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Dancer ()

Produced by

Oh What A Ride!

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Book: Jim Betts
Lyrics: Jim Betts
Music: Marek Norman
Director: Stacey Tookey


The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre – The Al Green Theatre


July 5th, 2023 – July 16th, 2023


The inspirational story of Northern Dancer, the ‘too small, too awkward, too feisty’ colt who defied all odds to become the first Canadian horse to win The Kentucky Derby. Part high-concept musical, part high-octane ballet, Dancer celebrates a Canadian legend. Taking inspiration from his name, Northern Dancer and all the other horses are played by dancers, who communicate only through dance and movement. With a cast of 20, and award-winning creators and performers, Dancer is the show to place your bets on. (


Keanu Uchida Northern Dancer
Barbara Barsky Winnie Taylor
Gene Gabriel Horatio Luro (The Grand SeƱor)
Sterling Jarvis Bill Brevard
Daniel Kash E.P. Taylor
Sam Rosenthal Daryl
Louise Camilleri Lester Pearson
Mark Cassius Doc Bane
Jonathan Cullen Willie Shoemaker
Laura Larson Auctioneer
Emily Masurkevitch Bobby Ussery
Lucas Popowich Swing
Keiran Bohay Dance Company
Amanda Cleghorn Dance Company
Mia DiLena Dance Company
Madison Foley Dance Company
Kiairah Hammond Dance Company
Moses James Dance Company
Jackson Lee Dance Company
Anna Marchisello Dance Company
Shelby Patterson Dance Company
Jude Richardson Dance Company
Artem Tikhonenko Dance Company

Creative Team

Jim Betts Book
Jim Betts Lyrics
Marek Norman Music
Stacey Tookey Director
Anna Marchisello Assistant Director
Stacey Tookey Choreographer
Anna Marchisello Choreographer
Mark Camilleri Music Director
JB Nelles Set Designer
JB Nelles Costume Designer
Alia Stephen Lighting Designer
Wayne Deering Sound Designer


Mark Camilleri Keyboards
Sharon Prater Cello
Tony Zorzi Guitar
Steve Heathcote Drums


Larry Copeland Stage Manager
Paul Shaw Production Manager
Carter Gelinas Sound Operator
Anna Marchisello Dance Captain
Stephanie Venerus Costume Assistant
Tom Diamond Director Mentor
Jenny Pjanenstiel Milliner (Winnie's Hat)
Emily Betts Production Assistant
Jennifer Murray Publicity & Marketing
Jenny Weisz Web Designer
Courtenay Betts Social Media
Clem Brollo Dancer Logo Design
Aaron Linton Dancer Logo Design
Mario Gagnon Photographer
Josh Alcantara Videographer
Sam Rosenthal Co-Producer
Briane Nasimok Co-Producer
Kate Barris Executive Producer
Jim Betts Executive Producer