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This event finished on 09 Mar 2020

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Aimee PayneOur Stage Dance adjudicator for 2020 is Aimee Payne!

Aimee Payne has carved out a dynamic career in the entertainment industry.  She continues to make her mark as a professional performing on stage and in film and television. Her talent and gift for teaching and choreography have taken her all over the world working with the industry’s best.

Aimee performed “Rhythm Nation” with Janet Jackson for the kick-off of her “Unbreakable World Tour”.  Artists she has performed with include Nickelback, One More Girl, Johnny Reid, Sharaya J, FeFe Dobson, Destineak, Big Time Rush, Dallas Smith, and Madeline Merlo. Film and television credits include XFactor UK, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist choreographed by Mandy Moore and Jillian Meyers, Julie and The Phantoms directed by Kenny Ortega, Canada’s Got Talent, Winter Olympics Opening Gala, Paralympics Opening Ceremonies, “Bravetown” featuring Josh Duhamel and Laura Dern, and Canada’s National Football League’s Grey Cup championship game half time show performances.

Aimee has trained with and assisted the top choreographers in North America at Pulse On Tour (NEXUS),  Monsters of Hip Hop, Radix, JUMP V.I.P, Dance Educators of America Final Grand Champion, and Triple Threat Dance Convention. She has worked with Brian Friedman, NAPPYTABS, Blake McGrath, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Megan Lawson, Tessandra Chavez, Jillian Meyers, Dave Scott, Dana Wilson and Kelly Konno.  Aimee’s talent and versatility were recognized when she was awarded the Canadian National Tap Champion and Provincial Champion for Performing Arts of British Columbia.

Aimee’s passion, positive energy and perseverance has always been a driving force in her career and contributed to her success.  She is a true artist. She continues to push towards new heights within the industry.

Our Ballet adjudicator for 2020 is Justine Fraser!

In addition to dancing professionally, for the past seven years, Justine has been teaching both classical ballet and contemporary dance, full-time, to a variety of ages and levels throughout British Columbia. She recently returned to Canada after teaching abroad. Justine currently holds both a guest faculty and choreographer position with Coastal City Ballet (Vancouver BC) and Ballet Concierto Cancún (Mexico). In addition to professional choreography, she also teaches the company dancers of Ballet Kelowna in the Okanagan. 

Justine’s recent roles as an instructor have included working with students, aged 8+; teaching open ballet technique, pointe work, setting full-length ballets (involving dancers from the American Ballet Theatre) working with the American Ballet Theatre’s National Teaching Curriculum, private variation coaching, as well as introducing contemporary dance/creative process work to students throughout both Mexico and B.C. In addition to the above classes, she has also gained a Progressing Ballet Technique Certification and has experience teaching the FLX Conditioning/Stretch program to young dancers. She is comfortable both teaching and mentoring students of all ages and levels, from varying backgrounds and styles of dance.

Before returning to Vancouver in 2012, Justine was a soloist dancer with Ballet Jorgen Canada and continues to work as a freelance contemporary ballet performer. As the founder of Reforming Art Productions, she has spent the past three years both creating and leading a series of youth workshops and intensives in Contemporary Movement, Choreographic Skills, Classical Ballet, and Creative Process Work, to pre-professional dancers throughout both BC and Mexico.

Our Street Dance adjudicator for 2020 is Hannah Henney!

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.

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