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MEET THE DJD Dancers:

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SCOTT AUGUSTINE, DANCER

Scott is a native of Vancouver B.C and this is his second season with DJD. He has danced extensively with the Vancouver based contemporary company Wen Wei Dance as well with other companies such as The Company 605, Radical System Arts and Move. He was Principle Dancer in Tokyo, Japan for the show Encore! as well as a Principle Tapper for the 2010 Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics. Scott has played major roles in musical theatre including Riff In West Side Story for the Vancouver Opera and Rainbow Stage, Tulsa in Gypsy and Neleus in Mary Poppins for the Arts Club Theatre Company.

CASSANDRA BOWERMAN, DANCER

Born in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Cassandra is a dance artist, educator and choreographer with a passion for quirkiness and physicality. After completing her BFA in Performance Dance at Ryerson University, Cassandra’s love of jazz and rhythm took her to Calgary for DJD’s Professional Training Program. Working in Hamilton, Calgary and Toronto, Cassandra has continued to develop a unique style through the exploration of different movement genres, thriving on anything groove based and filled with musicality. This is Cassandra’s first season with the DJD company and she is thrilled to be a part of it.

sabrina comanescu, DANCER

Sabrina “Naz” Comanescu is a dynamic talent and an energetic supporter of the Calgary dance and Caribbean Community through her work as a dance instructor, performer, and choreographer.  Training in urban/funk and Afro-Caribbean dance styles since the age of six, Sabrina dove into her studies of jazz dance at the School of Decidedly Jazz in 2013, in DJD’s Professional Training Program. Sabrina has performed with such companies and artists as Machel Montano, Headly, The Mighty Sparrow, House of Dangerkat, The Bad Girls Club YYC and ILLFX Entertainment. Sabrina is thrilled to be performing for a sixth season in the DJD company.

JARED EBELL, DANCER

Jared is thrilled to continue exploring his groove while in his third season with DJD. Born and raised in Nanoose Bay BC, he began his dance training at Parksville Ballet School where he trained in many different dance styles from ages 6-17. He completed his training at Arts Umbrella and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Professionally, Jared has danced with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, and Dancer’s Studio West. He has also enjoyed experimenting with side projects and taking workshops such as Transformation Danse in Montréal.

JASON OWIN F. GALEOS, DANCER

Jason Owin F. Galeos was born in 1986 in Bergen, Hordaland, of the West Coast of Norway. He was raised in multiple international countries by two Filipino parents and is an independent dance artist based in Calgary. He started dancing at the age of sixteen and joined a dance group known as BattLeZone. His dance studies are based on Hip Hop, House, and Funk Styles. He earned a BA at the University of Calgary (2012), majoring in Contemporary Dance and is the founder of J-SIK Movements (2015). Galeos has trained at ImPuls Tanz (Austria), Urban Dance Camp (Germany) and RUBBERBANDance (Montreal). He has also worked for Movement with a Message, 49th Parallel Dance, Corps Bara Dance Theatre & Dancing Monkey Laboratories. Galeos is recognized by the Alberta dance community for his unique movement voice and cross-genre approach. Galeos’ major influences are Niels Robitzky, Bruno Caverna, David Zambrano, & Art-Move-Concept. He has presented work at the University of Calgary, Springboard Performance, Dancers’ Studio West, NextFest, co-produced with Purposely Soulful (Chelsea Josue) and most recently with To THE AWE. Galeos will be entering his 3rd season with DJD.

CATHERINE HAYWARD, DANCER

Originally from Winnipeg, Catherine’s studies led her to Toronto’s Ryerson University where she graduated from the dance program, earning her B.F.A. with Honours. Catherine has been with the DJD company since 2007. She was Artistic Director of DJD’s most recent dancer-choreographed shows, Velocity in 2017, and Borderland in 2015. She was a founding member of Dancers’ Studio West(DSW) Dance Action Group(DAG), a small ensemble of aesthetically diverse performer/choreographers who co-operated to fulfill opportunities for community animation and invest in new opportunities for artistic development. Catherine and former DJD dancer Shayne Johnson presented their first full evening of work Bodied Indivisible at the DJD Dance Centre in February 2020. Catherine continues to mentor teen dancers training in Jazz as part of DJD’s Teen Jazz Advanced program and is once again on the faculty of DJD’s Youth Training Program this year.

kaja irwin, DANCER

 

Kaja is a Winnipeg born dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. After deciding to pursue a career in dance after completing her B.A. in Political Science, Irwin studied in the Professional Training Program offered at DJD, developing her love of both jazz and the Calgary dance community. Kaja has been fortunate to share her choreography across Canada as well as Amsterdam. Irwin is passionate about jazz and loves to explore movement and collaborations across art forms. Her latest collaboration was with jewellery designer Corey Moranis in a short art film released in Spring 2020. Irwin is excited and dedicated to continue learning and exploring the jazz art form and is thrilled to be back for her sixth season performing with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

NATASHA KORNEY, DANCER

Natasha began pursuing dance at the age of 13, specifically in the styles of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, African and Caribbean Dance. As part of her training she spent two years in DJD’s Professional Training Program where she choreographed and performed in the programs 1st annual show, Footprints in 2006 and again in 2007. In 2010, she commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Contemporary Dance Program at the University of Calgary performing in the annual show Mainstage, Why Dance 3D and other productions. While deepening her understanding and experience in Jazz dance and performance, she also continued to train and perform with Electra Dance Company, ILLFX Entertainment, Groove Academy, and as a contracted solo artist. She has appeared in many shows and productions such as, Slammin Berry Jam 2008/ 2009; St. Kitts 2009; Sun and Salsa Festival 2013; Sunfest 2012; and Unganisha 2019. In the spring of 2019, Natasha was offered the role of narrator for DJD’s remounted production of Juliet & Romeo. To prepare for this she received one on one coaching from One Yellow Rabbits, Denise Clarke, and was given a steppingstone to broaden her artistic abilities as actor and dancer. This is Natasha’s 8th season with DJD, and she looks forward to performing in many more productions with the company.

KALEB TEKESTE, DANCER

Kaleb is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. In 2006, he was an understudy in DJD’s in Charcoal and Crimson but found himself jumping into a role a few days before opening night, thus marking his debut with DJD. Kaleb has choreographed for Slammenberry Jam, Dance Montage, Alberta Dance Explosions, Calgary Cares and DJD’s dancer-choreographed evenings. He danced in a short film in conjunction with the Vancouver Winter Olympics and has performed with the Black Eyes Peas, Snoop Dogg and Jully Black. Kaleb recently co-starred in the documentary film Made in Vietnam which premiered at the Calgary International film festival. This is Kaleb’s eleventh season with DJD.

 

 

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