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Andrea Douglas B.F.A., B.Ed., M.A.F.,   Andrea Douglas, Artistic Director, is a   dance educator, and choreographer. She received her training at The Guyana, National School of Dance, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Jamaica, York University Faculty of Fine Arts and the University of Toronto. Andrea is a former dancer with the Guyana National Dance Company and the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and trained with legendary Caribbean instructors including Astor Johnson of Trinidad, Eduardo Rivera of Cuba, and Rex Nettleford of Jamaica.  Andrea founded the Children and Youth Dance Theatre in September 1993 as a community based Dance program and for over 25 years has shared the joy of dance with children living in underserviced communities such as Jane and Finch, Scarborough and Lawrence Heights. An avid advocate for Arts in Education and Integrated Arts as a Differentiated Instruction process, she has inspired and empowered young dancers in every school she has served in TDSB, as a teacher as currently as an Administrator with TDSB.  Andrea has facilitated Lecture demonstrations, presentations and Dance workshop both locally and internationally. Her international Conferences presentations include  Caribbean & Contemporary Movement Improvisation, “Masquerade Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, “Dance and the Caribbean Child” and “Dancing Beyond all Odds”.  Andrea has received numerous awards for her consistent contribution to Caribbean Festivals, Community Initiatives, Preparation of Youth, and her Outstanding Contribution to Guyana’s Culture and Heritage. Andrea is the proud recipient of the BBPA’s 2013 Harry Jerome Award of Excellence in the Arts.

Andrea Douglas B.F.A., B.Ed., M.A.F.,

Andrea Douglas, Artistic Director, is a dance educator, and choreographer. She received her training at The Guyana, National School of Dance, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Jamaica, York University Faculty of Fine Arts and the University of Toronto. Andrea is a former dancer with the Guyana National Dance Company and the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and trained with legendary Caribbean instructors including Astor Johnson of Trinidad, Eduardo Rivera of Cuba, and Rex Nettleford of Jamaica.

Andrea founded the Children and Youth Dance Theatre in September 1993 as a community based Dance program and for over 25 years has shared the joy of dance with children living in underserviced communities such as Jane and Finch, Scarborough and Lawrence Heights. An avid advocate for Arts in Education and Integrated Arts as a Differentiated Instruction process, she has inspired and empowered young dancers in every school she has served in TDSB, as a teacher as currently as an Administrator with TDSB.

Andrea has facilitated Lecture demonstrations, presentations and Dance workshop both locally and internationally. Her international Conferences presentations include Caribbean & Contemporary Movement Improvisation, “Masquerade Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, “Dance and the Caribbean Child” and “Dancing Beyond all Odds”. Andrea has received numerous awards for her consistent contribution to Caribbean Festivals, Community Initiatives, Preparation of Youth, and her Outstanding Contribution to Guyana’s Culture and Heritage. Andrea is the proud recipient of the BBPA’s 2013 Harry Jerome Award of Excellence in the Arts.


Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Arsenio started Classical Ballet at age 7, and while studying, chose Modern Dance. He attended the Conservatorio, (National School of Dance in Havana) for 4 years and graduated with his Bachelor Degree in Modern Dance Performance and Teaching. He received awards for the Most Technical Modern dancer of his year and the Most Valuable Dancer. In his final year, he performed with the world-renowned Folklorica Nacional de Cuba, the premier Cuban modern/folk company.  In 1995, he was invited to Jamaica to join the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) as Principal Dancer, directed by Professor Rex Nettleford. Arsenio toured with the NDTC to the United States, England, Canada and the Caribbean. He also choreographed major Company works – “Congo Laye”, “Dimensions” “Fusion”, “Footprints”, “Out of Many”, “Asi Somos”, “Intervalos” and “My Prayer” which was mounted for Cuba’s Danza Teatro del Caribe, remaining active in their repertoire. His dedication and sterling contribution to the NDTC was recognized in 2012.  From 1996 to 2010, Arsenio was Lecturer in Dance at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts – Dance, Jamaica, teaching Modern Dance, Ballet and Repertory. He was choreographer and Artistic Director of the annual Faculty Dance Concerts and the College’s DanceWorks. In October 2015, he was guest master teacher at the school and NDTC.  Arsenio taught and choreographed for all the major Jamaican dance companies and groups, in addition to choreographing for Gala Events, such as The Prime Minister’s Awards Ceremony 2000. He was invited to choreograph for the Opening Ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.  He maintains his international links with artistic residencies in Suriname, South America as co-founder of CoDanco in Summers 2011 through present. In 2013, Arsenio was appointed Creative Consultant and Choreographer by the Government of Suriname for CARIFESTA 2013 (Caribbean Festival of the Arts) hosted by Suriname.  With his move to Canada, Arsenio currently teaches at Ryerson University, COBA, Ballet Creole and Kashedance. In addition, he has taught at and choreographed for Cawthra Park Secondary School and Rosedale Secondary School in Toronto. In the summers of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, he taught classes for Kenny Pearl’s summer intensive, and  In 2011, Arsenio was invited to choreograph for Ryerson Dances at Ryerson University, producing a major work “Encounters”. In April 2013, he premiered “The Red Candle”, a social commentary, on COBA in their season Evoque.  Most recently in Canada, Arsenio mounted “Congo Laye” on Kashedance for Vanguardia Festival December 2014, and he choreographed and performed in the premiere of a new work “More Than My Own Skin” for Roshanak Jaberi Projects for DanceOntarioWeekend 2016.

Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Arsenio started Classical Ballet at age 7, and while studying, chose Modern Dance. He attended the Conservatorio, (National School of Dance in Havana) for 4 years and graduated with his Bachelor Degree in Modern Dance Performance and Teaching. He received awards for the Most Technical Modern dancer of his year and the Most Valuable Dancer. In his final year, he performed with the world-renowned Folklorica Nacional de Cuba, the premier Cuban modern/folk company.

In 1995, he was invited to Jamaica to join the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) as Principal Dancer, directed by Professor Rex Nettleford. Arsenio toured with the NDTC to the United States, England, Canada and the Caribbean. He also choreographed major Company works – “Congo Laye”, “Dimensions” “Fusion”, “Footprints”, “Out of Many”, “Asi Somos”, “Intervalos” and “My Prayer” which was mounted for Cuba’s Danza Teatro del Caribe, remaining active in their repertoire. His dedication and sterling contribution to the NDTC was recognized in 2012.

From 1996 to 2010, Arsenio was Lecturer in Dance at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts – Dance, Jamaica, teaching Modern Dance, Ballet and Repertory. He was choreographer and Artistic Director of the annual Faculty Dance Concerts and the College’s DanceWorks. In October 2015, he was guest master teacher at the school and NDTC.

Arsenio taught and choreographed for all the major Jamaican dance companies and groups, in addition to choreographing for Gala Events, such as The Prime Minister’s Awards Ceremony 2000. He was invited to choreograph for the Opening Ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.

He maintains his international links with artistic residencies in Suriname, South America as co-founder of CoDanco in Summers 2011 through present. In 2013, Arsenio was appointed Creative Consultant and Choreographer by the Government of Suriname for CARIFESTA 2013 (Caribbean Festival of the Arts) hosted by Suriname.

With his move to Canada, Arsenio currently teaches at Ryerson University, COBA, Ballet Creole and Kashedance. In addition, he has taught at and choreographed for Cawthra Park Secondary School and Rosedale Secondary School in Toronto. In the summers of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, he taught classes for Kenny Pearl’s summer intensive, and

In 2011, Arsenio was invited to choreograph for Ryerson Dances at Ryerson University, producing a major work “Encounters”. In April 2013, he premiered “The Red Candle”, a social commentary, on COBA in their season Evoque.

Most recently in Canada, Arsenio mounted “Congo Laye” on Kashedance for Vanguardia Festival December 2014, and he choreographed and performed in the premiere of a new work “More Than My Own Skin” for Roshanak Jaberi Projects for DanceOntarioWeekend 2016.


