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Our Ballet adjudicator this year is…
MING-BO LAM is known, first and foremost, for her love of dance and ability to share that passion with all whom she encounters. Her choreography is rooted in her classical foundations, infused with urban and commercial influences, and guided by strong internal dialogue and emotional undertones.
Lam graduated with an Honours BFA in Theatre Performance Dance, from Ryerson University, as Valedictorian. Since graduating, she has crossed the line between classical dance genres and the commercial industry, choreographing for theatre productions (SeXT: Sex Education by Theatre; Mixie and the Halfbreeds, produced by fu-GEN Theatre Company) and independent dance projects and commissions (Soulpepper Theatre’s Shen Development Series; The Garage TO; Dancestreams Youth Dance Company; Dark Dance Company). Select performance credits include the Much Music Video Awards, the Toronto Raptors’ Dance Pak, and the NBA All-Star Weekend 2016.
Lam has extensive experience working with dance film. Her work has been featured by Canada’s dance magazine, The Dance Current, and her film If You Leave was accepted to both the Toronto International Short Film Festival and the Utah Dance Film Festival.
In addition to being on faculty at Toronto’s Millennium Dance Complex and the Underground Dance Centre, Lam teaches for Dancing with Parkinson’s Canada and is certified by Dance for PD.
Currently, Lam works as a freelance dancer, choreographer, adjudicator, and educator. You can learn more about her and her work at www.mingbolam.com
Our Stage adjudicator this year is…
Hannah Henney first entered the dance scene in a Port Coquitlam studio called Chiasson at the age of three. She trained in tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and ballet until graduating at age seventeen. She then furthered her training with the Scholarship dance program at Drive Dance Centre, the Source Dance Company and Souldiers Dance Company.
During her training, Hannah fell in love with hip hop and began training in many of the original street styles like locking, house, popping and waacking. After spending the past few summers in New York training, performing and battling, she has gained a deeper understanding of hip hop culture and history.
Hannah’s screen dance credits include Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Syfy’s The Magicians, Nat Geo’s Valley of the Boom, and Disney’s Freaky Friday. She’s also performed as an opening act for artists Mya, Meek Mill, Fabolous, B.O.B., Pusha T and Raekwon. She is a member of the powerhouse female crew Diamonds in the Rough and travels as a crew member throughout the U.S and Canada performing, teaching and battling.
Hannah is a very sought after and engaging teacher and choreographer of hip hop, tap and jazz. She has also adjudicated many dance competitions throughout the Lower Mainland where she loves connecting with the youth and sharing her knowledge and experience with the upcoming generation. Her fire, passion and positivity always shine through whether she is working on set, performing on stage, choreographing a show, or in a studio with her students.
Most recently, Hannah has also found a deep passion for acting and has trained with renowned instructors Chad Rook, Jeb Beach and Shea Hampton in Vancouver. She made her acting debut in a Telus Storyhive web series called Auditions, and then as the lead role in a short film with director Heather Perluzzo, currently showing in the festival circuit.
Our Street adjudicator this year is…
Scott has had an extensive career to date working both as a dancer, singer and actor in theatre, film and television. He has played many roles which include Riff in West Side Story for the Vancouver Opera and Rainbow Stage, Fogarty in Chicago, Mike in A Chorus Line as well as Tulsa in Gypsy, Neleus in Mary Poppins and Scott in the Producers for the Arts Club Theatre Company. He was a dancer for 7 seasons for the Vancouver based contemporary company Wen Wei Dance as well for Company 605, Move and Radical System Arts which led him to perform in many Canadian, American and European Dance Festivals. Scott was a principle tapper/dancer for Tokyo Disney Sea’s opening of Encore as well as one of the principle tappers for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He has taught all across Canada as well as in Korea and has worked with such names in the dance world as Stacey Tookey, Adam Shankman, Paul Becker, R.J. Durell, Simone Orlando and Kathleen Marshall. Scott has trained in many genres of dance and has performed them all professionally which include roles in Nutcracker, Award Shows, Vancouver NBA Dance team, Theme Parks, Cruise Ships, Music Videos and in films/tv shows such as Reefer Madness, Dudley Do-Right, Once Upon A Mattress, Totally Awesome, Spectacular, Psyche, Hellcats, The Flash, Once Upon A Time and A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has several choreography credits for TV, film and theatre which include the musicals Once, Oliver! and Beauty and the Beast.