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Mr. Mark can't wait to work with you - after all that boasting Ms. Jen has done about her students in Canada!

Classes will focus on tap technique and musicality. You'll learn a fun combo that doubles as a counting exercise - which is even more fun than it sounds, we promise! 

The co-founder of The JaM Project & The JaM Youth Project, tap companies based in Washington, DC. His choreography and dancefilms have been recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, and The Washington Post.JaM and JYP, as we call them for short, have had their tap dance films screened all over North America on the film festival circuit and have been shared by audiences around the world, including The Doobie Brothers who enjoyed the one inspired by their music.

A tap dancer, choreographer, and master teacher. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mark began his dance career at the age of five and has since been a soloist with the Tap America Project (TAP), featured in such events as The Kennedy Center 
25th and Smithsonian 50th Anniversaries. As a former member of the tap company, Tappers With Attitude, Mark had the opportunity to perform on a regular basis on stages and theaters across the U.S. Mark was also an original cast member in the Debbie Allen production of Brothers of the Knight. His choreography was recognized in 2015 by The Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC & co-choreographed the closing number for the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, The JaM Project was a finalist at the Capezio Ace Awards, which recognizes the top emerging choreographers in the commercial dance industry. In 2017, The JaM Project’s “Good Times, Bad Times” multimedia Veitnam War inspired production was well received by audiences at both Break the Floor's Dancerpalooza and The Kennedy Center



Ms. Jen is not a "Miss" anymore, but she has missed you!

Classes will be based in jazz-technique and conclude with a fun combo inspired by one of her favourite dance movies. You'll have to attend to find out what it is!


Jen Ray is a life-long learner, dedicated to translating artistic passion into purposeful action. She is an Advisory Panel Member for YPAD: Youth Protection Advocates in Dance and is proud to be an active part of this initiative to keep youth happy, health and safe in dance while creating positive change in dance culture.

In her home city Vancouver, BC, Jen Ray completed her B.A. in Film Studies at the University of British Columbia (2015), focusing much of her research on Dance in Cinema, and launched her company Dancinema Productions Ltd. (2013).

Jen Ray and Dancinema are bi-coastal and international, producing dancefilms, workshops, and events including Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival (Vancouver) and Capitol Dance & Cinema Festival (Washington, DC). Dancinema’s films have been

selected for articles in Dance Teacher Magazine and screened at numerous festivals throughout North America including Los Angeles Dance Film Festival, American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers, and Cucalorus Film Festival, to name a few.

“Miss Jen” has nearly a decade of experience working with young people as a dance instructor, choreographer, and more recently through Dancinema workshops and as a co-directing The JaM Youth Project, a pre-professional tap dance company. Her teaching career began at Essence, which is to say that 

She is
 dedicated to cultivating well-rounded, critical-minded, and multi-talented individuals through the classes and events she offers. Her genuine concern for the future, respect for the past, and vision for an integrated arts education inspired her to create “Discover Dancinema Workshops”. These sessions explore the symbiotic relationship of Dance & Cinema using a scientific approach that cultivates media literacy, critical thinking, creative skills, and more.

Ms. Jen is excited to be hosting Cascadia events at Essence this year and hopes you have a great experience!

with Mark Orsborn & Jen Ray

@ essence of dance inc.


3 pm - 4 pm
Junior Tap with with Mark Orsborn

Senior Jazz with Jen Ray

4 pm - 5 pm 
Senior Tap with with Mark Orsborn
Junior Jazz with Jen Ray

5 pm - 6 pm 
Break - Bring Your Own Dinner

6 pm - 8 pm




Movie Night

Sunday, June 3 events hosted at
International Film Centre
included with Dancinephile pass.

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