Emmy-nominated choreographer Stacey Tookey is a multitalented, Canadian director, choreographer and dancer who has worked in both concert and commercial platforms throughout her career. She has worked with legendary musical artists such as Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Christina Perri, Justin Timberlake, Michael Bublé, Ingrid Michealson and Paula Abdul. Performing highlights include Mia Michaels’ contemporary dance company R.A.W., Parsons Dance Project, Ballet British Columbia, Peter Chu’s ChuThis, Houston Grand Opera and Celine Dion’s record- breaking show A New Day at Caesars Palace. T.V and film choreography credits include So You think You Can Dance and So You Think You Can Dance Canada for the past 10 seasons, Dancing with the Stars, The James Cordin show, Shia LeBeouf Live, Dance-Off and Fair Market Value. She has choreographed full length ballets for Cincinnati Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet and taught at prestigious Universities such as Loyola Marymount University, University of Jacksonville, Princeton and The Juilliard School. Stacey’s Dance Company Still Motion celebrated its world premiere of Moments Defined in 2012 and since then have performed for sold out audiences in L.A.,NYC, Long Beach and at Perry Mansfield, Jacobs Pillow and recently at DansEncore is Trois- Rivières. Stacey is thrilled to be back in Canada for the Signature Dance retreat experience with all of you who love the art of dance and the beautiful Foley family who helped train her.
As RBC’s Regional Vice President for Vaughan, King Township, Township of Caledon and New Tecumseth. Rina Pillitteri is responsible for the Personal Banking, Small Business and Financial Planning segments in this market place. She leads a successful team of 300 staff members including, Branch Managers, Account Managers, and sales and service professionals through the implementation of strategic initiatives and pursuing market opportunities. A key focus is partnership with a diverse team of experts under the RBC umbrella and a commitment to providing superior customer experience and financial advice. Rina is currently the Vice Chair for Mackenzie Health Foundation and was previously Treasurer of the McMichael Art Gallery Foundation. In her last role as National Director for Small Business & Women’s Markets, Rina led the implementation of national strategies for small business, working with a number of partners across the RBC network, domestically and globally. Rina has been part of the RBC team for over 25 years. She has held numerous leadership positions in Retail Banking, Commercial Financial Services and National Office. Rina’s educational background includes accreditations with the Institute of Canadian Bankers Fellowship Program, Canadian Securities Commission and Dalhousie University. Rina’s community involvement and leadership is extensive and includes her receiving the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Leadership and participation. She was also the recipient of the 2017 National Congress of Italian Canadians Ontario Spirit Award. Rina lives in the town of Kleinburg in the city of Vaughan with her husband Sal and two children, Richard and Julia.
Nicole Garland has over 25 years teaching experience and is the owner and director of Turning Pointe Academy of Dance in Toronto. Celebrating twenty years of business success, Nicole owns and operates multiple businesses in the industry and her studio is currently home to over 800 students and growing. A long-time supporter of Adapt programming, Nicole welcomes the opportunity to join the Adapt Business Retreat to share her experience in business growth and exchange information and ideas about the growing pains of a dance studio and making smart business decisions to balance both personal and professional life in a successful way.
Jeff Dimitriou is a world renowned and award winning choreographer, director, artist and creator. He has the rare privilege of working in many different fields of art, and has extensively been involved in the creation and casting for Film, Television, Theatre, Live Events & Games Ceremonies. A few of his choreography credits include: Cirque du Soleil, UnREAL, NHL, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga, Mirror Mirror, Return to Grace (Mirvish), Degrassi, Hellcats, LA Complex, Cabaret, Pan Am Games (Head Choreographer), Anne of Green Gables, Mamma Mia. He started his own creative house; JDX Creative, with his first conceptual dance film titled “STIGMA” set to be released in film festivals worldwide in the fall of 2018, as well as the creation of original theatrical productions that push the boundaries of music theatre and utilize dance as a primary storytelling tool. Whether it be the creating of original works & shows holding residency all over the world at select exclusive resorts and theatres, or working on original works that create a forum of voice for his life and others. His passion, wisdom and experience proves he is an influential and creative force in the Industry.
