THE FIRST FILIPINA MS. CHATELAINE IN 80 YEAR HISTORY!

22 Mar

chatelainecover Di1 Di2My Mom had stacks of Chatelaine Magazines growing up, so when Danya Cohen at the mag said she wanted to feature me as April 2013’s Ms. Chatelaine, I was tickled pink!  I came back home to Toronto from New York four years ago hoping that my home country would know about me as much as the rest of the world does and now here we are…  Chatelaine is the top selling women’s magazine in Canada with half a million monthly subscribers.

I am honored and also pleased to know that I am the FIRST FILIPINA MS. CHATELAINE in the 80-year history of the magazine.

Thank you to Roberto Caruso photographer and Erik his assistant,  editor Alex Laws and writer Danya Cohen for putting this fabulous 2-page article together.  WOW!

Jacket by NorBlackNorWhite
Bra by Michi New York
Leggings from Leah McFly
Sneakers Limited Edition Basquiat Reeboks
Necklace by Little Burgundy

 

SHOUTS OUT TO MY PARENTS MR. AND MRS. REYES MY SISTER ANGELA – MY BOO BIG NORM AND MY PARTNER IN CRIME JOJO DANCER❤

The Jump Off 2.0

18 Jan

The Jump Off Battle 2.0

Jojo Dancer Zolina and I are very pleased to announce the coming of our second battle The Jump Off 2.0!  This one will be even more hype on account of BUDDHA STRETCH and TYRONE ‘THE BONE’ PROCTOR judging House and Waacking respectively.  So far, Montreal and New York and other cities in Canada have signed up.  It’s gonna be FIERCE!

 

MAJOR THANKS TO JADE JAGER CLARK FROM UDO CANADIAN STREET DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS WHO GAVE US THE SPACE AND TIME FOR OUR BATTLE AT THE METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE!

 

Here are more details:

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:

http://www.facebook.com/events/382542181837483/?ref=ts&fref=ts

The Jump Off Battle can easily be named one of the most talked-about dance battles in Toronto, bringing the highest acclaimed international judges and top dancers from around the world in the styles of Hip Hop, House Dance and Waacking.On June 24, 2012, Jojo Dancer and Fly Lady Di hosted Toronto’s first Jump Off Battle where dancers from all over the world went head-to-head to compete in some legendary battles. Due to the high calibre of Toronto’s dance talent, word of the event attracted dancers from surrounding cities, and even the world, as far as Asia and Europe.The Jump Off is teaming up with UDO’s Canadian Street Dance Championships on March 23, 2013 to bring House Dance and Waacking to a bigger, broader spectrum. A pioneer of Waacking, TYRONE PROCTOR (Soul Train, International House of Waacking) and the legendary Hip Hop Choreographer BUDDHA STRETCH (MOP TOPS / Elite Force) will judge their respective categories with special guest BRIAN ‘FOOTWORK’ GREEN, as the elite Waackers and House Dancers of Toronto and surrounding cities will compete for the grand prize of $200 in CASH!

Have a look at what went down last year at The Jump Off!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5C_L4C3mpM&sns=em

Jump Off Recap by Axel Villamil of RLStudios

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCeaYoTG8gE&sns=em

Waacking Battle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvP6uYZ9If4&sns=em

House Battle

Hosted by Lenny Len
Music by DJ Dirty Dale

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! http://www.udostreetdancecanada.com/home/registration/

***EARLY BIRD SPECIAL***
Deadline: Friday January 18th, 2013.

$20 Per Category ($25 after)

Registration Deadline: Thursday February 28th, 2013.

ALL SPECTATORS $10!

You can also soon register at participating Toronto dance studios (coming soon)…

FOLLOW OUR TWEETS @JumpOffBattle!

PROCEEDS FROM THE JUMP OFF BATTLE WILL BE DONATED TO ART STARTS! www.artstarts.net

Past Jump Off Results:

6/24/12 @ The Barn
Judges – Caleaf Sellers (Dance Fusion NYC, Mop Tops, Elite Force) HIP HOP & HOUSE
Jojo Dancer Zolina (House of La Douche, OTI, Waacouture, VAN) WAACKING

House Finals
Effex (MTL) vs Samo (NYC) (winner)

Waacking Finals
Emily Law (TOR) vs Essence (MTL, NYC) (winner)

Hip Hop Finals
Ladonna (MTL) vs Tasha Powell (TOR) (winner)

Video

My House Freestyle Video!

18 Jan

A lot of peeps have been asking me to post vids so here is the first of several:

Jojo x Di x Diva K inside December ’12 TORONTO LIFE Magazine!

14 Nov

Thank you to Claire at Toronto Arts Council for having us perform at the Toronto Mayor’s Ball for the Arts (10.15.12)!  Look at us pictured next to the diva of glam herself Ms. Jeanne Beker (Fashion Television).

This is truly an honor to be in this magazine, it’s like the equivalent of The New Yorker.

Yay Jojo (youtube.com/kineticphilosopher) and Diva K (Kevin Fraser)!!!!

DANCE CLASSES!

27 Aug

I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me when my classes are, here they are in a nutshell!

 

For DANCE CLASSES see below:

Fly Lady Di ADVANCED

MONDAYS 6:30 – 7:30pm
OIP Dance Centre
190 Richmond St. East at Jarvis
$13

House Dance Foundation

THURSDAYS 7:30 – 8:30pm
Street Dance Academy
160 Spadina @ Queen West
$13

Intermediate House Dance

SUNDAYS 12 – 1pm
City Dance Corps
489 Queen St. West
$15.25

Di x Shirls win first ever House battle on #NMLBattlez on MuchMusic

11 Aug


Yesterday was a big day for UrGirlShirls and I as we won the first ever House Dance battle on #NMLBattlez on MuchMusic’s New Music Live!  Thank you so much to Janet Castillo and Lenny Len who continue to encourage me to put myself out there to inspire through House Dance, as well as the incomparable Producer Romeo Candido (who also directed and wrote Prison Dancer) and Jojo Dancer – my favorite kuya who continues to push me and inspire me towards greatness.

Shirley – you are also an inspiration – thanks for being a good student and working as hard as you did for this battle.  We make a great team.  Dancer/Artists for LIFE!  Ma-Gic.

Tafiya and BJ, you guys gave us a run for our prize – it’s beautiful and spiritual to watch you both dance.
Above are some photos that were taken by various people – Shirley’s uber supportive bro Mugabi “Bboy Metaflex” snapped lots of shots of us and posted them – thank you!  We also caught Phoebe Dykstra in the bathroom woohoo (she luved us) and…  Just how many Pinoys can you fit on the MuchMusic stage?!  *thanks Romeo*  The guest judge was Keisha Chante – I appreciated your honesty booboo.

 

HERE IS OUR PROFILE VIDEO ON NEWMUSICLIVE.CA!  http://www.newmusiclive.ca/nml-battlez-house-dancers-meet-ladies-first/

Di!

DANCE CURRENT FEATURES Fly Lady Di

11 Aug

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BRITTANY AT DANCE CURRENT FOR THESE AMAZING FEATURES!  It has been a dream since childhood to be recognized for my dancing in a dance magazine – especially one from my home country!

I am both proud and grateful!
-Di

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