Kim Thomas Dance Project
                                                              A Youth Dance Company
© Kim Thomas Dance Project Inc. 2017
Faculty

 Kim Thomas, B.A., B.Ed., OCT  -  Co-owner & Artistic Director

Jazz, Lyrical, Stretch, Jumps and Turns, Musical Theatre and Competitive/Performance Choreography Kim   Thomas   is   a   co-owner   and   the   artistic   director   of   the   Kim   Thomas   Dance   Project.   The project,   a   youth   dance   company,   has   been   Kim's   long   time   dream.   The   dance   company   is now into its ninth year (2016/2017) after a series of highly successful years. Kim   Thomas   was   born   and   raised   in   Whitby,   Ontario   and   began   dancing   at   a   young   age, training    in    all    disciplines    of    dance.    She    won    numerous    awards    during    her    time    as    a competitive   student   including   high   scores/over-all   awards,   and   ballet   scholarships.   Kim   also held the title of Miss DEA Toronto. Kim   completed   her   B.A.   (Hons.)   at   La   Roche   College   in   Pittsburgh,   Pennsylvania   with   a major   in   Performing   Arts   (Dance).   She   then   went   on   to   complete   a   B.Ed.   degree   at   Queens University   in   Kingston   Ontario   where   she   was   one   of   a   select   number   of   students   in   the Artist   in   Community   Education   program.   Kim   is   currently   a   member   of   the   Ontario   College of    Teachers    with    a    certification    to    teach    Dramatic    Arts    and    English    Literature    at    the secondary school level. Kim   was   a   scholarship   student   in   the   La   Roche   College   dance   program,   which   provided   her with   an   intensive   focus   on   classical   ballet   training.   In   addition,   she   studied   jazz,   lyrical, partnering   and   musical   theatre   at   La   Roche.   Kim   also   studied   ballet   for   three   summers   in the   professional   program   at   the   Joffrey   Ballet   School   in   New   York   City.   Kim's   training   has also   included   attending   dance   courses,   workshops,   and   seminars   at   various   dance   schools such   as   the   Royal   Winnipeg   Ballet   School,   the   Martha   Graham   School   of   Contemporary   Dance   in   NYC,   the   Canadian   Children's   Dance Theatre, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She also completed an acting course at the University of Pittsburgh. Kim's    dance    performance    experience    includes:    The    Nutcracker,    Giselle,    Cinderella,    Coppelia,    and    contemporary    works    such    as Selections   from   Fosse   and   Queens   (choreography   by   Gerrard   Holt).   In   2006   Kim   performed   her   own   choreography   in   Toronto   (Fringe Dance   Festival   centre   stage,   and   Talent   Defined)   and   at   the   5th   International   Dance   Festival   in   New   York   City.   In   2007,   she   performed another new work in Toronto (Talent Defined) and in New York City at the 6th International Dance Festival. As   a   teacher,   Kim   has   taught   a   variety   of   dance   disciplines   with   a   strong   focus   on   the   competitive   student.   She   has   won   numerous high   score   and   choreography   awards   and   she   won   the   Fever   Teacher   Award   at   the   Fever   International   Dance   Championship   in   2010. Kim   has   had   past   students   accepted   into   The   National   Ballet   School,   The   Quinte   Ballet   School,   Canadian   Children's   Dance   Theatre   and various   University   dance   programs.   She   continues   to   be   excited   to   share   her   passion   and   knowledge   of   dance   with   enthusiastic students and to offer something unique to the community.
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Abigail   has   been   dancing   for   eighteen   years,   ten   of   which   she   performed   as   a   competitive   dancer.   She   has   trained   in   several   dance   styles   including   ballet,   jazz,   tap,   hip-hop,   musical theater   and   contemporary.   Abigail’s   passion   for   dance   has   led   her   to   pursue   a   career   in   the field   of   dance   education.   She   holds   a   Bachelor   of   Fine   Arts   Degree   with   honours   in   Dance from   York   University.   In   addition,   Abigail   is   currently   working   towards   achieving   her   teaching certification    with    the    A.D.A.P.T    association    and    is    a    registered    junior    level    teacher    with Acrobatique.    Abigail    has    been    teaching    dance    since    the    age    of    fifteen,    as    well    as    guest teaching   at   classes   and   workshops   throughout   the   GTA,   instructing   dancers   ranging   from   the ages   of   two   to   eighteen.   She   strives   to   continuously   improve   herself   as   both   a   dance   teacher and   educator   by   attending   dance   teacher   workshops   and   conventions   and   learning   from some   of   the   top   dance   educators   in   North   America.   Abigail   has   also   assisted   her   students   in achieving   many   great   accomplishments,   including   overall   high   scores,   acceptances   to   university   dance   programs,   national   titles   and   her choreography   has   won   numerous   awards   for   its   innovation   and   creativity.   Abigail   is   thrilled   to   be   working   with   the   talented   students   at KTDP and looks forward to an amazing season!

