Jacques Monfiston fell in love with the sport of dance the day he stepped into a dance class at the Ottawa Dance Academy under the direction of Deborah Lamothe. One of his many highlights has been to represent Canada at the World Dance Championships and bringing back home the gold medal. He adjudicated regional competitions for the Canadian National Dance Championships and was the 1st Canadian judge at the 2001 World Jazz Dance Competition and also adjudicated the 2002 World Tap Dance and Show Dance Championships in Germany.
Jacques was also part of the inaugural dance company Helix Dance Project in Toronto under the direction of Linda Garneau. He was also in numerous commercials, industrials such as Bell Mobility, Coca Cola and Radio Shack to name a few. Jacques also teaches, conducts workshops and does competitive choreography for studios worldwide. Jacques made Tokyo, Japan his home for over 2 years working for Walt Disney at the Broadway Music Theatre. He was also in musicals/plays such as My Fair Lady, Cats, Cyrano De Bergerac, Annie, Guys And Dolls, Dance Legends, Chicago, Anything Goes and the smash hit West Side Story at the Stratford Festival Theatre.
Jacques was also a featured dancer and the assistant-choreographer in the smash hit show Dance Legends. Jacques also co-directed A Chorus Line with Faye Rauw for the Toronto Theatre Company and was selected by the Toronto District School Board to be a Dance Mentor for a project called Dare To Dance. He has also worked with the Canadian Opera Company in a show called Nixon In China.
Jacques is the proud owner of Five Star Dance Company where he provides performance opportunities to dancers and cultural experiences abroad. On top of his busy schedule, he continues to teach for the Peel and Toronto District School Board and at numerous dance studios, schools and conventions around the world. Jacques is extremely excited to launch this amazing platform for dancers across Canada. He is happy to be able to provide dance opportunities to dancers to further their dance education.
Nicole Garland-Dunn has over 25 years of teaching experience and is the owner and director of Turning Pointe Academy of Dance in Toronto, Ontario. Celebrating 18 years of business success, Nicole has provided numerous opportunities for her students to train and perform throughout North America and Europe including New York, Paris, London, Greece and Spain. Her students have pursued professional careers in the dance industry in both the art of teaching and Theatre and Television.
Nicole’s experience as a dance educator and entrepreneur includes producing skill-based programs for Elementary Arts Schools, developing teaching syllabus for Canadian-based Teacher’s Associations and contributing as a panelist to business development seminars with fellow teachers and studio owners in Ontario.
“As a mom, educator and entrepreneur, I co-developed World Performers Canada Inc. with the intention of providing an organization that respects a student’s home studio program, allows more exposure for dancers to train with a broader understanding of the world of competition circuit outside of North America and to provide parents a trusted professional experience that allows a positive learning environment for all participants involved.
The future is bright for Canadian Dancers and Nicole is excited to be part of this Journey!”