Join us on Sunday October 3rd, 2021 for our YC NextGen Workshop
4pm - 5pm: Contemporary with Alli Robb
5pm - 6pm: Contemporary with Rachel Gayle Tan
6pm-7pm: Hip Hop with Xander Sen
Alli Robb is an emerging artist from London, Ontario, Canada. Alli is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and is very passionate about the creative process. Alli enjoys incorporating a multitude of disciplines, subjects and artistic elements into her work, including her love for poetry, psychology, philosophy, language and music. Alli is in her third year of the Performance Dance BFA Program at X University (formerly Ryerson) in Tkaronto, and she is pursuing a minor in Philosophy as well. Alli has been dancing since she was two, and hopes to continue for the rest of her life. She did her competitive dance training at The Dance Movement, her home away from home, and began her teaching journey there once she graduated. Since then, Alli has taught workshops around her community through local arts festivals, taught for competitive studios in the GTA, and has been a guest teacher at various elementary schools and high schools in the area. Alli also teaches at a drop-in studio in London called O.N.E. Dance Centre, has been a dancer and choreographer for the London Dance Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the
choreographer for a musical by the Original Kids Theatre Company, and has been an artist in the Fringe Festival for four years. She has also danced as a member of the Rams Dance Pak
University Dance Team. She recently received an overall for her self-choreographed solo “Grey Room” with the Rams Dance Pak. Alli has been training with the Proper Etiquette PUNKS Apprenticeship Program, training in jazz funk and hip hop, and thoroughly enjoys both commercial and classical genres of dance. She is eager to dive further into filmmaking at present, to experiment with a new platform for creation.
Within the past few months, Alli has had the pleasure of performing in “Bound” (a solo short
film by Dawson Lloyd Dance Projects), “Cleanse. Heal. Bookend.” (a live performance with La Compagnie de Danse), and creating her own short dance films “UPSIDE” and “STRANGER” (stay tuned!). In 2020, Alli earned 3rd Overall Top Solo Choreographer in the Young Creators Challenge for her piece “Long Way From Home.” In the most recent Young Creators Challenge, Alli placed 4th Overall in the 19+ Division for Dancers, and 4th Overall in the 19+ Division for Choreographers, for her piece “Dive.” Alli also had the privilege of partaking in the Young Creators Promo Video as a dancer, working with many other talented artists and choreographers.
Alli is eternally grateful for all of the mentors who have ignited her passion for the craft and
supported her so fiercely, and she aspires to have a positive impact on fellow artists and the next generation in the same way. Alli is deeply interested in the stories of others, how we can access our humanity through dance, get to know and learn to heal ourselves through vulnerability and self-expression, and how we can share our unique voice through the authentic physicalization of our emotions. Alli is often happiest when she is teaching, and she is so excited to dance with you!
Rachel Gayle Tan
Rachel began dancing at the age of 3. She danced and trained competitively in Jazz, Lyrical and Tap starting from the age of 13. Upon moving to Canada, she started to train at DanceForce and assisted Jazz Technique classes with Ms Belinda Sobie while pursuing her passion for choreography on the side. In 2019, she participated in West Coast Choreo Lab’s Young Choreographers Showcase directed by Danielle Gardner and in 2020, performed at Vancity Project 24. She has received invitations to Stacey Tookey’s “The Protege Movement” events and participated in “The Bridge Summer Intensive” in 2021.
She continues to grow her passion for choreography and storytelling by participating in numerous choreography competitions such as Young Creator’s Challenge. She is currently pursuing a major in Behavioural Neuroscience and a minor in Counselling and Human Development at Simon Fraser University. As a teacher, Rachel aims to take a neurobiologically informed lens to teaching and dance, leading her to recognize and pull out the potential in any child she meets and teaches while developing
their artistry and technique. She has currently curated her own class titled “Own your Artistry: A Neurobiological Approach to Authenticity in Movement” based on the principles of neuroscience and dance movement therapy, and is looking forward to growing this program and sharing it with more dancers in the next few years.
Xander Sen started dancing when he was 5 years old with the Ukrainian School of Dance. He then went on to study Ballet, Modern, Jazz with his primary focus towards Contemporary and Hip Hop. He was awarded scholarships to attend both The Alberta Ballet Summer Program in Calgary, Alberta and the Joffrey Experience at the Joffrey Ballet in NYC. He has trained and collaborated with several noted choreographers including Jeff Dimitriou, Fefe Burgos and Cat Cagliandro among others.
His performance experience has varied, having been cast most recently as the Mouse King and the Arabian in the Nutcracker as well as musicals and music videos. He was the featured soloist for the grand opening ceremonies at the National Arts Centre for Dignitaries including Prince Charles and the Governor General.
As a choreographer Xander has had the opportunity to teach hip hop and contemporary classes across his hometown of Ottawa as well as choreographing for events such as Future Shock Dance Showcase and Dancers Give Back 2020. As an artist Xander’s focus is on connecting choreography and film, creating his own identity with the art he creates.