Guest Choreographers

Shawn Bracke

Shawn’s diverse experience as a performer, choreographer, instructor and adjudicator have taken him all over North America and Europe. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta – he trained extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, street styles and vernacular styles under Variations Academy of Performing Arts.

Upon graduating from Victoria School for the Performing Arts, Shawn moved to Vancouver to be a part of The Source Dance co. directed by Joanne Pesusich. He then worked with Royal Caribbean Productions for three consecutive contracts the final working as an aerialist in an all arial show directed by Jeremy Plummer (C5 Productions, Miami). He then made the bold move to London, UK where he worked commercially as a dancer/choreographer for 2 years.

While in the UK Shawn gained contracts in Italy, France and the Netherlands for contemporary and commercial works. He currently resides in Toronto, ON and works commercially as a dancer/choreographer and instructor. An ACTRA Apprentice member – Shawn’s major credits in both North America and Europe include: “The Next Step” – Family Channel, “Victoria Duffield” – chor. Luther Brown, “Dartmoor” – dir. Steven Spielberg, “Converse”, “HP/Intel”, “MTV” & “Samsung”.

Melanie Mah

Melanie was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario and she began dancing ballet at the age of 5. She has trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and tap and she achieved both her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Foundation and her pre-professional Vagonava ballet certificates. Melanie’s dance career really took off when she had the opportunity to compete as a top 6 contestant on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and she worked with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, Luther Brown, Blake McGrath, and Gil Duldulao.

From there, Melanie moved to LA and had the opportunity to perform with some of the top artists in the industry, including Katy Perry, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, and Kelly Clarkson. She’s also been on various TV shows such as Glee, America’s Got Talent, X Factor, Suburgatory, and The Goldbergs, and she has worked for Mattel, Disney, Sensa, and Play Station.

Most recently, Melanie has been touring the world with the one and only Janet Jackson. This was truly her number one dream and she is so grateful to be a part of the Unbreakable world tour. When Melanie isn’t dancing, she can be found filming things, taking photos, teaching yoga, discovering new places, and being in nature.

Lexy Cox (BFA, CDTA, PAEC, AAC, PAA)
Acro

Lexy is a diverse performer, choreographer and instructor specializing in a variety of dance styles. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA program, majoring in Theatre Performance and Dance. Her additional dance certifications include the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (acrobatic and modern divisions), the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (acrobatic and jazz divisions), and the Acrobatic Arts Canada (full syllabus). Lexy is also a qualified dance adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance.

As a choreographer Lexy has worked across Canada and the US on projects such as Mini Pop Kids, Rainbow Stage, Dance Attack, One Night Only Musical (Dora Award Winner- Now Audience Choice), Port Hope Capitol Theatre Company, New York City’s Theatre Arts Centre, City Dance Corps, CNE Rising Star Talent Competition, Bravo Academy, Treehouse Theatre Company, Theatrix Theatre Company, The Heschel School Players, and Google Learning Mini-Series. 

Her performance credits include; Bound For Broadway (NYC Theatre Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre), Cory Lee’s Cruel Intentions Music Video, ET Canada, Much Music’s Best Dance Crew Commercial (New Music Live), Madonna Bazaar (Opera House), High School Musical 2 live on Stage (Jonathan Randall Productions), Peter Pan (Royal City Musical Theatre Vancouver), as Velma Kelly in Chicago (Treehouse Theatre), and as Bombalurina in Cats (Stanley Theatre Vancouver).

Christelle-Jean Chow

Christelle-Jean Chow, originating from the small town of Timmins, ON., has been dancing since the young age of 9. She has trained in a variety of dance styles such as Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, and Hip Hop.  After making the ultimate decision to move to the city of Toronto, Christelle has been fortunate enough to partake in a variety of opportunities in the dance industry.

From dancing with Toronto’s Footlocker Raptors Dance Pak to The Girls Club, she has been exploring multiple avenues to further explore her love for dance. She went on to dance with multiple musical artists such as Ylvis, New York’s own Ginette Claudette, Chloe Charles, Mys3, Toronto’s local artist Haley Small and many others. From music videos to on-stage performances, Christelle has also involved herself in some work in TV in series such as Lucky 7.

Not only has she been able to participate and involved herself in the commercial dance industry, she has been able to use her experiences in Filipino Folk dancing to perform and model for Canada’s Filipino Fashion Week and to tour with Philippine’s Please Be Careful With My Heart cast.