 Abigail Clarke

Guest Choreography
Angela   Cecchino   has   been   in   the   dance   industry   since   the   age   of   3   years   old   and   has   been recognized   by   many   professionals   in   the   industry.   She   graduated   from   St   Elizabeth   School   for the   Arts   in   2007   and   has   gone   on   to   achieve   great   accomplishments   and   prestigious   awards since   then.   She   was   named   a   pulse   protege   which   provided   her   the   opportunity   to   be   trained by   and   perform   for   Brian   Friedman.   She   has   also   assisted   Brian   Friedman,   Laureann   Gibson, Chris   Judd   and   Rhapsody.   She   has   also   worked   with   hip   hop   sensation   Luther   Brown   and assisted   and   danced   for   Leon   Blackwood   and   Nelly   Furtado's   choreographer   Scott   Fordham. One   of   Angela's   greatest   accomplishments   was   being   chosen   to   be   a   part   of   Blake   Mcgrath's team   Canada,   where   she   competed   in   a   world   championship   held   in   Germany.   This   wonderful opportunity   then   led   to   her   being   hired   by   Blake   Mcgrath   as   one   of   his   main   dancers   on   his Time   to   Move   Tour   which   allowed   her   to   dance   and   travel   all   across   Canada.   Angela   has   also danced   in   music   videos   for   Shawn   Desman.   Aside   from   her   own   dancing   accomplishments   she   has   also   received   many   special   awards for   her   unique   choreography   and   is   currently   pursuing   her   dreams   of   sharing   her   experiences   by   teaching   and   choreographing   many talented dancers across Canada. Angela is excited to be back with the Kim Thomas Dance Project for her fourth year.

 Angela  Cecchino

Guest Choreography
Shaun   has   pursued   an   extensive   dance   education   and   training   in   Jazz,   Lyrical,   Tap,   Ballet,   Contemporary   and   Hip   Hop   since   the   age   of   five.   He   has   been   featured   dancing   in   music videos   as   well   as   live   performances   with   Lady   Luck   Productions.   As   a   choreographer   Shaun has    worked    on    multiple    short    films    and    live    performances,    as    well    as    winning    multiple choreography   awards.   He   is   excited   to   be   sharing   his   knowledge   and   most   of   all   his   passion with the students at Kim Thomas Dance Project.

 Shaun Wolch

Hip Hop, Jazz and Competitive/Performance Choreography
Chantal has been dancing since the age of 3, she has studied in Ballet (R.A.D), Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Latin. She also specializes in Acrobatics, and Contortion. Throughout her competitive career Chantal has won numerous over-alls, scholarships, and special awards. Most notably Dancer of the Year at American Dance awards, as well as placing first in the senior division of Terpsichore's first Nationals held in Niagara Falls, NY. Chantal's award winning choreography has lead to students achieving overall awards, special awards, and titles. Most notably, Teen Miss CanDance, as well as 2nd Runner up American Dance Awards. Her students have also participated in the finals at Rising Star. In her pursuit to challenge herself she auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 4, and was thrilled to be a participant in the finals week held in Toronto. Chantal is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts as a dance major in modern and ballet. She also danced with the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleading Team for four seasons, it gave her the opportunity to perform with numerous recording artists throughout the years. A few of her performance credits include, live performances with Hedley at the General Motors Centre and ACC, live performances with Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, Maestro, Tim Hicks, and Nicole Arbour. Chantal continues to pursue her art, and challenge herself as well as her students; her passion, drive, and dedication to dance is limitless.

