Ashley Perez “Colours” is a dancer, choreographer and entrepreneur making waves in the Canadian dance scene. Training in funk styles and hip-hop, she later specialized in voguing, waacking and house with mentors Archie Burnett (New York), Caleaf Sellers (New York), Jojo Zolina (Vancouver) and Kaiti Dangerkat (Calgary/New York). In 2007, Ashley joined the artist collective House of Dangerkat as resident choreographer and performer. Developing works that allowed her to travel and perform in places such as New York, London & Paris. Her choreography and performing then led her to Slammenberry Jam (Calgary) and Fashion has no Borders (Calgary). Delivering her share back to the community, Colours has also shared her knowledge through teaching in programs such as, I heart Urban Dance (Calgary) and Pulse Studios (Calgary). Through the pursuit of her passions, moving to Toronto she immersed herself in the scene by performing in Manifesto (Toronto), the MMVA’s and became the co-creator of the word of mouth sensation JACK YOUR BODY (2013, Toronto).
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Amber has been acting as Guelph Youth Dance’s Rehearsal Assistant since 2012. She has had the honour of working with choreographers such as Karen Kaeja, Georgia Simms, Julia Garlisi, Jordana Deveau, Robert Desrosiers and Janet Johnson. Amber has been dancing since the age of four, and choreographing since age 17. She got her choreographic start thanks to the Royal Rhythm dance program at John F. Ross with a piece, You Are the Blood, that has since been featured in the Guelph Dance Festival’s Youth Moves series, Guelph Youth Dance’s Spring Shows, Dance Ontario Weekend, and Spring Awakes. Amber is completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph and plans to work with children and youth well into the future.
Canadian drummer / percussionist and two time Juno nominee Adam Bowman has been a mainstay in both the Canadian and international music scene for over a decade.
Adam has toured and recorded with such well known and respected artists as Kellylee Evans, Ember Swift, Dawn Langstroth, Joni NehRita, Melissa Ferrrick, Carlos Morgan, Chris Rouse, Eccodek and VINX to name a few. As a touring artist, Adam has traveled across Canada, The U.S., New Caledonia, The U.K. and Australia and as a session musician, he has played on dozens of recordings.
Adam is also an accompanist for Canada’s premier Contemporary Dance organization “Dancetheatre David Earle” as well as “The Guelph Youth Dance Training Program”. Adam attended Toronto’s Humber College and studied with some of the countries finest teachers including Roger Flock, Paul Delong, and Don Vickery. Prior to Humber College, Adam studied for many years with Canadian drum guru Gary Tomlin. From Funk to Jazz, Hip Hop to Folk music, Adam’s big beats and deep feel are unmistakeable and he has become the drummer of choice for songwriters, producers and music directors alike.
The Guelph Youth Dance Company performing at Dance Ontario Weekend, Harbourfront Centre, January 2015. The first piece is High Tide by Jordana Deveau, the second is a DansEncorps, our SEVEC Exchange partners from New Brunswick performing Afro Blue and the third is the GYD Company performing Robert Desrosiers’ Seascapes with the Concorde String Ensemble.
A little look into a performance day when in the company! Auditions for next season are June 1st! Mark your calendars.
Thank you to videographer Michele Ayoub.