May 9, 2013
At the age of 3, Kelsey Bonifacio started dancing in her hometown of Oshawa, Ontario. Since then, she has focused her efforts on training in all genres of dance – jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap, modern, ballet, as well as improving her vocal and acting skills and receiving all of her BATD certifications. Kelsey began her formal training at the Theatre Dance Academy and has competed all over Canada and the United States. While competing, Kelsey still managed to perform in-studio training at events such as the ”Dance For It” Gala and many other benefits, and was also asked to perform as a dancer in the musical ”Alladin”. Not only was her competition season extemely successful, but she was also awarded with numerous performance awards throughout the years. Kelsey then decided she wanted to further her education and enrolled in the Performing Arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario, where she learned acting methods, vocal strengthening, musical theatre, and the ins and outs of the industry in general. Kelsey was also selected as dance captain and choreographer for Sheridan`s year-end show, “They Say It`s Wonderful”, where she trained students with limited dance experience and prepared them for the stage. After graduating from Sheridan, she went on to attend George Brown College`s Commercial Dance Program. There, she fine-tuned her dance training and had the opportunity to work with some of the most respected choreographers in the business such as Derek Sangster, Stephen Findlay, Apolonia Velasquez, Ofilio Sinbadinho, and Candice Helm, to name a few. During her time at George Brown, Kelsey performed in events such as ” Culture Day” and the Ontario Colleges Award Ceremony. As a recent graduate, Kelsey is constantly training throughout Toronto and has found a home at LR Productions, where she hopes to continue to develop her skills and become a dancer to look out for.
March 18, 2013
Brittany Hutton, is a Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer, whose
spontaneity and adventurous young spirit has allowed her passion
to explore many aspects of dance that include, Jazz, Hip Hop,
Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, House, Jazz Funk, Street Jazz,
Tutting, Locking, Vogue, Salsa, African, Modern and Freestyle.
Graduated from both, George Brown College Commercial Dance
Program, and Broadway Dance Centre’s International Student
program in NYC, Brittany believes that continuing education in all
aspects of life holds much importance.
She has performed in the Choreographers Ball, ‘Sybarite’, in
NYC. She has also danced in various events across Toronto,
such as the Bazaar, Danceontario, The Toronto Nationals
Lacrosse Team, and the Special Olympics Motionball Fundraiser.
Brittany has been a sought out dancer and choreographer for The
Wedding Choreographers & Co. She was a featured dancer for
Celebrity Cruise Lines, travelling and dancing across the world.
Brittany had the wonderful privilege of touring across Canada with
Koba Entertainment, performing in the “Backyardigans” and later,
performed for dance industries top choreographer, Brian
Friedman, in “Posers -Madonna vs Niki” in Los Angeles, and
Culture Shock Washington D.C. Most recently, Brittany has
returned from performing in the “Dubai Shopping Festival 2013”
where she gained an opportunity of a lifetime.
She identify’s with the thought that, dance see’s no limits, and
whatever comes from the heart expresses what is true.
“Respect the reality of one’s mind. Accept, Appreciate, and
February 28, 2013
Amber Minchella has been dancing since she was 6 years old in her home town of Richmond Hill, Ontario. After dancing competitively for 12 years at JCB Danceworks, she completed her 4 year Dance Diploma at Unionville High School in the Dance Program.
Not only did Amber win first place in the Celebration of the Arts, Senior Dance category but she also won a bursary on behalf of the town of Richmond Hill.
Over the years, she has won many scholarships, including “Summer In L.A” presented by BeDiscovered and video recipient winner on the “Hall of Fame” website. She has worked very closely with many dance instructors all over the world, which has broaden her range of disciplines.
For the past 4 years, Amber has been professionally dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has been trained in various styles such as, Broadway, Ballroom and Disco. Being a certified aerialist has opened a lot of doors for her. She has been invited to audition for Cirque de Soleil on various occasions.