 Chantal Santos

Acro and Competitive/Performance Choreography

 Allison Toffan

Tap  and Competitive/Performance Choreography
Proudly    based    in    Toronto    for    over    a    decade,    Allison    Toffan    has    been    busy    stirring    up momentum   in   the   Canadian   tap   dance   community.   Recognized   by   multiple   arts   councils, she   has   been   awarded   numerous   grants   as   an   emerging   dance   artist,   developing   musician, choreographer,    and    producer.    Her    mentors    include    worldrenowned    tap    dance    artists Heather Cornell, Brenda Bufalino, and Max Pollak. Career   highlights   include:   featured   tap   dancer   at   the   2010   Olympic   Opening   Ceremonies, Warehouse    13    Series    Finale    (Jeff    Dimitriou),    Festival    Dance    Encore    (Tasha    Lawson),    TD Canada    Trust    Toronto    Jazz    Festival,    TapCity’s    Tap    Internationals    (Lisa    La    Touche,    NYC), Montreal   Tap   Festival’s   Rhythm   Lives!   -   with   living   legend   Arthur   Duncan,   and   establishing the   Toronto   Rhythm   Initiative   -   a   platform   Allison   created   to   voice   the   artistry   of   Toronto’s tap dancers in collaboration with live music. Teaching   credits   include   Artist   in   Residence   -   Ottawa   Rhythm   Initiative,   Dance   Faculty   at   Sheridan   College,   Randolph   Academy, Montreal   Tap   Festival,   Vancouver   International   Tap   Festival,   BC   Performing   Arts   Festival,   Manitoba   Dance   Festival,   as   well   as   multiple workshops across Canada and the US. Over   the   past   few   years   Allison   ‘s   work   was   featured   in   Toronto’s   Body   Percussion   Festival,   performed   in   Lisa’s   La   Touche’s   world premiere   of   Hold   On,   been   on   two   multi-city   US   tours   with   The   StepCrew,   is   a   contributing   artist   with   Anandam   Dancetheatre,   and created   The   Big   Band   Tap   Revue   in   collaboration   with   Toronto   Jazz   Orchestra’s   Artistic   Director   Josh   Grossman   and   co-producer   Soraya Peerbaye, directed by Emmy Award winner and tap dance icon Ted Louis Levy. Her next project: Artistic Director, 2017 Toronto International Tap Festival in association with Harbourfront Centre, stay tuned…

