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"My Dreams have been brought closer to being lived..."

Hey Shawn!

I just wanted to thank you so much, when you were in Timmins teaching us our level 4 hip-hop class with Melissa Kelly I had such a amazing time and work out! It was so inspiring and im hoping that very soon I will get the chance to come to Toronto and attend more of your classes! Thank you VERY much! My Dreams have been brought closer to being lived thanks to you!

- Shannen Knauz, Timmins

"...I appreciate your enthusiam sooo much"

Hey Shawn!

It's Tia from the FastLane Dance Convention. I just wanted to say I absolutely loved your classes and appreciate your enthusiam sooo much , keep up the beats! You cd's are bawm. I hope to get the chance to take more of your classes. Come back next year, or I'll see you at CDF (canadiandancefactory) well thanks again,

- Tia Findlay, Ottawa

"My friends... were so impressed by all the kool original moves"

Hi Shawn!!!!!

I must say you are too generous!! Like wow 2 classes thats alot to give and it will not be wasted!!! 1. My experience for the street sexy hiphop with TJ was great!!! I got to learn new moves every class and not only work on them alot at the beginning of the class but put them into works in lil routines that we added on until the end of the class. For those little routines I was able to show my friends and they were so impressed by all the kool original moves that they wanted me to show them more lol and do the routine more than one, But i tried to convince them to come but they werent' all really up to it even though they had seen a couple of my classes. OO well, they are the ones missing out, I am going whether my friends wish to or not since there are other ppl there and nice ones too. Everyone is soo nice and polite every class making it enjoyable to be in.

TJ was soo much fun to work with, she always gives great energy in the class room when we are a little quiet or slow or maybe even shy, she is open to listen to your questions to go over stuff till you get it so you are able to understand fully and put it in practice properly, she gives u good tips to how to get the moves just right, she is always in a good mood to start off on the good foot, and she is never afraid to let herself go wild to convince us that you dont have to be the only one going crazy and being embarassed lol all while having a blast of course!!! I would and have recommended the class to many of my friends but I guess they really dont want to or I'm very bad at convincing people :). I had to soo much fun i was sad to leave when time was out since I wanted more more more!!! time really flew by!!

Adèle Brazeau-Feeley, Toronto

"Thank you for your generosity"

Hello Shawn,

Thank you for your generosity. Adele just loves to dance. As a dancer, she is always "bouncing of the walls". She has been dancing since the age of 4. Dancing is just part of her day to day activity. I just love to whatch her dance! She is a well rounded girl. She knows how to balance her day. (School - homework - leasure - help out with her little brother). She respects her colleagues and therefore she is well respected by friends and surrounding adults (teachers and parents). She is our ray of sunshine! Again thank you so much to give her this opportunity. Talk to you soon

Francine Brazeau, Toronto

"I LOVE your classes, you are GREAT and an AWESOME teacher!"

"I'm so glad that I stumbled upon your ad in Malabar (I think that's where I saw it) and that I decided to pursue this. I LOVE your classes, you are GREAT and an AWESOME teacher!!!!!!!! (I recognized the quality of your teaching in the first class).

I only wish I discovered you when I was younger. I can't wait until I don't have to think and concentrate so much in class as I do right now. I can't wait to start dancing and feeling it, instead of thinking, you know what I mean?"

- Tatiana Tyzkyj

"...A fierce charisma that is unparalleled."

"Shawn's tap skills and rhythmic ability rival the top dancers around the world.

He is bar-none the best tap dancer that Toronto has to offer. He has the fastest feet, the best rhythms and a fierce charisma that is unparalleled."

- Jen Cohen
Director & Producer, RedheadStageProductions.com

"If you love to dance, here is your teacher!"

"I have taught alongside Shawn at many workshops and conventions and I must say, he always finishes with having every student in the palm of his hand.

He teaches with an unequalled enthusiasm for his craft and his generosity is well received by all. If you love to dance, here is your teacher!"

- Linda Garneau
Artistic Director, www.helixdanceproject.com

"You have helped me develop a greater love for tap dancing..."

