Vivine Scarlett- Founder/Curator
Vivine is an administrator, choreographer, and instructor, whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance. She is the Founder and Program Director for dance Immersion, an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora while providing a number of diverse programs for children and adults. As former Artistic Director and performing member of the Usafiri Dance & Drum Ensemble, Vivine created and presented works in both traditional influenced African and contemporary African dance styles. Vivine’s contributions to the field of dance are generated from an energy that has fuelled her passion leading her on a journey for over 34 years of giving and serving through the arts.
Drawn to all kinds of dance expressions and movement, Ms. Scarlett’s passion has manifested many experiences that have served Canadian artists of African descent with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation. Vivine is the recipient of the 2011 Planet Africa Heritage Award received for her contributions. In 2008 she received a Chalmers Arts Fellowships to work with youth in Ghana, West Africa. Her choreographic endeavours in the theatre production of "The Adventures of a Black Girl in search of God" won her a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2002 and her work in "The Freedom of dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela" received a Dora nomination in 2003. Ms. Scarlett is the 2005 K.M. Hunter Dance Artist award winner and has taught for numerous institutions and organizations throughout Canada. She continues her creative explorations as a freelance choreographer.
Cassandra Belafonte - Program Director
Cassandra is a graduate of the Corporate Media Production Program and has a certificate in the Digital Media arts Program at Seneca @York University. Cassandra processes a keen eye for detail, is a strategic thinker, and has a passion for art, writing, and communication. She transitioned from Program Manager to Program Director of dance Immersion after mentorship with the organization where she provided administrative support in the Arts, working alongside the Curator to coordinate strategy development and implementation. Her passion is to grow the Canadian dance ecology providing support, contributing to the longevity of artists and company's artistic endeavours. She has travelled nationally and internationally connecting with organizations/artists who share her passion for maturing the dance milieu.
Nicole Hamilton - Events Administrator/YAP Coordinator
Nicole Hamilton is the founder, and Artistic Director of Inica Dance Industries. A certified dance educator, and member of Dance Masters of Canada and Dance Masters of America, Hamilton has served as a faculty member, master workshop leader, mentor, and guest teacher at institutes across Canada, and the U.S.A, including but not limited to; George Brown College, University of Toronto, and York University. Hamilton serves as a reporter for Dance Channel Television, is a contributing Talk show host on The Career Buzz Show, and a Producer with Turn Out Radio, broadcasting on CIUT 89.5 FM.
With studies in D.M.C, C.D.T.A, R.A.D, ADAPT, BATD, Cecchetti, Horton, Dunham, and D.E.A, Hamilton has trained across Canada, and the U.S.A in Ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, Lyrical, liturgical, hip hop, Acro, West African, Afro Caribbean, and Musical Theatre. Passionate about dance health, she works as a Counsellor, and is seated on the Board of Directors with “Healthy Dancer Canada” where she shares the collaborative vision to promote dancer health and wellness in Canada, and abroad.