Jacques Monfiston

Guest Instructor

After attending Ottawa University and taking a long break from dance of over 10 years, Jacques decided to train again at the age of 25 at Greta Leeming Studio of Dance. One of his many highlights has been to represent Canada at the World Dance Championships. As a member of the Canadian National Tap Team, he had the honour of being awarded the gold medal for Canada. He danced to a wonderful routine called “5 “>Guys Names Moe” choreographed by renowned choreographer Matthew Clark. Jacques’ professional work includes travelling the world as an entertainer with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Costa Crociere Inc. He adjudicated regional competitions for the Canadian National Dance Championships and was the first Canadian judge at the 2001 World Jazz Dance Competition and also adjudicated the 2002 World Tap Dance and Show Dance Championships in Germany. Jacques was also the tap adjudicator at the Manitoba Dance Festival in 2008. Jacques continues to improve his talent by being on a scholarship to two leading Performing Arts Training Centres. He has taken numerous dance classes at Edge Performing Arts Centre, Broadway Dance Centre, Steps and also has worked with some of L.A. and New York City’s top choreographers. Jacques was also part of the inaugural dance company Helix Dance Project in Toronto under the direction of Linda Garneau. Jacques has spent time in South Africa where he conducted workshops and choreographed numerous dance routines. Jacques made Tokyo his home for over two years working for Walt Disney at the Broadway Music Theatre. He was also in musicals/plays such as “My Fair Lady”, “Cats”, “Cyrano De Bergerac”, including the smash hit “West Side Story” at the Stratford Festival Theatre. Jacques was recently in Germany, Poland, China and Japan again where he was the 2009 Canadian Judge at the World Tap, Modern and Jazz Dance Championships. He is the choreographer for the 2010-2011 Canadian National Jazz Team this year representing Canada at the World Dance Championships in Poland. Jacques is the proud owner of Five Star Dance Company where he provides performance opportunities to dancers and cultural experiences abroad. He is also the co-founder and Director of World Performers Canada (WPC) a national dance team that competes at the Dance World Cup (Europe).