 Phillip Payne

Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, and Competitive/Performance Choreography
Phillip   Payne   began   his   Ballet   training   at   the   later   age   of   19.   His   first   professional   training     program   was   at   the   Quinte   Ballet   School   of   Canada   in   Belleville,   Ontario.   Under   the   guidance of   Mercedes   Bernardez   and   Brian   Scott.   After   attending   the   school   for   1   year   Phillip   was given   a   scholarship   to   attend   the   School   of   Alberta   Ballet   under   the   directorship   of   Murray and   Nancy   Kilgour,   two   teachers   from   the   Royal   Ballet   School   of   London,   England.   During   5 years   at   the   school   he   performed   both   corps   and   lead   roles   in   ballets   like   “La   Sylphide”,   “Don Quixote”,        “Nutcracker”,    “Bayadere”,    “Paquita”,    “Giselle”,    “Swan    Lake”,    “Sleeping    Beauty”, “Flower   Festival”      and   many   more.   During   his   education   Phillip   found   himself   onstage   with “The    Alberta    Ballet    Company”    numerous    times    as    well.    He    danced    in    ballets    such    as “Sleeping   Beauty”,   “Nutcracker”,   Christopher   Wheeldon's   “A   Midsummer   Night's   Dream”   and a CBC production “The Secret of the Nutcracker”. Upon    graduating    from    the    school    Phillip    joined    one    of    Canada's    last    touring    ballet companies.   Based   out   of   Toronto,   Ballet   Jorgen   Canada   was   home   to   Phillip   for   2   years.   In that   time   he   danced   well   over   200   performances   from   west   to   east   coast   and   traveled through   the   United   States.   He   danced   in   ballets   like   “Romeo   and   Juliet”,   “Nutcracker”   ,   Robert   Desrosiers   “Rendezvous”   and   a   brand new   full   length   “Anastasia”.   Phillip   was   also   apart   of   contemporary   creations   with   choreographers   such   as   Kathleen   Rae,      Malgorzata Nowacka, Daryl Hoskins and William Yong. Furthering   his   involvement   with   Toronto’s   dance   community   Phillip   joined   Opera   Atelier,   dancing   in   Mozart's   “Don   Giovanni”   and   “The Marksman”.   Phillip   also   performed   with   Opera   Atelier   in   “Armide”   by   composer   Jean-Baptiste   Lully.   This   particular   piece   traveled   to Versailles,   France   and   was   performed   in   the   original   theatre   located   inside   the   Palace   of   Versailles.   To   date,   this   has   been   one   of Phillip’s   career   highlights.   Another   highlight   for   this   Newfoundland   and   Labrador   native   was   dancing   and   singing   in   the   all   Canadian cast of Cats in 2013 performing the roles of “Plato” and the evil villain “Macavity”. Though   mostly   teaching   these   days,   Phillip   still   finds   time   to   perform   in   small   productions   throughout   the   year   and   until   this   season, has returned to Montreal every Christmas to dance with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in their telling of the Nutcracker. Phillip is very happy to be apart of the Kim Thomas Dance Project!
                                                              A Youth Dance Company
Faculty

 Kim Thomas, B.A., B.Ed.,

OCT  -  Co-owner & Artistic

Director

Jazz, Lyrical, Stretch, Jumps and Turns, Musical Theatre and Competitive/Performance Choreography Kim    Thomas    is    a co-owner    and    the artistic    director    of the     Kim     Thomas Dance   Project.   The project,      a      youth dance       company, has      been      Kim's long    time    dream. The                  dance company     is     now into   its   ninth   year (2016/2017)   after   a series      of      highly successful years. Kim    Thomas    was    born    and    raised    in    Whitby, Ontario    and    began    dancing    at    a    young    age, training    in    all    disciplines    of    dance.    She    won numerous     awards     during     her     time     as     a competitive   student   including   high   scores/over- all    awards,    and    ballet    scholarships.    Kim    also held the title of Miss DEA Toronto. Kim    completed    her    B.A.    (Hons.)    at    La    Roche College     in     Pittsburgh,     Pennsylvania     with     a major    in    Performing    Arts    (Dance).    She    then went   on   to   complete   a   B.Ed.   degree   at   Queens University   in   Kingston   Ontario   where   she   was one   of   a   select   number   of   students   in   the   Artist in     Community     Education     program.     Kim     is currently   a   member   of   the   Ontario   College   of Teachers   with   a   certification   to   teach   Dramatic Arts    and    English    Literature    at    the    secondary school level. Kim   was   a   scholarship   student   in   the   La   Roche College    dance    program,    which    provided    her with     an     intensive     focus     on     classical     ballet training.    In    addition,    she    studied    jazz,    lyrical, partnering    and    musical    theatre    at    La    Roche. Kim   also   studied   ballet   for   three   summers   in the   professional   program   at   the   Joffrey   Ballet School   in   New   York   City.   Kim's   training   has   also included   attending   dance   courses,   workshops, and   seminars   at   various   dance   schools   such   as the   Royal   Winnipeg   Ballet   School,   the   Martha Graham   School   of   Contemporary   Dance   in   NYC, the   Canadian   Children's   Dance   Theatre,   and   the University    of    Nevada    at    Las    Vegas.    She    also completed   an   acting   course   at   the   University   of Pittsburgh. Kim's   dance   performance   experience   includes: The    Nutcracker,    Giselle,    Cinderella,    Coppelia, and    contemporary    works    such    as    Selections from     Fosse     and     Queens     (choreography     by Gerrard   Holt).   In   2006   Kim   performed   her   own choreography   in   Toronto   (Fringe   Dance   Festival centre   stage,   and   Talent   Defined)   and   at   the   5th International   Dance   Festival   in   New   York   City.   In 2007,    she    performed    another    new    work    in Toronto   (Talent   Defined)   and   in   New   York   City   at the 6th International Dance Festival. As   a   teacher,   Kim   has   taught   a   variety   of   dance disciplines      with      a      strong      focus      on      the competitive    student.    She    has    won    numerous high   score   and   choreography   awards   and   she won    the    Fever    Teacher    Award    at    the    Fever International   Dance   Championship   in   2010.   Kim has     had     past     students     accepted     into     The National     Ballet     School,     The     Quinte     Ballet School,   Canadian   Children's   Dance   Theatre   and various      University      dance      programs.      She continues   to   be   excited   to   share   her   passion and     knowledge     of     dance     with     enthusiastic students   and   to   offer   something   unique   to   the community.
Kim Thomas Dance Project
Kim Thomas Dance Project
                                                              A Youth Dance Company
© Kim Thomas Dance Project Inc. 2017

