Jojo Zolina

Jonathan Zolina, better known by his stage name as Jojo Dancer is a Filipino/Canadian Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer, Event Producer, and Actor. Jojo is recognized for continually trail-blazing a style and standard that has filtered itself into today’s mainstream dance world.

With unstoppable artistry, Jojo has continued to reinvent a technique that has quickly become coveted by several artists, including, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Michael Buble, and La Roux.

His craft has given him the opportunity to travel all over the globe, as far as Russia, India, Japan, France, Spain, Amsterdam and The Middle East to represent and share his art. His fluid, signature style has captured audiences internationally at events such as London, Paris, Toronto and Vancouver Fashion Week. Jojo is a well known commodity in the dance industry worldwide earning the respect from the best in the business.

Recent Projects:

  • 2017 Pixel and 2016 Spectra’s Cabaret in Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – one of the Original Cast members.
  • Award-winning stage musical for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2015, Prison Dancer – one of the lead characters.

Among his noteworthy achievements, Jojo has performed in several feature films, television series and commercials including, Heinz, Kraft, Valley of the Boom, Aaliyah Bio Epic, Pacific Rim, RAGS, Dr. Doolittle 3, Reefer Madness, The Next Step, The L-Word, Eureka, and Caprica.

His diverse skill set led him to other opportunities including, creative director for GSG Productions, in which he has choreographed music videos for Cory Lee, Brock Zanrosso (YTV), and performed with Michael Buble, K-OS, La Roux, and Nelly Furtado, the 2013 Beauties of Asia Pageant and Miss Philippines Beauty Pageant.

He also was a judge for New Music Live on Much Music, and a choreographer for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. 

In an effort to help strengthen community and inspire youth to realize their creativity he has started several dance crews in Canada such as Over The Influence (Hip Hop), House of La Douche(Waacking and Vogue), Bucky TOP(Dancehall),  Waacouture(Waacking) Disco Love Child (House and Waacking) and House of Dangerkat (Various Artists). 

Believing dance can break barriers and inspire change, Jojo has become a dance alchemist, boldly melding elements of ethnic folk dance, hip hop, funk, vogueing, waacking, house, reggaeton, dancehall, contemporary and salsa. He has studied under and worked with some of the most renowned names in the business including Martha Carter and Jennifer Mascall, several Modern Dance Companies to Street dance pioneers like Mop Top Crew, Electric Boogaloos, IHOW, and House of Xtravaganza.

 

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Credits

  • 2017 Pixel and 2016 Spectra’s Cabaret in Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – one of the Original Cast members.
  • Award-winning stage musical for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2015, Prison Dancer – one of the lead characters.
  • Jojo has performed in several feature films, television series and commercials including, Heinz, Kraft, Valley of the Boom, Aaliyah Bio Epic, Pacific Rim, RAGS, Dr. Doolittle 3, Reefer Madness, The Next Step, The L-Word, Eureka, and Caprica.
  • Creative director for GSG Productions, Luminesque Dance Company, LUST, and Army of Sass.
  • Choreographer for music videos: Zaki Ibrahim, Cory Lee, Brock Zanrosso (YTV), Chloe Charles, Michael Buble, K-OS, La Roux, and Nelly Furtado.
  • Creative Director/Choreographer for 2013-2015 Beauties of Asia Pageant, Miss Philippines Beauty Pageant, Toronto Fashion Week and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Believing dance can break barriers and inspire change, Jojo has become a dance alchemist, boldly melding elements of ethnic folk dance, hip hop, funk, vogueing, waacking, house, reggaeton, dancehall, contemporary and salsa. He has studied under and worked with some of the most renowned names in the business including Martha Carter and Jennifer Mascall, several Modern Dance Companies and Street dance pioneers like Mop Top Crew, Electric Boogaloos, IHOW, and House of Xtravaganza.

Jojo’s craft has given him the opportunity to travel to teach all over the globe, as far as Russia, India, Japan, China, South Korea, France, Spain, Amsterdam and The Middle East to represent and share his art. Jojo started his own web series of Learn To Groove Dance Tutorial on Youtube alongside with The Healthy Transformation. See more details on upcoming workshop on the calendar.