Dianne Montgomery works as a choreographer, instructor and dancer. She has presented her choreography in the United States and Canada, and has performed throughout North America and Europe. Dianne toured the world for two years with Canadian singer-songwriter FEIST as a tap dancer and shadow puppeteer. She also appeared as a member of Feist’s backing choir on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She has performed as a shadow puppeteer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She danced in prestigious concert venues across North America and Europe, including Massey Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Her choreography has been presented at the Montreal Tap Dance Festival, the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference, for the Toronto-based project Rhythm and Sound, at Toronto PRIDE's Night of a Thousand Dollys, in City Dance Corps' Showcases and for the Toronto Rhythm Initiative, for which she was a founding member. She has performed with tap companies Turn On the Tap and T.O. Tap, as well as on numerous independent projects. In 2017 she sold out her full-length live collaborative show with Ron Davis' Symphronica at Lula Lounge and was one of four Canadian choreographers commissioned to present at the first Toronto International Tap Dance Festival. She has produced workshops for Savion Glover (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, Shuffle Along, Tony award winner and nominee), Joseph and Josette Wiggan (Cirque’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour) and Ali Bradley (STOMP, Tapology) among others. In other creative work, she was a contributor to Sook-Yin Lee’s Definitely Not the Opera, and appeared in the FEIST documentary Look at What the Light Did Now. She contributed vocals to the opening sequence of the Paul Gross feature film Gunless and to the Travis Good-Gordon Pinsent-Greg Keelor album Down and Out in Upalong. She opened the “!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival” in Istanbul, Turkey with a shadow work and choreographed and art directed for the Donna Grantis (Prince) Electric Band’s video “Gold Dust Reprise”.
Passion and perseverance have always been at the heart of every step Caroline has taken in her professional dance career. She has performed on international stages and is sought out as a choreographer by some of the most prestigious dance organizations worldwide. Caroline is a choreographer and emerging director whose experience encompasses films, commercials, music videos and live events. Choreography and creative direction credits include Art On Ice 2018, So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam Season 3, Heroes Reborn Season 1, The Canadian Country Music Awards 2015, Oh Henry’s National TV spot, YTV’s ‘The Next Star’ and ‘Summer Beach Bash 2015’, Sam Smith, Mia Martina, Rich Kidd, Calvin Klein, TELUS, Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights, Luminato, TIFF and many more. Her performance credits include playing the role of “Teena” on the CW Network’s ‘Hellcats’ starring Ashley Tisdale. She was a Top 14 finalist for the premiere season of the hit TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada’, a member of renowned dance companies Helix Dance Project and Conteur Dance Company and has worked with acclaimed choreographer Mandy Moore in ‘Hysterica’ based out of Los Angeles, California. Caroline has also appeared in the television series’ ‘Heroes Reborn’, ‘Defiance’, ‘Taxi 22’, ‘The Lost Girl’, ‘The Listener’, ‘L.A. Complex’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Canada’s Smartest Person’ and ‘Canada’s Got Talent’. She has appeared in films such as ‘11.23.63’ with James Franco, ‘Sucker Punch’, ‘Turn The Beat Around’, ‘Full Out’ and ‘Mirror Mirror’ starring Julia Roberts. She appears in music videos and live performances for artists such as Nick Jonas (We Day 2015), Carly Rae Jepsen (2013 Juno Awards), Flo-Rida, Tyler Medeiros, DRU, Danny Fernandes, Kreesha Turner, Shawn Desman, and Jully Black. As a result of her breadth of experience Caroline teamed up with choreographer/casting director Addy Chan to create Booked - the audition experience and business of dance. A workshop geared to dancing working wishing to break into the industry of professional dance and master the secrets of auditioning.