Craig Hempsted

COREDANCE COMPETITION ADJUDICATOR – WEST VAN 2015

COREDANCE COMPETITION CLASSICAL ADJUDICATOR – 2014

Craig, born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada, discovered dance in his teens and hasn’t looked back. He caught the attention of some important players in the Canadian dance scene and garnered scholarships to train at some of the finest facilities in the country including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.

After having toured with Debra Brown’s Company (principal choreographer of Cirque du Soleil), he was invited to train and perform with the artists in Montreal, Canada. Craig soon embraced the musical theatre and toured with a variety of companies for years including “A Chorus Line” and “Peter Pan” starring Cathy Rigby.

After having done a stint on the cruise ships, he was imported to Las Vegas by Dick Foster Productions. Craig was their principal choreographer and had two shows running simultaneously on the famous Las Vegas Strip-“Spellbound” at Harrah’s and “Imagine” at the Luxor. For the Fosters, he created shows in Auckland, New Zealand and Johannesburg, South Africa and in venues all across America.

Craig has won awards for his choreography onboard The Silversea Shadow for his show, “Umbra”. He currently has a musical revue running on the Celebrity Century entitled “Liverpool Knights”.

When choreography wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he started on the teaching circuit and ended up as the Artistic Director of PRO Dance Centers in Las Vegas as well as principal judge and instructor for Dance Educators of America.

Craig is now sought after by many organizations for his enthusiasm, spirit and selfless contributions to young artists.

Craig was the associate choreographer on the Tarsem Singh film “Mirror, MIrror” starring Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane. He was also the associate choreographer for “Canada’s Got Talent”, where he coached the winning act, “Sagkeeng’s Finest” to the win.