Archive for October, 2010

I love the information age! At a touch of a button we have so much at our fingertips. Kinetic Elements is on twitter and you can follow us for inspirational quotes, quick tips, facts and the latest news about what is going on with our company. As well a chance to win free tickets to shows, free classes and more!

Here is a list of fantastic people in the dance world that we recommend to follow on twitter:

Answers for Dancers : Grover Dale had one goal in mind when he launched his site in 1999. Get dancers employed and keep them working. How? Job opportunities and on-the-job know-how.

Dance Advantage : Dance writer/blogger, instructor, giving students, teachers & parents an edge in dance education. Busy mommy to a toddler too! If you follow, try and keep up 😉

4Dancers : A blog for dancers, dance teachers and others interested in dance

Rhee Gold : Publisher Dance Studio Life magazine | Producer DanceLifeTV.com

Tights and Tiaras : A blog introducing ballet to outsiders, and providing a unique insight to a male professional ballet dancers life

Who do you follow on twitter for all the latest in dance? Comment below to let us know who we missed!

Keep dancing!

Welcome!

Contemporary Sessions have started up again and we are having so much fun.  All the students that registered were entered into a draw to receive the eight week session for FREE! Dayna was a our lucky winner this session. Congrats Dayna!

I teach dance classes to all ages around the city and I wanted to dedicate a post to making the most out of your dance classes. Here are some tips that I find helpful:

1) Arrive in enough time to stretch before class. Especially if you have an injury or sore muscles, you want to make sure that you prepare your body for the class by stretching and warming it up. As well, I find just being there early, I am not frazzled or worried about getting to the class on time and I can bring my mind to the here and now! It makes it easier for me to focus in the class.

2) Dress and hair!! You want to come appropriately dressed in comfortable clothes that you can move in. As well you want your hair out of your face, so you can concentrate on working on those turns and jumps and not have to worry about your hair getting in your eyes. Depending on the class some teachers would prefer you wear your hair in a bun or a ponytail. If your hair is too short or if you have bangs, bobby pins and hair bands are a great way to keep the hair out of your eyes.

3) Set a goal. It helps if you have a goal in mind for the class. Do you always stand at the back? Do you want to work on emulating the teacher? In a dance class you want to have a specific goal in mind that you are going to work on for that class. You might decide that today is the day that you are going to stand in the front row of the class. Or you are going to take more risks when dancing, put more feeling into the moves. It is important to give your mind something to focus on during the class so you can push yourself to new heights and get the most out of class.

4) Have fun! Remember this is your time to get out the stresses of the day, to just focus on yourself and have some me time. So coming prepared and on time makes it easier for you to enjoy the class. Once you are there claim your space and get ready to sweat. Remember to push yourself and set goals. You will get more results and quicker! Most importantly – have fun!!

Happy dancing !

New Classes for Adults and Children!!

New contemporary class 8 week sessions are starting up again this month and we are giving away free classes!

That’s right!! Register today for one of the contemporary sessions that are starting October 17th and your name goes into a draw to win your session FOR FREE!! There will be one name drawn for the adult classes and one name drawn for the kids classes!

Register today at kendra@kendrahughes.com.

You can find out more information about our classes under the classes tab at the top!

Hope to see you there!

Sandra Clarke

Sandra recently performed with As The Spirit Moves (ASM) Dance Company in the full length production of Warfare at Dancemakers Centre for Creation.  With ASM Sandra also performed at International Dance Day 2010, One City One Hope for Toronto City Mission and At Night at the Theatre.

Sandra works with visual artist Cesar Ferero and dancer Michelle Moylan combining installation art and dance performance. They have performed at several Toronto Art Galleries including DeLeon, Headbones and Artscapes Barns. They toured their work to Edmonton Alberta in 2009.

Sandra is currently a dancer for The Dance Company performing at special events within the GTA.

Upon receiving a grant from the Waterloo Region Arts Fund in 2008 Sandra and a partner produced and choreographed a full length dance production entitled A Holiday Celebration in Dance which was performed at The Registry Theatre in downtown Kitchener.

Performance highlights; Toronto International Dance Festival, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Nuit Blanche 07 The Invisible City with Desireada Dance Theatre, Cambridge Arts Festival, Royal City Musicals – Kiss Me Kate, Violence Against Women Awareness Event, Women’s Journey 2009, Choreographer’s Ball Kitchener 09, and Habourfront Centre in Fandango by Robert Desrosiers.

Sandra has a degree in dance from Ryerson University and has also studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and with Dance Theatre David Earle. Sandra continues to train in jazz, modern and ballet with various professional teachers.

Sandra is very excited to be a part of Kinetic Elements!

Q&A

What is your favourite book?

I like poems by Khalil Gibran

Why did you start dancing?

I was a gymnast and enjoyed acting – dance was a good combination of both!

Name one great moment in your life;

Finding out I got into Ryerson for dance!

What is your favourite word?

Empathy

What is your least favourite word?

Oppression

You can see Sandra perform with Kinetic Elements at the 60 x 60 Dance Toronto event. It will be held at the Music Gallery on Saturday, November 20th. More details to come!