Trudy Lee Gayle is a Toronto Native, born to parents of Jamaican heritage who emigrated to Canada a few years before she was born. She was often found singing and dancing to music, choreographing routines for friends and classmates and always had a smile on her face. It was therefore no surprise that her vocal/music teacher encouraged her to audition for The Claude Watson Arts program at Earl Haig Secondary School. Although she enjoyed all areas of performing arts, she finally settled on auditioning for the Dance program and was accepted as a Dance major. Over the next four years she would study Ballet, Modern and various other elective courses in Dance, Theatre and Vocal. It was during this time that she realized that she could truly do this for a living.
She went on to graduate from York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program with Honours in Dance and The Ailey School’s Independent Study Program in New York, NY. In addition to her extensive training in Ballet and Contemporary techniques, she has also trained in and taught Bronze Syllabus (American) Latin & Ballroom, in Toronto and NYC.
While she thoroughly enjoys teaching adults, some of her most rewarding work has been teaching children through Dancing Classrooms, an Arts in Education program fostering social development through Latin & Ballroom dance. This program utilizes the carefully crafted Dulaine Method created by Pierre Dulaine.
Trudy is also the General Manager of Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, a Toronto based, Contemporary/Fusion dance company. She has most recently assisted in the remount of Pulse, which was selected to be a part of the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival this past June. She has also had the pleasure of helping to mount INTERLOCK (2012), the highly successful, 2nd annual full-length evening of work by JFD.
Ms. Gayle filmed her first television and print advertisement, a UK National for O2 alongside Gary Oldman last year. She is working hard to hone her skills and is looking forward to doing more work in film and television.