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Jannine Saarinen

Jannine Saarinen is a graduate with honours from the George Brown College Dance Performance Studies Program, and received the certificate of professional development from Ballet Jorgen Canada. She is an Associate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet, and has been teaching dance since 2003. Jannine taught for Karen Davies-Thomas at PSB & Interplay Dance for 15 plus years, heading up PSB's modern dance and musical theatre programs, before converting PSB's Kingston Road location to Jay9 Dance Centre. She also teaches at Swansea School of Dance where she spent many years as the Apprentice 1 Company director, and also helped to develop their daycare outreach program. In the past, she has taught at various dance studios such as City Dance Corps and Martha Hicks. She has been a guest teacher at Father John Redmond High School and Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute. In 2012 she was the lead dance coordinator for the Toronto Youth Ballet Ensemble (TYBE) helping to create a 45 minute ballet inspired by The Lord of the Rings.

Professionally, Jannine was fortunate to perform for several excellent companies and choreographers, including Viv Moore, Marlee Cargill, and Company Blonde. In 2006, she began working under the name Jay9 Dance Projects to choreograph and produce modern dance works with a strong sense of characterization and narrative. Her choreography was presented in the Made in Canada/Fait au Canada WYSIWYG Series, Junction Arts Festival, SummerWorks Theatre Festival, Dance Ontario Nuit Blanche 2009, as well as many more. Jay9 Dance Projects produced two successful themed cabarets, as well as the Toronto Fringe show (un)boxed which recieved positive reviews. Jannine also worked collaboratively as part of the 4 Starch Dance Collective. They presented work in Fresh Blood and 60×60, and were also participants of the 2012/2013 Series 8:08 Take 2 Residency.

Jannine is excited to continue to share her love of dance with the students of Jay9 Dance Centre. 

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Kenyatta Brown

Kenyatta Brown has been training in various styles of dance for the past sixteen years. She began training in ballet at the age of four at Taylor Dance Centre, where she has completed fourteen years of her dance career competitively and recreationally. She has also trained with Koba and Mwendo to further her skills in Afro fusion and West African dance styles. From 2013-2017, Kenyatta attended Wexford School of the Arts as a part of the Musical Theatre and Performance Dance program. While at Wexford, she also was a part of the Wexford Gleeks who travelled around Toronto to perform in many professional gigs and shows. Currently, Kenyatta is pursuing a BFA in dance at York University, along with a BA in English and B. in education.

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