Kevin Ormsby

kevinormsbyKevin A. Ormsby has been dancing in Jamaica, the United States and Canada for over twenty years. Kevin’s unique dance history has taken its form from blending the influences of Afro-Caribbean culture through modern and classical dance techniques throughout his career. He was a recipient of The Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts Scholarships in Dance and Drama, where he studied from 1989 to 1992. He has worked as the Assistant Artistic Director of Ballet Creole and prior to this position Mr. Ormsby, from 2001 to 2006, was a member of the internationally renowned, Garth Fagan Dance, Rochester, NY. Among its numerous accolades, Garth Fagan is the choreographer of the Broadway Musical, “The Lion King”. Mr. Ormsby was featured in more than 17 of the company’s choreographed works many of which toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

He has also presented a paper on Dance in the Diaspora at the 1st Biannual Conference, Visualizing / Performing Africa at Ohio University and has conducted for three years an intensive dance workshop in Grenada as well as a master class in Vancouver, British Columbia and substitute teacher at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, ON and served as a Juror on the Ontario Arts Council in the Dance Section. In addition to producing a production Love ‘n Movement, he has self published a photography book “Dance Through Life” and is the Dance Writer for Expose Entertainment Magazine, written for the Dance Current Magazine and was recently commissioned to write a paper for the Canada Dance Festival 2009. In Toronto, Mr. Ormsby has performed with Ballet Creole and was also the Associate Artistic Director of Caribbean Folk Performers. He has worked with Canboulay Dance Theatre, Up from the Roots Entertainment, Menaka Thakur, Caribbean Dance Theatre and Dance Caribe Performing Company. Kevin has served as choreographer at Scarborough Caribbean Youth Dance Ensemble from 1994-1998 and co-founded the Lester B.Pearson Collegiate Dance Troupe. In April 2008, Mr. Ormsby will launch his company, KASHEDANCE.

Mr. Ormsby has won full scholarships to the prestigious American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. At these intensives, Kevin had the opportunity to perform in works by Bill T. Jones, Katti King, Mark Morris, Gesel Mason, Ron K. Brown and also studied with Andrea E. Woods and Kraig Patterson. Kevin has been a featured in the December 2000 issue of Dance Current and in the book Toronto: A Tapestry Series for the Toronto Chamber of Commerce. His movie credit now includes a remake of the classic “A Raisin in the Sun” featuring the Broadway cast of the stage production. His artistry have garnered three awards from The Jamaica Cultural Commission “National Festival of the Arts” in the areas: Best Supporting Actor, a Special Genre award and Best Dub Poet Class 16D, The Scarborough Board of Education “Excellence in Education” Award for Performing Arts, The Royal Canadian Legion Award, Metropolitan Toronto Caravan- Best Script Award and an Emerging Artist Professional Grant from the Canada Arts Council and a Mid Career Professional Development Grant.

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