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J.J. D’Mello

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J.J. D’mello graduated McMaster University earning his Bachelor’s degree in English and Cultural Studies where his love and passion for dance first truly bloomed and pushed him to become the dancer and choreographer he is now. While at McMaster he became a part of the winning O.U.C.H. Team (8-Time Champions) and Verve Dance Team where he both danced in and choreographed many award-winning pieces. Nowadays, J.J. is a working choreographer/teacher from teaching regular drop-ins at Underground Dance Centre and Kindred Culture, to choreographing award-winning pieces for studios across Ontario, and to travelling and teaching internationally in the United States and Asia. His choreography has propelled him to stages well respected and known by many such as the R2D Camp and even has afforded him opportunities to judge competitions such as The Academy: Urban Dance Competition.

Most importantly, J.J. has become well known for his care of his art, his classes, and his students. His work is renowned for its artistry, complexity, and creativity and he works towards leading others to do the same. He finds greater achievements in being able to educate individuals, instilling values in the up and coming, and inspiring others to strive for greatness. He believes that creativity will only flourish by facilitating positive spaces for people to grow together and emphasizing progress over perfection.

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