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Talking dance since March 2016
Turn Out Radio is an innovative and engaging talk show which presents the latest in dance news within the national and international spectrum of current events. A fresh and lively program, Turn Out Radio broadcasts live every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m EST and can be heard on CIUT 89.5 FM, Bell Fibe TV, Rogers Cable TV, and the TuneIn Radio App.
Don’t miss the conversations which connect with independent artists, celebrities in the field, historians, costumers, writers and more to discover the latest in the news of our day. Including; Performance highlights, dance health, new trends and the real stories that live beyond the stage. This is real talk. This is Turn Out Radio.
Nicole Inica Hamilton
Nicole Inica Hamilton is the Founder, and Artistic Director of Inica Dance Industries. An award winning choreographer, dance educator, and certified member of Dance Masters of Canada and Dance Masters of America, Hamilton has served as a faculty member, Mentor, and guest teacher at institutes across Canada, and the U.S.A, including George Brown College, University of Toronto, and York University. Hamilton’s choreography has been showcased on many platforms including Canada’s National Arts Centre and Toronto’s Meridian Hall, with special commissions presented in but not limited to; WRM South Africa, and The Toronto Fringe Festival. Hamilton serves as a contributing Host on the Career Buzz Show.
Learn more about Nicole Inica Hamilton HERE.
Malgorzata Nowacka-May is a dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of The Chimera Project. The Chimera Project produces FRESH BLOOD in association with the Harbouront Centre, an annual festival featuring works of emerging artists, and directs an ongoing mentorship program, Company B, in partnership with George Brown Dance. Malgorzata Nowacka is described as “most exciting” and “most original in Canada” (The Globe and Mail), and is named in the Top 10 performances of the year in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NOW and FASHION. She was showcased in some of Canada’s most prestigious contexts, including the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), DanceWorks Mainstage series (Toronto), Dance Victoria (Victoria) Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver) and Lila Lopez International Dance Festival (Mexico). Nowacka has been creating contemporary ballets for Ballet Jörgen Canada since 2010 which have been performed throughout Canada.
Learn more about Malgorzata Nowacka-May HERE.
Samara Thompson is an independent choreographer and dance educator, specializing in the integration of computer technology with dance. She has presented her choreography across Canada, was the recipient of a Paula Citron Dance Award for choreography, written for the Dance Current, and was a co-host on the radio show Evi-Dance. Thompson graduated with her MA and Honours BFA in Dance from York University and trained in and performed the works of many notable artists in Canada and the United States. She currently teaches dance at York University and is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Dance Ontario.
Learn more about Samara Thompson HERE.
Keira Marie Forde
Keira Marie Forde is a multi-disciplinary physical performer and creator. Keira is passionate about creating cross cultural physical work that explores her connection with the Canadian Caribbean community. Keira is a recent graduate of Humber’s Theatre Performance Program, and the George Brown Dance Performance Preparation Program.
Her recent credits include: Relay with Expect Theatres Beats and Intentions; Infinity Machine with Sharron Moore at Humber Theatre; Unleashed with George Brown Dance and The North American Film Awards with Diva Diverse.
Keira is a recent grad of the mentorship program in the Coco Collective (@cococollectiveto) window of opportunity program. Keira and her creative partner Montana Summers are current artists in residence at the “Wee festival” with their company 4Thought Dance Theatre.
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Amber Downie-Back is a dancer and interdisciplinary artist. She has performed professionally in festivals such as Le Festival TransAmériques. She has published writing in the Dance Current and she is a certified Level 2 teacher of Conditioning with Imagery. Amber’s projects push dance into a collaborative context with other media such as music, film, and video art. Her works examine the reflections of natural spaces in the digital world. She is interested in creating transformative experiences that are at once intimate, communal, and atmospheric. Amber is a settler with ancestry from Scotland and England. She is currently living and working as a continually learning uninvited guest on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
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Guest Host/ Youth Correspondent
Nathaniel Chua is a versatile dancer who has been training since the age of 4 and has been competing in dance for 8 years. He has now transitioned to a professional ballet program. In
2016 he performed live onstage with Justin Bieber in Minneapolis for the WORLD PURPOSE TOUR. In December 2019, he performed in the 2 -week run of the Nutcracker at the Four
Seasons in Toronto. Nathaniel is the 2018 Canadian National Exhibition’s Rising Star Junior Grand Champion and has appeared in several music videos and commercials for the MiniPop Kids. He is grateful to have worked with Hip Hop Choreographers Misha Gabriel, Randi and Hefa for performance opportunities in Las Vegas and Orlando.
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Sara Shanazarian has worked as a CBC producer/reporter for “Newsday in BC”, television host/content writer for “Burnaby Connect” — a Shaw Community Access show, and as an on-air host/creator/writer for “Various Voices” on CJSF Radio. She has worked in New York at Stewart/Whitley Casting, where she managed/organized Broadway auditions, as well as liaised with a variety of clients from dance, music, film, TV and stage. As of late, Sara has had the opportunity to host on-air at Boom 97.3 FM. She runs her own theatre company Party Time Productions, which produced the award winning musical comedy “Twinsations.” Sara is a former competitive dancer with credits throughout Canada and the U.S.A.
