Dance REVOLT December 15, 2017

Dance Revolt 2017 will feature Master Choreographer Tanisha Scott. This is a full day workshop for students in grade 8 through grade 12 and will feature 3 genres, career development workshops, a JBG Master Class with Tanisha Scott and much more.

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Master Choreographer - Tanisha Scott

This year, will be there biggest Dance Revolt ever.

What is Dance Revolt


What is Dance Revolt?

Dance REVOLT is a full day dance conference open to all students in grades 8-12 of intermediate skill level and up. Workshops will cover 3 dance genres; Hip-Hop, Reggae, and contemporary. Students will learn about post secondary arts programs offered by York University, career development, the business of being in the Arts Industry and much more. This is an amazing opportunity for students to learn a variety of dance genres from professional choreographers, explore the world of dance as a student of York University and to connect with other dancers in their community to share their creativity and talents. This conference is a high energy, fun-learning environment for all.

All students, teachers and guidance counsellors will get a guided tour of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) by current York students. Teachers and guidance counsellors will also get an information session with professors to ask more in-depth questions, they will also leave with information kits and a direct contact at York to get up to date information of new programs and learning opportunities for students.


Dance Revolt and SHSM


The SHSM–Arts and Culture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Dance REVOLT provides students with opportunities to further explore dance as an area of focus and develop their skills, and to gain a better understanding of the various dance programs offered by York University.

Dance REVOLT also provides opportunities for students to explore occupations in the sector through experiential learning which include; visiting the York University dance department, participating in a full day of dance workshops, having one-on-one discussions with current York students, as well as participating in a highly dynamic and interactive 75 minute dialogue with our Master Choreographer. This conference is developed exclusively for students looking to acquire knowledge and resources from the Master Choreographer; who has experienced (ten or more years) in their profession. This conference aims to foster leadership through conversation around the latest topics and emerging issues affecting the arts industries.  These topics include: performance metrics, future trends, disruptive forces, and more.

Experiential learning and career exploration activities
Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the arts and culture sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an artist (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • participation in a local, provincial, or national competition focused on one of the arts
  • attendance at a sector trade show, conference, symposium, or job fair
    a tour of a local theatre, museum, studio, or art gallery

Reach ahead experiences
Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector


A guided tour of York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design


Students will get a guided tour of the School of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) by current York students.  The tour will include the departments of Cinema and Media Arts, Computational Arts, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.  The purpose of the tour is to highlight the multitude of cutting edge programs and world-class state of the art facilities.  Students will be broken into smaller groups where they can ask questions to their tour guides about life as a student, the application process and various educational career options.


The tours are designed for student’s grades 8+.  There will also be a more detailed guided tour for teachers and guidance counsellors; as well they will receive application specific material and course planning guides for their students.  Everyone in attendance will leave with printed informational material to continue exploring and collecting info about the vast world of the Arts at York University. 


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Master Choreographer

Named by Billboard Magazine and Italian Vogue as one of the top 30 under 30 artists in the entertainment industry, Tanisha Scott is a world-renowned choreographer and performance director.

Born in Toronto and of Jamaican heritage, Tanisha’s exemplary work has garnered her multiple MTV awards and nominations for Best Choreographer.

Having been the woman behind Rihanna’s award-winning ‘Loud’ tour, as well as Drake’s ‘Summer Sixteen’ (the highest grossing hip-hop tour of all time), Tanisha is highly sought after by the most acclaimed artists in music, film and television.

In addition to her continuous role as the choreographer for Sean Paul, Rihanna and Drake, Tanisha has collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé, Pharrell, Whitney Houston, Sia, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Sean Paul, Shakira, CeeLo Green, Timbaland, Neyo and J-Lo.

Her film and television credits include the upcoming film ‘Rock That Body’ (starring Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravits and Kate Mckinnon), ‘Money Monster’ (starring George Clooney & Julia Roberts), ‘Sisters’ (starring Tina Fey & Amy Poehler), Netflix’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, ‘Notorious’, ‘Bride Wars’ and ‘Bring it On: All or Nothing’.

Tanisha’s work has also featured in national commercials for clients such as Nike, Bose, Boost Mobile, Aquafina, Doritos, American Express, Budweiser Select and Subway. As a special guest, she has made appearances on ‘America’s Next Top Model’, ‘Bring it’, ‘So You think You can Dance and ‘America’s Next Best Dance Group’.

As well as working with acclaimed artists, Tanisha specializes in developing the stars of tomorrow. Her most recent clients include Khalid, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, SZA, Kiiara, Majid Jordan, DVSN and Daniel Caesar. 

Guest Choreographers

If you dance with your heart, your body will follow

- Mia Michaels


8:00AMSchool Sign inCIBC Lobby
8:45AMWelcome & announcementsTribute Recital Hall
9:00AM - 12:10PMGroups break out. Workshop and tours start. (60 mins sessions)
Dance studios, CIBC Lobby
12:15PM - 12:45PMLUNCHStudent lounge Accolade East 2nd floor.
12:45PM - 1:00PM Walk to Founders College for Dance Class with Luther Brown
1:00PM - 2:00PM Luther Brown WorkshopFounders College Dinning Hall
2:00PM - 2:15PM Walk back to Accolade East Tribute Recital Hall
2:15PM - 2:25PMYork University AMPD PresentationTribute Recital Hall
2:30PM - 3:00PM JBG Master Class With Luther BrownTribute Recital Hall
3:00PM - 3:30PMSpeed Dating with panelist and dance professionalsCIBC Lobby
3:30PM - 3:50PM SHSM Awards closing commentsTribute Recital Hall
3:50PM - 4:15PMGroup pictures and autographs with Luther, Bizzy and KellyCIBC Lobby
4:15PM - 4:30PMDismissal CIBC Lobby


Registration Fee

$350.00 (includes HST) per school

School registration fee.
** $250 for Middle Schools **

Student Registration Fee

$25.00 (includes HST) per student

Student fee applies to each student.
**$20 for middle school students**



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