Archive for August, 2010

Kinetic Elements Performs Moulin Rouge at This Month`s Bazaar!

Announcing the cast:

Daniel Grys

Daniel started dancing at the age of five at Lechowia Polish-Canadian Folk Dance Company where he was first introduced to Polish folklore dance and Latin ballroom dance. Daniel has traveled to Europe, South America, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A. for dance festivals and competitions. He has just finished his 2nd year in the Dance Program at York University where he studies ballet and modern dance. Photo by Ryan Joyce

Imran Mohammed

Imran Mohammed began his dance training in hip hop under the guidance of Kareem Byfield of G n’S Dance and since then has been training in classical and contemporary ballet from City Dance Corps, Metro Movement, Ballet Espressivo and also with Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, where he continued his training in jazz dance. Recently, Imran performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Imran is a member of Limitless Productions, G n’S Dance Crew and Kinetic Elements and is currently training in the Indian classical dance – kathak -the parent of flamenco. Photo by Carlos Ferguson

Karen Murray

Karen began her training at Gotta Dance in Toronto and danced competitively for 10 years, winning numerous overall awards in jazz, lyrical, ballet and tap.  Attending Etobicoke School of the Arts for dance, Karen had the opportunity to perform works by Gabby Kamino, Colleen Friedman, Milton Myers, Danny Grossman and Benjamin Kamino.  Karen is currently completing her BFA in performance dance at Ryerson University under the direction of Nadia Potts and studying ballet, jazz and modern from such respected artists as Vicki St Denis, Karen Duplisea, Kenny Pearl and Derek Sangster. In 2008, Karen performed Niki Wozniak’s choreography with Desiraeda Dance Theatre at Toronto’s Fringe Festival to positive reviews.  Recently, Karen was in Japan for 2 months dancing in a traditional Can Can show at the Huis Ten Bosch luxury resort outside of Nagasaki.  Karen is always looking to expand her dance vocabulary and training and can’t wait to see what exciting projects will come up next!

Stephanie Seaton

Stephanie Seaton is a toronto-based dancer, actor and singer (and dance teacher). She trained in the Vaganova style of Ballet for 15 years and has branched out into contemporary and jazz. For fun, Stephanie is persuing training in aerial silks. Selected Recent Credits Include: Sheila in Tightrope (Fringe 2010), the Girl in Mr. Baxter (InspiraTO Festival 2010), Cecille and a featured dance role in Annie (T3 Productions), and Marty in Grease (St. Andrews College, dir. William Scoular). She is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.

Ashima Suri

Ashima is a dancer/choreographer/actor/writer/ and public speaker. She has trained in Indian classical dance, bollywood and contemporary. Ashima currently owns and choreographs for her own dance theatre company called Limitless Productions (www.limitlessproductions.ca). She has recently choreographed and performed for ‘I AM’, International Day of Dance, Fires with Resistance and the Arthritis Society. Photo by Ryan Joyce

Elizabeth Vecchio

Elizabeth Vecchio has had the passion of dance for over 15 years. Her roots formed through recreational classes, where she moved forward to dance competitively, attended Arts High School ESA, and has recently graduated from the York University Dance Program. Elizabeth has been blessed to have studied & performed varying forms of dance in Canada and abroad. Performance highlights include working with Sure Jazz Korea, City Dance Corps, fFIDA, Canopy Theatre & Thrive Entertainment! She has also had the pleasure of working with industry leaders such as Shawn Byfield, Linda Garneau, Annie Wood & So You Think You Can Dance Canada Judge Luther Brown.
Photo by Tim Bermingham

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Saturn the Roman God of agriculture and harvest. Saturn is also the 6th planet from the Sun and equated with the Greek God Cronus.

Saturn was another piece that was conceived before we knew we were in the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival. I wanted to do a piece with the idea of women being chattel.

Chattel defined by Wikipedia is:
Personal property, roughly speaking, is private property that is moveable.

The original name of the piece is Saddress Your Aches. I renamed it when it was time to put it in Eternal Eclipse. I just thought the movement and ideas behind this piece goes along with the story of Saturn and his daughters. Every rehearsal I would come into the studio with set counts of choreography to teach. Lots of  floor work! Thank goodness for my dancers – They are troopers through the bruised knees and late nights at that.  I had the choreography for a long time in my head (since before Christmas last year) and it was one of the last pieces I worked with the dancers on before the Fringe. It is funny how things work out sometimes.

See the piece here:

Odds are if you have ever been to a dance audition before, you have been asked to freestyle. If you have not come across this experience yet, then you probably will soon. It is very common to be taught a few counts of 8 for an audition and then to freestyle at the end by the choreographer. Or maybe you have made the first cut and now the choreographer wants to see more.

What is a choreographer looking for during your freestyle?

Your energy, your musicality or there might be something else specific that the choreographer is particularly looking for.

How do I freestyle?

You are a unique dancer, you have your own style and flair. This is where you would show the choreographer the best of your best. Do you know some acro tricks? Can you do any impressive jumps or can you turn like no one else?~ Now is the time do these moves and show your personality. If you have been asked to freestyle don’t panic, take some deep breaths before starting the combination, find the timing of the music and dance your heart out.

If you are worried and have never had to freestyle before, it is always a good idea to practice at home or in the studio when you have some time. Just turn on some music and dance!  The more you practice on your own, the less intimidating it will be do you in an audition setting when you could have the chance at your dream job.

Remember to have fun with it!

~If you have any comments or questions feel free to post below~

Thank you to all our supporters and fans! July was our busiest month with the most visits to our website. This post is dedicated to you~!!

We have been taking a rest since our run at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival, but August is a new month. With new classes, auditions and more shows. Check out all the information on our website and don’t miss out on a thing!

Thank you for your continued support ~ Kinetic Elements fans are the best!!