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Learn more about Shawn Byfield HERE.
Guest Host/ Health Correspondent
Dr. Blessyl Buan is a Toronto-based Chiropractor, Dance Artist and Mom of 4 that marries evidence-based science while holding a safe space for performing artists to reach their goals. Her integrated approach includes: Joint manipulation, Myofascial Release Techniques, Medical Acupuncture, Kinesiotaping and Dance Coaching/Conditioning. You can also find her teaching workshops, performing Healthy Dancer Screens and taking a dance class.
Learn more about Blessyl Buan HERE.
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Jamie has danced for MADONNA, ARIANA GRANDE, NICK JONAS, KIESZA, DEMI LOVATO, The JONAS BROTHERS, VITA CHAMBERS, SHILOH, and many more. On screen you can see Jamie as a featured dancer in Disney’s CAMP ROCK 2. He was one of the top 5 male Triple Threat finalists on CBC’s hit reality TV series, “TRIPLE SENSATION.” Following the run of the TV show, Jamie was cast in the last professional Broadway production of HAIRSPRAY (Charlottetown Festival). He played the role of FENDER and was thrilled to share the stage with George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”). His Film/Video credits include leading roles in the award winning History Television feature, “Death or Canada,” TVO’s “Explore My World,” CBC’s “Breakout!,” and the Much Music Video Awards.
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Ashleigh began her ballet training in Ottawa at the Kanata Ballet School. In 2009, she graduated
from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program with Distinction. During her
training at the NBS she obtained her teaching qualifications with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and the Royal Academy of Dance – as well as her Advance II dancing qualifications from all three organizations. Ashleigh is the recipient of both the Carole Chadwick Award and the Betty Oliphant Award for teaching and holds an Honours Degree in History and Sociology from the University of Toronto. In addition to teaching, Ashleigh works as a choreographer.
Learn more about Ashleigh Powell HERE.
Jeff Dimitriou is a World Renowned Choreographer, director, creator and artist. His artistic projects include creating for film, television, world ceremonies, theatre, live events, and art installations. He is the creator of JDX Creative, his very own production entertainment funhouse. He has created 6 original JDX Creative theatrical stage presentations that are currently playing worldwide with on going plans to open a satellite office in Mumbai, India to bring acclaimed musicals to a new market. Jeff has the rare privilege of working in many different genres of the arts and production.
Learn more Jeff Dimitriou HERE.
Since her professional beginning in 1995 Amy Wright has become one of Canada’s most in demand Choreographers. Her work includes feature films, movies of the week, television series, reality TV, commercials and stage musicals, including Canada’s prestigious SHAW FESTIVAL. Amy is the Casting Director, Choreographer and a Producer for the sensational television series The Next Step watched by millions around the world. Most recently, Amy has choreographed dances with Jason Priestly for PRIVATE EYES (Global), a Christmas Pageant for ANNE WITH AN E (Netflix and CBC), the series finale of KILLJOYS (Crave), spectacular Vaudeville routines for AMERICAN GODS (Amazon Prime), and lots of cheerleading for DARE ME, a pilot for NBC/USA Network.
Learn more about Amy Wright HERE.
Ryan Foley has had the opportunity to study and perform with many talented artists over the years. Ryan currently teaches and performs in Toronto with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative, City Dance Corps, the Tap Dance Center, Millennium Dance Complex and his family owned studio Performing Dance Arts. He has worked with TRI in many live shows since their conception in 2011, featuring music from a wide range of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles and many more. In summer of 2013 Ryan was a featured artist at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and performed in Tap Internationals as part of the NYC Tap City Festival. Ryan’s most recent venture’s have been guest teacher and performer at ECTC (Eastern Canadian Tap Conference ) as well as a guest teacher and performer in Tapper Fest.
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Michael Caldwell is a Toronto-based choreographer, performer, curator, and arts advocate. An ‘intense dynamo on stage’ (Scene4) with ‘exceptional interpretive skills’ (Globe & Mail), Caldwell has performed/collaborated with over 50 of Canada’s esteemed dance creators/companies, including Peggy Baker, Sylvie Bouchard, Emmanuel Jouthe, James Kudelka, Laurence Lemieux, Tedd Robinson, Santee Smith, Heidi Strauss, and William Yong, among others, and has worked internationally with Antony Hamilton (Australia), Tomeo Vergés (France), and Sacha Steenks (Netherlands). He has performed across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His performances have earned him two (2) Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance.
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Jay T. Schramek
Jay T Schramek is a Dora nominated performer, choreographer, teacher and one of the nation’s most prolific dance adjudicators. Onstage, he has performed for: Mirvish, Stratford, Drayton & Broadway Tours. For over 20 years he has taught at some of NorthAmerica’s finest arts institutions such as: Sheridan College, Randolph College, St.Lawrence College, Etobicoke School for the Arts, Duboforce Mexico and the Eastern Arkansas Ballet. He is a former Mr. Dance of Canada and a graduate of Ryerson University. He is the Host/Co-Ordinator for Dance Attack Competitions and the Exclusive Distributor of Miller and Ben Tap Shoes.
Learn more about Jay T. Schramek HERE.