“…this new dance company and program explores fundamental Caribbean movements while highlighting the dance styles that now emerge through cross-cultural influences.”
D’LYFE Dance Company is a registered Not-for-profit Corporation operating in the Scarborough area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. D’LYFE stands for Dance, Let Your Feet Explore. Founded in 2014, this new dance company and program explores fundamental Caribbean movements while highlighting the dance styles that now emerge through cross-cultural influences. D’LYFE performers range from 3 to 16 years of age and have been officially dancing together for just under two years. Despite the company’s infancy, the group has performed at a number of major events and festival’s across the GTA, including Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival, the Scotiabank Junior Caribbean Carnival launch, the annual Jerk Festival, and St. Michael’s Hospital Community Clinic launch, to name a few.
The company performs a selection of dance styles but their specialty is contemporary and Caribbean folk. Whether they are performing as a group, solo, or back-up artists, D’LYFE dancers have become known for delivering vibrant, high-energy, entertaining performances. Performing traditional styles with an abundance of personality, the young dancers actively enjoy preserving their culture on stage. Led by the founding Directors, Akua Delfish and Onika Powell, D’LYFE strives to nurture pride and develop leadership around Caribbean culture and history.
Extended Performance List
- Councillor Raymond Cho Community Picnic
- Extendicare Rouge Valley Long Term Care Centre
- Jerk Festival
- Carnival Island @ Olympic Island
- Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival
- Junior Carnival Post-Parade Showcase
- Scotiabank Junior Caribbean Carnival Media Launch
- Calypso Extravaganza Show
- St. Michael’s Hospital Community Clinic launch
- Warden Woods Community Centre “Scarborough’s Got Talent”
- Caribbean Junior Folklore Dance Competition
- DCPC Youth & Children’s Caribbean Dance Showcase
- Private Functions
AKUA DELFISH is an active member of the community at large. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) and an Honours B.A. from York University in Fine Arts Cultural Studies, with a minor in Sociology. Akua has been involved in the Toronto community on various levels, including being a current executive committee member of the TPS Black Community Consultative Committee; the Youth Education Officer for the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Toronto; and a former Executive Board Member at the Malvern Family Resource Centre. She received a 2013 Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 20 years of service.
Born and raised to dance in Toronto, ONIKA POWELL has been dancing for over 15 years and has trained in Caribbean Folk under the care of SCYDE and Hip-Hop with RUKUS Dance Troop. She shares a natural talent and passion for Reggae & Dancehall. A graduate of York University, Onika has also performed across North America, Europe, Caribbean and even as far as Africa. She has been fortunate to be under the study of Diana Webley and Luther Brown; and has worked with choreographers such as JaeBlaze, Fatima Robinson, HiHat, Tanisha Scott and JaQuel Knight. READ MORE