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World of Dance Canadian duo Luka & Jenalyn breakaway from cabaret ballroom

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WORLD OF DANCE -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: Luka & Jenalyn -- (Photo by: Andrew Eccles/NBC)

Luka Milacic-Perusina (21) and Jenalyn Saraza-Pacheco (17), popularly known as Luka & Jenalyn, are cabaret ballroom dancers from Toronto, Canada. The dynamic duo have mesmerized audiences with their unique and innovative spin on cabaret; a combination of ballroom dancing, cabaret, cirque and theatre arts. Being dancers is our passion and our dream. We are so happy to be able to live it out. We cannot imagine doing anything other than dancing as our profession. We live and breathe dance. Luka & Jenalyn are currently Vice Champions and the youngest ever three time professional cabaret ballroom finalists in the history of the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival in England, the first & oldest ballroom dance competition in the world. MUST READ: Luka & Jenalyn collaborate with World of Dance friends Laurent Bourgeois (Les Twins) & Aidan Carberry One standout of Luka & Jenalyn’s dance routines commented on regularly by judges of the various competitions they’ve participated in is the duo’s energy and athleticism they bring to their dance style. Considering their background, however, this is not surprising. Luka had been involved in sports prior to discovering a love of cabaret ballroom after observing a local dance coach who was the Canadian cabaret champion. “I…

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DiMarco brings Dancing with the Stars audience to tears with “Sound of Silence” freestyle 

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Silence has never been so loud. WINNERS Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd performed a moving freestyle finale dance to “The Sound Of Silence” by Disturbed. Nyle said this dance, and his win, was for the 70 MILLION Deaf people in the world. Only 2% of them have access to education in sign language. Over 75% of parents do not use sign language to communicate with their Deaf child and millions of Deaf children experience language deprivation. “My interpretation of the song is that for hundred of years my Deaf community has suffered oppression, marginalization, and language deprivation… but now we’re starting to find hope in this new world.” Nyle wrote on his Facebook page. “It is time for our soundless message to be heard, hence the Sound Of Silence… It is our time.”

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Breakaway Daily Exclusive Interview with Blake McGrath

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I had the opportunity to catch Blake McGrath while he was in my neck of the woods on his way to the first stop of the So You Think You Can Dance Canada auditions. On the show Blake serves as a judge, choreographer, and mentor. Blake was nice enough to take some time away from his busy busy schedule to talk to me about his debut album Time to Move where he co-wrote almost every song and enjoyed the creative process of putting it together. The Night, a song that tells the listener to be free of his/her inhibitions was the albums first single, and has since been followed by equally catchy club pounding dance anthems, as well as sweet ballads. Known as one of the worlds best dancers, the multi talented Blake McGrath has shared the stage with legendary artists including Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and more! From center stage to the silver screen, his cinematic credits range from the Academy Award-winning film Chicago to the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning adaptation of the musical Rent. Blake’s star appeal has cast him in the commercial spotlight where he has appeared in ads for…

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