Sidney Mcilroy

Contemporary, Jazz,  Musical Theatre

What do you want people to get from your class?

My biggest goal in teaching class is that the dancers truly embrace their individuality as artists. I grew up not fitting into the typical “dancer” mold, so it was always important to me to foster that individual style. I also strive to make a positive learning environment suitable for everyone during every class!

What motivates you to dance?

MUSIC !!!! Music & lyrics fuel my creative soul. The song tells me what to do, and I try to translate it into my movement. It has been a long process for me to truly find myself as a choreographer, but over the years of learning and training I have finally settled into what I call “my groove.” I was classically trained and teaching jazz & musical theatre come very natural to me, but I am definitely not your conventional contemporary choreographer. I like to take risks and push the limits past your typical idea of contemporary dance. Whether it is using unconventional music or fusing other styles with contemporary, I really try to step outside the normal contemporary box. So far it has worked well for me and I am super excited to keep exploring that side of my artistry.

What are some of the highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer?

My career as a dancer/choreographer has been one that has been all over the map, literally. I have travelled and studied dance all over Canada and the United States. I have taken class from some of the BEST of the best in the industry. I grew up dancing competitively since I was 3 years old and started teaching my own classes at the age of 14. I won my first choreography award when I was 17 and I haven’t stopped trying to better myself since. When I was 21 I took over my first competitive studio and have been running Precision Dance Company now for 6 years. I also choreograph for multiple studios around Atlantic Canada and now I teach weekly classes at House of Eights! Branching out from the competitive world to the drop-in world is a new and exciting endeavour. I love the energy that House of Eights has. Watching my drop-in students excel and grow as dancers makes me push myself to excel and grow as a choreographer. How can I help them be better if I’m not making myself better? This is why I still travel and learn to grow as a dancer as well as a teacher. I hope that when people come to my class they get to experience the love and joy that I feel when I dance. Dance from your heart and let your feet follow!

 

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