The Dancers’ Choice was formed to promote healthy not-for-profit competition in the arts. It consists of a small group of individuals who are not associated with dance studio’s, choirs or glee clubs but have acquired years of experience in live theatre, professional show and events, judging, choreography, vocal arrangements and the arts teaching field. The experience that makes up the board include all areas of the performing arts.
Of note, this includes choreography experience on Broadway and UK’s West End. Years of commercial experience in theatre and television. Musical direction, stage direction and choreography in live theatre. Judging experience across North America. Guest teacher for Universities and Colleges. Worked with some of Canada’s top artists including Karen Cain. All together over a hundred years of experience in theatre and all aspects of the performing arts.
Trudy is an accomplished theatre and events producer/director choreographer. She has worked on Broadway and in the UK’s West End. Her work in the arts has spanned over thirty years and some of the Celebrities that have performed under Trudy’s direction include, Karen Kain, Frank Augustyn, Veronica Tennant, Lionel Blair, Ronnie Corbett, Wayne Sleep, Lorna Luft, Louise Pitre, Rex Harrington and many more. Trudy runs a success theatre company, Diversified Theatre that produces seasonal musicals for over five thousand students in Ontario. She also owns Diversified Productions which is a thirty year old corporate events production company that produces many large corporate events every year. Trudy is thrilled to partner with Peter DaCosta on Canada Show Choir Competition which she feels is a great way to promote and get young adults interested in theatre arts.
da Costa Talent Management is a leading talent agency with a reach beyond borders. With offices in Toronto and Vancouver, and a network of contacts in Los Angeles and New York, da Costa Talent Management enjoys a boundless presence that benefits its eclectic roster of award-winning talent—actors, singers, dancers, choreographers in all styles of dance, voiceover and movement- based artists who work across every genre and platform.
Clients enjoy a one-on-one mentoring relationship with an aim to envisioning, meeting, expanding and even exceeding their career goals. This approach has reaped the rewards of long-term client loyalty, some dating back to the agency’s inception in 1998.
The agency is proud of its long history of guiding the careers of a selective roster of emerging and established performers. da Costa clients share some common traits: courage to embrace opportunity, aptitude to explore untapped potential, and passion for lifelong learning. Under the guidance of the da Costa team, clients have secured roles in productions in all of the major theatres across Canada, as well as Broadway, U.S. National Tours and London’s West End; national and international on-air commercials; and film and television credits range from independent films to episodic television and notable feature films.
As founder and agency director of da Costa Talent Management, Peter da Costa leverages his entrepreneurial expertise and business management acumen to build the careers of da Costa clients. Under his leadership, da Costa Talent Management has grown from the country’s first agency to represent dancers for all areas of the entertainment industry to an industry-leading agency with a roster encompassing some of Canada’s leading talents who work across disciplines and platforms.
Peter is the co-founder of Show Choir Canada and Podium Concert Productions, and a Canadian Screen Award Winner as creator and co-producer of the TVO documentary Unsung: Behind the Glee. He also sits on the advisory boards for The Underground Dance Centre and Randolph College for the Performing Arts.
Fame School of Performing Arts “Fame”
Claire Galati—Vocal Teacher
Pickering High School “Euphonix Show Choir”
Lenysia Leninraj, Jenna Punja, Cree Small—Choreographers
“Synergy Show Choir”
Matthew MacArthur—Asst. Choreographer
All Saints High School “Flash”
Deanna Van Zeeland—Director
Sarah Hopewell, Natalie Miron-Holoka, Serena McCauley—Co-Directors
Etobicoke School of the Arts “Splash”
Kerry Gage—Artistic Director/Choreographer
Patricia Warnock—Director and Musical Director
Michael Vieira—Musical Director
St. George’s School of Montreal “G Major”
Aaron Stamboulieh—Asst. Director
Kyla Smith—Vocal Coach
Our Lady of Lourdes CHS “The Pitches”
Ken Chamberlain—Vocal Coach
Bence Fay—Choreographer / Dance Coach
Beaconsfield High School “BHS Crescendo”
Jeff Pinsky—Drama Co-ord.
