Live on CIUT 89.5 FM
Airing Date: May 12, 2021
Hosted By: Nicole Inica Hamilton
Featured Guest(s) : Billy Mustapha, Christos Tsiantoulas
About Billy Mustapha:
Billy was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He began pursuing his love of dance at the age of seven at Dance Spectrum, where he immersed himself into every genre offered.
By the time he was 17 years old, Billy was training with Sarah Dolan of O2 Dance Company, Universesoul Hip Hop Company, and was named Triple Threat Dance Convention’s Achievement Award Winner. As the Achievement AwardWinner, Billy worked closely with some of the top choreographers in the industry, including Megan Lawson, Jillian Meyers, Tina Landon, Nick Lanzisera, Tyce Diorio, Luther Brown, and Kelly Konno. Later that year, Billy made the move to Vancouver and joined the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre, under the direction of Moe Brody, and started training with TwoFourSeven Hip Hop Company.
While living in Vancouver, Billy has had the pleasure of working as a dancer and skeleton crew on several prestigious projects such as ABC’s OnceUpon A Time, Disney’s Freaky Friday, Star Struck: A Cinderella Story, Christmas Chronicles Two with choreographer Christopher Scott, and on Disney’s Descendants 3, under the direction of Kenny Ortega and Jamal Sims. Most recently, Billy has been working as a series regular on seasons one and two of NBC’s hit TV show, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, with Emmy award winning choreographer Mandy Moore. Billy has worked on national TV commercials, including his work as the assistant choreographer on Apple’s commercial The Stuntman, alongside choreographer Jillian Meyers.
Billy has a passion for storytelling through movement and choreography. He is grateful for the mentorship and guidance of role models in the industry, who have inspired him to develop as a dancer and choreographer.
Billy is appreciative of the friendships and connections that dance has fostered, both in and outside of the dance community. Currently, Billy is living between Canada and the United States, while he continues to pursue his love of dance.
About Christos Tsiantoulas:
Christos Tsiantoulas is a force to be reckoned with. He is a Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher currently residing in Toronto. Born and raised in the small town of St.Ann’s, Ontario, he taught himself how to dance in the empty barns of his family’s turkey farm. In high school, he began intensively training in technical and urban styles, while travelling to various dance conventions and workshops across the nation, and eventually around the world.
Christos has had the opportunity to work with many well renowned choreographers such as Jeff Dimitriou, Tanisha Scott, Mark Samuels, Scott Fordham, Leon Blackwood, and Caroline Torti, and has recently come off of working as an assistant choreographer to Amy Wright for the recent Amazon Prime series “The Boys.” He also directed his first artistic campaign titled “Artgazm,” which features various iconic artists from Toronto and is to be released to an international audience.
Christos’ credits include: Raptors YYZ (currently known as the Northside Crew), Serena Ryder, Blake McGrath, Feist, Belly, Tynomi Banks, Pan Am Games Closing Ceremonies, the Social TV, Toronto Pride, The Male Initiative and more. He has choreographed for the Mini Pop Kids North American Tour, and for local artists Adonis Chantz, Gabyboy and Dani. Christos is also a faculty member at the Underground Dance Centre, and DanceLifeX, and continues to host classes for those willing to elevate.
His fiery passion for teaching and choreographing has led him to create his own elite dance troupe titled ‘Proper Etiquette’. He feels extremely connected to the work that he creates and wishes to use this platform as another way to share his intense passion with the world.
Christos is extremely eager to take his talent to the United States of America. He is eternally grateful and expresses much gratitude for all of the opportunities he has received and continues to receive in Toronto, but is ready to show the world what he is all about. His talent has been globally recognized by some of the most sought out in the industry who are just waiting to work with him. Christos continues to be inspired by various aspects of the entertainment industry and is driven to make his mark.