Posts Tagged ‘Kinetic Elements Dance’

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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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 - Kitchener's Snow Ball 2009

Nope, it’s the latest Kinetic Elements video!

Last year I filmed the dancers separately performing a piece I choreographed called Antevasin, as well some improvisation in between. I overlapped the video in the production phase to portray conflicting emotions within ourselves.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Kendra Hughes
Dancers: Ashley Desson, Daniel Grys, Kaylan Shearer
Music: Quartet For Strings And Piano In A Minor by the Prazak Quartet
Video Edited by Kendra Hughes

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!

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout 2010. What a great year it has been. We could not have done it without the dedication of our beautiful dancers, the contribution of our stage manager, our new students, everyone who bought a ticket to see one of our shows and YOU our fans! Thank you for your support!

For the holiday season, we are offering a deal for our new beginner contemporary dance classes starting in January 2011. Due to rental price increases and the new HST tax, Kinetic Elements will be raising their price in the new year. If you register for our new session before January 1, 2011 you can still pay the regular price of $80 for 8 classes! After January 1, 2011 the prices go up to $100 for our 8 week session. Don’t wait! Sign up today at kendra@kendrahughes.com.

When: Sundays January 16 – March 6, 2011

3-4pm

Where: George  Brown College Casa Loma Campus

160 Kendal Ave, Toronto ON

Building C, Studio D

Stay tuned for announcements for the new year! Lots of good things to come!

Happy Holidays and Be Safe!

Love,
Kendra

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 !