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Samantha Rodin holds a BFA in Visual Arts from York University.

York Region Dancers Take Over So You Think You Can Dance Canada

The 4th season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada kicked off  with the top 22 performing in Toronto last week. The Show airs every Monday (performance and voting) and Tuesday (elimination) on CTV.

This year, the highly anticipated show is satureated with incredible York Region talent. Here is a snippet from the CTV website about each dancer from YR – Get to know them!

Adam LoPapa

Age: 19
Occupation: Student, Dance Teacher and Assistant
Hometown: Woodbridge, ON
Audition City: Toronto, ON
Place of Birth: Toronto, ON
Nickname: Lo-pops
Primary Style of Dance: Jazz
Signature Dance Move: 540 or double fan over
Favorite Song to Get Pumped Up and Ready to Perform to: “Showtime” by Lil Wayne
Favourite Dance Movie: You Got Served
Couldn’t Live Without: Cell Phone
Motto: “Go Big or Go Home.”

Joey Arrigo

Age: 19
Occupation: Dancer and Dance Teacher
Hometown: Newmarket, ON
Audition City: Toronto, ON
Place of Birth: Newmarket, ON
Nickname: Joey-A!
Primary Style of Dance: Contemporary
Signature Dance Move: Pirouette
Favourite Song to Get Pumped Up and Ready to Perform: Whatever song I will be dancing to once I’m on stage
Favourite Dance Movie: A Chorus Line
Couldn’t Live Without: Green tea
Motto: “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Lindsay Leuschner

Age: 19
Occupation: Aspiring Professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer
Hometown: Stouffville, ON
Audition City: Vancouver, BC
Place of Birth: Richmond Hill, ON
Nickname: Leusch, Loo, Schner, Biscuit (bee-skwee)
Primary Style of Dance: Contemporary
Signature Dance Move: My crazy pointed feet!
Favorite Song to Get Pumped Up and Ready to Perform to: “Inside Out” by Britney Spears
Favourite Dance Movie: Dirty Dancing
Couldn’t Live Without: Tiger Balm and my iPhone
Motto: “Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today.”

Melissa Mitro

Age: 23
Occupation: Performer and Choreographer
Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON
Audition City: Toronto, ON
Place of Birth: Richmond Hill, ON
Nickname: Mitro, Lissy
Primary Style of Dance: Contemporary
Signature Dance Move: 540 jump and leg turn
Favorite Song to Get Pumped Up and Ready to Perform to: “Bass Down Low” by The Cataracs
Favourite Dance Movie: Chicago and Moulin Rouge
Couldn’t Live Without: Deodorant or perfume
Motto: “Don’t allow yourself to think that you’re the best because there’s always somebody better!”

Shane Simpson

Age: 23
Occupation: Professional Dancer and Choreographer
Hometown: Thornhill, ON
Audition City: Toronto, ON
Place of Birth: Toronto, ON
Nickname: ShaneLoc, Simba
Primary Style of Dance: Jazz
Signature Dance Move: Front ariel
Favorite Song to Get Pumped Up and Ready to Perform to: Any version of “Show Me Love”
Favourite Dance Movie: Too many to choose from! An American in Paris, Bring it On, Center Stage, Show Girls and West Side Story
Couldn’t Live Without: Snacks! Any type of snacks!
Motto: “Live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment,” and “Winning is the only way!”

Though not living in York Region, dancers Geisha Chin, Kevin Howe and Jordan Clark have in the past and continue to train and teach at highly competitive studios throught the region.

Another interesting piece of info about Melissa Mitro and Joey Arrigo – they both competed in previous years in the York Region Celebration of the Arts Talent Search, Melissa winning the Publisher’s Award and Joey winning a bursary.

For more information on the show, visit http://shows.ctv.ca/SoYouThinkYouCanDanceCanada.aspx

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YRAC Blogger, Samantha Rodin

By: Samantha Rodin

I hope most people who live in and around Markham had the opportunity to gather in Markville Shopping Centre on November 27th for the holiday food drive in support of the Markham Food Bank presented by paintlounge.

First, I want to mention that paintlounge is a phenomenal new art café in Markham that promotes a relatively new concept – social painting. Looking at painting as performance in a social environment is a great break from the traditional roots of that medium and a leap forward for the growth of contemporary arts in York Region. Continue reading