Posts Tagged ‘Choreography’

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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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!

How did you first get into dance? Did your parents put you into a class when you were a kid? Was dance offered at your high school? Was it from watching So You Think You Can Dance?

For me I first got into dance like most children. My mom put me into classes when I was a kid. I eventually I asked my parents to pull me out, because of the teacher. After that I kept on dancing. In my basement my friends and I would make up dances and perform them sometimes for our parents, friends and sometimes for no one. Dance quickly became an outlet for me – happy, sad, angry I have always been able to pour all my emotions into movement and express myself when words could not. Down the road I went to school for dance and have been able to make it my career and the rest is history.

We want to hear from you! Tell us your story? Why dance?

 

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!

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 !

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!

reSURGEnce

We are happy to announce that Kinetic Elements is going to be a part of Series 8:08 this Saturday night! It is a Choreographic Performance Workshop where YOU get to be right in the middle of the creative process. Choreographers and companies come to this Series to show a work in progress, then you as the audience get to write down your comments; good or bad and hand them in. Then the choreographer gets all the comments at the end – So you get to be a part of the process as well!

How cool is that? Plus, you will be the first among a few to see the latest works by some great choreographers and dancers. Amazing!

Where: Scotiabank Studio Theatre
Pia Bouman School
6 Noble St, Toronto

When: Saturday September 25
8:08pm

Cost: $10

You can also visit www.series808.ca for more information on the shows, they also have classes and much more. Hope to see you there this Saturday!