About Breakthru Dance Challenge
For the first time, a competition has been designed specifically around feedback gathered from studio owners and teachers. Through much research acquired from various surveys and interviews, your advice, concerns, and suggestions have helped to shape Breakthru Dance Challenge into the most well-rounded dance competition today!
Breakthru Dance Challenge is a unique competition that brings together the best and strongest aspects of dance competition for everyone: An exciting, supportive, and educational environment for the competitors with exposure to professionals working in the industry, a stress-free, well-organized, and on time event for studio owners and teachers, and a comfortable and entertaining atmosphere for family and friends.
We understand the dedication and hard work of the dancer, teacher, studio and family. Our goal is to provide an environment rich in family values and team spirit, to promote healthy competition, and to ensure fair opportunities for each performer to grow and achieve personal success beyond their expectations.
Natasha gibson // Director
Nash Gibson has almost 30 years of experience as a teacher and choreographer for both the competitive studio industry and the professional world.
She has had the opportunity to work closely with notable performers like Whoopi Goldberg, Liberty Silver, Glass Tiger, Ian Thomas, Tony Vagg, Roxanne Butterfly, Savion Glover, and the late Gregory Hines to name a few. Her teaching, performance, choreography and adjudication skills have placed her in high demand across the U.S, as far east as Bosnia, and as far north as the arctic circle.
Nash's 15 years of experience as an adjudicator has also given her the advantage of closely observing and understanding the best working aspects of dance competitions.
Together, Nash Gibson and her incredible team of talented people combine their broad experience in both the professional and competitive studio world to bring forth a competition that offers all the best aspects of a truly well-rounded dance challenge!
ALAN KLIFFER // Emcee
Alan Kliffer is a graduate of both the Randolph Academy (2006), The Second City Conservatory (2011), and The Commercial Theatre Institute (2016). He has always been extremely passionate about comedy and entertainment, and is an accomplished producer in Toronto of both live performance and web series.
In 2013, Alan incorporated his production company Kliffer Entertainment and has produced shows with some of the best performers in Canada, including: Colin Mochrie, Scott Thompson, Sean Cullen, Kathy Greenwood, Paula Brancati, Divine Brown, Jayne Eastwood, and more.
Now he is the executive theatre producer for an arts venture capital company KABIN, producing theatre in both Toronto and New York. In addition to his extensive experience in entertaining and producing, Alan also has experience with puppetry, clown, writing, directing, and casting. Past theatrical credits include Cinderella (Port Hope Festival Theatre), She Loves Me (Thousand Islands Playhouse), The First Wives Club, Pre Broadway Workshop (Marquee Prod), Hilda’s Yard (Drayton Entertainment), and more. Television credits include The Strain (FX), Fred @ Night (Teletoon), and more.
SARAH GRANGE // Emcee
Sarah Grange is a Toronto based actor and stand-up comedian who developed a love for entertaining people at the ripe age of three and a half, when she enrolled in her first ballet class. There were two Sarahs in that class, so to differentiate, the other children called her "Silly Sarah".
No one is surprised that she went on the become a comedian. She also cried that year when she didn't get to wear a tutu in the recital. But that wasn't enough to keep her down!
Sarah began taking improv classes at Second City which quickly developed into doing stand comedy. She has been nominated for a Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award, and has also been featured on SiriuXM's Laugh Attack.
Sarah has opened for stand-up comedian Dawn Whitwell as part of the 2015 Just for Laughs Festival in Toronto, and her acting work has been featured on the The Discovery Channel, MTV Canada, and various film festivals across North America.
She continues to study under the incredible acting coaches of Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto, and is looking forward to some very exciting projects stated for 2020.
AGATHA CHOY // Tabulator & Director of Operations
2021 is Agatha’s fifth season with Breakthru Dance Challenge! Growing up, she trained in tap, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop, but now focuses on heels training.
She graduated from George Brown College with an Early Childhood Education diploma and has had a lot of abroad experiences, such as teaching in Jamaica and Spain.
During the off-season, she works at TD Bank in commercial banking, where she works with many business clients. She is looking forward to completing her Product Management and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt courses this year.
She is excited to be with Breakthru Dance Challenge for another year and wishes all the dancers good luck!