Jazz Funk 2

This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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:

  • Fri Mar 31 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Mon Apr 03 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Julio Fuentes
  • Fri Apr 07 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Apr 14 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Apr 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Apr 28 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri May 05 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri May 12 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri May 19 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri May 26 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Jun 02 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Jun 09 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Jun 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Jun 23 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Jun 30 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Jul 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso
  • Fri Jul 28 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with CJ Damaso


Harbour Dance Centre TM 3rd Floor, 927 Granville St., Vancouver, BC Canada V6Z 1L3 | Tel: 604.684.9542 | info@harbourdance.com
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