Carter Musselman is an experienced but young face in the industry. Originally from Kitchener, he grew up training in all styles hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, and ballet at Bojangles Dance Arts. Over the years Carter has been able to train or work with some of the best choreographers in the business. Such as Ian Eastwood, Draico, Marty Kudelka, Amy Wright, etc.
At the age of 12 Carter had his first professional opportunity. Dancing rhythm nation along side Janet Jackson during her 2015 unbreakable tour. Since then he’s worked very steadily. Appearing on seasons 6, 7, and 8 of The Next Step as Heathcliffe. Carter has worked on countless other productions, such as Zombies 3, IT as the headless boy, Bring It On, Locke and Key and so many more.
Carter now resides in Toronto where he continues to train as a dancer but has also made the switch to acting.
Tracey is one of Canada’s most respected directors/choreographers with credits that span over 200 productions and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Marquée Award of Excellence, an Elizabeth Sterling Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography and a Dora Award for Outstanding Production.
Her selected credits include: a 12-year association with the legendary rock band QUEEN and its production of We Will Rock You (Toronto, South Africa, Asia, US. National/Broadway Tour), Next to Normal (Musical Stage Co), Ring Of Fire (Theatre Aquarius/Citadel Theatre), ONCE (The Grand Theatre/RMTC), Million Dollar Quartet (Charlottetown Festival), Cabaret (RMTC), West Side Story, Evita (Vancouver Opera), The Penelopiad, The 39 Steps, Jane Eyre (RMTC), Venus in Fur, Buyer & Cellar (ATP) and Hairspray (Rainbow Stage/Mayfield). Choreography and staging credits include: Kiss Me Kate, Evita, West Side Story (Stratford Festival), Billy Elliot (RMTC), The Drowsy Chaperone (TC/RMTC) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Boys in the Photograph (Mirvish). She was Resident Director for the National Theatre’s Warhorse and ONCE for Mirvish Productions and is proud of her 21-year association with Ross Petty Productions and the annual Ross Petty Family Musical for which she developed, directed and choreographed a new and original musical each holiday season.
Tracey remains committed to new work development and as an educator, to the mentorship and development of young-in-craft artists, having taught at Sheridan College, Randolph School for the Performing Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University, George Brown, Grant MacEwan University and held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Alberta in the BFA Program. Tracey is a founding member of the Canadian Guild of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Robert Longo enjoys a diversified career as Singer/Actor and Teacher. He has adjudicated for many festivals including Kiwanas and Arcadia Music. He is currently the Music Resource Teacher/Arts Consultant for the Toronto Catholic District School Board and teaches Singing for the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. He has also taught Vocal and Instrumental Music for TCDSB. In New York, Bob taught at NYU (CAP21) and was Adjunct Professor of Voice at William Patterson University.
On stage, he played Javert in the North American Tour of Les Misérables and was the standby for the Beast in the Mirvish/Disney production of Beauty and the Beast. He has been a regular guest artist at the Westben Arts Festival and has played on Concert, Opera and Theater stages all across North America. His film credits include Saving Hope, Comfort and Joy, and Murdoch Mysteries.
Stacey Tiller is the Artistic Director of the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park S.S and has taught Drama and Musical Theatre for the last 22 years in this program and abroad. Since having graduated from the UTM/Sheridan Theatre Performance Program, Stacey has directed over 40 musicals and plays throughout her career. Stacey is the Technical Co-ordinator and Director at large for Drury Lane Theatrical Productions where she hosts the Young Artist Competition (musical theatre) each year and runs workshops in Lighting, Props, Stage Management and Audition Masterclasses. As a singer, actor and musical theatre performer, Stacey has enjoyed a long career in the performing arts both onstage and as part of the production team.
Peter da Costa
Frank da Costa
To Cawthra Park S.S. for co-hosting, especially Stacey Tiller and Erin Vardy along with all our amazing volunteers, family and friends.
To play a vital role in the development and support of show choirs in Canada by creating opportunities, including live competition-format presentations, that inspire youth participants to not only work together through song and dance to achieve a common goal of excellence but also grow and develop as individuals while sharing in the creative process.
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