Shavar Blackwood

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 KaejaLuther BrownSean CheesemanSiona JacksonMandy 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 CascadaMcflyGeorge NozukaDivine Brown, and Jacksoul

A well sought out choreographer and teacher, Shavar has taught for many institutions, including National Ballet School of CanadaCity Dance CorpsOIP Dance CentreCanadian Dance CompanyWonderland Dance CompanyOntario School Of Ballet and Academy of Ballet & Jazz. He has choreographed for events such as Sick Kids CanadaToronto’s Choreographers’ BallBazaarFeverTDSB 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.