Fresh Dance Intensive is a fun-filled four-day workshop program with classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Functional Ballet, Improvisation and more! Our classes strive to guide students towards embracing their uniqueness while emphasizing transferable skills that apply both in the studio and everyday life: risk-taking, awareness, focus, responsibility, communication, and teamwork.
THE FRESH APPROACH
At Fresh Dance Intensive, “dance” is only a small fraction of what we’re aiming to teach. Movement explorations are used as a catalyst to access and develop life skills. We strive to cultivate creative thinkers and team players who can find meaningful connections and use the discoveries they make inside the studio within other aspects of their life.
The ‘teacher-as-student’and the ‘student-as-teacher’ way of thinking is an integral part of the way Fresh Dance Intensive facilitates the learning process for everyone.. We believe that there is no hierarchy when it comes to creative inspiration. Teachers inspire students and students inspire teachers. It’s an exchange. Everyone is responsible for contributing their positive creative energy to each class!
We believe that our responsibility to our students extends beyond executing well-planned lessons. It includes consistently embodying the energy we want our students to feel, practicing the same skills we’re teaching in the studio and when we’re outside of the studio, leading by example and, hopefully, becoming positive role models.
Goal Setting – offering dancers a moment each morning to dream big, articulate next steps and self-evaluate progress.
Body and Mind Activation – providing a strong foundation of focus, presence, physical readiness and enthusiasm.
Contemporary – sharing the most recent tools, approaches and innovations of the artform of dance, including elements of modern, jazz and lyrical.
Tap - exploring musicality, investigating nuances of sound and discovering rhythmic specificity.
Functional Ballet – emphasizing mobility and stability: investigate alignment, muscle efficiency and movement textures through classical form.
Improvisation – offering strategies to access imagination, take risks, break habits and stay present.
Jazz – emphasizing dynamics and musicality, dancers learn and research energetic movements set to upbeat music. Influences could include Street Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Hip Hop – exploring isolations, groundedness and groove through the dance style of Hip Hop culture.
Collaboration - working together to accomplish a surprise choreographic assignment
Jam Session - applying the learning of the week through a guided improvisational exploration
DAVID NORSWORTHY (Workshop Director / Faculty Member), is a Toronto-based internationally acclaimed dance artist who is “an exceptionally lucid performer, technically impressive and articulate with choreographic detail” (Globe and Mail). David has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto), Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto), Dancenorth (Melbourne), ZviDance (New York), Brian Brooks (New York), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö) and Magma Dans (Stockholm) among others. He has presented his choreographic work at Wave Rising Series (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm) and the OnSite/InSight Festival (Winston Salem) among other festivals. Recent commissions include Lamondance (Vancouver) and Point Park University (Pittsburgh). A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), David is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award and one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation's 2018 Emerging Artist Award.
MADDY WRIGHT (Faculty Member) is an active dance professional who trained early in a diverse range of disciplines. She completed all RAD vocational graded examinations including Advanced 2 and is a formally credited BATD teacher in Stage performance dance. In 2016, Madeline received her BFA at Point Park University but has also furthered her training at professional programs such as Springboard Danse Montreal. Madeline’s professional and performance experience consists of commercial, concert and multi-disciplinary projects. She worked with Emmy-nominated choreographer Sonya Tayeh in her production You’ll still call me by name. Most recently, she performed in Toronto’s first ever interactive dance-theatre production Eve of St. George. Madeline’s film work includes Barton Movement’s Had She Never Asked Me with spoken word by Daniel J. Watts, performer in the Broadway’s Hamilton. In addition to her performance career, Madeline has extensive experience teaching and choreographing in Canada and the United States. Madeline looks excitedly ahead to teaching at Fresh!!
REID “KID ICARIUS” FRIEDL (Faculty Member) is a performer/choreographer/visual creator versed in many styles of dance. Graduated in 2014 from Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, Reid has obtained his International Baccalaureate dance certificate, receiving the highest mark possible. He is also an alumni member of NXG Company (run by Alexander Chung), a member of TwoFourSeven Co. (run by Carlo Atienza and Roberta Bierman) and a member of IMMABEAST (world renowned dance company run by WilldaBeast and Janelle Ginestra). Reid has been on set for numerous music videos, including Macklemore and Willa, and has choreographed content and promotions for artists such as Kalin White, Trill Sammy and many other Canadian musicians. His main goal is to bring his more unique, multi-genre infused side of dance, and artistic-focused intentions to the forefront through his choreography, concepts and performances.
CHRIS BAPTISTA (Faculty Member) is from Toronto, and grew up exploring and training in all styles of dance. As a teenager, Chris was a student at Vlad’s Dance Company and worked with Bridge to Artists Dance Company. He was lucky to be on the Canadian National Tap Team, and also to work for RiaToss Productions. After High School, Chris completed two years in the Scholarship program at the Ailey School in New York City, and went on to work as an apprentice with the Peridance Capezio Dance Company. So far he has had the opportunity to perform pieces by Alvin Ailey, Igal Perry, Larry Keigwin, Adam Barruch, Teddy Forance, Linda Garneau and Kristen Carcone, and has been able to set choreography in both Canada and the US. Chris began working with Fresh in 2013, and since then has been able to learn and teach with other curious and excited students and faculty all over Canada. He is thrilled for another Fresh Summer!!
- Junior (recommended ages 7-10)
- Intermediate (recommended ages 11-13)
- Senior (recommended ages 14+)
$420 per dancer plus GST
Edmonton Dance Factory
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