Shumka's Clara's Dream

Edmonton's Ukrainian Nutcracker

presented by Northgate Industries Ltd. - Sid and Nellie Braaksma

About the Show

JEFFREY MORTENSEN

 

Jeffrey was an early “mover” and at the age of five, men’s artistic gymnastics became his mainstay until his aunt got him hooked on Ukrainian dance. He continued with both sports competitively for 15 years until he decided to keep on with Ukrainian dance only.


He joined Shumka and for five years, danced and toured with the company to many places including China and Ukraine. With Shumka, he also toured with famed opera singer, Andrea Bocelli through the US.


In 2007, Jeffrey auditioned for the renowned circus company Cirque Du Soleil. As fate would have it, he ended up landing a role as one of the four main characters in the Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas.


Jeffrey’s adventures continued on the third season of the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Millions of votes were tallied and in the last episode of the season it was revealed that he had placed third overall. SYTYCDC opened many doors to the dance, film and television industries.


Jeffrey’s other credits include: Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Mirror Mirror featuring Julia Roberts, CW’s Hellcats, ABC’s Once Upon A Time, Canada’s Got Talent, A&W, Disney’s Girl vs. Monster, Lifetime’s Holiday Spin, USA networks Psych, MUCHMUSIC Serena Ryder, STYTYCD, League of Extraordinary Dancers, Ellen, 2010/2012 Olympics, Moments Defined with Stacey Tookey, Leaving Grit with Cherice Barton, and Andy Blankenbuehler’s Broadway workshop of Only Gold.


Jeffrey has successfully transitioned into the world of choreography as an assistant choreographer, most notably working on Disney’s new mega successful franchise Descendants, and FOX’s 2016 remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is currently working closely with Tony Testa and Kenny Ortega on multiple upcoming projects.

Northgate Industries
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Shevchenko Foundation
City of Edmonton
Edmonton Arts Council
Lexus of Edmonton
Global Edmonton
World FM
CFCW
630 CHED
Ukrainian News