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Meet our 2019 Faculty

Taylor James
Kim Gingras
Brett Taylor
Brandon Bizzy Owusu
Jade Whitney 

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Kim Gingras

Jazz Funk

Kim Gingras is a professional dancer, performer, educator, and co-founder of the female empowerment program, YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!.

Having worked with the biggest musical icons such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande and gracing the world’s most prestigious stages on programs like The Voice, Ellen DeGeneres, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, X-Factor and Good Morning America to name a few, Kim has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in her decade long career.

Not only does she exude the talent and the STAR QUALITY you look for in a performer but she is also known as one of the upmost professional, hardworking, dedicated, passionate and positive female dancers in the business.

Kim has gained the LOVE and RESPECT from not only her peers, but from tens of thousands of fans from around the world. She is an INSPIRATION and MENTOR to so many, especially young women. Kim constantly promotes SELF-LOVE and POSITIVITY. She loves to encourage everyone to dream big, work hard and love fearlessly. She knows that it took more than just her talent to get to where she is today and she has decided to make it her MISSION to share those valuable lessons and tools with the world. 

Kim Gingras is truly passionate about bringing full awareness to the power of living a LOVEFUL, GRATEFUL and JOYFUL life all while going after our wildest dreams.

Taylor James

Commercial Jazz

Taylor James has become an internationally recognized performer since moving to Los Angeles in 2011. His skills and versatility have quickly established him as one the top dancers and choreographers in the industry. While living in Canada he competed on season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada as well as behind the scenes on the 3rd and 4th season as an Assistant to many of the choreographers. Since moving to Los Angeles, Taylor has had the opportunity to work with many of the top artists and choreographers in the industry.

You can currently see Taylor in the feature film The Greatest Showman playing “Blockhead” one of the dancing oddities. Taylor has worked on 3 seasons of Lip Sync Battle with many A-List celebrities including Beyonce. He has toured the US with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Jayne and shooting for the Real Housewives reality show. His most recent credits include national commercials for AT&T, McDonalds, Crocs, H&R Block, Victoria’s Secret, Sketchers, Pepsi, and the Voice, starring in the Stuart Weitzman campaign alongside Gisele Bundchen directed by Mario Testino, touring internationally and shooting multiple music videos with Jennifer Lopez, a South American tour with Ricky Martin, promotion for Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE album including the “Love Never Felt So Good” MV and iconic hologram performance on the 2014 Billboard Awards, Disney’s ‘Descendants’ directed by Kenny Ortega, and performing and assisting on the 2014 Oscars promo starring Ellen Degeneres.

Brandon "Bizzy" Owusu

Hip Hop / Dance Hall

Brandon "Bizzy" Owusu was born in Toronto Canada. He has been dancing professionally for 7 years. Brandon has trained in styles such as Dancehall, HipHop, African and Capoeira. He has danced for artists such as Ariana grande, Lil john, Psy, Elephant man, Beanie man, Busta Rhymes, Shawn Desman, Lights, Rhianna, Drake, Ding Dong, Mr vegas, Kiesza and many more. He has appeared on many tv shows, films and has also won many solo dance competitions within his dance career. Brandon recently choreographed, and produced Ding Dong's latest music video 'Dancehall Madness'. Brandon is/has been affiliated with the following high ranking teams and companies in Toronto: Rated Inc, The O.G Crew, Lua Shayenne & Co, Artist In Motion, Magen Boys Ent and the Black Stars. When he is not training or performing, he teaches dance at studios, conventions, community centres, schools and other major places/events. His fun outgoing personality along with his hard work ethic enables him to inspire and bring out the best in others.