Ayana Henry teaches jazz to students in CYDT’s junior department. She is a graduate of York University’s Glendon College and received her dance training as a student of Mayfield Secondary School Regional Arts Program and later at the Studio School of Dance in Brampton.  A recipient of Choreographer of the Year Award, Glendon Dance Team -2018, Ayana has taught and choreographed for the Glendon College Dance Team, Toronto, ON, coordinated and managed the Lady Ballers Camp dance programs in Brampton and assisted with the creation of girl-centered programs which encouraged physical, emotional, and social development. Ayana has also taught classes for The Studio School of Dance, Brampton, ON.  Ayana is a passionate and dedicated dance instructor whose ambition is to share her dance training and performance experience in order to inspire other dancers and to help them grow. As an instructor her strength is her ability to break down steps and work at a pace that is suitable to the needs of each dancer and also her demonstrated excellence in working with and instructing dancers for various ages and styles.

Ayana Henry teaches jazz to students in CYDT’s junior department. She is a graduate of York University’s Glendon College and received her dance training as a student of Mayfield Secondary School Regional Arts Program and later at the Studio School of Dance in Brampton.

A recipient of Choreographer of the Year Award, Glendon Dance Team -2018, Ayana has taught and choreographed for the Glendon College Dance Team, Toronto, ON, coordinated and managed the Lady Ballers Camp dance programs in Brampton and assisted with the creation of girl-centered programs which encouraged physical, emotional, and social development. Ayana has also taught classes for The Studio School of Dance, Brampton, ON.

Ayana is a passionate and dedicated dance instructor whose ambition is to share her dance training and performance experience in order to inspire other dancers and to help them grow. As an instructor her strength is her ability to break down steps and work at a pace that is suitable to the needs of each dancer and also her demonstrated excellence in working with and instructing dancers for various ages and styles.


Over the past 20 years Caroline has had the privilege of dancing in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Starting off she danced with The National Ballet Prague. Upon returning to North America she danced for choreographers Peter Anastos, Julia Aplin, Peggy Baker, Bridget Cauthrey, Jennifer Lynn Dick, David Earle, Christopher House, Megan O’Shea, Vicki St.Denis, Lucy Rupert, Anne Troake, and others. Caroline has a dance performance diploma from George Brown College and holds a teaching certificate from The Royal Academy of Dance. She has taught ballet and contemporary dance extensively over the last 23 years. In the past 5 years she has developed her own program which explores creative expression through movement and has been teaching it throughout public schools in and around Toronto.

Over the past 20 years Caroline has had the privilege of dancing in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Starting off she danced with The National Ballet Prague. Upon returning to North America she danced for choreographers Peter Anastos, Julia Aplin, Peggy Baker, Bridget Cauthrey, Jennifer Lynn Dick, David Earle, Christopher House, Megan O’Shea, Vicki St.Denis, Lucy Rupert, Anne Troake, and others. Caroline has a dance performance diploma from George Brown College and holds a teaching certificate from The Royal Academy of Dance. She has taught ballet and contemporary dance extensively over the last 23 years. In the past 5 years she has developed her own program which explores creative expression through movement and has been teaching it throughout public schools in and around Toronto.


Chelcia Creary  began dancing at the age of 19 at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, in Jamaica, where she obtained a Bachelor's in Dance Education. She was a former member of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) where she has toured extensively to the Caribbean, the United States,Europe and Asia. She has also studied with Ballet Creole as an apprentice and now she freelances as a dancer and teacher with the Children and Youth Dance Theatre (CYDT), Akwaba Cultural Dance Group and La’Riatsila Dance Theatre.

Chelcia Creary began dancing at the age of 19 at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, in Jamaica, where she obtained a Bachelor's in Dance Education. She was a former member of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) where she has toured extensively to the Caribbean, the United States,Europe and Asia. She has also studied with Ballet Creole as an apprentice and now she freelances as a dancer and teacher with the Children and Youth Dance Theatre (CYDT), Akwaba Cultural Dance Group and La’Riatsila Dance Theatre.

Dane (a.k.a. Tallup) was born in Belmont, Trinidad & Tobago and had the makings of a true dancer even at a very early age. Dane has been in many contemporary music videos and film media including videos by Keisha Chante, Melanie Dura, Kardinal Offishall and many more.Recently, did a commercial as a super fan for the T.V show Big brother Canada 2014 Determined. Talented. Creative. Dane’s abilities are as apparent as his stature. His innate sense of timing and drama along with his natural energy and skill make him a fantastic hip hop teacher!

