Hip Hop Instructor
Shavar "Caution" Blackwood was raised in Detroit, and has been living and working in Toronto for the last 10 years. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work with many outstanding choreographers and performers such as Allen Kaeja, Luther Brown, Sean Cheeseman, Siona Jackson, Mandy Moore, and Bill T Jones. His passion for dance lets him take his ideas of the hip-hop culture to the next level by fusing it with different forms of dance such as Contemporary, House, Vogue, Popping, & Krump. These principles have allowed him to achieve a Top 14 spot on Season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, was a featured dancer in the lifetime movie “Aaliyah The Princess of R&B”, danced in the Family Channel show “Naturally Sadie”, and perform with artists such as Cascada, Mcfly, George Nozuka, Divine Brown, and Jacksoul.
A well sought out choreographer and teacher, Shavar has taught for many institutions, including National Ballet School of Canada, City Dance Corps, OIP Dance Centre, Canadian Dance Company, Wonderland Dance Company, Ontario School Of Ballet and Academy of Ballet & Jazz. He has choreographed for events such as Sick Kids Canada, Toronto’s Choreographers’ Ball, Bazaar, Fever, TDSB Martin Luther King Remembrance Day celebration at Roy Thompson Hall, and was the winner of Manifesto Dance Competition. In summer of 2012, Shavar founded a program called “The Male Initiative” which is a collective of artists whose goal is to get more males involved in dance by creating a welcoming environment for emerging male artists to train. Program participants receive mentorship from experienced and qualified male dance professionals, as well as provide a professional platform for them to perform and express themselves.