Shumka's Clara's Dream

Edmonton's Ukrainian Nutcracker

presented by Northgate Industries Ltd. - Sid and Nellie Braaksma

About the Show

JEFFREY MORTENSEN

 

Jeffrey was an early "mover" and at the age of five, after enrolling in a variety of sports, gymnastics became his mainstay until his aunt got him hooked on Ukrainian dance. He continued with both competitively for 15 years until he decided to keep on with Ukrainian dance.

 

He joined Shumka and for five years, danced and toured with the company to many places including China and Ukraine. With Shumka, he also toured with famed opera singer, Andrea Bocelli through the US.

 

After completing his first year at the University of Alberta he auditioned for the famed circus company Cirque du Soleil. As fate would have it, he ended up landing a role as one of the four main characters in the Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas.

 

Jeffrey's adventures continued on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Jeffrey became Canada's "Wonderbread" boy on the 3rd Season of the hit television show. His growth on the show not only surprised the judges but also the voting public. Millions of votes were tallied and in the last episode of the season it was revealed that Jeffrey had placed third overall. SYTYCDC opened many doors to the dance, film and television industries.

 

Credits include: CW's Hellcats, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Mirror Mirror featuring Julia Roberts, ABC's Once Upon A Time, Canada's Got Talent, A&W, Disney's Girl vs. Monster, Lifetime's Holiday Spin, USA networks Psych, MUCHMUSIC Serena Ryder, assistant STYTYCD US version, League of Extraordinary Dancers, Ellen, 2010/2012 Olympics, Moments Defined with Stacey Tookey, Leaving Grit with Cherice Barton, Andy Blankenbuehler's Broadway workshop of Only Gold.

 

Jeffrey has successfully transitioned into the world of choreography as an assistant choreographer on Disney's new mega-franchise Descendants with Paul Becker and the incomparable Kenny Ortega at the helm.

 

Jeffrey is currently working on preproduction for the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Tony Testa choreographing and Kenny Ortega as Director filming in early 2016.

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