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Natasha Peart

Born in Canada to parents of Jamaican background, Natasha discovered dance as her expressive outlet at the age of 10, particularly in hip-hop and reggae dance styles.

Her first real taste of stage started with Unique, a group formed in her high school that performed Hip Hop routines. After high school, she started dancing with Scarborough Caribbean Dance Theater, where she gained experience in Caribbean and African dance styles.

In 1994, she became a member of the Junior Raptors Dance Pack. Tasha also performed with the Toronto Cheer Dance Team and competed across America. During this time she was awarded Best Freestyle Dancer. Currently, Tasha is a core member of Caribbean Folk Performers. She has toured with this company to Hong Kong, Venezuela and Atlanta.

For the past eight years, Natasha has taught dance part-time at the City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation youth program. She specializes in Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean, and Latin dance styles.

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Ayanna Lee-Rivears

Ayanna Lee-Rivears is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and an aerobics instructor.  She started dancing in 1992 at the age of 12 with Ballet Jordan in Toronto, Canada where she was trained in ballet, modern, and jazz.

As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Ayanna was interested in learning the dance styles practiced in that particular country.   With a threshold of confidence, Ayanna ventured to A Performing Dance Company called Caribbean Folk Performers where she was exposed to indigenous Caribbean, African and Modern Contemporary dance styles.  During this time she established a reputation as “Limbo Dancer Extrodinaire” which has in turn, led her to tour extensively in the USA, Virgin Islands, Asia, Canada and the Caribbean.  She has also opened for Destiney’s Child with the Boom Tang Boys.

Ayanna currently teaches dance at Caribbean Folk Performers, the Caribbean Association of Peel children’s dance company and Alexander Sterling Public School.  She has also completed a fitness instructor program from the Canadian Fitness Profession Course (Can-Fit-Pro).  Sticking to her Caribbean back ground, she instructs “Socacize™”, an exhilarating aerobics workout.  She currently teaches Socacizeat Premier Fitness Gym locations, Fitness One and various Workshops around the GTA.

 

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Peter BonGiovanni

Peter is one of the newest members of Caribbean Folk Performers and has been pleasing audiences with his 6-year career on stage by playing percussion. Under the leadership of Keith Pascal, Nation Cheong and Joaquine Nunez Hidalgo he has become cleverly crafted in playing the Congas, Djembe, Bongos and Timbales with styles rooted in West African, Caribbean and Cuban percussion. Peter also has had the pleasure of playing and performing with Davidson founder of iDRUM, Joaquine Nunez Hidalgo.
Peter has performed at major festivals in Ontario - Muhtadi’s International Drum Festival, Afro Fest, Hot & Spicy, Luminato festival at Harbourfront, Carisauga and Carabram festivals. Peter has also been pleasing audiences at top night clubs in Toronto - Marlowe Restaurant, Inside Night club, Guvernment night club, Lot332 night club, Century Room, Embassy night Club, Level/Wetbar and Foundation Room, .
This entertainer spreads his talent to help people across Canada. He has performed at the following Corporate and Charity events:

  • Run for Breast Cancer
  • Nike 10km Run
  • Roots Canada
  • Telus Mobility

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Tamara Alleyne-Gittens

Born in Montreal , Quebec , Tamara Alleyne-Gittens learned, preserved and promoted her African and Caribbean Culture by performing with West-Can Folk Performing Company. During her high school tenure at Riverdale High School, Tamara was involved in the implementation of Caribbean cultural dance and in 1995 was the recipient of the le prix d'Excellence, awarded by the high school.

In 2000, Tamara moved to Toronto to pursue Business Administration at Ryerson University . In 2006, she entered the Caribana Queen Competition for the first time and danced her way to WINNER of the competition. Currently, Tamara continues her experience in African and Caribbean Culture by dancing with the Caribbean Folk Performers. Besides touring with the company in Canada , she brings her excellent research, organizational and communication skills to volunteer as the company's Administrative Coordinator.

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Gailene Prime

Gailene Prime is a core member of Caribbean Folk Performers. She currently teaches and choreographs primarily for Caribbean Folk Performers and Toronto Children's Choir & Performing Company (TC3) where she also functions at the Artistic Director. She has toured extensively with Caribbean Folk Performers in Toronto, America, China and the Caribbean. In addition, she has traveled with TC3 in London, England.

In addition to her many roles, Gailene also designs and makes costumes for both groups.

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