OUR VIRTUAL MENTORS & JUDGES


Each choreographer will have the opportunity to work with and receive feedback from an established working artist and mentor. They will help you prepare for your final video performance and explore your artistic vision. A mentor will provide personalized and valuable video feedback on your performance piece. 

JADE WHITNEY

Jade Whitney, Toronto-born artist, has been dancing both professionally and competitively from a young age. She has received extensive training at Vlad’s Dance Company in a variety of styles including contemporary, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, acro, tap, and more. She has also trained in jazz funk and heels at various studios across Canada and the United States. She has worked with choreographers such as Christopher Scott, Will Loftis, Luther Brown, The Squared Division, Amy Wright, Addy Chan, Mike Song, Jeff Mortenson and Roberto Campanella. Jade is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, where she majored in dance and vocal music. 

Jade’s film/television credits include Disney's Sneakerella, Zombies 1 & 2, Spin, Suicide Squad, Schitt's Creek, The Next Step, Julie and the Phantoms, the Christmas Chronicles 2, Ginny and Georgia, Backstage, The Strain, Make It Pop, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, Frankie Drake and YTV’s The Next Star. She has also done motion-capture for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and League of Legends. 

 

Jade has danced for artists such as Nick Jonas (Much Music Video Awards), FKA twigs (Radiant Me), Tate Mcrae (European Music Awards), Deborah Cox (World Pride), Blake McGrath, Lights, Aleesia and Shad. She has danced for corporations such as MAC Cosmetics, General Motors, TD Bank, Staples, Telus, the Lion’s Club International, Sony, and Lia Sophia. She has performed live at the World Pride 2014 Closing Ceremony, the One Year Launch of the 2015 Pan-Am Games, the Canadian National Exhibition and more. She has danced in Toronto-based companies such as Transcendance, Bridge To Artists, and The Girls Club. In 2013, Jade co-choreographed a contemporary dance show entitled Fill Up & Get Out.

REBECCA ZIZEK

Rebecca is a versatile, passionate and award-winning choreographer, teacher and adjudicator based out of Toronto, Ontario. She is no stranger to the world of competitive dance, having trained as a multi-disciplinary dancer by some of the industry’s best. Rebecca is an established freelance guest teacher and choreographer and is in constant demand at studios, intensives and workshops across Canada, with her work receiving much acclaim. She also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and Dance Minor from Western University.
Rebecca has been a featured choreographer at the APAP Dance Showcases presented by Peridance Capezio Center (New York City) and the Young Choreographer’s Festival in 2015 (New York City).

Rebecca is a choreographer and collaborator with Creativiva Inc., creating work for international stages, including productions and events in Toronto, Asia and South America. She has choreographed and performed for many professional, commercial and corporate shows and festivals throughout North America. Rebecca was the choreographer and director of movement for independent dance film White Flag which was screened at Portland Dance Film Festival (Portland), Ryerson GLARE Festival (Toronto), Toronto Youth Shorts Festival and 300
Seconds Short Film Festival where it was a finalist for Best Music Video. She is on faculty with Canadian conventions, the Audience Dance Rivalry, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, Dance Attack, as well as a guest faculty member at the Underground Dance Centre. Rebecca has been recognized for her innovative choreography, receiving countless awards for her vision and creativity. Many of her students have gone on to pursue professional dance careers, with students training at Joffrey Ballet School (New York City), Toronto Dance Theatre and performance dance programs at Ryerson University, York University and George Brown College. Rebecca is deeply passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of dancers.

KEVIN HOWE

At the age of five, Kevin Howe discovered his love for dance and trained for over 15 years in Canada. His training included a wide range of styles and syllabi including Jazz and Tap (ADAPT), Lyrical, Ballet (RAD), Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Modern/Contemporary, training extensively at Leeming Danceworks in Ottawa, Ontario.


Kevin took his professional dance career to new heights with a move to Toronto, where he proudly worked as a dancer with many talented artists and choreographers including Lady Gaga (LaurieAnn Gibson), Ke$ha (Ryan Heffington), Girlicious (Bobby Newberry), and more. His foray onto the big screen includes film and TV credits for Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure with Disney’s Ashley Tisdale, CW’s Hellcats, Disney’s Frenemies, A Russell Peters Christmas Special (Sean Cheeseman) and Guillermo Del Toro’s FX channel hit, The Strain. One of Kevin’s crowning moments as a professional dancer included being chosen as a contestant on the fourth and final season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, making it to the top 16 performers.


Beyond his career as a performer, Kevin has grown into a renowned and talented choreographer, teacher and adjudicator. Recognized in the industry for his creativity and innovative choreography style, winning numerous awards from as young as 16. Kevin’s passion and talent for teaching and choreography has lead him to a successful career in teaching Master Classes to both students and teachers in some of the top Studios, Workshops, and
Conventions within Canada: The Underground Dance Centre, Millennium Dance Complex Toronto, MOVE (Shawn Desman), A.D.A.P.T Teacher Training, Canadian Dance Expo, Jump Start Dance intensive (alongside faculty members Rebecca Davies and Krista Miller), and has also recently joined the faculty at The Hub Studios London.


After many years in Canada, Kevin made the move to London, England where he is beyond excited to work with new dancers, teachers, artists, companies and more

  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon

© 2020 by Tacom, Inc.