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reSURGEnce is a collection of dances takes a look at society and examines the way that we view authority, power and beauty. Through contemporary dance Kinetic Elements deconstructs and transcends the boundaries of the labels put on us. Come join Kinetic Elements in their second year at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Warning: Mature Themes

Factory Mainspace Theatre
125 Bathurst St, Toronto

Saturday July 9 @ 9:15pm

Sunday July 10 @ 1:15pm

Monday July 11 @ 8:30pm

Wednesday July 13 @ 3:30pm

Thursday July 14 @ 11:00pm

Friday July 15 @ 4:00pm

Saturday July 16 @ 2:15pm

All tickets $10 at the door, or book in advance by calling the Fringe Hotline at 416.966.1062 or online at www.fringetoronto.com.

For show info please visit www.kineticelementsdance.com

Media Contact:
Kinetic Elements representative: Kendra Hughes;  kendra@kendrahughes.com

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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!

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!

Artistic Director Kendra Hughes and Kinetic Elements are pleased to announce auditions for a new youth company called Potential Elements!

Kinetic Elements is looking for young dancers under the age of 19 for a junior company called Potential Elements. The Junior Company will be formed for a training program titled The Mirror Project and it will look at the whole dancer; mind and body. This 11 week program will start March 20 and will run every Sunday from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm. At the end of this program Potential Elements will perform at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival as part of the Youth Move Series at the River Run Centre on Sunday June 5, 2011.

Our mission statement is to train young dancers not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. We are dedicated to these young dancers by training them in contemporary dance, while also taking a look at the concept of beauty, and transcending the conventional ideas of beauty posed by society. Each week through dance and movement, Kendra Hughes along with members of Kinetic Elements, will facilitate classes on self-esteem, confidence, and creativity.

Kendra Hughes is the creator and artistic director of Kinetic Elements. She is a graduate of George Brown College and is a certified life skills coach. Kinetic Elements is a new and fresh contemporary modern dance company committed to exploring modern dance and fusing it with other dance forms. Kinetic Elements has performed throughout Toronto and vicinity at such events as Nuit Blanche, Choreographer’s Snow Ball, The Bazaar, Dance Ontario’s International Dance Day at Pearson International Airport and last year presented their full length production Eternal Eclipse at Toronto’s Fringe Festival.

Audition Information

 

Potential Elements Audition – The Mirror Project

When: Sunday March 6, 2011
1-3pm

Where: George Brown College
Casa Loma Campus
160 Kendal Ave – Building C
Studio D

What to Bring: A resume listing current dance training and experience (if any), water and wear something comfortable to move in. The audition will consist of a contemporary dance combination that will be taught on the day of the audition. As well, please bring a parent or guardian with you on the day of the audition to fill out application and waiver.

Who are we looking for?

  • Male and Female Dancers
  • Between the age of 13-18 years of age
  • Judges will focus on dance ability, style and enthusiasm
  • Dancers must be dedicated and hardworking
  • Minimum 2 years dance/performance experience is recommended, but not necessary

If I am accepted how much will it cost?

  • $250 for the 11 weeks training, plus a costume fee

What do I get for $250?

  • free Potential Elements t-shirt
  • dance training from Kinetic Elements members *some of top and leading dancers in the industry*
  • performance at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival
  • other performance opportunities