Abby started dancing Hip Hop at the age of 14 on her high school dance team, Garden City Reality Check, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A few years later, she started choreographing for the team.
Abby started her professional dance career at the age of 6 dancing with UN1TE dance company, a team she danced with for three years. She travelled with the company to Edmonton to compete at "Artists Emerge." She had the privilege to choreograph for the company in 2013-2014 and teach classes for their summer workshops.
After graduating from Garden City in 2011, Abby decided to volunteer her time coaching and choreographing the dance team she had helped start.
Abby is currently dancing with SIKAT dance company. She has traveled to compete at World of Dance in San Diego, placing 4th in their category. The team also won first place at Peg City Movement. Currently, Abby is teaching hip hop at Kickit Dance Studio.
Brendon Virtucio, also known as Brendo, is a 23 year old dancer and choreographer from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
At the age of 15, Brendon was a dancer for a Filipino game show called "WoWoWee." He currently works with the Canadian team for a Filipino network called "GMA Pinoy TV" and will backup dance for famous Filipino celebrities whenever they have a show in Winnipeg. He has danced for Filipino celebrities such as Alden Richards, Rocco Nacino, Enrique Gil, Enchong Dee, and Rayver Cruz just to name to a few. Brendon has also back up danced for "YTV's: The Next Star" finalist from Winnipeg, Mimoza Duot.
He has trained in many places all over the world such as Crossover Dance Studio in Sydney, Australia, Movement Lifestyle in Los Angeles, California, and Studio68 in London, England, to name a few. His favourite styles are urban choreography and Polyswagg (a distinct style in Australia and New Zealand made popular by Royal Family) and would consider his style a mix of the two, but he also loves a style of dance called, Waacking.
Brendon is currently choreographing and dancing with Project Dance Company and is also the main hip hop director at Winnipeg Dance Force. He also is in his second year teaching at Miles Macdonell Collegiate and in his third year guest teaching at Tec. Voc. High School.
Brendon is really excited to be able share his knowledge at ConfiDance this year and cannot wait to move and vibe with the dancers!
Eugene Baffoe, known in the hip hop community as "GeNie" is a freestyle Dancer from Montreal, Québec. He has been training in hip hop for over a decade– teaching, choreographing and directing at a professional level over the last 8 years. GeNie is the director of independent hip hop company B.O.S.S Dance Team (Built on Self Success). The team has performed for two Winnipeg Blue Bombers halftime shows, a performance for WeDay at the MTS Centre, and created "The Artist Within Production”. He also runs his own adult dance classes, Dancewgenie, every Thursday.
Last year, in collaboration with Canada's National Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Eugene was selected as one of four Canadian choreographers to create the official dance routine taught and performed across the country. This year, he is one of two! He has worked with renown choreographers such as Lil C, Bizzy Boom, Tucker Barkley, Esie Mensah, Kimberly Cooper, Rogr Sinha, Brian Friedman and was honoured by the city of Winnipeg with the Youth Role Model Award in 2009. GeNie is currently working on a documentary film which will be released in June of 2018, featuring the Winnipeg hip hop community in collaboration with local videographer Quan Luong.