 Abigail Clarke

Guest Choreography
Abigail        has        been dancing    for    eighteen years,    ten    of    which she    performed    as    a competitive       dancer. She     has     trained     in several    dance    styles including    ballet,    jazz, tap,         hip-hop,         musical         theater         and contemporary.   Abigail’s   passion   for   dance   has led   her   to   pursue   a   career   in   the   field   of   dance education.    She    holds    a    Bachelor    of    Fine    Arts Degree     with     honours     in     Dance     from     York University.     In     addition,     Abigail     is     currently working      towards      achieving      her      teaching certification   with   the   A.D.A.P.T   association   and is     a     registered     junior     level     teacher     with Acrobatique.   Abigail   has   been   teaching   dance since    the    age    of    fifteen,    as    well    as    guest teaching   at   classes   and   workshops   throughout the   GTA,   instructing   dancers   ranging   from   the ages     of     two     to     eighteen.     She     strives     to continuously   improve   herself   as   both   a   dance teacher     and     educator     by     attending     dance teacher      workshops      and      conventions      and learning   from   some   of   the   top   dance   educators in   North   America.   Abigail   has   also   assisted   her students         in         achieving         many         great accomplishments,   including   overall   high   scores, acceptances     to     university     dance     programs, national   titles   and   her   choreography   has   won numerous     awards     for     its     innovation     and creativity.   Abigail   is   thrilled   to   be   working   with the     talented     students     at     KTDP     and     looks forward to an amazing season!

 Angela  Cecchino

Guest Choreography
Angela    Cecchino    has been     in     the     dance industry      since      the age    of    3    years    old and          has          been recognized    by    many professionals    in    the industry.     She     graduated     from     St     Elizabeth School   for   the   Arts   in   2007   and   has   gone   on   to achieve   great   accomplishments   and   prestigious awards    since    then.    She    was    named    a    pulse protege   which   provided   her   the   opportunity   to be   trained   by   and   perform   for   Brian   Friedman. She   has   also   assisted   Brian   Friedman,   Laureann Gibson,   Chris   Judd   and   Rhapsody.   She   has   also worked   with   hip   hop   sensation   Luther   Brown and   assisted   and   danced   for   Leon   Blackwood and      Nelly      Furtado's      choreographer      Scott Fordham.         One         of         Angela's         greatest accomplishments   was   being   chosen   to   be   a   part of    Blake    Mcgrath's    team    Canada,    where    she competed    in    a    world    championship    held    in Germany.   This   wonderful   opportunity   then   led to   her   being   hired   by   Blake   Mcgrath   as   one   of his    main    dancers    on    his    Time    to    Move    Tour which   allowed   her   to   dance   and   travel   all   across Canada.   Angela   has   also   danced   in   music   videos for     Shawn     Desman.     Aside     from     her     own dancing   accomplishments   she   has   also   received many       special       awards       for       her       unique choreography    and    is    currently    pursuing    her dreams   of   sharing   her   experiences   by   teaching and    choreographing    many    talented    dancers across   Canada.   Angela   is   excited   to   be   back   with the   Kim   Thomas   Dance   Project   for   her   fourth year.

