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Summer Intensive 2019
Bring your dance technique & performance to the next level this summer
Date: August 19th-23rd, 2019
Location: Kingston School of Dance
Presenter: Andrea Palmer M.A., Artistic Director
Registration Fee: $260.00
Register before April 1st and receive a 10% discount
Our summer intensive offers students the chance to strengthen their technique, enhance their artistry and challenge themselves in a dynamic and inspirational setting. This is an exceptional opportunity for motivated young students to train with some of the best professionals in their fields.
Join us for five days of challenging, energetic, and fun classes where students can meet others who share the same intensity and passion for dance! Interested students may register for either the Junior Intensive (ages 10 to 12) or Senior Intensive (ages 13+). Both streams run consecutively in our beautiful waterfront studios at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning (370 King St. West, Unit 303) in Kingston, Ontario.
Classes are offered in a wide variety of dance techniques and styles including:
Ballet Technique (Daily)
As well as informative seminars on nutrition for dancers, history of dance and dance as a career.
Dancer: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Canada)
Choreographer: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Festival Ballet Theatre (USA), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Canada), National Theatre Ballet (Prague). (Please see below for full bio.)
Dancer, Singer, Actor: Beaumont Ballet Theater (Texas), The Cole Harrison Dance Company (Washington D.C).
Choreographer: television commercials , video clips , theatrical productions throughout Canada , USA and EUROPE
AWARDS: 2010 Black History Award for achievement in the arts issued by the City of Montreal . 2018 The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Achievement Award. 2018 Actra Award of Excellence.(Please see below for full bio.)
Dancer: Maurice Hines’ Balletap U.S.A Company ( NewYork City). Judith Marcuse’s Repertory Dance Company of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, The National Tap Dance Company of Canada , featured role as ‘Mr. Bojangles’ U.S. National Tour of Fosse .
Choreographer: Young People’s Theatre, The Limelight Dinner Theatre, The Shaw Festival, television commercials.
AWARDS Dora Award nominated performance as ‘Belize’ in the Canadian Stage Production of Angels in America: Parts I and II. (Please see below for full bio.)
graduate of the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
diplomas in Ballet and Modern dance from the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich, Germany. In Germany,
performed with the Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich , as well as in Chemnitz and Augsburg.
SHAWN HOUNSELL - CHOREOGRAPHER / ARTIST
Originally from Saskatchewan, Canadian choreographer Shawn Hounsell danced professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal between 1989 and 2003. An award winning choreographer, Shawn has created and staged pieces for numerous Canadian companies including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Kelowna, Les Jeunes Ballets du Québec and Festival Dance Company. Many of his duets have been performed in galas across the globe including the Prix de Lausanne Gala (Tokyo, Japan) and the Cincinnati International Gala of Ballet Stars (Cincinnati, Ohio).In addition his works have been performed by American companies such as Ballet Pacifica and in Europe by the Ballet of the National Theatre of Prague.
Originaire de la Saskatchewan, le chorégraphe canadien Shawn Hounsell a dansé professionnellement pour le Royal Winnipeg Ballet et Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, de 1989 à 2003. Chorégraphe primé, Shawn Hounsell a créé et monté des œuvres pour de nombreuses compagnies, dont Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Kelowna, Les Jeunes Ballets du Québec et le Festival Dance Company. Bon nombre de ses duos ont été présentés lors de galas internationaux, incluant le Prix de Lausanne (Tokyo, Japon) et le Cincinnati International Gala of Ballet Stars (Cincinnati, Ohio). De plus, ses œuvres ont également été présentées par plusieurs compagnies américaines, notamment Ballet Pacifica et en Europe par le Ballet du Théâtre National de Prague.
Don is a native Montrealer and a dual Canadian / U.S. citizen. Born to a performing family, Don first studied Tap Dance at the tender age of 6, and then began his career dancing with his father at various venues in Montreal. Completely caught by the performing bug, Don pursued his dance training by studying African Dance, Jazz, Classical Ballet, and Modern with numerous teachers such as Rod Scott, Phil Black, Arleigh Peterson, Frank Hatchett, Jo Jo Smith, and many others in the U.S., and in Canada with Eva Von Gensey, Suzanne Toumine, Elsie Solomon, Hugo Romero, and countless others. Don has studied various styles and techniques which have enabled him to perform in vehicles from Television, Film, Night Club and Cabaret, to the Concert Stage. Along with his dance studies, Don studied acting and voice which made him known as a triple threat in the performing world.
