Posts Tagged ‘Meet The Dancers’

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!

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.

 

Sheelah has studied at various studios throughout Durham and York Regions, including her professional studies at York University where she was given the opportunity to indulge her passion of all things related to dance.   During this time she was fortunate to work with many great choreographers, such as Darcy Callison, Carol Anderson, Holly Small, Jennifer Bolt, Peggy Baker, Darryl Tracy and Matthew Waldie.  The influence of these renowned choreographers inspired Sheelah to pursue her own choreographical ideas.  Sheelah has presented choreographed works at Peterborough’s ‘Emergency #12’, TIDF affiliated with the fFIDA festival and most recently in Toronto’s ‘Women In Dance’ Showcase.  

Sheelah has also completed her Bachelor of Education Degree, which landed her a teaching position as a high school educator teaching dance and/or visual art.  Currently Miss Brouwer is teaching dance, leadership and philosophy at Clarington Central Secondary School in Bowmanville.  

Sheelah plans to further purse her passion in educating today’s students to be the future of the world of dance, in both the high school and private studio settings, while continuing to develop new works 

 

Q&A

 

Who Is Your Biggest Inspiration?

My parents.  My mother as a disabled woman who never gives up fighting, and my father for his endless love and devotion towards my mother.

Why Dance?

It’s the one place where I feel I can speak the loudest without having to say a word.  It’s a silent confession. 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

The magic of inspiration…the fact that it is in anything anywhere. 

What turns you off?

People who won’t understand art. 

Future Aspirations?

 To continue to learn and develop as an artist, choreographer, dancer and teacher.  To settle into a happy life with the love of my life.

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.