Creator of #BDXstudio. Choreographer, Dance Authority, Artistic Consultant & Leadership Coach at Byfield Dance Experience
“A dancing veteran of stage and screen, Shawn B teaches with more energy and enthusiasm than can be contained by four walls.”
– Jill Murray, TORONTOIST.com
SHAWN BYFIELD (www.ShawnByfield.com) is a Dora Award winning choreographer (for his expert dance choreography in musical i Think i Can). As well, Byfield is a Gemini Award nominee and a Black Canadians Award nominee. He is a veteran of TV, film and fashion; an internationally renowned dance instructor; National radio co-host, and Director of Byfield Dance Experience in Toronto.
As a 25+ year veteran in the dance and entertainment industry, Byfield teaches master classes literally from coast to coast in Canada, and overseas in Israel, Scotland and England. Having taught thousands of students of all ages, Shawn offers a wide range of inspiring and challenging dance classes and workshops for beginner adults to professional dancers in Toronto and across Canada.
A few film and TV credits include roles in: Make Your Move (with BoA & Derek Hough) HAIRSPRAY (with Zac Efron) Blues Brothers 2000 (with Dan Ackroyd & John Goodman) Taal (with Aishwarya Rai & Shiamak Davar) Bojangles (with Gregory Hines & Ted Levy) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Music Man, Death To Smoochie, The Ladies Man, The Juno Awards, Slings & Arrows, Royal Canadian Air Farce, Instant Star; TV commercials for The Bay, Got Milk, Rogers Video, Zellers, Much Vibe, Rogers On Demand, McDonalds, Honda, Molson Canadian, Joe Fresh, and much more.
Media features Byfield on Breakfast Television, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Now Magazine, Eye Weekly, Toronto Sun, Canadian Living Magazine, CBC Radio, CFRB 1010, Much Music, CBC Television and others.
Many of Toronto area dance instructors once had Byfield as their teacher. Past students of Shawn have gone on to work with such artists as Britney Spears, Aaron Carter and Janet Jackson, and have appeared in hit television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance. Many have become respected dance professionals in film, television, cruise ships and music theatre.
When he’s away for other professional work, Shawn Byfield brings in top guest instructors and dance choreographers to provide absolutely the most positive, encouraging and fun hip hop and tap dance classes the city has to offer.