 Shaun Wolch

Hip Hop, Jazz and Competitive/Performance Choreography
Shaun     has     pursued an     extensive     dance education                and training         in         Jazz, Lyrical,      Tap,      Ballet,   Contemporary        and Hip     Hop     since     the age    of    five.    He    has been   featured   dancing   in   music   videos   as   well as       live       performances       with       Lady       Luck Productions.    As    a    choreographer    Shaun    has worked     on     multiple     short     films     and     live performances,     as     well     as     winning     multiple choreography     awards.     He     is     excited     to     be sharing    his    knowledge    and    most    of    all    his passion   with   the   students   at   Kim   Thomas   Dance Project.
Chantal has been dancing since the age of 3, she has studied in Ballet (R.A.D), Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Latin. She also specializes in Acrobatics, and Contortion. Throughout her competitive career Chantal has won numerous over-alls, scholarships, and special awards. Most notably Dancer of the Year at American Dance awards, as well as placing first in the senior division of Terpsichore's first Nationals held in Niagara Falls, NY. Chantal's award winning choreography has lead to students achieving overall awards, special awards, and titles. Most notably, Teen Miss CanDance, as well as 2nd Runner up American Dance Awards. Her students have also participated in the finals at Rising Star. In her pursuit to challenge herself she auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 4, and was thrilled to be a participant in the finals week held in Toronto. Chantal is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts as a dance major in modern and ballet. She also danced with the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleading Team for four seasons, it gave her the opportunity to perform with numerous recording artists throughout the years. A few of her performance credits include, live performances with Hedley at the General Motors Centre and ACC, live performances with Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, Maestro, Tim Hicks, and Nicole Arbour. Chantal continues to pursue her art, and challenge herself as well as her students; her passion, drive, and dedication to dance is limitless.

 Chantal Santos

Acro and Competitive/Performance Choreography

 Allison Toffan

Tap  and Competitive/Performance Choreography
Proudly       based       in Toronto    for    over    a decade,              Allison Toffan   has   been   busy stirring                      up momentum     in     the Canadian    tap    dance c   o   m   m   u   n   i   t   y   .     Recognized    by    multiple    arts    councils,    she    has been   awarded   numerous   grants   as   an   emerging dance           artist,           developing           musician, choreographer,     and     producer.     Her     mentors include      worldrenowned      tap      dance      artists Heather     Cornell,     Brenda     Bufalino,     and     Max Pollak. Career   highlights   include:   featured   tap   dancer   at the      2010      Olympic      Opening      Ceremonies, Warehouse    13    Series    Finale    (Jeff    Dimitriou), Festival     Dance     Encore     (Tasha     Lawson),     TD Canada   Trust   Toronto   Jazz   Festival,   TapCity’s   Tap Internationals   (Lisa   La   Touche,   NYC),   Montreal Tap   Festival’s   Rhythm   Lives!   -   with   living   legend Arthur    Duncan,    and    establishing    the    Toronto Rhythm   Initiative   -   a   platform   Allison   created   to voice    the    artistry    of    Toronto’s    tap    dancers    in collaboration with live music. Teaching    credits    include    Artist    in    Residence    - Ottawa     Rhythm     Initiative,     Dance     Faculty     at Sheridan   College,   Randolph   Academy,   Montreal Tap      Festival,      Vancouver      International      Tap Festival,   BC   Performing   Arts   Festival,   Manitoba Dance   Festival,   as   well   as   multiple   workshops across Canada and the US. Over    the    past    few    years    Allison    ‘s    work    was featured   in   Toronto’s   Body   Percussion   Festival, performed   in   Lisa’s   La   Touche’s   world   premiere of   Hold   On,   been   on   two   multi-city   US   tours   with The     StepCrew,     is     a     contributing     artist     with Anandam    Dancetheatre,    and    created    The    Big Band   Tap   Revue   in   collaboration   with   Toronto Jazz   Orchestra’s   Artistic   Director   Josh   Grossman and   co-producer   Soraya   Peerbaye,   directed   by Emmy    Award    winner    and    tap    dance    icon    Ted Louis Levy. Her   next   project:   Artistic   Director,   2017   Toronto International    Tap    Festival    in    association    with Harbourfront Centre, stay tuned…