"Hey Shawn,

Hope things are going well, I just wanted to give you a HUGE thank-you for everything you have done and taught me . Dancing with you these past few months has been a privilege, and I am extremely grateful to have been giving the opportunity to be a part of your tap classes. I know i'm not a great dancer but you have always provided me with enough confidence and encouragement to keep me moving.

Your energetic, fun and exciting personality is what makes you such an amazing teacher and individual. You have helped me develop a greater love for tap dancing and I thank you for it. Can't wait till the next session!!

- Katie O'Callaghan

"You make each one of us feel appreciated and confident."

"Hey Shawn!

I really really really enjoyed your classes these past 8 weeks, and I want to do it again. You're one of the best teachers I know, and I admire your teaching methods. You make each one of us feel appreciated and confident.

Every time I get out of your class, I feel refreshed and energized. 75 minutes goes by way too fast in your class! Thank you for being the teacher that you are. :)"

- Melissa Kelly,
Melissa Kelly Dance Academy

"My friends have noticed a difference..."

"I watched my younger sister week after week learn the artistry of hip hop dancing. I decided to give it a go myself and found out about Shawn B's class. The class has surpassed all my expectations. It is undeniably enjoyable.

Shawn is able to bring a great level of unruly energy to the class that is heightened by his charisma. He creates a great vibe within the class, intensifying the FUN factor.

Not only that, but my friends have noticed a difference in my step on the dance floor when we go out for a night on the town."

- Voula Kosmopoulos

"Wow! These classes are awesome!"

"Wow! These classes are awesome! Shawn, you are an amazing dancer/teacher. I will for sure be back for more classes. Thanks so much!"

- Cassandra Dumitro

"You never get frustrated with your dancers..."

"Hey Shawn,

Just wanted to thank you for the best dance classes in Toronto, and your fun and energetic attitude. There is never a dull moment in your tap or hip hop classes.

You never get frustrated with your dancers and you are such a positive and amazing person. Your choreography is always fun and original. So thanks again!"

- Sarah Quinn

"I'm So Pumped Right Now!"

"WOW! What a Crazy High Energy Class.

I've never worked so hard in that amount of time before. I loved it and I looked forward to doing more. I'm So Pumped Right Now!"

- Domenica Ruscica

"Your classes are great, the cardio is excellent..."

"As for the dance classes: tap I'm fine with - I love it! I was happy when you started doing some steps across the floor ... I just can't concentrate on combining the different hand/foot rhythms!!!

My brain doesn't function the way it used to!!! lol I must say you do have a good way of adding little brain teasers to the dance!!!

Hip hop classes.... your workout is the hardest part! hahaha. I can do it but I feel like my body doesn't want to cooperate with the moves... either way your classes are great, the cardio is excellent and I have to get back to work... lol."

- "D" (anonymous)

"I am glad I've finally found you."

"I will still be coming to class on Wednesday. I wouldn't want to miss it!

I've been searching for a beginners adult tap class in the city for sometime and I am glad I've finally found you. I look forward to continuing. Thanks Again,"

- Devi Dahl

"I always end up having a great time..."

"Shawn, I just wanted to say thank you for always hosting such fun and energetic classes. Unlike some other dance classes, I always end up having a great time in yours.

Cheers Shawn and thanks again. See you next weekend."

- Niky Johnson

"Tap Skool was exactly what I needed for my overall health."

"The advanced tap classes I participated in each week were fun challenges both physically and mentally.

After having been away from a regular studio dance class for almost a year, getting back into it with your Tap Skool was exactly what I needed for my overall health.

What better way to get rid of the frustrations of every day life than to pound them out on the studio floor making noise to your hearts content and grooving to great new music every week. New combos each class kept me on my toes (literally) and had me working up a sweat in a far more satisfactory way than a gym ever could.

Overall the course was a fun and exciting experience where I got to do what I love (tap) with a great choreographer leading the way with hot music and fast feet. Thanks for it Shawn! "

- Kelly Loftus
Nanaimo, BC

"I have become a lot more confident in myself and my talent..."

