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Gillian

Gillian Moult had been dancing for 18 years, through elementary school, high school and now trains at York University. Though her involvement was mostly recreational as a child, through her teens she began training professionally to be accepted into York’s Dance program to achieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts in contemporary dance. Her rigorous training at school is going to afford her the privilege of performing at International Dance Day, F.A.T. Toronto Alternative Fashion, and the Toronto Fringe Festival this summer. Recently, she has had the honour of dancing with Kinetic Elements, and is looking forward to continuing this summer.

Q&A

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration are my friends and family. I am so lucky to have people around me that support what I’m doing. It’s not every day that you get such a large support group. Their  encouragement inspires me and give me the confidence to keep doing what I love to do.

How did you get into dance?

I started dancing because my parents put in me in class. I was not the one begging to go into a studio at first. In fact I was extremely shy when I was young, but putting me into those classes was probably the best thing my parents could have done for me. Once I got on the stage I knew there was no other place for me.

Why do you keep dancing?

I keep on dancing partly for the excitement, partly for the opportunity to learn, but mostly for the opportunity to share. There is nothing I want more but to inspire others with my own art form. I think you can form such amazing connections in dance and I would not want to give that up.

What are your future aspirations?

I want to perform and teach all at the same time. I want to travel and see everything I can. At this point I can’t settle on doing one thing because I see so many options. I think I still have sometimes to figure out what I really want to do.

Check Gillian out this summer at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival!

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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.

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!

It is a new year and a fresh start again at rehearsals with Kinetic Elements. There is a lot coming up for us on the horizon. It made me really sit back and remember what it was like to be a dancer coming into rehearsal for the first time. For me it was such an exciting time! I enjoyed meeting new people, learning new choreography and I was always interested to see what the music choice would be. I can’t wait to get started!

Please take a moment and tell us what you would like to see from Kinetic Elements in 2011!

 

Kinetic Elements is proud to announce that they are a part of the 60 x 60 Festival! There is going to be 60 choreographers each presenting 60 seconds of choreography to tie it all in together in one big show! Find out more information here about the event.

Where: The Music Gallery, Toronto ON
When: Saturday November 20, 2010 8pm
Cost: $15

Check out Sandra Clarke, Anali Reizvikh, Stephanie Seaton and Chelsea Robin perform Kendra’s newest work to The Shape of a Shell. You can buy your tickets online here on ticketweb.

We 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!