Posts Tagged ‘Dancer’

Ashley Desson-Demetriadis

Ashley has been studying, creating and performing in dance for over 15 years. She received her professional dance training at York University where she had the experience of performing with diverse choreographers from the Canadian dance community.  

Ashley spent several years traveling and competing in dance across Canada and the United States with great success, receiving numerous awards and scholarships. She has taught locally as a youth and teen dance instructor, and has choreographed several high school student theatre productions. 

Ashley has performed across the GTA in festivals and events, including the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA). Her involvement with renowned artists, including the Peggy Baker Dance Projects and the National Ballet School of Canada continues to influence her growth as a performer, teacher and choreographer.


What’s Your Favourite Movie?

Any of the classic ’50’s musicals – High Society, Singin’ in the Rain….

What keeps you dancing?

Martha Graham expressed it best in a letter to Agnes DeMille:
“No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.”

One great moment in your life :

Becoming a Mum

What is your favorite word?


What would your perfect day consist of?

Sleeping in, Starbucks, sunshine, a little solitude, a lot of laughter, a great meal, good friends. An adventure, a surprise, a challenge. Cupcakes. An amazing technique class, an inspiring rehearsal, a moment on stage, or a slow dance in my kitchen… as long as I’m dancing! 

Ashley will be performing a sizzling hot tango and modern dance fusion with Daniel at The Bazaar Latin Fever! Tuesday, February 23rd

Daniel Grys

Daniel started dancing at the age of five when he was first introduced to Polish folklore dance through the Lechowia Polish-Canadian Folk Dance Company. He was then introduced to Latin ballroom dance within the Company and has continued it passionately ever since. Daniel has traveled to Europe, South America, Mexico, Canada and several U.S. states for dance festivals and competitions.

Daniel is currently a dance major at York University studying mainly Ballet and Modern. As part of his program, he has taken and continues to practice conditioning for body strength, improvisation, and performance classes.

His goal is to eventually perform on stage, whether it be dance, theater or musicals.


What is your favourite food?

Pasta. Especially when I get to create my own sauces from scratch!

Why did you start dancing?

My entire family had danced in a Polish folklore dance company. From there I was introduced to Latin Ballroom where I finally felt a connection to something where I could express myself. And I have been dancing ever since!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

People who support me

What is your favorite word (Phrase!)?

Can you imagine?

What sound or noise do you hate?

Alarm clock beeping in the mornings!

Hello Kinetic Fans!

If you missed Kendra online last Friday, you can check out her interview online now! She talks about the company, classes and more! Check it out!!

Kinetic Elements - Kitchener's Snow Ball 2009

Get ready to launch!

Kinetic Elements is in the Toronto Fringe Festival this year. Come on out for fun, drinks and see some of our current works in progress and finished pieces.

When: Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Where: 805 Dovercourt Penthouse 3rd Floor. Toronto, On

Admission is $10.00.

Doors open at 6:30pm where Kendra Hughes will give an introduction to the pieces that will be performed that night and the process of creation. Performances will start at 8pm.

Drinks, dancing and mingling afterwards. As well, there will be a 50-50 draw

We appreciate your support!

For more information contact


Kendra is going to be on the Toronto Jay Variety Show this Friday! Tune in online from 2-3pm at  We will be talking about Kinetic Elements, the shows, the events, the classes and more. Find out what we are up to in the next little bit.  You don’t want to miss it! Make sure you tune in.

Ashima Suri is a dancer/choreographer/actor/writer and public speaker. Her journey into dance began at a very early age. She began her training in Indian classical dance and Bollywood dance which she performed in a variety of different stage shows across Toronto, the U.K and the Middle East.

Her interest in other forms of dance also began at an early age and she started to create and choreograph her own performances using hip hop and contemporary techniques.

In her late teens, she had fallen in-love with Contemporary dance after taking a series of classes in the Middle East. Her first big break was when she was chosen to be an Assistant Choreographer for the hit musical Grease.

She continued in this path and in university, participated and led dance groups into competitions across Ontario.

Ashima currently has her own dance group called Limitless Productions. It’s a group that strives on using performance as a way to not only entertain, but to break down barriers, inspire change and create community.

Most recently Ashima is thrilled to be dancing for Choreographer and Dancer, Kendra Hughes from Kinetic Elements.


What would your perfect day consist of?  

Having a theme-like-party on a beach or some place hot and inviting all my friends and family! And treating them all to a spa day and other fabulous surprises

Why dance? 

I know that the moments where I wasn’t dancing , I felt like something was incomplete.  Dancing and choreography is like the food I eat — it is fuel for my soul!

Do you have a mentor?

I have been lucky to have many mentors in my life however, one that sticks out and someone who has been my biggest mentor is my professor from University.  He inspired me to be myself, to speak up and ask a lot of questions and fight for what I believe in ! 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 

Music !  I love music

What is one of your future aspirations?

To continue in the self-discovery journey and to make a difference in all that I do