"Although I feel there are many things I have learned from Shawn's teaching and overall way of life, I could sum it all up by saying this.

When I met Shawn, I was transitioning from being a full time competitive student at a really great studio, to someone who just wanted to keep dancing.

Shawn not only gave me somewhere to do that, he has also enhanced the training I already had by giving me some new and creative choreography and technique, as well as, and this is the best part, showing me how to let go of the training to let the style and the moves I had within, come out.

With Shawn's help, I have become a lot more confident in myself and my talent, and I have been inspired time and time again to continue to use my dance experience. Thanks Shawn B, you're one of the best!!!"

- Laura Radcliffe
Mississauga, ON

"It's extremely fun, energetic and motivating."

"Shawn Byfield hosts one of the best hip-hop classes I've ever taken in Toronto.

It's extremely fun, energetic and motivating. The dance choreography is always fresh and awesome! Rock on,"

- Hilary Nesbitt

"By the time you play the music the dancers already know how to move to it..."

"Well, I think you have mad rhythm - in class you make me forget about counts because you teach your choreography through the rhythm of the music, and by the time you play the music the dancers already know how to move to it - the transition is seamless! Oh! and you're a hype dancer."

- Gerard Reyes
Professional Dancer

"An energetic and encouraging teacher..."

"The thing I liked most about your class was the pace at which you taught - not too slow, and not too fast. You are an energetic and encouraging teacher, and I will try to be there most Saturdays to dance around with you :)"

- Melanie-Anne Atkins
Queen's University Dance Club 2004-2005

"All dancers should take this class."

"Shawn B. is one of the most creative and enthusiastic artists in Toronto. His rhythmic, intense style pushes dancers to their limit time and time again and continues to evolve in an art that otherwise can become static.

Shawn's class combines old school and new, style and wit; it keep students motivated and challenged. All dancers should take this class."

- Erin P.
Dancer and Choreographer

"I am always doing them in my room!"

"I really enjoyed my second Saturday's class just as much as the first one! I still remember both routines and I am always doing them in my room!! Ha ha ha!

I am so excited to see your company "Thrive's" new show in September, I can hardly wait!! I love your choreography and I am sure that my mom and I will be one of the first ones to purchase tickets!

Anyway please keep me posted on any new events that are coming up if any. My mom and I will most likely look into them and will do our best to try and make them, even though it is tough coming all the way from London. But I am always up for new opportunities and I am always glad and thankful that I came."

- Hayley Blyth

"What I strive to be like as a teacher..."

"I just wanted to say that I absolutely loved class last Saturday. I have taken many great classes in T.O. but your energy really made the difference.

I like your attitude and the way you conduct class, reminds me a little of me and what I strive to be like as a teacher to my little ones."

- Lisa Di Paolo

"...Keeps me on my toes!"

"I can't wait to tap with you in 2004! You know I love your tap class... it keeps me on my toes! It's better than sex... well kind of!"

- Heather Eugene, Heather's Hoofers
Producer, National Tap Dance Day Toronto

"I have fun each and every time."

"I love all his classes. I've taken them since July and I want to keep on taking the classes until he stops teaching. I have fun each and every time. Again, I simply love it."

- Janet Kondraciuk

"There are not a lot of instructors like you out there..."

"Shawn, thanks so much! Thank you for your time and generosity- there are not a lot of instructors like you out there with your passion and energy for dance!"

- Lia Como

"Totally worth the drive from Woodstock."

"Awesome. I loved the routine! Such an awesome workout! Totally worth the drive from Woodstock. I'll be back!"

- Kayla James

"...Thank you for being such an awesome teacher..."

"Hi Shawn,

I just wanted to thank you for being such an awesome teacher and wonderful person. Over the past 12 weeks I realized how much I missed dancing and how much I love hip hop.

I just wanted to tell you that you are an amazing teacher and choreographer with a fun and energetic attitude that gets everyone to participate and have fun. Keep up the good work and well done."

- Michelle Sturino

"...Such an uplifting experience."

"As usual your class was amazing! Thank you for making dance/hip hop relaxed, fun and such an uplifting experience."

- Maria Ierullo

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