the base for her acting agency as well, Phoebe finds herself emerged in a wealth of the performing arts. She aspires to incorporate the same fundamentals of theatrical work into her dancers and their presence on stage!
Phoebe’s wish is to continue teaching, inspiring and engaging with young dancers; to bring them to their full potential and fuel their love and passion for dance.
From very young, Sabra showed a unique passion for performing and, at the age of three, began ballet lessons. She spent the entirety of her elementary school years at the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, later transferring to the Langley fine Arts School where she studied dance, choreography, musical theatre, and drama and was a member of the Esprit de Corps Dance Company for four years. As the 2012 Valedictorian of the LFAS Dance Department, Sabra’s background in anatomy and dance history has helped her to develop a broad academic understanding of dance to compliment her training. Although she found her niche in contemporary and tap, Sabra has trained extensively in a variety of forms of dance with Spiral Dance Co. of White Rock.
She has had the opportunity to train and perform across North America in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Miami. Recently, Sabra has worked with and performed on various stages with companies such as Anu Productions, Patrick RobergeRead More
Productions, and The Lovers Cabaret. In the fall of 2014, she was offered a professional position with Lux. Dance Company and tries to take every opportunity that she can to share her love for performing in both contemporary and street styles. Sabra recognizes the value of a supportive and well-rounded dance education, and began assisting and substitute teaching classes during her time training at Spiral Dance Company. She has continued on to teach a variety of dance forms at studios across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley and enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.