La Toya aka MsToya Robinson (Bedeau), has been dancing since she was able to walk. She was thrown into dance by her parents when she was just 3 years old and has been dancing ever since! Technically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics, she has competed across North America with one of Canada's top dance studios, Canadian Dance Company. Travelling to America's top dance competition in South Carolina, MsToya and her studio won many championship titles and appeared on various tv shows. With the support of her parents, Ms Toya excelled at dance, but also in the world of sports. Playing baseball, vollyetball, basketball and running track, she was named MVP in high school and played on many winning teams!
Her love of sports continued past high school as she ventured on to work with almost all the major sports teams in Toronto. Starting in 2002, she was a dancer/cheerleader for the Toronto Blue Jays, dancing at home games and pumping up the crowd during innings. For 3 seasons from 2002-2005, she was part of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, dancing at all home games, doing charity work in the community and even travelling to El Paso, Texas and Newfoundland for some preseason games! In 2008 and 2009, MsToya worked with the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders choreographing routines performed in field at the games and the CFL Grey Cup weekend. Over the past 3 years, MsToya has had the opportunity to work with the Toronto Rock Lacrosse team Cheerleaders choreographing game day routines for them!
MsToya has also worked with the most sought after video director little X, dancing in videos for Rihanna, Mario and Keshia Chante. In 2006, she performed with R&B singer Massari at the JUNO Awards in Halifax and the CUMA Awards in Toronto. Dancing for Massari she has had the opportunity to travel and see the world while doing what she loves. They have toured all over Europe, Australia, North Africa, and the Middle East. MsToya is now the choreographer and head dancer for Massari and choreographed his latest video "Shisha" with Ron and they are currently working on staging his world tour!
Some of her greatest highlights over the years have come from dancing at the Much Music Video Awards right here in Toronto. Starting in 2007 right through to 2012, MsToya has performed with Fergie, Akon, Kardinal, The Black Eyed Peas and Flo Rida twice! MsToya has also made appearances on So You Think You Can Dance Canada assisting head judge Tre Armstrong and Choreographer/Judge Luther Brown over all 4 seasons of the show.
In 2011, MsToys spent the first 3 months of the year in New York and Trinidad rehearsing and performing for the Queen of Soca Destra through out the Carnival season. MsToya was also casted as a featured tap dancer in the soon to be released movie Make Your Move 3D. She worked with choreographers Nappytabs of So You Think you Can Dance and the movie stars Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars and Korean pop star BOA. Other movies you can see MsToya in include: Honey starring Jessica Alba, Bojangles starring Gregory Hines and Save the Last Dance 2 starring Ne-yo and Columbus Short.
From touring around the world to performing in movies and videos, MsToya has done it all. Now, she is looking to explore and expand on her creative ideas through choreography. The perfect opportunity arose last year when Tanisha Scott (choreographer for Sean Paul and Rihanna) asked her to choreograph a short show for R&B superstar Mya at Toronto's Annual Caribbean festival Carnival. That kick-started a string of choreography and performance opportunities over the past year and she plans to keep that going for years to come!