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The Choreographers

Minerva

Minerva is an accomplished dancer and choreographer who was the NBA All Star Dancer for the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak in 2007. She was voted by a worldwide fan base to be a part of the only NBA All-Star dance team in history at the NBA All Star Game in Las Vegas. Minerva was a dancer and choreographer for the NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pak for 5 years and also choreographed for the NBA Mini- Dance Pak. She has performed live for thousands of fans and travelled from Winnipeg to China, for the NBA JAM VAN TOUR. Minerva acquired a love for dance at an early age and at age 14 started professional training at The Conservatory of Dance and Music in Toronto.

She has trained professionally in jazz, ballet and hip hop, and has some dance background in salsa, Indian and modern dance. With over 10 years of training, Minerva has trained with top professionals in the dance industry such as Laurie Ann Gibson, Tabitha and Napoleon, Brian Friedman and Luther Brown, and has performed with artists such as Glass Tiger, Matisse, Joe Louis, Johnny Stevens and more. Minerva has been featured on numerous television and radio shows such as TSN, Raptor TV Live, CITY TV, NBA XL, Sun TV: Canoe Live, Life TV, FAN 590, and ABC & Flow 93.5. She was also seen in “Making the Pak” on Raptors TV, “My Parents House” on HGTV,“Day in the Life of Minerva”, and hosted the “Drunken Monks” interview on NBA XL. Her commercial credits include Esquire, Sony Walkman, Hockey Trade (on TSN & CTV), and HBO’S “Boxing After Dark”. Minerva has also made a promising start in the modeling world as an original “Fafinette” model for MAC Cosmetics’ 2008 Spring Collection “Fafi” line. Her choreography was highlighted in Toronto’s prestigious show, THE BAZZAR in May & August of 2009. And also performed with noteable choreographers in THE BAZZAR and Toroto’s Original Choreographers Ball.

In addition to Minerva’s love of performance, she has taught dance at various dance studios for over 7 years. Currently, she is teaching dance at Seneca College and Street Dance Academy, as well as guest hosting for Raptors TV & Score: NBA XL’s “Freshly Dipped”. Minerva has just also finished her first tour with Massari in the Middle East and just finished filming a feature film, “The Killer Gods”. As always,Inspired by the art of dance and a passion to continue performing, Minerva has embarked on a venture of her own in the creation of a dance entertainment company, “The Wedding Choreographers & Co.”, to provide elite dance entertainment with Toronto’s accomplished dance talent to special events in Toronto.

La Toya

La Toya has been dancing since a she was able to walk. Trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Gymanstics since the age of 3, she currently works as a Hip hop dancer in the city. You may have seen her in the movies, Bojangles, Honey and Save the Last Dance 2, or may have caught her on stage dancing for Akon, Fergie, Blacked Eyed Peas, Massari, Jully Black, Flo-Rida and Kim Davis. The past 3 years she has spent travelling around the world with Canadian artist Massari, visiting the Middle-East, Europe, Africa and Australia. La Toya made an appearance on Season 2’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada  assisting head judge Tre Armstrong in the Disco routine and Luther Brown in the Hip Hop top 12 opening number. Just this past New Years eve, she performed on City TV’s NYE 2010 Bash dancing for Kardinal Offishall. We are honored and proud to have La Toya join The Wedding Choreographers & Co team. Contact us to book La Toya to choreograph your next special dance or perform at your event!

Melissa

Known for her artistic spirit, Melissa Hart is passionately devoted to the art of dance. Starting in 2005, Melissa engaged audiences as a principle dancer at the Bayview School of Ballet, training in Classical Pointe, Russian Character, Flamenco and Argentine Tango. She later completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance, with Honours, at York University. Exposed to many Modern and Contemporary dance techniques, Melissa received training from some of the best teachers in the country, including Helen Jones (Martha Graham Company), Claire Wooten (Alberta Ballet Company) and Donna Krasnow (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zanes).

Challenging her creative abilities, Melissa showcased her own work at York Dances and York Innovations. In January 2010, she ventured to the University of Chichester, England on six-month exchange, expanding her dance vocabulary and knowledge of choreography. Upon her return in 2011, she choreographed, produced and directed her own show End(less) Ways.

Melissa has performed for many GTA cultural festivals and corporate events, as well as international festivals such as Glastonbury and Wireless 2011 UK music festivals. Her versatility as a performer has been showcased dancing with Toronto based Hip Hop dance crew Flavor Shop Tribe and international artists such as Jodie Connor (UK), Aelita (Latvia) and Black Thought of the Legendary Roots Crew (USA).

In November 2011, Melissa co-produced, choreographed and performed in After Now, a two-part contemporary dance performance showcasing her latest work the things I love, at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre.

Constantly expanding her knowledge, Melissa is driven to find new ways to explore movement, emotion and ideas through dance.

To book one of our talented choreographers to choreograph your wedding dance, or any other special requests for choreography, teaching or appearances, please contact us at: info@theweddingchoreographers.ca