Brett Taylor

Technique

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Brett Taylor began dancing at the age of seven.  Upon graduation from high school, Taylor was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, where he graduated from the Professional Division. After completing a year of the Aspirant program, Taylor joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an apprentice, performing works by Mauricio Wainrot, Mark Godden, Itzik Galili, Rudi van Dantzig, and Jorden Morris, to name a few. Taylor then joined BJM Danse Montreal, where he had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as; Wen Wei Wang, Aszure Barton, Mauro Bigonzetti, Cayetano Soto, Barak Marshal and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Taylor has also performed as a guest with companies such as Ballet British Columbia, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Skeels Danse and Wen Wei Dance, as well as independent works by choreographers James Gregg and Penny Saunders. Most recently, Taylor performed with the Canadian Opera Company in “Eugene Onegin”, as well as Rufus Wainwright’s world premiere of “Hadrian”. Equally drawn to theatre, Taylor has also appeared in “Evita”(Vancouver Opera), ”Billy Elliot”, “Cabaret”(RMTC), “Dance Legends,” (Grand Theatre), ”The Addams Family”(Neptune Theatre), “West Side Story”, “Sister Act”, “Legends of Rock and Roll”(Drayton Entertainment), “Guys and Dolls,” ”New York, New York,”(DDP) “The Producers”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Mary Poppins”, “Beauty and the Beast.” and “Good News”(Rainbow Stage).  Television and film credits include “Make it Happen”, and music videos “Love Again”(Kreesha Turner), “The Road” and “Afterglow”(Lydia Ainsworth). Also a choreographer, Taylor has choreographed for Ballet Edmonton, as well as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division and Aspirant Program.  As a dance educator, Taylor has taught for over 12 years, coaching students and professionals of all ages in ballet, partnering, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. A sought out teacher for master classes, Taylor has travelled nationally and internationally to schools including Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, L'École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, University of the Arts (Philadelphia, USA), and Ballet di Roma (Rome, Italy). 

Jade Whitney

Contemporary

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, hip-hop, acro, tap, and more. She has worked with choreographers such as Christopher Scott, Will Loftis, Luther Brown, The Squared Division, Bobby Newberry, Emma Portner, Paul Becker 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 Zombies, Suicide Squad, Schitt's Creek, The Next Step, 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. 
 

Jade has danced for artists such as Nick Jonas, FKA twigs, Deborah Cox, 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-directed and choreographed a contemporary dance show entitled Fill Up & Get Out with Emma Portner.

Faculty members from previous No Limits Dance Experience Events: 

Jesse Weafer

Musical Theatre

     Jesse began his dance career at the early age of 6 at Jaymor School of Dancing in Aurora ON. At age 12, he made his first professional debut in Mirvish’s production of Jolson. By the time he was 14, he had performed alongside Michael Buble in the hit show Forever Swing. His theatre credits include, “Kinky Boots” (Original, Canadian Company) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz” (Original Canadian Company and North American Tour Company) lead dancer in Cirque du Soleil’s - Criss Angel “Believe” choreographed by Wade Robson in Las Vegas, the role of “IQ” in “Hairspray” (Original Canadian Company), Hello Dolly and the Tempest (Stratford Festival of Canada), “IQ” on the 1st U.S National Tour of Hairspray, We Will Rock You (Original Canadian Company). His film credits include; Carrie starring Julianne Moore, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen starring Lindsay Lohan, The Music Man starring Matthew Broderick and Molly Shannon, “Hairspray” Playing the role of IQ starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Micheele Pfeiffer. Jesse also appears in the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance in Wade Robson’s piece “Homage to the Rabbits.” He also performed along side Shawn Desmond at the 2011 Juno Awards on CTV, as well with Far East Movement and DEV at the 2011 MMVA’s. Jesse made his reality television debut in Canada’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance Canada season 3 as a top 16 finalist. He is thrilled to be living his dream everyday and looks forward to spreading his passion ad knowledge of dance for many years to come.

 

Amanda Cleghorn

Contemporary

Amanda Cleghorn is a well-rounded dancer, teacher, choreographer, and, overall, performer. Her credits include movies, Camp Rock 2, Make Your Move 3D, ABC's Desperately Seeking Santa, and Honey and tv shows, Glee, The Goldbergs, The L.A. Complex, Canada's Got Talent and Nikita. Most notably, Amanda appeared on SYTYCDC Season 3, finishing as Canada’s favourite female dancer. She performed on Dancing With the Stars for the promo of the movie Rock of Ages choreographed by Mia Michaels, as a dancer on Xfactor Season 2 and she’s toured, assisted and judged on Jump and Nuvo Dance Convention with many well known choreographers. Amanda has performed in Stacey Tookey's show Moment's Defined as a dancer in Still Motion Dance Company and performed with the company at Jacobs Pillow in Massachusettes. She was featured as the lead female in Hedley's Kiss You Inside Out music video and danced in the Oscar promo with Ellen Degeneres choreographed by Allison Holker and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. She also played the female lead, acting and dancing in a new digital special on ABCSpark called Rise and danced in the opening for the TV Land Awards with Terry Crews. Amandatoured the world with Taylor Swift on the Red tour choreographed by Tyce Diorio, she's performed on the Grammy's, Billboards, NBC’s Macy’s July 4th Special, the CMT Awards, American Music Awards and the Brit Awards and is seen in Taylor's 22, Red and Shake It Off music videos. Amanda’s latest projects include working as a main troop dancer on Season 2 and 3 of the hit tv show Lip Sync Battle on SpikeTV, a performer on the newest summer television show "America's Greatest Hits" dancing in the finale with Kelsi Balllerini, a dancer in The Hobbit: Kingdoms of the Middle Earth Dance Battle promo video for Kabam entertainment choreographed by Christopher Scott and is a dancer in the feature film Popstar: Never stop never stopping produced by Judd Apatow, choreographed by Danielle Flora and featuring the incredible Andy Samberg. Amanda was most recently an actor and dancer in the new Hallmark Channel movie A Nutcracker Christmas playing the role of Suzanne.  She looks forward to continuing her career in dance, film and television.

