Jazz Funk 2

This class is taught by:

Julio Fuentes

Julio is no stranger to the performing arts and has been singing since the age of 4. Originally from the Philippines, he belongs to a family of performers and grew up exposed to show business, thanks to his parents.

Although dance came late in his life at the age of 19, Julio immediately fell in love with it and started training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hiphop. He has had the privilege of performing, coaching, choreographing and adjudicating all over the USA, Canada, Europe, Guam, and the Philippines. His choreography has garnered him 1st place overall and many choreography awards in competitions across Canada and the United States. His credits include Fashion Rocks Canada, America’s Best Dance Crew Canadian Tour, Two From Galilee, adjudicating for the International Dance Challenge, Dance Olympus, Thunderstruck, Dance Manitoba and many others.

In recent years, Julio has really been motivated to inspire others to be storytellers, both as choreographers and as dancers, and seeks to help others dance beyond what they feel their bodies can do. Julio hopes to continue traveling with his work and be inspired through working with different artists and dancers.

Julio is currently the director and founder of The Aviary, a performance-based company which started in September 2014 and is based out of Harbour Dance Centre.

Watch for Julio in the upcoming production of In The Heights at Arts Club Theatre in the spring of 2015.

Toni Shenfield

Toni started dancing in the small town of Stony Plain, Alberta. Becoming more serious and passionate about her future in dance, Toni moved into the City of Edmonton where she continued her technical training at Shelley’s Dance Company, under the watchful eye of Shelley Tookey. As well
Toni continued to grow and excel with Hip Hop and Street Styles at Edmonton’s Kore Dance Studio, training with Alexander Chung. In 2011 she began teaching at the Kore Dance Studio. At that time and for the following 8 years, Toni was a Director of Edmonton’s renowned NXG Company alongside Alexander Chung and Josh Capulong. NXG Company travelled all over Canada and the US competing at several national and international competitions with great success. A few included “World of Dance” (WOD) with several 1st place wins. “Hip Hop International” (HHI) ranking top 10 in the world and “Carnival” in Los Angeles.

While being very busy with NXG Company, Toni made time for her own personal growth as a dancer. She has travelled to Los Angeles and New York numerous times over the years to train with some of the world’s best teachers and choreographers. Toni was 3 months in LA working with Dana Foglia and her talented company. As well she worked closely with Gigi Torres on numerous projects and the “Academy of Villians” (AOV). Taking class is one of Toni’s favourite things to do. She loves working hard to better herself as a dancer every time she steps into a studio. Most recent accomplishment – 1st place at Body Rock “Homecoming” San Diego 2017 with Two Four Seven Company based in Vancouver. She has showcased her own choreography at “The Main Event” in Vancouver. Toni choreographed and was featured in a music video for an upcoming Canadian artist – KNYTE – “Cut Me Open”. She also danced for LA based artist John Dough in his music video “Somebody to Love”.

Toni loves to share, teach and help young dancers grow as well. She has shared her knowledge with many studios and continues to teach and inspire the youth to chase their dreams. Her specialties and where she excels is through Hip Hop/Street and Contemporary styles. She has even experimented with the growing popular “Heels” trend.

Currently Toni lives in Vancouver, BC and is making a name for herself. She is very proud to be partnered with Premiere Talent Management, has a permanent teaching slot at Harbour Dance Centre and is dancing with the well-respected and extremely talented Two Four Seven Company. This is only the beginning for Toni. She still has so many goals and dreams she is working towards accomplishing and will never stop reaching for them.

CJ Damaso

CJ is one of the most captivating female dancers to hit the Vancouver dance scene. Since dancing at the the age of 3, in genres of ballet, jazz, lyrical, she was always that dancer that stood out and showed great potential. Hip Hop became her forte and first love around her junior high years, and has escalated since. Originally from Edmonton, AB, she began teaching, training more, and creating more. She was one of the most elite dancers in 3rd Street Beat, an all hip hop dance company. This granted her many scholarships and awards at competitions. Also bringing her opportunities to take part in the Grey Cup, Muchmusic, and open up at club events for such artists as Chris Brown, Lloyd, and Rihanna. In 2007, she made the move to the big city of Vancouver, and has been blessed with experiences since.
These include KTL dance company and 247 company; performing in local choreography showcases like The Main Event and Urban Alchemy; opportunities to train and perform in Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, and Beijing, China in 2010; Additionally being able teach at Harbour Dance Center, Studio 604, and Danzmode Productions.
In 2010, she created a female dance project "Cassie Jackson," where they competed and were finalists in Artists Emerge 2010&2011, a national hip hop competition in Edmonton, AB, and performed a production piece she directed, at World of Dance Vancouver 2013. And in 2014, she performed in a piece choreographed by Jose "Hollywood" Ramos.
CJ has innovated into a style of hip hop that best suits her. Definitely making a name for herself in the city. Most may describe it as street jazz, or jazz funk, or commercial choreography. But all will say its full out! Despite the dispute of "real hip hop," she believes in the new innovations of the genre. She also believes in staying inspired. "My biggest inspirations besides the top choreographers of today, and the youtube stars, would be the stars I get to dance with everyday- my friends. They are the biggest influence to the dancer I am today." CJ encourages uniqueness, being able to step out of your box, and living/dancing to your fullest. She hopes to not only teach movement, but the purpose of it, and inspiration behind it. CJ continues to "step out of her box" training under top choreographers in the city. Her love for dance and performing is evident throughout her everyday life- work, studio, or stage. She is proud to represent for Vancity dancers, all female dancers, and being the best dancer you can be.

Jazz funk class is a great mix of new school movement with an old school flare - think Britney Spears meets Paula Abdul. Come get the best of both worlds in this fun class!

See a video of class here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNH8A3t31O4

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Nov 20 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Julio Fuentes
  • Wed Nov 22 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Toni Shenfield
  • Fri Nov 24 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Mon Nov 27 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Julio Fuentes
  • Wed Nov 29 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Toni Shenfield
  • Fri Dec 01 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Mon Dec 04 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Julio Fuentes
  • Wed Dec 06 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Toni Shenfield
  • Fri Dec 08 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Mon Dec 11 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Julio Fuentes
  • Wed Dec 13 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Toni Shenfield
  • Fri Dec 15 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Mon Dec 18 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Julio Fuentes
  • Wed Dec 20 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Toni Shenfield
  • Fri Dec 22 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Wed Dec 27 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Toni Shenfield
  • Fri Dec 29 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Wed Jan 03 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Toni Shenfield


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