Rick, Canada


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Training: Pofahl School of Dance, University of Florida, Boston Ballet School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Workshops, Teaching, Coaching :

  • Danceartists Ballet Academy, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA, 2020, 2021 (Ballet through videoconference)

  • Ballet de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 2020 (Ballet through videoconference)

  • L’École supérieur de ballet du Québec (ESBQ), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2020 (mentor for the Choreographers of Tomorrow)

  • Steps on Broadway – Professional Work Sessions, New York City, USA, 2019, 2020

  • Le PeTiT Cirque, Inglewood, California, USA, 2019 (improvisation, auditioning, private coaching)

  • Perform Act Dance WA (PADWA), Perth, Australia 2018 (ballet, physical acting for dancers, private coaching)

  • International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition Domenico Modugno, Italy 2018 (contemporary)

  • On the Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2017, 2020

  • Western Canadian AcroDance Convention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2016

  • Gravina in Danza, Gravina, Italy 2016, 2017

  • Phoenix Associates, Leicester & London, UK 2016 (ballet)

  • Independent Workshops, Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 & 2016 (physical acting, auditioning workshop)

  • Danza in Fiera, Florence, Italie, 2014 (contemporary improvisation)

  • Dance World Cup Finals, Montréal 2013, Niagara Falls 2014 (contemporary improvisation, auditioning workshop), Whistler, British Columbia, Canada 2015 (contemporary improvisation, auditioning workshop)

  • Artists in Action, Mumbai, India, 2013 (contemporary improvisation, auditioning workshop)

  • DansEmotion, Montréal, Québec, 2012 & 2013 (contemporary improvisation)

  • Artistic Workshop, Fédération Internationale de la Gymnastique, Acrobatics Level 3 Academy in Vinnitsa, Ukraine (2012)

  • Regional Dance America Conference, Montréal, Québec, 2012 (ballet, contemporary improvisation)

  • World Dance Movement, Castellana Grotte, Italie, 2012 (contemporary improvisation), Castellana Grotte, Italie, 2015 (contemporary improvisation, contemporary partnering)

  • Entertainment Innovation Conference (EIC), University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 2011 (contemporary improvisation, contemporary partnering, physical acting, music – improvisation and live performance situational exercises)

  • Move It, London, England 2010, 2011, 2019 (contemporary improvisation, building a character)

Competition Judging:

  • International Online Dance Competition (IODC) by Choreography Online, 2020, 2021

  • Wonderyouth Global Talent, 2020

  • Ultimate Dance Move (UDM), Canada, 2019

  • International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition Domenico Modugno, Italy 2018

  • California Dance Classics, USA 2018

  • Gravina in Danza, Gravina, Italy 2016, 2017

  • Proelium Street Dance Battle, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2015.  Conceptualized & produced by Rick Tjia in collaboration with Likethismoove Media & Cirque du Soleil Casting.

  • Bucharest Dance Competition, Bucharest, Romania, 2015

  • IDA Expression, Florence, Italie, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019

  • Dance World Cup Finals, Montréal 2013, Niagara Falls 2014, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada 2015

  • Artists in Action, Mumbai, India, 2013

  • Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Granby, Québec, Canada, 2004


  • Dance Magazine, 2017, 2018, 2021

  • Dance Informa Magazine, 2020, 2021

  • Sadie Jane Dancewear, Dance Blog, 2015-2020

  • 4dancers.org, 2013

About me: 

Passionate about dance since his childhood, Rick has studied and worked professionally in classical ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary dance, hip hop, tap, and tango.

As principal dancer with La La La Human Steps for eight years, Rick toured and performed in over 25 countries and 100 different cities. He has also worked in the movie industry in Los Angeles, as both a dancer and actor.

In 2004 he joined the Cirque du Soleil Casting Team as an Artistic Talent Scout for all styles of dance, where he ran auditions, evaluated demos, and cast numerous running shows and new creations over the course of 16 years.  He is also a dance and acrobatic choreographer, having choreographed for Utah Ballet, Dance Alive! National Ballet, and various independent projects over the course of his career.  He was also one of the original acrobatic choreographers on Cirque du Soleil’s big top touring show Volta.

In addition to La La La Human Steps, Rick has performed with companies such as Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, Boston Ballet and Dance Alive! National Ballet, and explored dance through several independent projects of his own. He has worked with numerous choreographers, including Édouard Lock, Twyla Tharp, Tom Pazik and Gus Giordano to name just a few.

Today, Rick is the CEO of Choreography Online, the world’s first online choreography market, and both producer and director of the International Online Dance Competition (IODC).  He has been a regular freelance writer for dance blogs and magazines since 2015, and keeps a continual close eye on the artistic scene both at home and abroad in the never ending search for talent, inspiration, and opportunities to educate, inform, and improve all facets of the dance industry.


  • Choreography
  • Video editing
  • Social Media Marketing Strategist
  • Coaching
  • Teaching
  • Project Managing
  • Blog and Article Writing
  • Casting Directing
  • Show Directing

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