 Phillip Payne

Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, and Competitive/Performance Choreography
Phillip     Payne     began his    Ballet    training    at the    later    age    of    19. His    first    professional training      program   was at    the    Quinte    Ballet School    of    Canada    in Belleville,          Ontario. Under     the     guidance of    Mercedes    Bernardez    and    Brian    Scott.    After attending   the   school   for   1   year   Phillip   was   given a    scholarship    to    attend    the    School    of    Alberta Ballet    under    the    directorship    of    Murray    and Nancy    Kilgour,    two    teachers    from    the    Royal Ballet   School   of   London,   England.   During   5   years at   the   school   he   performed   both   corps   and   lead roles   in   ballets   like   “La   Sylphide”,   “Don   Quixote”,     “Nutcracker”,     “Bayadere”,     “Paquita”,     “Giselle”, “Swan   Lake”,   “Sleeping   Beauty”,   “Flower   Festival”     and    many    more.    During    his    education    Phillip found   himself   onstage   with   “The   Alberta   Ballet Company”   numerous   times   as   well.   He   danced in       ballets       such       as       “Sleeping       Beauty”, “Nutcracker”,        Christopher        Wheeldon's        “A Midsummer      Night's      Dream”      and      a      CBC production “The Secret of the Nutcracker”. Upon   graduating   from   the   school   Phillip   joined one   of   Canada's   last   touring   ballet   companies. Based   out   of   Toronto,   Ballet   Jorgen   Canada   was home    to    Phillip    for    2    years.    In    that    time    he danced   well   over   200   performances   from   west to   east   coast   and   traveled   through   the   United States.    He    danced    in    ballets    like    “Romeo    and Juliet”,       “Nutcracker”       ,       Robert       Desrosiers “Rendezvous”     and     a     brand     new     full     length “Anastasia”.       Phillip       was       also       apart       of contemporary    creations    with    choreographers such    as    Kathleen    Rae,        Malgorzata    Nowacka, Daryl Hoskins and William Yong. Furthering   his   involvement   with   Toronto’s   dance community   Phillip   joined   Opera   Atelier,   dancing in   Mozart's   “Don   Giovanni”   and   “The   Marksman”. Phillip    also    performed    with    Opera    Atelier    in “Armide”   by   composer   Jean-Baptiste   Lully.   This particular    piece    traveled    to    Versailles,    France and     was     performed     in     the     original     theatre located   inside   the   Palace   of   Versailles.   To   date, this   has   been   one   of   Phillip’s   career   highlights. Another    highlight    for    this    Newfoundland    and Labrador   native   was   dancing   and   singing   in   the all   Canadian   cast   of   Cats   in   2013   performing   the roles of “Plato” and the evil villain “Macavity”. Though   mostly   teaching   these   days,   Phillip   still finds    time    to    perform    in    small    productions throughout   the   year   and   until   this   season,   has returned   to   Montreal   every   Christmas   to   dance with   Les   Grands   Ballet   Canadiens   in   their   telling of the Nutcracker. Phillip    is    very    happy    to    be    apart    of    the    Kim Thomas Dance Project!
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