Alia is a fully certified ADAPT jazz and tap teacher and completed her Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) Gold medal jazz and tap exams with Honours status. She has a BA Dance and a BKin General Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and completed her MSc in Dance Science (with distinction) at Laban in London, England. Alia is also Certified in the Acrobatic Arts training syllabus.
Alia’s Master thesis “Correlations Between General Joint Hypermobility and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Injury in Contemporary Dance Students” was published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. She also presented her thesis at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference in The Hague, The Netherlands where she was received the “Student Research Award”. While she was completing her Masters degree in England she performed in a charity showcase of the musical, “Me and My Girl” at the famous London Palladium, and also participated in the Jack Petchey Theatre Challenge at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Alia has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City, as well as the Dance Studio Life Conference in Arizona. As a member of Healthy Dancer Canada, Alia recently presented at their fall conference in Calgary. Continuing education is important to Aliaand she had also taken the following teacher training courses: Progressing Ballet Technique, Lisa Howell’s Perfect Form Physiotherapy, and International Dance Teaching Standards. The world of dance is constantly progressing and Alia strives to continue learning and educating herself in as many ways as possible.
Alia has been based in Alberta for the last 10 years working as a competitive dance program director at a successful studio. Her students have continued on to dance post graduation with DaCosta Talent, Modus Operandi, Harbour’s ITP, and The Source as well as training programs with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet and YYC Dance Project.
April 2019 Adjudicators
Sarah is originally from Saskatoon and began her dance career at a local competitive studio at the age of five. Since then Sarah has had the opportunity to train in many styles of dance and gain extensive experience in Cecchetti, RAD and Vaganova ballet techniques. This strong technical foundation complemented her contemporary, modern, lyrical and jazz training. Throughout her high school years Sarah trained intensively across Canada within professional training schools including; Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Quinte Ballet School of Canada and The School of Alberta Ballet. She has performed in numerous professional performances including a wide array of full length ballets. She has been featured in music videos and on stages all over Ontario; performing in a wide variety of collectives, musical theatre productions and contemporary works.
Following this, Sarah chose to enter the 3-year Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School to expand her knowledge and skills as a dance educator. Currently Sarah is thrilled to be teaching, choreographing and sharing her passion throughout the GTA. Sarah has taught and shared her passion for dance at over 50 different studios and dance companies across Canada; including Toronto’s Underground Dance Centre and Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Centre. Sarah has also worked as a faculty member with various conventions and workshops. Sarah aims to inspire and motivate all those who she works with, and is dedicated to a life of making her passion her career. She has received recognition and a variety of awards for her choreography and the success of her students. Sarah prides herself on her attention to technical detail and ability to shape her dancers into individual artists.
Becky Izad is an accomplished award winning teacher and choreographer and is a qualified ISTD instructor. An avid performer and dance educator, Becky loves to share her passion and knowledge of dance with her students.
Born in Monte-Carlo, Becky grew up in a show biz family and found her own passion for the arts at an early age. Becky continued her dance training in Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Stage and Musical Theatre throughout Vancouver, BC. She went on to join some of the top Companies in the city and work with renowned choreographers in Vancouver, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Seattle, and London, England.
Becky has had the opportunity to perform in Canada and the US with the successful hip hop company, TwoFourSeven in competitions such as America’s Got Talent, Season 13, BodyRock (Champions 2017), VIBE XXIII (3rd Place), WOD Los Angeles (Champions 2018). She has also danced, choreographed and starred in numerous music videos for artists such as David Ward and Laurell Barker.
Becky’s students consistently achieve high mark awards at competition and many have gone on to pursue their own professional careers. Her work as a choreographer has earned her much success and numerous choreography awards.
Becky is excited to see all of the talented dancers on stage this week and wishes all the participants good luck!
March 2019 Adjudicators
Tosh Sutherland is a Vancouver based dancer, performer and educator. He began his training with Bonnie-jean Anderson in a local studio in British Columbia and his passion for the dance only grew. He has trained with various instructors from all over North America, most notably attending the prestigious School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Dianne Walker. At 16, Tosh was awarded the bronze medal for male soloists at the World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany.
Immediately following graduation, Tosh moved to Toronto and within the year, he was performing in an all tap dance production called ‘i Think i Can’ with the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Since then, he has had the privilege of taking his career all over the world. After several contracts at sea as a principle dancer with Princess Cruises, he landed back in British Columbia to begin making waves of his own.
Tosh has worked with many companies in Vancouver and in a variety of art forms. From a Tap Dance and Flamenco adaptation production of ‘West Side Story’ with Karen Flamenco to a likeable ruffian in Awkward Production’s Fringe hit musical ‘Cry-baby: The Musical’. Tosh was last seen in Saskatchewan performing in the ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ with Prairie Skies Musical Theatre Co. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Tap Artistry program residing at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society.
His most recent credits include; Danny Nielsen’s production of Love.Be.Best.Free, Gateway Theatres production of The Music Man and S.T.I.L. (Stuff That I Like) directed and choreographed by Troy Mclaughlin. When not performing, you can find Tosh in the wildness of British Columbia; most likely with a fishing rod in hand. He is very excited to be back adjudicating for the GLAM dance competition’s 5th season!