2019 Summer Showcase Performer Bio’s

Artists In Motion

In 2008 Shameka Blake founded Artists in Motion (AIM) a multidisciplinary dance company based in Toronto, Ontario. AIM consists of a myriad of gifted professional dancers who are dedicated to elevating the art of the urban dance scene to new heights. Genres including Hip Hop, African, Dancehall, Jazz, and Contemporary are often meticulously fused together to create new movement vocabulary. Most recently Ms. Blake’s had a recent showing of her latest piece “Earth-a work in progress” at The Toronto Centre for the Arts. Furthermore, her latest production “I Choose Love” premiered in Windsor Ontario and was very well received. Currently she is working on her company’s the full production “Speak Easy” which is set to premier May 2019.

EDIFY: Elite Dance Initiative for Youth

EDIFY: Elite Dance Initiative for Youth is a new dance program geared to train dancers who are serious about the performing arts. The performance team includes dancers’ ages of 13years and up. The students work with various professional dance artists who not only facilitate classes but who dance with the students during major performances. This bridge of bringing serious teens together with working professionals allows the continuity of dance arts to be magnified for the future of dance and the students who want to work as dance professionals later on. EDIFY is an interpretive dance group with its main focus on a creative fusion of various dance styles. Under the creative direction of Stacy-Ann Vassell, the group works in disciplines such as jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, lyrical and Afro-Caribbean dance styles. Mime is also used as an interpretive dramatic form.

Mabinty Sylla

Mabinty Sylla
Originally from West Africa Guinea, Mabinty Sylla has been dancing in Africa for sixteen years, beginning her dance training at the age of 12 in Conakry with Mamadouba Camara her dance instructor, who is the first soloist for the Ballet Djoliba and former soloist for the Ballet Africans-two of West Africa’s most respected traditional groups. She moved to Toronto Canada in 2008 and continued her dancing & networking in Toronto with associations such as A.F.C.Y.. ..now named Vibe Arts and Lula Lounge French Schools African dance program. She has presented her work in most of Canada’s provinces and in Toronto she has performs at numerous festivals such as Afro Fest from and Muhtadi International Drumming Festival. She also performs in most of the megacity’s African and Caribbean cultural programs such as Oshawa African Pavilion fiesta week, Carrisauga, Habari African Festival at Harbour Front and is a member of the extraordinary Okavango orchestra. In 2012 she toured most of Canada provinces with Alpha Yaya. Mabinty Sylla teaches and choreographs West African dance in many areas such as schools and community programs, she also does private workshops for individuals and groups.

Rodney Diverlus

Rodney Diverlus
Rodney Diverlus is a Port-Au-Prince-born, Toronto-based dance artist, creator, and provocateur. His work weaves in dance, physical theatre, puppetry, and oral traditions and teases out jazz, contemporary, and Afrikanic modalities; in search of contemporary ways of interpreting rhythm and groove-driven movement.He has performed throughout Canada and the Caribbean in dance, theatre, and opera.

Shavar “Caution” Blackwood

Shavar Blackwood
Shavar “Caution” Blackwood has had the opportunity to work with choreographers and performers such as Allen Kaeja, Luther Brown, Sean Cheeseman, Siona Jackson, Mandy Moore, and Bill T Jones. His passion for dance lets him take his ideas of the hip-hop culture to the next level by fusing it with different forms of dance such as Contemporary, House, Vogue, Popping, & Krump. These principles allowed him to achieve a Top 14 spot on Season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, danced in the lifetime movie “Aaliyah The Princess of R&B”, the Family Channel’s “Naturally Sadie”, and perform with artists such as Cascada, Mcfly, George Nozuka, Divine Brown, and Jacksoul.

Shavar has taught for many institutions: Canada’s National Ballet School, City Dance Corps, OIP Dance Centre, among others. He has choreographed for events such as Sick Kids Canada, Toronto’s Choreographers’ Ball, Bazaar, Fever, TDSB Martin Luther King Remembrance Day celebration at Roy Thompson Hall, and was the winner of Manifesto Dance Competition.

Jade’s Hip Hop Academy

Jade’s Hip Hop Academy is the premier hip hop dance studio in Ontario training youth ages 3 and up in hip hop and street dance including popping, locking, breaking, house and krump since 2006. The studio has appeared on Ellen DeGeneres and have performed for some of Toronto’s biggest events, companies and sports teams including TIFF, WE Day, Microsoft, Holt Renfrew, Toronto Raptors, Argos, Blue Jays and Raptors 905 just to name a few. Performing at Irie Fest is their youngest all girl competitive crews ages 7 to 11 J NOUVEAU. For more information visit www.jadeshiphopacademy.com and follow us on social media @jadeshiphopacad



K.I.D.S. (Kreative In Dance Styles) was created to allow dancers of all ages to express themselves through the art of movement and empower the individual to find “ what makes them kreative ”. As professional dancers themselves, the Directors, share their talents and industry knowledge to bring out the best of students. The K.I.D.S. dance experience allows students to constantly challenge, and expand their horizons and evoke their artistic dreams.

We are dedicated to providing a professional, diverse, and quality dance experience at various skill levels. K.I.D.S. is proud to have an amazing faculty, some of the best talent in the industry! Classes are taught from foundational beginnings, incorporating technique, physical conditioning, across the floor, freestyling and grooves, movement intention and more.

At Kreative In Dance Styles (K.I.D.S. Inc)

  • We make the connection from studio to stage educating students on the difference between a “dancer” and a “performer”.
  • Students participate in a year-end showcase where they present their class
  • choreography, combined with other learned skills such as stage presence, charisma and confidence.

  • We promote a unique & positive environment for students to grow “kreatively”.
  • We believe in holistic learning and awareness within our studio by instilling positive attitudes and values, which dancers can apply outside the class, and into their everyday lives.

Beyond program classes we offer birthday parties, studio rentals, professional performances, drop in classes and adult fitness classes.

We have been apart of hundreds of corporate and industry events, flash mobs, film and television opportunities, such as: Justin Bieber’s Home for the Holidays, Princess Margaret Dance to Conquer Cancer, Disney’s Family Channel, featured on MTV, CITY TV, YTV, CP24, MUCH, ROGERS TV. and much more to come.




get mad crew
The GETMAD Syndicate was a crew founded in 2015 by Raffaele GETMAD B. The crew consists of dancers aged 9-18 and they specialize in Hip Hop and Urban dance styles. Under the leadership of Raffaele The GETMAD Syndicate has had opportunities to perform and compete on a variety stages across the GTA and they are excited to be joining us at Iriefest for their 4th consecutive year. These young dancers are committed using every platform they have to GETMAD which stands for Get Educated Through Music And Dance.