Recently, Amber is exploring her new love for Burlesque with Carla Catherwood’s Nuvo-Burlesque Dance & Army of Sass Performance Group. She loves to be on stage and capture her audience with her passion for performing.
Amber is very honoured and proud to be apart of the Lindsay Ritter Productions, and will strive to always achieve her dreams.
February 12, 2013
Justin Saulnier was born in Saint John, New Brunswick where he fell in love with performing at the age of nine. Justin has been a competitive dancer for ten years winning numerous special awards and scholarships. He is trained in a variety of disciplines including tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet and musical theatre.
Justin has completed the Commercial Dance Studies Program at George Brown College where he was taught by some of Toronto’s most sought out instructors. While training in school he has had the opportunity to perform with the Jersey Boys through DivaGirl Entertainment, he has worked with A2D2 Aerial Cirque Company and has performed at the Premiers Awards with George Brown College.
Justin is very excited to be finished school so he can get out and experience more, he is also very excited to be apart of LR Productions and can not wait to see what the future holds!
December 18, 2012
Dani is a passionate, motivated dancer and dance teacher with over 15 years of competitive training. She currently trains in a wide variety of disciplines including jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip hop. Dani is in her fourth year at the University Toronto where she double majors in Political Science and Jewish Studies. Throughout university, she is able to continue her passion for dance by being a member and co-captain of the U of T Varsity Blues Dance Team. The team performs at various sporting and charity events, competes against other universities, and hosts workshops and open classes. Dani has competed in Canada and the US winning countless awards and scholarships throughout her years. She danced in numerous shows abroad including the production of “Beauty and the Beast” as well as “Annie.” Dani has worked with a variety of choreographers including Stelio Calagias and Jessica Domingo.
Dani currently teaches at All That Dance, Metro Movement, and U of T. Dani is one of the producers and choreographers of the dance and fashion charity event “Raise the Rhythm” in support of Autism Speaks Canada. She is also a certified Zumba instructor and has been teaching across the GTA for the last few years. She hopes to continue being inspired and inspiring others through the art of dance. Dani is excited to be a part of LR Productions and to take her dance and performing career to the next level! http://www.lindsayritter.com/company-dancers/dani-kagan/
December 18, 2012
Taylor is a professional performer who has been dancing since the age of six. He is highly trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, acrobatics and hip hop. He also studied in the music theatre program at Wexford Collegiate Institute for the Arts. He has worked for some of the industry’s leading entertainment corporations. He was a dancer and acrobat for Royal Caribbean Cruiselines on the “Mariner Of The Seas” and the “Brilliance Of The Seas”. He was also a featured dancer in the cirque inspired show “Mystic Rhythms” at Tokyo DiseySea. Taylor has also danced for Patti Wilcox from New York City and has also danced in contemporary festivals throughout Toronto . He has spent the past year living in Belgium dancing in a contemporary company and teaching workshops. As a competitive dancer, Taylor has captured numerous titles including Mr. Dance and Teen Mr. Dance of Canada ch.38, Dancer of the Year for American Dance Awards and was also the highest scoring male soloist for can dance in 2007 and had the opportunity to travel and perform in Spain. He has been a dance instructor at many studios throughout Durham, Belgium, and Toronto and also teaches dance for the Toronto and Durham district school board. Taylor is a certified member of the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators and has adjudicated in Ontario, British Columbia and the United States. He is a firm believer that technique and creative style are extremely important in the development of a dancer.
May 19, 2012
Receiving her BFA in Performance Arts Dance from Ryerson University, Jessica has been training and performing in many styles of dance since the age of 4. She has worked and trained with well-known professionals in the industry such as Nadia Potts, Karen Duplisea, Vikky St. Denis (RU), Kenny Pearl (TDT), Robert Glumbeck, D.A Hoskins, Linda Garneau, and Vlad Novitski to name a few. Shortly after getting her degree, Jessica trained and performed with Toronto’s Afro/Brazilian and samba based dance company, The Dance Migration, lead by Adrianna Yanuziello. Getting back to her jazz and contemporary roots, she recently ended last season’s shows held at the Winchester Theatre, T.O, dancing and training with Jasmyn Fyffe Dance. Jessica is very excited to be part of the “elite 40” as a dancer and artistic performer for LR Productions 2012-2013.
