Master of Rhythm
Partner in Rhythm
Troy Sexton is a dancer, drummer, beatboxer, teacher, motivational speaker and performer with high energy and a positive personality.
At the age of 19, Troy joined the cast of the international percussion sensation STOMP. He was the youngest, and only Canadian performer in the history of STOMP. Through his tenure, he performed many roles on the show, including the lead performance role, and the rehearsal director for the company. Troy has performed with STOMP in countless countries all over the world for the past 10 years.
Troy currently divides his time between performing in international STOMP tours and running his Rhythm Works business out of his hometown of Toronto. Recently, Troy has become involved in “BluePrintForLife” (Calgary, AB), award-winning social outreach group providing hip hop culture opportunities for schools and youth correction facilities.
Notable TV credits include Dancing with the stars (Poland), So You Think You Can Dance (Australia), Much On Demand (Canada), We Day 2010 (Canada) Zoink’d (Canada, YTV), as well as music videos for artists Rich Kidd, The Used and USS.
Troy’s infectious positivity and passion for dance is obvious as he inspires audiences to listen to their gut and do what they love.
Born in Toronto, Sheldon has traveled to entertain audiences around the world as a session musician, accompanist, vocalist, pianist, dancer, drummer and percussionist. Music is in his genes, as the grandson of India’s legendary big-band leader, front-man vocalist and trombonist, Maurice Concessio, and son of parents who co-led ‘THE ENTERTAINERS’ later known as ‘SECOND GENERATION’.
“I am a singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer with many influences. My compositions, arrangements, and productions have ranged between genres such as pop, R&B, soul, latin, reggae, rock, experimental, classical, world, and jazz music. I believe in expanding my knowledge to all styles and sounds.”
Sheldon has performed both demanding technical pieces and spontaneously improvised music, proving his versatility. As an artist, Sheldon is determined to invoke musicality and creativity.
Grade 3 and up, equipment for up to 50 workshop attendees
Troy Sexton has lead workshops for attendees of all ages, for groups of physically and mentally disabled audiences, and for orphanages and schools in Kenya. Just like a heartbeat, beats and rhythm transcend spoken language and can be understood by all.
With a RW workshop, everyone becomes a drummer with their own bucket and pair of drumsticks – teachers too! Students spend the hour building a body percussion routine, learning basic rhythms on the bucket drum, and taking turns performing along with live music. After basic skills are taught, students are assisted in building their own group routines, which are later performed. The final element is a group discussion about teamwork, leadership and presentation skills.
Appropriate for classes of any level, and can be customized for a music or drama class. Workshops for grade 2 and under can be arranged at a 30 minute time limit.
Dance program workshops and choreography:
Troy has choreographed body percussion and hip-hop workshops for many dance programs across Canada. This advanced workshop combines stepping and hip hop to create a routine to popular music the students will love. Troy’s dance classes are always high energy, fun, and a new experience for students. Emphasis is placed on musicality and becoming more aware of beats and rhythms in the piece of music. Examples of Troy’s work in dance classes here.
High school events begin with a high energy rhythmic performance followed by a motivational talk which includes reference to Troy’s own learning disabilities and broken home. Through positivity and an adventurous spirit, Troy was able to follow his dreams onto the cast of STOMP at a young age.
During his motivational speaking, Troy’s primary message is one of positivity. He encourages students to be promote kindness and suggests that it is COOL TO BE NICE. Emphasis is placed on making positive choices, treating others with respect, and becoming interested in your peers through asking questions.
Troy’s many years of stage experience always lead to a great show, with a message that ‘sticks’ with all types of audience members. Following the show, there is always a line up of students ready to meet Troy and thank him for the experience. Click for school testimonials.
Boost your event with a rhythmic surge of energy with Rhythm Works. RW fits into any event and will give a loud and powerful performance and get everyone moving and on their feet. RW brings buckets and drumsticks so they can have everyone drumming and dancing. RW is always happy to hear your collaboration ideas, and often team up with hip hop artists, break dancers and DJs to make your event pop.
Corporate team building:
Through shared participation, workshop attendees will have a captivating experience to build morale in the workplace. Suited to groups of 5-50 attendees in any age range.
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