Charles Gao


Contact Info

Email address
Resides in
English Montreal

Experience working with

  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • Artists in Education, Ontario Arts Council

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • No


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option

Other ELAN ArtEd Links

Stories and News:
I started breaking (aka breakdance) in Kingston so I could break the shell that kept me safe yet isolated. In the 14 years since that decision, I have travelled across Canada and the world to battle, exchange, and learn. From that first step into the studio, I learned to step out of my ego. This passion to burst outside of oneself and be confident in one's vulnerability through the dance and the music is what I wish to share with my students.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

In all my classes and workshops, I strive to show students how this dance and culture evolved from youth like them in the 1970s and 1980s, creating something out of nothing.

I walk them through the music, the feeling, how to create and improvise their own movements, all while giving them a frame and structure to keep them inspired, motivated, and focused. I have many different exercises for teaching them the elements of the dance - the physical vocabulary, style/creativity, musicality, confidence, and sharing in the cypher (dance circles).

I have faciliated one-off workshops, weekly workshops, as well as 5-day intensives with schools.


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