Dustin Wood (DMA, ADA)
Certified Competition Adjudicator: Acro Dance; Jazz; Lyrical; Ballet
Dustin is a competitively trained gymnast and dancer. Beginning his acrobatic career in men's gymnastics at age 9, he won many Overall Awards and TOP Scores at competitions across Ontario. Dustin started his dance training when he was 13 in Brantford, Ont. at Dance Discovery under the direction of Carol Ann Bradley. Then, at 16, he decided to continue his training at The Academy of Dance under the direction of Nancy English-Van Dyk. He is highly trained in Acrobatics, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical & Tap. Dustin holds the titles of Senior Mr. Dance of Western N.Y. DMA Chapter 8 (1996) and Mr. Dance of Canada CDMA Chapter 38 (2000). He started dancing professionally when he was 17 and has performed around the globe with Carnival Cruise Lines (Feugo del Caribe, Shout and Swing), Canada's Wonderland (All Shook Up), Panda Dance Company's The Nutcracker, Opening Ceremonies of the Ontario Summer Games, Electric Circus (Brandy & Mase), Academy Award Winning Actress Shirley Jones, Music Videos, Industrial's, Corporate Events, Much Music and Television (Queer as Folk). While working for Carnival Cruise Lines Dustin had the opportunity to Choreograph for magicians Kevin & Caruso. As a Coach and Educator for the past 26 years Dustin has seen his students go on to perform on Cruise Ships, Music Videos, Television , Movies, Dance Companies, Cirque du Soleil and I AM BLAKE MCGRATH TOUR 2018 Toronto. His choreography and creative concepts have WON him and his students many Special Awards, Overall High Score Awards, Judges Choice Awards, Choreography Awards, Most Entertaining, TOP Acro Score Awards, National Top 10 Winners & National WINNERS. Over the years, Dustin has been on staff at The Academy of Dance, Beyond the Barre Dance Company, Bojangles Dance Arts, Burlington Studio Dance, Greta Leeming, Leeming Danceworks, Rhythm Plus Dance Company & Xklusiv Dance Productions. Dustin is currently the Acro Director/Choreographer at Dance FX Studio in St Catharines. During the Summer months Dustin keeps busy by teaching at MANY Workshops & Intensives at various dance studios and is on Faculty with Dance Attack Acro Workshops. For 10 years Dustin was the Emcee and Host for Canadian Dance Masters of America Chapter #38's Pageants and Performing Arts Competition as well Dustin a Photographer with Dance Odyssey Dance Competition for 4 years. Dustin has sat on Adjudication Panels for Dance Masters of America Chapter #43, Kiwanis Dance Festival, SHOCK, Mercy Dance Productions (Halifax) and is in his 6th season with Bedazzled Dance Champions. This season Dustin will be travelling to Halifax to adjudicate for CDTA Atlantic Dance Festival and Fredericton, New Brunswick for Take the Stage Dance Competition. In 2011 Dustin became a member of Dance Masters of America and is also a Certified Acrobatics Instructor with Dance Masters of Canada Chapter 38. Dustin is a Founding Member of The Acro Dance Adjudicators Program that started in Feb 2020 with Melissa Klassen and Lexy Cox of the Acrobatic Dance Teachers Association........... "Live, Love, Breathe, Dance"