The Choreography

It takes a truly Canadian collaboration to create a dance that celebrates Canada's diversity and artistic identity, especially on Canada's 150th.

The Artists

Eugene Baffoe

Eugene Baffoe

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

Kimberley Cooper

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

Roger Sinha

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

Tracee Smith

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

Kevin Ormsby

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 Music

The Music

The choreography is set to a specially remixed piece of Canadian music by Laura Silberberg-Sgroi remixed by Skratch Bastid and performed by the Afiara Quartet featuring Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik, who was born in the Northwest Territories. 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.

Learn about the Musicians

The Afiara is a string quartet defined by its pursuit of beauty, meaning, and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its genre.Skratch Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers, widely recognized for his talent and having amassed millions of plays on his remixes and ‘blends’. Born in the Northwest Territories and of Inuit ancestry, Tiffany Ayalik weaves her northern heritage with her southern education into her story telling, acting and writing.

Dr. Laura Silberberg-Sgroi recently completed her Doctoral degree in music composition at the University of Toronto. She has composed music in a variety of genres including orchestral, chamber, choral, electroacoustic and top 40/popular music. Her compositions and piano improvisations have been featured live on CBC Radio's Here and Now three times and twice on Metro Morning.

She is the youngest composer featured on the album "Woman Runs with Wolves" (Centrediscs, 2013) by percussionist Beverley Johnston. She is also the youngest composer featured on the 2016 Juno Nominated Album "Spin Cycle" (Centrediscs, 2015) performed by the Afiara String Quartet and DJ Skratch Bastid.
Laura also composes music for film. She performs live improvised piano accompaniment for silent films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre and has performed at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the Toronto Silent Film Festival.

Laura was included in the list of 50 up and coming young Canadians under 30 by Maclean's Magazine when she was only sixteen. In 2015, Laura was included in CBC's list of the 30 hottest classical musicians under 30.
Laura is currently the composer-in-residence for the Cantabile Chamber Singers and is on faculty at the Royal Conservatory's Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists teaching composition.