Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Dance’

Kinetic Elements had the amazing opportunity to perform at FAT in Toronto this year and we had a great time!

Here is one of the reviews of Kinetic Elements here:
http://www.xtra.ca/public/Toronto/Fashion_returns-10182.aspx

If you missed our performance, there will be lots of chances to catch us this summer!

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Thanks to our amazing friend Ru, here is a video introduction of our artistic director and choreographer Kendra Hughes. For more information please visit www.itsru.com!

Stay tuned for dates and times to upcoming performances!

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!

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!

8 Week Beginner Classes

Often I get the question, “Why should I take one of your sessions, when there are drop in classes available?”

I think it is a really great question and it depends on each person and their schedule. With changing schedules and how fast life moves, drop in classes can be a great option. It gives dance students a certain freedom to come and as they please.

For beginner dance students that do have a fairly constant schedule there can be a lot of benefits to come to a regular session. Here are some the pros:

1) Together! A major benefit for beginners a part of an 8 week session. Everyone can move together at the same pace. It really gives students a chance to learn movements together, so if you attend sessions there is less of a chance for new students to feel left behind. which leads me to the next benefit…

2) Accountability! When you sign up for a session, it can really motivate you! Let’s be honest-life happens! Sometimes we don’t make time for ourselves in the long list of things to do each week, but when you sign up for a session, it gives a chance to say, “Sorry I can’t – I have class.”

3) New people! New friends that you know you will see every week! Not only do you meet new people, but it really gives you a chance to build a relationship with the instructor. So you are not just another dancer in a class, the instructor knows YOU, uniquely! You are a part of a whole new community and have a chance to connect with people that you would not normally meet in your daily schedule.

When deciding whether or not to take a dance session or a drop in dance class, it really depends on what your needs are!! So if you have always wanted to dance, get out there and try some different classes and try some new ways to work out and have a great time.

Hope to see you there!
Sincerely,
Kendra

Kinetic Elements is a part of Toronto Alternative Fashion Week!

We are performing reSURGEnce on Friday April 29th as part of their theme Dress Codes: The theme explores work that is influenced by different cultural groups, subcultures, demographics, politics, sex and gender identities. The night will showcase designers and artists whose work looks at the social significance of clothing and who we are, defined by what we wear. It’s going to a fantastic evening with so many talented people. We go on stage at 7pm tomorrow night and we hope to see you there for a night of fashion and fun! For more information please visit www.getfat.ca

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.