JAZZ & MASTERCLASS
Bree Wasylenko knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a performer. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, she trained in many styles, including jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, modern and hip hop. In order to pursue a career as a professional dancer, Bree knew that she couldn’t stay in Calgary – so in late 2007 she made the life-changing move to Toronto. Since then she has trained under some of the best in Canada, including Luther Brown and Linda Garneau. She was blessed to be a part of Linda’s renowned company, Helix Dance Project, in both the ’08 and ’09 seasons. She has also had the privilege of working with and being an assistant to, Sean Cheesman, Sabrina Matthews, and Clarence Ford on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Seasons 1, 2, and 4.
Bree has enjoyed many successes both on stage, and in front of the camera. She has done numerous industrials for Bell Mobility, Sears, RBC, Shoppers Drug Mart, TD and LG, as well as dancing with and appearing in music videos for artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Howie D from the Backstreet Boys, Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Blake McGrath, Keshia Chante, Aleesia, Massari, Addictiv, Eva Avila, Carly Rae-Jepson, Kim Davis, Kreesha Turner, and many more. She was also an ensemble dancer in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of “Iphigenie en Tauride” and performed at the 2011 Parapan Games in Guadalajara, being one of 8 dancers representing Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Her first feature film was “Turn the Beat Around”, choreographed by Tre Armstrong, and was also a featured dancer in the Family Channel TV show “Baxter”. As well, Bree has had the privilege of rehearsing as Ashley Tisdale’s body double for the CW show “Hellcats”.Bree played a ballerina in the CW’s “Nikita”, and a swing dancer in Global’s “Bomb Girls”. She was also a resident dancer for CityTV’s “Canada’s Got Talent” and CBC’s “Over The Rainbow”. Bree has been extremely lucky in the film world. She was a Reindeer Dancer in ABC Family Channel’s “Desperately Seeking Santa”. She then worked as Assistant Choreographer to Danny Teeson in the Disney movie, “Frenemies”. After that, Bree shot the movie “COBU 3D” as a dancer in the “Kings and Queens” crew, which was choreographed by the one and only Nappytabs! She also had the privilege of working as assistant choreographer to Nappytabs for a separate scene. As well, she was assistant choreographer to Valerie Moore in the “Back to School” Staples commercial and acted as the stand-in for star Heather Morris. On top of this, Bree has also choreographed a CTV pilot called “Stay With Me”, a promo for the Grace Kelly feature film entitled “American Royalty”, and Carly Rae Jepsen’sperformance at the 2012 MMVA’s!
The highlight of Bree’s career thus far has been making the top 20 of Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She grew immensely as a dancer and performer, as well as making great new connections with the judges, choreographers, and her fellow dancers. Her dancehall routine became an internet phenomenon, being viewed millions of times all over the world. The routine was even featured in a segment on CNN, showing many clips of Bree on stage. So You Think You Can Dance Canada has opened many doors for Bree and has proved to be an invaluable experience.
Bree is also expanding her career, and making the leap into the world of acting. She plays the role of “Miss Kate” on Family Channel’s “The Next Step” which will be premiering March of 2013. Keep an eye out for her!