Fresh Dance Intensive Kitchener 2019 is a fun-filled four-day workshop program with classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Functional Ballet, Improvisation and more! Dance with our team of internationally-acclaimed artist-educators this summer to open your mind and unleash your potential…
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.
Acting for Dancers - exploring character development and intention through an investigation of narrative and how to tell stories through movement
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
August 19-22, 2019 from approx. 9am-4pm daily
A detailed schedule for Fresh 2019 will be released in June. To receive updates about Fresh Dance Intensive, please subscribe to our email list by clicking here.
KRISTEN CARCONE (Workshop Director / Faculty Member), is a Toronto-born, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, teacher, and reiki healer. She is a company member of Third Rail Projects (New York), currently performing in their Bessie award-winning production, Then She Fell. Kristen is a guest artist with FROG IN HAND, and has also performed the original works of Jason Parsons and the Kuperman Brothers. She has performed internationally in: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York), Tangente’s Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal), The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague) and Art Gallery of Ontario’s MASSIVE PARTY (Toronto). In 2016, Kristen was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers to watch by Narcity Toronto. Her choreography can be seen in Cardinal’s Pride music video Masterpiece, and in Supa’Nova, a new play by Maria Ramirez. Thanks to funding from the Toronto Arts Council, and support from lululemon NY, Kristen’s latest work 4-7-8 will premiere Fall 2018 in Toronto. She graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2011.
David Norsworthy (Program Director / Faculty Member), is a Toronto-based dance artist who is “an exceptionally lucid performer, impressive and articulate” (The Globe and Mail). David has performed and toured 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). Recent performances include the national tour of “who we are in the dark” by Peggy Baker with live music by Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire, and the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration “Night of 100 Solos” at the BAM Opera House in New York City. He has presented his choreographic work as part of Evolve! (Toronto), Wave Rising (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm) and the OnSite/InSight Festival (Winston Salem). A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), David is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Award and one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation's 2018 Emerging Artist Award.
Queenie Seguban (Faculty Member) was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Toronto, Canada at the age of 11. Fortunately for her, music and dance are universal languages that transcend borders and barriers. Dance became her means of expression, escape and belonging. Queenie’s earliest training in urban dance styles (HipHop, House, Waacking etc.) began in 2009 with York University’s Hiphop competitive team, 'Stylewize'. After graduating in 2012, she continued to dance with an All-Female dance crew called 'DEUCEnDIP'. Being a part of DEUCEnDIP was a major milestone and inspiration for Queenie’s dance career. At around the same time in 2012, Queenie also began training under FLAVORSHOP founder and mentor, Lenny Len. To this day, she continues to master and improve on her craft as a dancer, choreographer and teacher to be able to provide quality dance education that her students deserve. She aims to share what she has learned in her own dance journey to all dancers – to help them discover themselves through dance and to equip them with the necessary skills, attitude and mindset to become successful in their own dance journeys. Performance Credits: Outside Looking In, New Music Live, Much Music, Electric Circus, World Pride, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Canadian Urban Music Conference, Toronto’s Urban Film Festival, and more.
Chris Baptista (Faculty Member) grew up in Toronto, Canada, and began studying dance at age 10. He studied as many styles as possible and learned as many diverse techniques as he could get his hands on. After years of competitive dance training he moved to NYC to complete his post secondary training at the Ailey School, where he studied intensely for two years. After graduating from the Scholarship program he went on to apprentice with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. He has performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Bridge To Artists Contemporary Dance Company, the Canadian National Tap Team, and he has taught thousands of student across North America. Chris is so excited to return to FRESH for another wonderful year, and can’t wait to laugh, learn and dance with an incredible team!
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Fresh 2019 Poster Photos by Alvin Collantes. Fresh 2019 Poster Design by Han Fischer and David Norsworthy.