Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary’

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.

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Last weekend was so much fun! Even though we lost an hour Kinetic Elements was getting ready for the Fringe Promotional deadline!!! Pictures were taken, videos were made and this is only the beginning!

Here is a quick image of things to come!

Last month Kinetic Elements performed a duet at The Bazaar- Latin Fever! It was a great night.

 

 This piece is titled Heartbeat:

 

This weekend we are working on promotional photos and videos, so come back soon and check them out!

 

Kendra Hughes is a choreographer/dancer/actor based in Toronto. Kendra attended George Brown College in their dance foundation program with a main focus in ballet. Since then she has been breaking the boundaries of dance with fresh choreography and hard work. Kendra has trained all over the world, including New York, Orlando and at the Sydney Dance Company in Australia. Taking classes from choreographers such as; Luther Brown, Pamela Bolling, Kathleen Rea, Slam, and Rhapsody. 

Kendra worked with Illusionist Ryan Joyce for many years as one of the creative driving forces behind the demanding choreography required in one of Canada’s largest touring illusion shows. Her passion for the stage and understanding of theatre has been crucial to the show’s success. Together with Ryan, Kendra was asked to choreograph and perform not only across Canada, but in India and Qatar as well.

Kendra has been a member of many Toronto’s leading dance companies including: Toronto Aerial Dance Project, Grace ‘N Style, Black Magic and the Hamilton Modern Dance Company. Kendra also has been a guest choreographer for many of the dance companies stated above, as well as the Toronto Hot Rock Dance Team.

Kendra is always striving for new material and stretching the creative limits of her dance.

Q&A

What would your perfect day consist of?

Get up in the late morning and go to work where I perform a show 5 times a day (in Florida). We would finish up around 4pm where we would all go to the beach and play games and suntan until the sun went down. At night I would teach dance or visit with friends and family some more. There would be lots of music, laughter and love.

Favourite Book?

Right now here are my favourites!

Fiction: Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (I feel like I am the last person in the World to read this book. It was so good)
Non-Fiction: Playing with matches- Amy Cameron (I found this one by surprise and I loved it!)

What keeps you dancing?

It is my passion, my drive. Dance is like breathing. It gets me through the hardest day or helps me rejoice in the happiest day. I cannot imagine what I would have done without dance in my life.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Music, it doesn’t matter if I am playing it or listening to it. Music has always been an important part of my life!

One great moment in your life

Being a big part of changing one little boy’s life in Florida. I can make people happier through dance, I can reach them through story telling. Miracles can happen and they do everyday.

www.kendrahughes.com

We are giving you a behind the scenes look! Check out Kinetic Elements at rehearsal.

Earlier this year Kendra was interviewed on the Toronto Jay Show, don’t worry if you missed it! It is now on youtube!

A big thanks to Jay and Sandy for having me!

Chase Lo

Chase is somewhat of a latecomer to the world of professional dance – his training began as a dancer in high school. But according to his mother, the earliest memory she has of him dancing was when he was 7 years old, busting it out on the dance floor at his uncle’s wedding.   So Chase has been movin’ and shakin’ since he was a kid.

 It was precisely in grade 10 that Chase began his dance training.  He decided to pursue hip hop dance because the beats were always fun to groove and pop to! He studied the genre at various dance studios and went on to perform at his high school’s annual talent show for the next 3 years.  It was also during this time that he started to explore choreography – often times working in collaboration with other dancers to create routines.

After high school, Chase continued to train as a dancer and he even joined a professional hip hop dance troupe.  But his dance pursuits were placed on hold due many hospitalizations as a result of multiple lung collapses. During this period in his life, Chase had to withdraw from many of his passions including school in order to focus on his health. Although he has had many setbacks they did not diminish his love for dance.

 In 2009 was when Chase would perform again – but this time as solo. As a solo artist, he incorporates different types of movements into his dance style such as contemporary, physical theatre and of course his hip hop dance background. He recently performed his first solo piece at Granny Boots for Asian Arts Freedom School and is lined up to perform for The Alt’s upcoming Midnight Market event. 

 In 2010 Chase joined Kinetic Elements.  He is absolutely delighted to be a member of such a dynamic and creative dance collective! He hopes to continue his training and he looks forward to performing with the group! If you want to get in contact with Chase, you can find him on Facebook or check out his blog: http://eyeintend.wordpress.com/      

Q&A

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I am most inspired by people who are shamelessly and relentlessly themselves 24/7 despite being in a world that does not accept them for who they are

What keeps you dancing?

Dancing continues to make me feel alive

Future Aspirations?

As Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world” I aspire to live by that quote full heartedly.