Age: 21 | Height: 5’4″
Hometown: Richmond, BC
Kamilah Marie Sturton was born and raised in Richmond, BC but considers all of Vancouver her home. She is a professional dancer who started training at the age of 4 at the Richmond Academy of Dance. This included studying multiple dance genres as well as acting and voice.
Along with awards, scholarships, and winning the Senior Ballet Provincial title, Kamilah attended training intensives with; Le Jeune Ballet du Quebec, L’ecole Superieure de Ballet Contemporain, Alberta Ballet School, and OSDI.
She entered the professional dance industry at the young age of 18 after completing her first year of University. To date she’s had successful contracts and toured with Ballet Kelowna, MOVE the Company and White Birch Ballet, both Nationally & Internationally.
Over the years Kamilah has studied with numerous distinguished teachers and has become a sought after instructor in Canada and Internationally.
This past year she has worked as an educator for Ivivva Athletica, taught at studios throughout Vancouver, judged, instructed, and performed in Brasilia, Brazil alongside Vladimir Klos of Stuggart Ballet, Gisele Santoro of Brazil, and Kara Abiog of Alonzo King Ballet among others and co-choreographed for Team Canada that competed in Germany.
Currently while recovering from a dance related injury, she is the off-ice ballet coach for the Cannaught Figure Skating club, event coordinator for SYTYCD Canada’s Danielle Gardner’s IMPACT Dance Productions, instructor at two dance Academy’s, JRfm Street Team promoter, and acting.
Kamilah stands behind her artistic and athletic platform, and stays true to her beliefs in health & wellness, physical activity, and the necessity of Arts in society. Kamilah is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and is very grateful and excited for this Miss Universe Canada journey.
Although Kamilah has had the honor to dance for Thailand’s Royal Family and has met & conversed with the King of Serbia she has maintained her humble, sincere nature.
Kamilah recognizes this competition as a wonderful opportunity to grow & learn even more. She is anxious to share her story and hopes to inspire many to keep pushing forward to achieve their own personal goals!
Sponsored by: Dr. Matthew J. Illes, Caruk & Associates Ltd., Mark McCooey – SEI Industries, All Prime Construction, Lisa Carpenter – BUC Fitness, Danielle Gardner – IMPACT Dance Productions, James Hum – KNH Engineering, Dr. R Jackson, Dr. P Hunter, The Bridal Gallery, Cindy Lee, Family and Friends.
Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Dance! Performing arts, cross training, teaching, sports psychology & nutrition, fashion design, traveling, photography, event planning and writing,
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
15 years of Royal Academy of Dance training achieving distinction.
Summer dance intensive training across Canada; Vancouver, Okanagan, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal
Acting and vocal training
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Dance, Baseball, Track & Field, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, snowboarding, swimming, soccer
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My grandmother, she is a big reason why I have the family and life I do. Along with all my other relatives, my grandparents lived back east. Though I only saw them twice a year growing up, I felt immense love and support from them. Two years ago my grandparents made the big move out west to be closer to their grandchildren, that decision says what words can’t. My grandmother is a constant inspiration to me in terms of how I choose to present myself and what to value. Simply by her actions, she has taught me to give freely from the heart, love deeply, uphold my beliefs, forgive, express honesty, balance class and grace with fun and adventure, and last but certainly not least, Singing can make it all better.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
I am proud that upon recovering from a surgery that required a year off, that I never gave up. Through all the doubt, pain, and disappointment I was able to still recognize my passion for dance. That year I had a goal to be selected for Provincials. Not only was I selected, but I won the Senior Ballet title for the Province. When I think back on this I am proud of my tenacity.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I am a very ambitious and passionate individual. My parents instilled in me from an early age that I must be aware of various passions, interests, and goals in life and to not blindly channel all my efforts down one path. This taught me that my ‘career’ will be forever changing, and shifting. Though I am in the professional dance industry I have every intention of obtaining a degree in education and to expand my creativity in fashion design, as well as certifications in personal training. I desire to take my dance career to a commercial industry level, be a design consultant for a dance/athletic line, and to coach elite athletes on nutrition and conditioning
What would be your “dream job” in life?
To Dance without the worry of financial instability. As much as I have my aspirations, it is just as important to appreciate the present, and I would be honoured to have the job & title of Miss Universe Canada.
Are you currently a student?
Are you currently employed?
If yes, what is your occupation?
- Off-ice coach at Cannught Figure Skating Club; Ballet & conditioning
- Instructor at two dance studios
- Background acting (allowing me to stay connected to the entertainment industry while recovering from my injury)
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I am very blessed to have been born into a family that was built upon the foundations of love, faith, respect, creativity, support, humour, and honesty. I am so fortunate to be able to call Richmond my home, where healthy living, opportunity, and natural beauty is everywhere.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
This past summer I had the opportunity to perform for, teach and adjudicate in Brazil along side a host of world renowned professional dancers such as Vladimir Klos of Stuggart Ballet, Gisele Santoro, Hans Tappendorff, Fernando Coelho, Monica Proenca of Lamondance, June Schlosser, and Karah Abiog of Alonzo King Lines Ballet to name a few. Initially I was star struck and couldn’t believe who I was working with! I learned a lot about myself through teaching dancers who give everything for the chance to dance, always investing 100% and soaking up the present opportunities as if at any moment it could be taken away. It was an eye opening experience I will never forget.
List any volunteering you have done.
Numerous backstage coordinating, vacation bible school camp leader, Master of Ceremonies at Richmond dance society gala, Operation Christmas child, 93.7JRfm Street Team, Vancouver 2010 Olympic performances, performed by invitation for Evelyn Hart, performed for dignitaries in the passing of expo 2010 to Beijing, volunteer shows at schools throughout BC raising awareness of the physical endurance required for the art/sport of dance
What is your most unusual talent?
I have a very flexible back, tongue gymnastics, and in another life I aspire to be a quarterback putting my great throw to use.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
This is a difficult question, near or far, work related or vacation. I strongly believe if you stay open to all opportunities then growth is a natural occurrence with every travel adventure. I have been very fortunate that my present career involves touring and performing for various cultures and traveling to wonderful locations. I fell in love with Switzerland, but I would have to say Thailand was by far the most interesting. It was a truly humbling tour/trip. I performed for the Thai Royal family, met the most inspirational people on the southern islands, and soaked up all the natural beauty from the water, caves, exotic flowers, and animals. I experienced a whole other ‘world’, images that will always be with me.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I hope to be rich in family and friends. I hope to be financially stable in order to support my family, my interests, and giving back for the better of my community. I hope to have taken my dancing to a commercial industry level, be a design consultant for a dance/athletic line and coaching elite athletes on nutrition and conditioning. I hope to have accomplished 75% of my travel bucket list, and continuing to cross of my career, health, and personal goal list. Who knows, maybe I will have given dance a platform to reach Olympic status, or at the very least see that dancers are recognized as artists and athletes.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I am very fortunate to be experiencing opportunities such as Miss Universe Canada. It goes to show that if you approach life with open arms and are prepared to have both good and bad fall into your hands then you will continue growing. No moment in life is ‘bad’ as it all depends on your attitude. I found myself a few months ago in a place that I did not foresee, but I told myself that everything was happening for a reason. This wonderful experience would not have happened had I not gotten injured. It pushed me to open other doors, and continue growing.
I want to inspire.