Eugene Baffoe, known in the hip hop community as GeNie, is a freestyle battle Dancer from Montreal, Quebec. Trained in Hip Hop for over a decade, he’s been teaching, choreographing and directing at a professional level for more than eight years. GeNie heads urban Hip Hop dance Crew B.O.S.S Dance Team (Built on Self Success); and is the co-creator/director of the non-profit charity dance showcase, Dance 4 MS, which he began in 2009.
Kimberley Cooper has been dancing and creating dance for most of her life. She joined Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) as an apprentice in 1989 and was Artistic Associate/Resident Choreographer from 2001 to June 2013 when she was appointed Artistic Director. She is inspired by the spirit of jazz, an art form born out of a culture where dance and music are madly in love, hungry to evolve and greatly influenced by what’s happening in the moment.
Roger Sinha began developing his distinct choreographic language based on an intermingling of his Indian background and Canadian culture. This unique fusion of influences has given birth to hybrid choreographies that are unquestionably distinctive and reflects his need to reclaim his Indian heritage and make use of the tradition using contemporary expression.
Tracee Smith is one of Canada's leading dancers and choreographers focusing on urban commercial dance. She was named one of Canada's Top 50 Artists by the Canada Council for the Arts. As a member of Missanabie Cree First Nation, her current focus is to pass on her knowledge to Indigenous youth through her national charity, Outside Looking In, which she founded in 2007.
Kevin Ormsby, the 2016 Sharing Dance Day choreographer and this year’s Collaborative Lead, is the Artistic Director of KasheDance and has been dancing in Jamaica, the United States and Canada for over twenty years. His choreography reflects his unique dance history and takes its form from blending the influences of Afro-Caribbean culture through modern and classical dance techniques.
The choreography is set to a specially remixed piece of Canadian music titled “Dirty Laundry Heavy Load” (Music composed by Laura Silberberg, remixed by Skratch Bastid featuring vocals by Tiffany Ayalik, and performed by the Afiara Quartet, Skratch Bastid and Tiffany Ayalik). In this piece, an Inuit throat singer layers her vocals into a remix where classical music meets hip hop. Featuring all Canadian artists, this piece is a musical celebration of Canada that deepens the significance of the Sharing Dance Canada 2017 choreographic collaboration.