Jade started dancing, teaching and choreographing all at the same time at the mere age of 14. Throughout her years in high school Jade created a successful extracurricular dance program and led successful hip hop teams to Dance competitions throughout the GTA.
In 2002 she also began volunteering and working as a dance teacher for the YMCA, teaching children and adults of all ages. In 2005 she became theLead dance instructor of the Brampton YMCA Open Concept Dance Program. Under her leadership the program was noted as one of the most successful YMCA dance programs in the GTA.
In 2005 Jade was awarded the Youth Break through Award by the Canadian Association of Advancement of Women in Sport Association (CAAWS) for her work.
In 2006, she represented Canada at the World Hip Hop Championships, held in Bremen, Germany in September 2006, as a soloist and as part of the Canadian National Hip Hop Team.
In 2006 Jade received the 2006 Arts Acclaim Award from the City of Brampton for her hard work and dedication in dance and for representing Canada in the World Hip Hop Championships.
A self-taught hip hop dancer, the passion for bringing the real street hip hop to the studio and seeing the lack of programing for young dancers prompted her to open up Jade’s Hip Hop Academy in September 2006 at the age of 18, specializing in Hip Hop, popping, locking, breakin and Krump. Jade began with renting a space for just two nights a week, but it did not take long to realize that this was not enough to accommodate all those who were interested in joining Jade’s Hip Hop Academy. In 2007 she leased her own building.
The season 2007/2008 became a very successful year for Jade’s Hip Hop Academy dancers. Despite the fact that many were only in their first or second year of dance training, they came home from most competition with first place finishes, high rankings and several dancers qualified to represent Canada at The World Hip Hop Championships in Germany. Jade also received 2 awards at The Canadian National Dance Championships for Teaching Authentic Hip Hop and one for Education in Hip Hop. Jade has become well known as a choreographer due to her authentic and intricate choreography. Jade’s passion is Hip Hop and Street Dance and unfortunately it is a genre of dance that is still widely misunderstood and misrepresented at many studio competitions. Tired of seeing music video inspired Hip Hop routines score high marks with just booty shaking, chest popping, attitude and little technique Jade set out on a mission.
So far she has written three articles published in Dance Canada Quarterly Magazine discussing what makes a good hip hop routine and the different elements that teachers and judges should be aware of. Jade hopes that her continuing work on this project will lead to every competition being able to recognize authentic Hip Hop and different street dance styles and award dancers for skills in popping, locking, breakin’, house and krump. She has worked with Dance Educators of Canada giving seminars to other teachers and studio owners on Hip Hop dance, educating them about the history, development of styles, progressions for rec classes, expectations for competitive Hip Hop dancers, appropriateness in music and costume selections, choreography and more.
Jade received an award of Honourable Mention from Zonta’s Women of Achievement Award 2008 in the category Business/Professions and Trades in November 2008. Jade was honoured to be nominated with 9 other women including former Mayor of Caledon, former Director of Big Brother Big Sisters and Director of Brampton Arts Council for the prestigious award. Part of Jade’s goal is not only to run a successful business but to ensure that everyone who loves to dance gets the chance to do so. She believes in keeping cost to a minimum and making sure everyone in the community has access to her classes and she rewards hard work and dedication of students with full or partial scholarships.
2009 is the year that Jade received recognition throughout the dance community as an exceptional Hip Hop dance Choreographer. Her intricate and precise choreography has developed into a signature style instantly recognizable on performance and competing stages. Jade now also happily takes part in judging hip hop divisions at competitions and Talent Show Cases. As the Academy and recognition grows Jade’s Hip Hop Academy performance teams are increasingly performing at more events throughout the city and participating in more and more projects such as artist’s videos and shows. In December 2009 at the age of 21 she was elected to the Board of Directors of Dance Ontario, the largest service organization for dance in province that works with and builds a community across the dance sector with all dancers, teachers, choreographers, companies, groups, studios and schools and ensures that their needs are met and assists in communication, funding, publicity and networking and promotes and supports the advancement of all forms of dance in Canada. Jade serves as the representative of Urban dance and competitive studios continually ensuring the larger dance community understands and appreciates Hip Hop Dance. In 2010 she also became the Chair of the Dance Ontario Youth Board (DOYB), responsible for youth board development and organization of the annual IDD (International Dance Day) celebrations at Toronto Pearson International Airport, a position she holds till this day.
