Archive for February, 2011

Kate is a graduate of Ryerson University and holds a B.F.A. in Performance Dance. She is trained in a variety of styles from ballet, jazz, contemporary and burlesque among others. Kate has continued to hone her craft not only as a dancer, but as an actor and singer. She continues to work as a performer in Toronto with various entertainment and theatre companies, from Vegas style showgirls, to burlesque, to musicals, to contemporary dance.  Favourite credits include: Circus Terrifico, Perspectives I (Motus O), Cats, A Chorus Line, Titanic: the Musical (Curtain Call Players), Fever and Fever II (Sophie Luxton), and the monthly Chic-A-Boom Room (Carla Catherwood)

Q&A

What are you listening to these days?

My flavour changes each week. Right now Jessie J, Adele and Serena Ryder are rocking my world, though last week I was on a hard core Britney kick. Musicals are ALWAYS in my play lists.

Why did you start dancing?

Cliché story: my parents took me to see Nutcracker when I was 2 and I wanted to be a ballerina. I’ve done a lot of other stuff too, but dance has always been the constant.

Why do you continue to dance?

I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else! It’s really all I’ve known and can’t imagine my life without it. Although time and age won’t let me dance forever (don’t get me wrong I’m gonna try!), I’m always going to be doing something related to dance and theatre.

What was one great moment in your life?

Only one??? Geez….uh….Watching my little sister play on Team Canada in their U22 in Germany a couple of years ago was pretty awesome, the day my whole family got matching tattoos…. I don’t know. I’ve had some pretty great moments in my life, but I feel like the best (plural)  has yet to come.

What are some of your future aspirations?

Eliminate my student debt! Haha!!! That’s as far ahead as I can plan right now! Maybe see if I can get some traveling in there. The rest I’m just rolling with the punches.

 

Kinetic Elements - Kitchener's Snow Ball 2009

Nope, it’s the latest Kinetic Elements video!

Last year I filmed the dancers separately performing a piece I choreographed called Antevasin, as well some improvisation in between. I overlapped the video in the production phase to portray conflicting emotions within ourselves.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Kendra Hughes
Dancers: Ashley Desson, Daniel Grys, Kaylan Shearer
Music: Quartet For Strings And Piano In A Minor by the Prazak Quartet
Video Edited by Kendra Hughes

I finally saw Black Swan last night! A big theme in the move was the main character wanting to be the “perfect” dancer. I think for anyone in the dance field,  that is a great question. What makes a dancer great? Is is technique? Is it expression? What do you think?

How do you define a great dancer?

We want to hear from you!

Artistic Director Kendra Hughes and Kinetic Elements are pleased to announce auditions for a new youth company called Potential Elements!

Kinetic Elements is looking for young dancers under the age of 19 for a junior company called Potential Elements. The Junior Company will be formed for a training program titled The Mirror Project and it will look at the whole dancer; mind and body. This 11 week program will start March 20 and will run every Sunday from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm. At the end of this program Potential Elements will perform at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival as part of the Youth Move Series at the River Run Centre on Sunday June 5, 2011.

Our mission statement is to train young dancers not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. We are dedicated to these young dancers by training them in contemporary dance, while also taking a look at the concept of beauty, and transcending the conventional ideas of beauty posed by society. Each week through dance and movement, Kendra Hughes along with members of Kinetic Elements, will facilitate classes on self-esteem, confidence, and creativity.

Kendra Hughes is the creator and artistic director of Kinetic Elements. She is a graduate of George Brown College and is a certified life skills coach. Kinetic Elements is a new and fresh contemporary modern dance company committed to exploring modern dance and fusing it with other dance forms. Kinetic Elements has performed throughout Toronto and vicinity at such events as Nuit Blanche, Choreographer’s Snow Ball, The Bazaar, Dance Ontario’s International Dance Day at Pearson International Airport and last year presented their full length production Eternal Eclipse at Toronto’s Fringe Festival.

Audition Information

 

Potential Elements Audition – The Mirror Project

When: Sunday March 6, 2011
1-3pm

Where: George Brown College
Casa Loma Campus
160 Kendal Ave – Building C
Studio D

What to Bring: A resume listing current dance training and experience (if any), water and wear something comfortable to move in. The audition will consist of a contemporary dance combination that will be taught on the day of the audition. As well, please bring a parent or guardian with you on the day of the audition to fill out application and waiver.

Who are we looking for?

  • Male and Female Dancers
  • Between the age of 13-18 years of age
  • Judges will focus on dance ability, style and enthusiasm
  • Dancers must be dedicated and hardworking
  • Minimum 2 years dance/performance experience is recommended, but not necessary

If I am accepted how much will it cost?

  • $250 for the 11 weeks training, plus a costume fee

What do I get for $250?

  • free Potential Elements t-shirt
  • dance training from Kinetic Elements members *some of top and leading dancers in the industry*
  • performance at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival
  • other performance opportunities