March 4, 2012
Leah Cameron began dancing at the age of 4, and has continued to enhance her training ever since. Growing up, she trained extensively with Centre 58 Dance Arts Ltd. in Calgary, AB, studying jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, and completing her Advanced II ballet syllabus (I.S..T.D.). During this time, she has won multiple scholarships and awards in competitions across Canada and the United States.
She then went on to train at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Pacific DanceArts in Vancouver, where she studied multiple different styles of ballet, pas de deux, and classical contemporary movements.
She has also been able to develop her teaching/choreographing skills at both Centre 58 and Pacific DanceArts, teaching jazz, tap, and ballet to students aged 3-22.
She has also had the pleasure of being a guest artist in the production of Giselle in Victoria’s Canadian Pacific Ballet Company.
Since moving to Toronto she has participated in performances such as Dance Ontario and Bazaar as part of Lindsay Ritter’s Company. As well, has been accepted in to an apprenticeship program with Cadence Contemporary Ballet.
Her passion for dance has not faded and she is excited to see what the future holds.
November 17, 2011
Erika has over eighteen years of dance training and performance experience. She has studied R.A.D. and Vaganova ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, pointe, pas de deux and ballroom. Erika has competed throughout North America, winning multiple awards and scholarships. After completing a month-long summer program, she was accepted to Toronto’s prestigious National Ballet School of Canada, but declined to pursue a career encompassing diverse dance genres.
Erika has trained in Québec at Ballet Divertimento and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and in Toronto at Metro Movement, O.I.P., and City Dance Corps. She has studied under Blake McGrath, Robin Antin, Danny Davalos, Stephen Findlay, Stelio Calagias and Petter Toth-Horgosi. She recently performed with Carla Catherwood’s Nuvo-Burlesque troupe in Alice in Wonderland.
Erika has earned featured dance roles in Clarkson Music Theatres Thoroughly Modern Millie and Etobicoke Musical Productions’ Hello Dolly and The Producers. She was a CFL cheerleader for the Hamilton TigerCats, performing at all home games and representing the TigerCats at promotions and events. The season highlight was dancing for an audience of over 65,000 at the 2008 Grey Cup, and sharing the experience in her blog on cbcsports.ca. Erika currently belongs to The Dance Company and has performed in corporate and charity events such as the Teddy Bear Affair Gala.
Most recently, Erika traveled to Norway to teach a ten-month contract at the Ørsta Volda Ballet School, where she directed the jazz and hip hop program for students ages 7 to adult. This experience allowed her to choreograph, design and stage the original production Dance Into Love. She was also fortunate to attend a street dance workshop with Danish performance artist Eva Schou and has since choreographed two flash mobs as well as routines for Tammy Frederick’s Lights of Broadway musical theatre cabaret.
Erika is extremely excited to be part of Lindsay Ritter’s talented roster and looks forward to the creative growth and innovative performances ahead.
November 15, 2011
Erika is a young up and coming teacher/choreographer. She is grateful to say that she is training beside some of the top teacher and choreographers from both Canada and the United States.
Erika found her love and passion for dance at the early age of six when she took her first dance class at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. As of now, she has received extensive training in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern (Graham, Horton, Limone) and Hip Hop. Alongside from training at Sean Boutilier she has also received training from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada.
Erika continues to grow and excel as a choreographer while achieving overall awards at competitions throughout Canada. Her goal as a teacher is to bring her students talents and abilities to new heights, while developing their everyday skills. Erika loves to see the continued passion for dance with those who she interacts with and she is honour to be a part of LR Productions.
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