Dance and performance has been a part of my life since the age of twelve. My grade eight PE teacher went rogue going off curriculum to do a week of Creative Movement. He threw on a record and gave minimal direction: dance for an audience (just him in the exercise) expressing the music. I took to it immediately as did a few others in the class. So much so that that same PE teacher arranged for a small group of us to perform in another school’s variety show and in a mall during their anniversary celebrations or something like that.

Photographer: Karolina Turek

A few years later there was a dance audition for Oklahoma at my high school. I was the only guy that showed up. I got the dance lead – Dream Curly. After that closed, the choreographer invited me to her ballet class. Then the owner of the dance school invited me into her jazz class. This was all pre Fame and boys were scarce…

Photographer: Karolina Turek

At seventeen I was studying dance at a post secondary level and by eighteen I was working in musical theatre, film and tv.

In my late twenties I gravitated to modern dance and then Butoh. Eventually I connected with creative partner Thomas Anfield and we formed our own company, BUTOH-a-GO-GO
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My artistic journey kept me living on the edge of poverty but has filled my life with a wealth of adventures*, as well as many special and inspiring relationships**.

Photographer: Nathan Strijack

* – I have performed in far-off, exotic lands: Japan for 6 months; Poland; Moscow (3 times!), as well as numerous places in North America.

** – I have had the pleasure to work with huge amount of extremely talented and amazing people, some of whom remain in my life to this day.

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Photographer: Nicole Dextras