Dane (a.k.a. Tallup) was born in Belmont, Trinidad & Tobago and had the makings of a true dancer even at a very early age. Dane has been in many contemporary music videos and film media including videos by Keisha Chante, Melanie Dura, Kardinal Offishall and many more.Recently, did a commercial as a super fan for the T.V show Big brother Canada 2014 Determined. Talented. Creative. Dane’s abilities are as apparent as his stature. His innate sense of timing and drama along with his natural energy and skill make him a fantastic hip hop teacher!


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Bailey Woodman  is an accomplished professional dancer from Toronto, Canada, trained in all disciplines of dance. She has competed in dance across North America and Europe from the tender age of 7, and is an Associate Member of   Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance .   Bailey has work professionally on stage, television and in film and her lifetime work as an instructor and dancer spans from Canada to countries world wide. Bailey is also an accomplished choreographer and master class instructor at institutions in the Caribbean and all over Canada. Bailey has recently joined the other side of the table as a sought after adjudicator at competitions on all coasts of Canada. As a guest choreographer with CYDT, Bailey’s positive, yet constructive feedback has made students of all ages improve through inspiration and a rekindled enthusiasm. Bailey currently performs internationally for some of the worlds most distinguished companies and artists, and is extremely excited for her future in the United States of America.   BAILEY BELIEVES DANCE HAS THE POWER TO   install values in a child that can not be taught in any other means. “In dance class kids learn how to trust their instincts, try something new, constantly work outside of their comfort zone, work in a team, work hard even when they are tired and much more. These are values that are completely irreplaceable whether you are in a classroom or at work environment!

Bailey Woodman is an accomplished professional dancer from Toronto, Canada, trained in all disciplines of dance. She has competed in dance across North America and Europe from the tender age of 7, and is an Associate Member of Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Bailey has work professionally on stage, television and in film and her lifetime work as an instructor and dancer spans from Canada to countries world wide. Bailey is also an accomplished choreographer and master class instructor at institutions in the Caribbean and all over Canada. Bailey has recently joined the other side of the table as a sought after adjudicator at competitions on all coasts of Canada. As a guest choreographer with CYDT, Bailey’s positive, yet constructive feedback has made students of all ages improve through inspiration and a rekindled enthusiasm. Bailey currently performs internationally for some of the worlds most distinguished companies and artists, and is extremely excited for her future in the United States of America.
BAILEY BELIEVES DANCE HAS THE POWER TO install values in a child that can not be taught in any other means. “In dance class kids learn how to trust their instincts, try something new, constantly work outside of their comfort zone, work in a team, work hard even when they are tired and much more. These are values that are completely irreplaceable whether you are in a classroom or at work environment!

Rhenice Bowman is a Graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College who uses her intensive background in various forms of arts and streams of design, not only to create project, graphic designs, and professional writing but also as a choreographer. She is a visionary and a mega-talented creative artist whose choreographic skills allows her to excel with any motif presented.  Rhenice is a professional dance teacher, Personal Trainer, and beyond all these skills, owns a small clothing and costume company. In a short space of time Rhenice manages artistic creations that evolve out of the moment. Her work with CYDT has always been pleasing to the creative eye and she brings out the spirit and deep inner qualities of each and every dancers.  Rhenice was introduced to us in 2017 by her sister Rhea Howley who was also an instructor with CYDT. From that day we could feel her as part of our family. “We love you Rhenice” – The girls

Rhenice Bowman is a Graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College who uses her intensive background in various forms of arts and streams of design, not only to create project, graphic designs, and professional writing but also as a choreographer. She is a visionary and a mega-talented creative artist whose choreographic skills allows her to excel with any motif presented.

Rhenice is a professional dance teacher, Personal Trainer, and beyond all these skills, owns a small clothing and costume company. In a short space of time Rhenice manages artistic creations that evolve out of the moment. Her work with CYDT has always been pleasing to the creative eye and she brings out the spirit and deep inner qualities of each and every dancers.

Rhenice was introduced to us in 2017 by her sister Rhea Howley who was also an instructor with CYDT. From that day we could feel her as part of our family. “We love you Rhenice” – The girls


 
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