Currently, Christelle is in school at the University of Toronto and she has been more than grateful for the many opportunities that she has achieved thus far and for the many people that she has met along her journey. Christelle looks forward to future endeavors and sharing her love and passion for dance.

Tamerra Herres
Acro, Jazz, Contemporary

Tamerra Herres has spent a generous part of her life immersed in the dance world, where she has spent over 20 years in the industry. Starting at age 4, she quickly realized her love for the performing arts and grew up as a heavily involved and successful competitive dancer. Upon her high school graduation in Canada, she then traveled to the state of California where she trained and competed with the US company Dance Precisions. Shortly after, Tamerra received a full professional dance scholarship through the EDGE Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles where she trained under some of the industries finest choreographers in multiple styles of dance.

In her extensive career as a professional dancer, Tamerra has had the opportunity to perform for the likes of Nelly Furtado, Canadian rapper Shad and Disney Tokyo in Japan amongst others. Her talent and dedication has also presented her with opportunities to work on projects with Universal Studios Hollywood, Fashion Arts Toronto, the Capezio Ace Awards and the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Over the years she has blossomed into a well versed teacher, coach and choreographer with her artistry denoting strong aspects of storytelling, refined athleticism, and use of transitional staging and imagery. Her movement quality is very much inspired and influenced by human intention in its many forms and is guided by layers of musicality. Tamerra is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at York University with the purpose to enrich her knowledge of functional movement, progressive physical literacy, injury prevention and biomechanics as related to the dancer. She has a passionate heart for teaching the younger generation and is a strong believer that when science, proper technique and artistic expression come together, the dancer can realize their full potential with longevity. She believes the time is now, that creative aesthetics and smart effective training should be merged together. Tamerra aims to be a pivotal leader in equipping today’s generation with the tools to reach endless possibilities as young emerging dance artists, and as well-rounded human beings.

With knowledge there is power, and combined with passion, there is purpose.

Judy Luo 
Preschool Ballet & Acro, Ballet

Judy Luo took her first dance class at CDM when she was 8 and from then on, developed a passion and dedication for dance. Training in ballet, jazz, contemporary and other various styles, Judy was also a member of their competitive team where she won numerous scholarships and awards at competition. She began her modern training in the Graham and Limon style techniques at the Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary School where she completed high school. Judy is now studying at Ryerson University’s School of Performance completing her BFA in Performance Dance.

At age 15, Judy completed her Advanced 2 ballet examination with distinction. Soon after, she was accepted into Joffrey Ballet School’s summer intensive in New York City where she then auditioned and was accepted into the Alvin Ailey Junior Scholarship Program. Approaching her final year of high school, Judy received the Darcey Bussell Bursary which allowed her to attend RAD’s prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition held in London, England where she was one of the eight dancers representing Canada. After extensive training with CDM’s director of ballet, Cynthia Fisher, Judy obtained her Solo Seal Award, RAD’s highest vocational examination.

Judy has been able to partake in the professional industry whilst studying in a pre-professional training program. Her credits include: 7Sould, Hallmark’s “The Nutcracker’s Christmas,” Feist, Nike+ Local Run and Lincoln Luxury Cars. She is beyond thankful for the dedication and support the CDM family has provided her over the years and hopes to give back to the studio through her teaching. The physicality and artistry found within dance is what keeps Judy excited and hungry to learn and share the beauty of movement with her students.

emma-u91712-frEmma Wilkinson
Ballet

A three-time recipient of an Alberta Arts Scholarship, Emma started her dance training in Edmonton and continued at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, with Gabriela Komleva at the Leningrad Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg, Russia, and on full scholarship at l’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, she went on exchange to The Juilliard School and School of American Ballet in New York.

With Le Jeune Ballet de Québec, Emma performed in New York, Switzerland and throughout France, and she went on to dance with Festival Ballet in Banff. She also enjoyed two consecutive contracts for Casse-Noisette with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, touring to Ottawa, Quebec City and St. Louis. Emma spent nine years working for the luxury six-star Crystal Cruises: as a dancer, dance captain and a member of the Artistic management staff, involved in the creation and teaching of their award-winning musical theatre style production shows.

A graduate with distinction from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, Emma is the proud recipient of both the Carole Chadwick award and the distinguished Betty Oliphant award for excellence in teaching. She has taught at the National Ballet School in the Professional Ballet Program, the Associates Program, and the Adult Ballet Program.