David Cox

TAP

David Cox has been dancing since the age of 2, as he was brought into this world by a musical family. His father a Motown artist and his mother a dance teacher. 
At the age of 13 he made his first trip to NYC on scholarship, and that would change his life forever. Studying with some of the best dancers in the world he began to realize that Tap dance was his passion not forgetting his extensive training in jazz, ballet and modern. 
Since becoming a professional around 15 he has gone on to perform for and at the following...
BOJANGLES' starring Gregory Hines, Save The Last Dance Pt.2, The International Sensation 'STOMP', The Juno Awards, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Duke Ellington Society Toronto, and Jazz Cracker Hamilton.
Talked Tap and Tapped with Shelagh Rogers (Sounds like Canada CBC Radio 1), Bravo Fact 'The Hoofers Club', Hoofer's House of Harlem NYC, and has performed for The Mayor of Toronto David Miller, The Speaker of the House of Commons Canada, and Prince Charles to name a few. 
He is also a member of the T.O based Dance company NEXT TIP and has been on MTV Canada as a choreographer, dancer, and Winner with Nicole Holness for "MTV Live: Dancing with the Hosts". David has shared his passion with the world, as a Featured Performer in the Vancouver 2010 WInter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. 
He played a principle role in the LKTYP production "i think i can" '07 & '11, and is proud to be a member of a band called THEATRE CRISP where he tap dances as added percussion. His happy go lucky and energetic attitude is contagious to those around him, and urges others to pick up a tap and discover the music they can make. 
Here's to the 2nd Balcony...Keep it Real!

Juliana Kelly

Tap

Beginning her training age of three, Juliana studied in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, pointe, and acrobatics at a competitive level, where she competed across Canada and the United States. Since 2004, her focus has shifted to specializing in tap dance.

Upon graduation of high school, Juliana joined Downbeats Tap Company under the direction of Cathy Duncan where she danced for two years performing in the East Coast Tap Conference (ECTC), Taking the Rhythm Train, Embrace the Rhythm, Toronto's Live in Culture Campaign and many other shows across Ontario. Currently Juliana works as a contributing artist with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative (TRI), a collective of tap dancers committed to voicing the artistry of Toronto’s professional tap dance community. With the Toronto Rhythm Initiative she has performed in eleven TRI shows to date. She has sat on the faculty for TRI's Youth Ensemble for many years, and in 2016 began working as co-producer for the Summer Youth Intensive. Juliana spent time studying abroad with Heather Cornell, and performed in Walk To The Beat (Nyack, New York), Rhythm Lives! (Montreal Tap Festival) alongside living legend Arthur Duncan and members of Tapestry Dance Company, as well as performing in the Inaugural Toronto Body Percussion Festival (Allison Toffan). Most recently, Juliana performed in Ron Davis' Symphronica, and The Inaugural Toronto International Tap Festival (both choreographed by Dianne Montgomery), as well as Rhythm & Sound's Illumination (Johnathan Morin and Cori Giannotta). 
 

Juliana's love of dance has also led her to many opportunities as an educator including guest choreography and classes, summer intensives, workshops, conventions, seminars, and adjudication. Her main focus is as a teacher and choreographer, with a specialization in tap. She has received multiple accolades for her work, and her students are well known in the dance community for their technical and musical excellence. In 2016, Juliana founded The Rhythm Ensemble, a pre-professional tap dance company dedicated to providing unique training and performance opportunities. She strives to spread the love, and respect of tap dance and it's community to all her dancers.