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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 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)
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, 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.
My daughters (3 and 5) really enjoy their creative movement and ballet classes. The March Break camp was especially fun! The teachers are very warm, personable, and amazing at what they do. The technique taught here to the older grades looks first rate.
Diversity, acceptance and healthy body image are core values in my family. So when I walked into CDM for the first time and saw students – girls and boys – and instructors of all shapes, sizes and races, I knew this was the place for my girls. The friendships they have forged with like-minded girls are comforting to me as a parent, and the standards set by Cheryl, Roxy and the other instructors make our girls better equipped to shine in the adult world and achieve their goals.
This is the second year My daughter takes Ballet class in CDM. She’s having wonderful time while dancing with all those same age girls. CDM has many professional dance teachers. They pass their skills along with their different styles and same passions to our little dancers. Every Tuesday while I’m waiting in the CDM hall way, having different age dancers walking by, I can feel the happiness of dancing. I also like the CDM summer camp. It gives a great opportunity to have fun and try different dances.