In 2010 Jade continued to receive various recognition for her work and especially her choreography. She was the Dance Director of YOUTH DAY the largest Festival of it Kind celebrating Youth Talent in the Arts. On July 25th she oversaw 45 of her own students who wowed the audience if 15, 000 at Yonge-Dundas Square performing 16 times, including 5 special choreographed Flash Mobs and 11 routines. She was also responsible for Managing the dance stage and coordinating 9 other dance groups from Toronto and the GTA to perform at YOUTH DAY. The studio received special recognition from CTV’s Ken Shaw who called out the studio and called Jade to the stage to compliment her on her work. Overall it was a phenomenal success and it was truly a day for JHHA.
In November 2010 Jade was asked to speak on behalf of young entreprenuers and share the success story of the Studio at the Inaugural National Black Business Convention at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Centre in Toronto. In her speech she shared the many obstacles and challenges she faced and still faces today owning her own business and emphasized the importance of giving young professionals more opportunities and support to pursue their goals and invest more into the Youth as they are the next generation.
On November 18th, 2010 Jade was again nominated for a Zonta Women of Achievement Award and this time she won the prestigious award and was named Young Woman of Achievement 2010. She was nominated among 3 other young women in this category in addition to 13 other well established and esteemed women in the Brampton Caledon Community. The young Woman of Achievement Award recognizes a young woman between the ages of 18 to 25 who volunteers her time, inspires other women and girls, gives back to the community and is a role model to her peers. The Spring of 2011 included another successful competition season, a successful International Dance Day coordinated by Jade for the Dance Ontario Youth Board at Pearson Airport and another Award for Jade. This time she was the recipient of the 2011 BBPA Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. The Annual awards Gala awards 16 outstanding African Canadians from across Canada in various categories. Jade was honoured to receive the award in a class that included Chancellor G. Raymond Chang, Bromley Armstrong and John Tory (diversity award).
The Young Entrepreneur is given to an individual between the ages of 18-23 that have demonstrated: Entrepreneurial spirit and success in owning and managing a business; proven ability to turn a business vision into reality; personal integrity, good communication skills and ability to influence others and has demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity. Jade is deeply honored to receive an award in Harry Jerome’s name. Harry Jerome represented Canada and won several gold silver and bronze medals in the Olympics, Common Wealth Games, Pan Am Games in track in the 1960′s. He overcame major obstacles and adversities, went on to become a social activist and received an Order of Canada. Harry Jerome died suddenly at age 42.
In 2012 Jade received the “Brampton Outstanding Business Achievement Award” in the category: Emerging Business from the City of Brampton Economic Development Office and the Brampton Board of Trade.
In 2012 Jade took on a new role as a competition director with Street Dance Canada Inc. In partnership with UDO she presented the first ever UDO Canadian Street Dance Championships in April 2012. In doing so Jade accomplished a long awaited goal of being able to give her students and the many young hip hop and street dancers within Canada the opportunity to not only compete in battle and crew competitions against dancers their own age, but to be able to present all forms of street dance competition under one roof bringing the community and multiple generations together. The event was a huge success with 200 competitors and 500 spectator.s In her role she coordinated all Canadian qualifying dancers included 20 of her own JHHA students to the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool England in August 2012. It was the first time that Canada was represented at a UDO Championship and JHHA dancers came home with several top 7 podium finishes and 6 of Canada’s 7 World titles.
In September 2012 Jade was named “ARTS PERSON OF THE YEAR” and received the award from the Brampton Arts Council. At 24 Jade is the youngest recipient ever to receive this award.She was also recognized by the Province, Peel region, the Mayor of Brampton Susan Fennell and the House of Commence. Jade was deeply honoured to receive this prestigous award and all the recognitions.
My Dancers are my inspiration
Teaching is my dedication
Dance is my Passion and
Success is my ambition
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