Don has worked with The Cole Harrison Dance Company in Washington D.C. as a soloist and choreographer, as well as guest performer and choreographer for The Beaumont Ballet Theatre in Beaumont, Texas. He was lead dancer and vocalist at the Caf’ Conc in the Chateau Champlain Hotel for two years. Don has performed with the Beaumont Ballet Theater in Texas, The Cole Harrison Dance Company in Washington D.C., and has been Guest Artist for numerous companies and productions. He has run the full gamut of the dance world, which is reflected in his unique choreographic style. Don was the Co-Founder and Co- Artistic Director of the Dance Factory Inc. in Montreal for sixteen years.
Don became the first Afro-Canadian performer in Quebec to be a regular on a weekly television show. At the age of fifteen he was the lead dancer for C.F.C.F. TV’s “Like Young Show” for seven years, and Radio Canada’s “Fleur D’amour, Fleur D’Amitiés”, followed by countless television specials and galas. Don has choreographed for television commercials and video clips as well as productions such as “Les Prix Gemeaux”, “Diva”, “Student Bodies”, and C.B.S.’s “Starting From Scratch”. Some of his choreographic film credits include “2001, A Space Travesty” with Leslie Neilson, and MTV’s “Love Song” starring Monica. Don has also choreographed many theatrical productions throughout Canada and the U.S, as well as for industrial and production shows in Europe for the Canadian, Italian, and German Governments. As an accomplished actor, Don has been seen in over 80 film and television series, and was The artistic director of The Black Theater Workshop for the 1987 / 88 seasons.
His vocal accomplishments have enabled him to perform in many Musical Theater productions, as lead guest vocalist in Gospel choirs, on television, and have performed on three separate occasions a the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Don was the recipient of the 2010 Black History Award for achievement in the arts issued by the City of Montreal and The Round Table of Black History Month. In January 2018 Don received The Dr Martin Luther King Jr Achievement Award for his accomplishments in the arts throughout Canada and abroad, and in May of 2018 received the prestigious Actra Award of Excellence.
Cassel has been dancing since he learned how to walk. As a child in Jamaica the headmistress would have him make up and perform dances in her living room. In Canada, Cassel would produce shows in his garage for the neighbourhood kids and parents. He was part of the inaugural class of Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Performing Arts Programin Mississauga then graduated into Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Program in Oakville. While at Sheridan he experienced his first professional opportunity as a lead dancer in Canada’s Wonderland’s The Best of Broadway.
Cassel left Sheridan College after being invited to join Maurice Hines’ Balletap U.S.A Company in New York City.Returning to Canada he went on to dance with Judith Marcuse’s Repertory Dance Company of Canada, Les Balletsjazz de Montreal and The National Tap Dance Company of Canada before moving into musical theatre. Many musical productions followed highlighted by his critically acclaimed featured role as ‘Mr. Bojangles’ in the U.S. National Tour of Fosse directed and choreographed by Ann Reinking.
Though he had choreographed for Young People’s Theatre, The Limelight Dinner Theatre, The Shaw Festival as well as numerous television commercials, it was his Dora Award nominated performance as ‘Belize’ in the Canadian Stage Production of Angels in America: Parts I and II, that sparkedhis passion for acting. Once that connection was made, choreography became so much more.
Cassel currently teaches drama to children through Bottletree Productions’ “Stage Right” classes and recently choreographed his first show with/for children: The Lion King Jr. Also through Bottletree, he is co-creating, along with writer, Charles Robertson and producer, Anne-Marie Mortenson, a one-person show about the life of a little-known African-Canadian hero named Josiah Henson. Look for that production of Josiah Henson: From Slave to Saviour in the Spring of 2019.
Loes Ruizeveld is a graduate of the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has also earned diplomas in Ballet and Modern dance from the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich, Germany. In Germany, Loes Ruizeveld performed with the Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich , as well as in Chemnitz and Augsburg.Returning back to the Netherlands Loes performed independently in co-productions with the National Ballet and collaborated with many other artist/choreographers including Paul S Norton, Shuzaku, Piet Rogie, Truus Bronkhorst and Gerard Mosterd.
Ruizeveld has performed at many dance festivals throughout the Netherlands, as well as the Ukraine, Moscow, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Morocco.
As a choreographer, Loes has collaborated frequently with renowned fashion designer Said Mahrouf for several projects/events. Enjoying the exchange of ideas across artistic milieus Loes has choreographed for and with other professional dancers as well as actors throughout her career
Loes Ruizeveld has worked extensively with Teatro Pavana; a renowned street theatre group in Amsterdam, which is internationally acclaimed for its inventive stilt walking/ dance performances. She gives regular workshops for Les Transporteurs de Reves (The Dream Circus) a theatrical circus company based in Quebec, and brings her unique creativity and magic to the art of stilt walking in Festivals throughout Quebec and Europe.
Since moving to Canada in 2011, she has focused on research of dance improvisation/ creative movement and authentic movement. Currently she shares her knowledge of ballet and contemporary dance as a teacher and award –winning choreographer at the School of Ballet Ouest, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.