DDO dance studio’s choreography hits the big screen

Stéphanie Alcaraz-Robinson
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Steve Bolton began his choreographing career by accident; whilst reviewing one of his numbers, he realized he had more fun off the stage than on it.

The dancer's decision turned out to be a wise one – he not only runs the 8 Count Dance Complex in Dollard des Ormeaux, but also choreographed a few dance scenes in the latest Step Up All In movie, released last week in theatres across North America.

"They auditioned here for dance crews and all the crews that were selected were from my company," Bolton said. After putting in six to 10 hours of rehearsal time a week, the dancers learned the moves.

As the latest movie in the Step Up franchise – which brings back characters from earlier installments at a national dance competition in Las Vegas – is screened, Bolton is preparing for yet another challenge. The choreographer will host crews from all over Canada in Montreal at the upcoming Canadian Hip Hop Championship in 2015. Dance crews will compete for the right to showcase their skills on the international stage.

"It is huge. It is 50 countries, 300 crews and thousands of dancers," said Bolton, who has run the national championship for nearly a decade.

Bolton also made Canadian headlines in 2010 when his all-female dance crew, known as Blueprint, were selected as the first non-American group to participate in the hit American TV series, Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV. Finalists on the show, the Blueprint Cru, now a co-ed group of three men and five women, went international.

Bolton also played a prominent role in the second season of the hit French television show, ‘La Voix,’ on TVA as a choreographer. "That was an amazing experience. What was great about that is that I wasn't just a choreographer, but I was part of the conceptualisation team. It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my professional career," Bolton said.

Other projects are currently in the works for upcoming year, but Bolton is keeping hush about it. He did want to mention, however, that his dance classes are open to everyone – he has participants from three years old to adults in their fifties.

"It's a great way to stay active," he concluded.

Organizations: TVA

Geographic location: Dollard, North America, Las Vegas Canada Montreal America

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