 

Principal Dancer

  • Bounce on It –  Cory Lee
  • Save The Last Dance – Michael Buble
  • Orange County Fair  – Nelly Furtado
  • INXS Tour – INXS
  • Madonna – Madonna/Hard Candy

Choreographer

  • Robot Radio – Tito Deville’s Band
  • Perfect Storm – Brock Zanrosso
  • Refrain on Fire – Chloe Charles
  • Erica Dee Tour – Erica Dee

Assistant Choreographer

  • Cruel Intention – – Cory Lee

Principal Dancer

  • Spectra’s Cabaret – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • Spectra’s Cabaret – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • Colette Paris – Paris Fashion Week
  • Vivenne Westwood/Addidas – London Fashion Week
  • McDonald’s – Reel Athlete Production

Choreographer

  • Philippines Canadian Fashion Week – Jeff Rustia
  • 2010 Winter Olympics – Hudson Bay
  • Hornito’s Tequila – Reel Athlete Production

Creative Director

  • Beauties of Asia Pageant – JCR Production
  • PIDC Little Miss & Miss Philippines Pageant – JCR Production

In an effort to help strengthen community and inspire youth to realize their creativity Jojo has started several dance crews in Canada such as Over The Influence (Hip Hop), House of La Douche (Waacking and Vogue), Bucky TOP (Dancehall),  Waacouture (Waacking) Disco Love Child (House and Waacking), and House of Dangerkat (Various Artists).

Jojo and his House of La douche is currently in the studio building a show called ENCLAVE! Stay tune for more details.

Testimonials

  • Jojo truly is a pioneer of the Vancouver dance community; our scene would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for him. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jojo before and I can attest to his immense vocabulary in dance, his astounding creativity, and professionalism. Jojo has been instrumental in my growth and development as a choreographer and I’ll always be grateful for him and his work.

    Scott Forsyth
  • Jojo is the REAL DEAL! He is truly a vibrant and expressive dancer. He also happens to be one of the most compassionate and caring teachers/choreographers out there. He truly believes in the art form, technique and respects freedom as well as attention to detail within movement. To me that show's a true professional both as a performer and instructor. His positive energy is infectious! Jojo's a 10/10!

    Carla Catherwood
  • Jojo Zolina doesn’t set a piece on his dancers, he shows you that YOU are the piece in his art. With Jojo I embarked on a journey of self expression, acceptance and self discovery. In my opinion, when you are in the room with Jojo, you are getting far more than just a dance class.

    Britney Mocca
  • Jojo's talent and extensive experience in different dance forms make learning so fun you don't realize you're also seamlessly acquiring new skills and techniques. His understanding of musicality is infectious and very inspiring. Jojo made me feel comfortable from the start and is an instructor you can grow with since he's as equally patient and generous with his time and knowledge with beginners as he is with advanced dancers. Learning from Jojo feels like a collaboration since he takes such a personal interest in your growth. I feel I've made strides in such a short period of time because his style of teaching makes dance always enjoyable for me - which is the key to becoming a better dancer.
    Giovanni Ventura
  • I have known and been friends with Jojo Zolina going on ten years now and I have nothing but great and fond memories with him. When I was a full time competitive dancer at my dance studio we had Jojo in to sub a few different times. His knowledge and vocabulary when it comes to every different style of dance is extremely educational. Not only has he mastered the art of dance but the history behind the choreography and moves that he teaches. That takes years and years of practice, patience, travel, and professional work to master it and that he has. Since then Jojo and I have worked together on many movies and tv shows here in Vancouver. One thing I really admire and respect him for is his consistent drive in life with all that he does. I wish him the best and I look forward to celebrating all his successes ahead.

    Teya Wild
  •  I remember my first class with Jojo better than many others I have taken in my life. He did not wait for class to end to give me personal feedback, he made me feel welcome but also had no problem proposing I challenge myself more, starting that day, that hour. Jojo has been a pillar of the Canadian dance scene and is an inspiration to the green performer and veteran dancer alike. He believes in the accessibility of dance art, the importance of intersectionality and cultural understanding. With unadulterated expression, Jojo is teaching lessons we all need to be learning.

    As the overall father of our House of La Douche, Jojo has passed on a legacy that he has been building for his community for decades. There is an understanding when you dance for or with Jojo that you are actively standing up for your rights as a dancer and performer; and most importantly, that you are executing your talent without ego and with massive amounts of love and motivation to propel Vancouver dance into the international spotlight.
    Cass Podor
  • NWSS students LOVE Jojo!! My name is Megan Alandi and I’m one of the dance teachers at New Westminster Secondary. Each semester we invite a teacher from the community to share their passion with our students and last year we were honoured to have Jojo. Not only was he extremely professional and reliable, he inspired the 120 students he taught throughout the day by teaching foundation within a few of the many Urban Dance styles that he has mastered in his career. What I appreciated most about Jojo was that he had the unique ability to enter a room, quickly analyze the class, and adapt his teaching to meet the needs of our incredibly diverse group of dancers. Every student felt success that day. We cannot wait until we have Jojo back again!

    Megan Alandi