Guelph Dance is very excited to be part of Hillside Homeside with the co-presentation of Let’s Groove!
Choreographer Natasha Powell of Holla Jazz shares some moves and grooves to help you connect to some soulful tunes. Let’s connect with ourselves and find joy and freedom in our bodies through dance!
About Natasha Powell
Natasha Powell is a Toronto native who has been working in the dance industry for 17 years. Her soulful approach to movement that transcends genre can be seen and felt in her dancing, choreography, and teachings.
Growing up in a Caribbean home, dancing has always been in her life. Bringing flavour to her every step, as a dancer she has made appearances in film and television including the HBO Series The L Word, Nickelodeon movie Spectacular!, and Centre Stage 2. Her choreography and movement direction can be seen in the upcoming Lifetime biopic “The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel” as well as choreography for the Visual Jazz Album Tribute to Nat King Cole by jazz artist Ori Dagan.
No stranger to the stage, Natasha has collaborated and created over 20 dance works for live performance. As the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for her company HOLLA JAZZ, she created the award-winning show FLOOR’D – the company’s first full-length production, presenting historical jazz dances in a new light. The production was nominated for 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards (including Outstanding Original Choreography by Powell, and Outstanding Production) winner of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and named one of top 10 dance shows of the recent decade by NOW Magazine.
Inspired by social dances such as jazz, hip hop, and house dance, Natasha shares her love for movement through teaching dance classes and workshops in Toronto and across Canada. She helps individuals find their personal groove, make breakthroughs in their dancing, and ultimately experience joy in their bodies.
Natasha is an experienced producer for live dance performance. Before producing her own company’s show FLOOR’D, she worked at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario as the Manager of Producing and Administration, and gained invaluable experience as the Metcalf Foundation Arts Management Intern with Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Volcano Theatre.
Natasha is a graduate of George Brown College with a Diploma in Business Administration Accounting and is grateful to continue sharing her passion for dance as a choreographer, teacher, and producer.
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