Canada 150: GeNie on Being Canadian

The following is a video essay and performance by Canada 150 Artist Scholar-in-Residence GeNie

At Spur Festivals in Winnipeg (May 4-7) and Halifax (October 27-29) Spur Canada 150 artists and scholars in residence program will integrate artistic practice and scholarly perspectives into the conversation, building networks and creating exposure for the next generation of creative thinkers.

Links to all the Canada 150 Scholars and Artists can be found here.

Eugene Baffoe, known in the hip-hop community as GeNie is a freestyle battle Dancer from Montreal, Quebec. He has been training in the field of Hip-Hop and street for over a decade, teaching, choreographing and directing at a professional level over the last 8 years. GeNie is the head of Hip Hop dance crew B.O.S.S Dance Team (Built on Self Success). He is also the co-creator of a non-profit Charity Dance Showcase Dance 4 MS which began in 2009. He has choreographed performances for 2 Winnipeg Blue bomber halftime shows as well as a performance for WE Day at the MTS Centre. GeNie is a featured dancer in the U.S film “Bravetown” and the upcoming Canadian film “Lovesick”. Recently, Eugene was selected by the National Ballet school in Toronto as 1 of 4 Canadian choreographers to create this year’s “Sharing Dance” flash mob routine for Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary. Honored by the city of Winnipeg with the Youth Role Model Award in 2009, GeNie is a committed teacher/choreographer never forgetting that he remains a student of dance.

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