Archive for the ‘Dancers’ Category

Miles Gosse

Miles first began dancing at his high school Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts where he was a part of the Musical Theatre training program.  He has trained in many different styles of dance with focus on: ballet, jazz and contemporary.  Miles has just completed his second year at York University where he is working towards his BFA in Dance and concurrent education; he is hoping to earn his Bachelor of Education to be a high school teacher and choreographer.

Q & A

What is your favourite movie? 

Hands down Billy Elliot, watching it when I was growing up literally changed my life and my goals.  Every time I watch it now, it makes me feel something new.

What is your favourite book?

Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man.

How did you first get into dance?

I started dancing when I was in high school.  I attended a performing arts high school where I was encouraged to act, sing and dance.  I feel in love with movement when I was in grade 10 and from there it was a spring-board into a whole new life.

What keeps you dancing?

I dance because it makes me feel.

Future Aspiration:

I hope to graduate university with my BFA in Dance and a Bachelor of Education to teach and inspire a younger generation of dancers.

You can catch Miles performing with Kinetic Elements at Talent Defined and the 2o11 Toronto Fringe Festival. Stay tuned for more information!

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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.

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!

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

Q & A

What would your perfect day consist of?

Laying in the sunshine with a fantastic book by the ocean

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Others around me who have achieved Self-Happiness


How did you get into dance?

My Mom put me in recreational dance when I was clumsy and had 2 left feet! I haven’t stopped since!

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

When I am just genuinely happy about even the smallest thing, laughter makes me feel ready to rule the world

What turns you off?

Unjust Criticism

You can see Elizabeth with Kinetic Elements at the last Bazaar – Night at the movies! Check it out here:

A View From The Inside

This article is written by Kinetic Elements’ member Ashima Suri.

I took a deep breath and worked my way into the studio for the audition.  I remember feeling intensely hot and I could feel my heartbeat faster.  And I hadn’t even started to dance yet!

It was July 2009 – a hot summer day and a moment I was waiting for.  The Kinetic Elements (KE) audition!  I remember seeing Choreographer of Kinetic Elements, Kendra Hughes, in pictures and videos on Facebook and thinking, I want to learn from her one day.  The week of the KE audition I took classes every day – doing whatever I could to mentally and physically prepare myself for the big day!

I’m not sure how I did on the day of the audition but I do remember leaving feeling great.  I was part of Kinetic Elements group! And little did I know at that time – that this was just the beginning of an amazing journey!

Fast forward to almost a year later and the journey has indeed been a surreal one.  I’ll be the first to admit that the journey wasn’t always a smooth one.  There were definitely some bumps along the way, but it is overcoming those bumps and moving forward that makes a person grow, develop and become stronger.

And now the big day is approaching! Kinetic Elements is performing at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival! About 6 months ago, as I stood outside waiting for a streetcar, I received a call from Kendra with the news that we will be in the Fringe! The excitement was contagious and for the rest of the evening I couldn’t stop smiling.

And today, I’m along side some of the most fantastic dancers and in awe of their strength as performers.  I’m learning from an amazing choreographer whom I have learned so much from this past year.  It has all been one big blessing and I’m eternally grateful.

And as I think back to where we started, I slowly begin to unravel the reality of where we are heading and I can’t help but to keep on smiling.  Smiling all the way to the Bathurst Theatre for the 2010 Fringe Festival with the Kinetic Elements crew.  July 2nd will be a great day! J

Matt Marr

A native of Saint John, Matthew has walked the runways of Toronto Alternative Fashion, and has danced for Shawn Desman, Jesse Labelle and Barry Szeto. Matthew is currently studying under the Cadence Mentorship Program.  Past mentors include Linda Garneau, Eryn Waltman, Faye Raux, Lisa Collins, Luther Brown, Leon Blackwood, Tuch and Heather Leslie. Matthew is the winner of Jr.Mr.Dancer at Dancer’s Inc., was a finalist at 5,6,7,8 Worlds, and is the recipient of scholarships to Monsters of Hip Hop, L.A.’s Be Discovered and Dance Magic. Matthew is excited to be working with Kinetic Elements and can’t wait to see you at the Fringe Festival!

Q&A

What is your Favourite Movie?

Donny Darko, LOTR, Beautiful Mind.

Why did you start dancing?

I was put into dancing when I was 3 by my parents. I quickly fell in love with performing, and I loved the challenge of overcoming steps, combinations and tricks that I wasn’t able to take.

What keeps you dancing?

The art and the challenge of dance is a lifelong commitment that would hurt me much more than it would benefit me to give up on. I have come so far, doing something that I love, that I could never stop now.

What has been one great moment in life?

My first dance competition. What a rush! I’ve been chasing that high ever since.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Music. Dancers. Speakers. The world around me and the world within me.

 

Sheelah has studied at various studios throughout Durham and York Regions, including her professional studies at York University where she was given the opportunity to indulge her passion of all things related to dance.   During this time she was fortunate to work with many great choreographers, such as Darcy Callison, Carol Anderson, Holly Small, Jennifer Bolt, Peggy Baker, Darryl Tracy and Matthew Waldie.  The influence of these renowned choreographers inspired Sheelah to pursue her own choreographical ideas.  Sheelah has presented choreographed works at Peterborough’s ‘Emergency #12’, TIDF affiliated with the fFIDA festival and most recently in Toronto’s ‘Women In Dance’ Showcase.  

Sheelah has also completed her Bachelor of Education Degree, which landed her a teaching position as a high school educator teaching dance and/or visual art.  Currently Miss Brouwer is teaching dance, leadership and philosophy at Clarington Central Secondary School in Bowmanville.  

Sheelah plans to further purse her passion in educating today’s students to be the future of the world of dance, in both the high school and private studio settings, while continuing to develop new works 

 

Q&A

 

Who Is Your Biggest Inspiration?

My parents.  My mother as a disabled woman who never gives up fighting, and my father for his endless love and devotion towards my mother.

Why Dance?

It’s the one place where I feel I can speak the loudest without having to say a word.  It’s a silent confession. 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

The magic of inspiration…the fact that it is in anything anywhere. 

What turns you off?

People who won’t understand art. 

Future Aspirations?

 To continue to learn and develop as an artist, choreographer, dancer and teacher.  To settle into a happy life with the love of my life.