The PDF Board of Directors is pleased to present our 2020 Adjudicators, Sandy Slemp and Liz Tookey!
Sandy Slemp comes with over 35 experience as a dance teacher and choreographer. Sandy was the owner/operator of a successful dance studio in Calgary, AB, for 27 years. She is a fully qualified examiner/teacher with the ADAPT Syllabus and as an examiner traveling all corners of Canada each year, examining in the ADAPT syllabus. Growing up and receiving her formal training in Calgary, but studying and always keeping up with the ever-changing world of dance thru-out her 35+ year career. After selling her studio in Calgary and since 2013 melted the world of dance and travel where she works as an Independent Travel Advisor for Destinations Travel & Events Inc. Opening the world of dance to dance studio’s in North America & Europe.
Sandy’s positive and upbeat teaching style makes her an excellent motivator and mentor. As a teacher, she understands how much time, effort, and dedication the teachers, students, and parents have put into preparing the dancers for the competitive season. In addition to teaching for many many years, Sandy adjudicates at numerous dance competitions each season across the country.
I wish all the participants to follow your heart, dreams, and dance BIG!
Originally from Edmonton, Liz Tookey was a competitive dancer at the renowned Shelley’s Dance Company where she trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap and musical theatre from the age of 5.
Her professional career has allowed her to travel all over the world. She began with Princess Cruises as a featured dancer, and she travelled to Tokyo, Japan where she was part of the featured pas de deux couple in “Encore!” at Tokyo Disney Sea. She also went to Egypt and Israel under Big Fish Management to perform alongside Lisa Brokop for an inspiring show tour for the Canadian military.
Liz was able to exercise all of her skills in dancing, acting and singing when the love of the stage drew her to the world of musical theatre. Throughout her career she got to play a wide variety of characters. In Theatre Calgary’s production of “Anne of Green Gables” she played Gertie Pye, she played a flashy chorus girl in The Arts Club production of “Spamalot”, and in a dream come true performance in the North American Premiere / Toronto Mirvish production of “Dirty Dancing” she performed as ensemble and 1st “Baby” understudy. After an 18 month run Liz went on to play the role of “Baby” 52 times!
Liz can be seen on various episodes of the CW Network’s “Hellcats” as a featured dancer, and as Ashley Tisdale’s dance double. She was also Maggie Lawson’s dance double in the musical episode of “Psych”, and a featured dancer in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”, Nickelodeon’s “Jinxed” and the upcoming feature film The Layover directed by William H. Macy.
Transitioning to the world of choreography, Liz began by assisting Canadian choreographer Stacey Tookey on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She was also part of the creative team for ‘Reefer Madness” where she helped create dance sequences for the film.
Liz’s choreography can most recently be seen on Super Channel’s “When Calls the Heart”, and recently was the personal dance coach for award winning actor Domhnall Gleeson for the feature film Crash Pad. Other credits include choreographing and directing the Czech Republic fashion show for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and choreographing the opening number for the Times of India International Film Awards in Vancouver.
Liz loves to share her passion for what she does with pre-professional and professional dancers across Canada via master classes, adjudicating and setting choreography. She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre, and for Groove Street Productions and MOVE Dance Conventions.