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Shawn Byfield
Executive Director and Choreographer

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Full of energy, positive, and a natural entertainer comprise only a few terms to describe Shawn Byfield, who brings over 23 years of experience to every event he participates in. You've watched him in live events, on television shows, and seen him on silver screens throughout North America.

Shawn's performing skills have lead him to appear on numerous television shows for CBC, YTV, ABC, CITYTV, MUCHMUSIC, CHIN Television, CTV, The LIFE Network and Toronto 1. He has been in Canadian and American television commercials for Honda, Rogers On Demand, Molson Canadian, Molson Export, Motts Clamato, Canadian Tire, Zellers, HSBC Bank, Rogers Video, Lycra and Footlocker. Some of his film credits include Blues Brothers 2000, Superstar!, Bojangles, The Ladies Man, Death to Smoochie, The Music Man, Eloise at the Plaza, The Cheetah Girls, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and most recently HAIRSPRAY, featuring John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfiffer.

The electricity that is created from Shawn's dance choreography is powerful stuff! Just a few companies he's worked for include Ford Motor Company, Paramount Canada's Wonderland, The International Auto Show, Kodak, NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pac, Ontario Place, Roots Canada and Labatt Breweries. He's appeared on many televised award shows including The Harry Jerome Awards, The National Jazz Awards, and both the Juno and Gemini Awards. Barry Lather, Henry LeTang, Danny DeVito, Heather Cornell, Marguerite Derricks and the late Gregory Hines are a few of the choreographers that have personally worked with Shawn.

Shawn Byfield was recently the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his show "i think i can", which was up for five nominations and received the 2007 Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical.

He is also the Director of fresh new tap dance company Funk Factory in Toronto. He's known to instruct the most energetic tap dance and hip hop dance classes in Toronto. Shawn is a former faculty member at the Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts; and is also Producer and Co-Director of Toronto's hip hop company Thrive! Entertainment.

For more info on Shawn, please visit: www.ShawnByfield.com

 

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