Tuesday June 25-Friday June 28th, 2019, 9:30am-3:30pm
Tuesday July 2nd-Friday July 5th, 2019, 9:30am-5:00pm
We are very excited to be hosting incredible teaching staff Sylvie Desrosiers and Jesse Lhôte from the School of Dance in Ottawa, Michelle Debrouwer, director of Swansea School of Dance and dancer Meghan Bourne from Toronto for this year’s Summer Intensives!
This Intensives are open to all experienced dancers born 2005-2001. Please note that though both weeks are highly recommend for all 2019-2020 company dancers, only the second week is mandatory.
There are a limited number of half day options available. A half day consists of your choice of ANY two classes from Tuesday-Friday (excluding repertoire classes). Please call the office to confirm the half day schedule.
Week I: Tuesday June 25-Friday June 28th, 2019, 9:30am-3:30pm
Conditioning and Ballet with Michelle Debrouwer. Lunch time Wellness Program (nutrition, mental health, physical health mini lunch time workshop), Contemporary Technique and Floorwork with Jesse Lhôte.
Week 2: Tuesday July 2nd-Friday July 5th, 2019, 9:30am-5:00pm
Ballet with Meghan Bourne, Contemporary Technique and Repertoire with Sylvie Desrosiers.
Contemporary technique and Repertoire with Sylvie Desrosiers and Jesse Lhôte
These technique classes focus on body and limb alignment, the strength of the center, body weight and suspension, freedom of articulation, overall flexibility and strength, and musicality. Classes culminate in longer combinations: turning, jumping, and moving through space. Exploring Boneham and Limón principles (drop and recovery, bounces and suspensions, use of weight and momentum) the class also evolves into renewed contemporary movement applications.
In week 2, Sylvie will then be creating a new GYD Company group piece that will be developed further in the fall and become one of the companies’ repertoire pieces for the 2019/2020 season.
Floorwork with Jesse Lhôte
In these classes the dancer explores the relationship of the body with the floor. The dancer will develop the abilities to move in and out of the floor with ease and fluidity by understanding and using with efficiency the skeletal structure, movement initiation, centering, core and weight. The dancer will learn simple to more complex movement patterns using breath, speed, coordination and energy exploring space and gravity.
Ballet technique class is the foundation for training and it widens the range of motion and refines the physical actions of the dancer. Daily class will focus on the following: understanding correct body placement, growing more awareness of alignment, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body (epaulement) and the use of arms and increasing strength and flexibility.
Sylvie Desrosiers, B.A.V., C, Sc. Ed.
It is under Peter Boneham’s direction at Le Groupe Dance Lab that Sylvie trained and started her career as a choreographer and a teacher. She eventually directed Le Groupe’s dance school from 1991 to 1993. In the fall of 1994 she joined The School of Dance to establish The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Programme. She is director of the Programme, teaches modern dance technique, composition, and is a resident choreographer. Sylvie has extensive experience in the conception and the delivery of dance classes and workshops in schools and universities. As a choreographer Sylvie has presented her work in many Canadian cities including Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Recipient of many creations and production grants and now Artistic Director of DORSALE danse, Sylvie Desrosiers produced the performances TOUT danseand fougue, in which she presented Glace, EpavesandVolte-face. Her full length works include à tire d’aile, Flots and more recently douce tourmentefor dancers Marc Boivin and Heidi Strauss. Sylvie Desrosiers is a founding member of Ottawa Dance Directive/ centre de danse contemporaine and is the 2011 award winner of the Prix pour la création artistique du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec pour la région de l’Outaouais and the 2017 recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council Victor Tolgesy Award.
Jessie Lhôte (Ottawa)
Originally from France, Jessie first studied dance in Montpellier and then pursued her professional training in Canada, graduating from The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Programme in 2014. Since graduating Jessie has worked for a variety of dance companies including Lawless Dance, Mayday, Compagnie ODD, Dorsale danse and Skeels Danse performing in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London (England) and on tour in the province of Québec. An avid learner, Jessie has participated in many workshops in Canada and Europe and was awarded the Momentum Montréal bursary in 2016 and the Transformation bursary in 2017.
Michelle Debrouwer (Toronto)
Michelle De Brouwer was first introduced to formal dance training at the town hall of the farming community in Ridgetown, Ontario. Since jumping into her first ballet class at 3 years of age, Michelle has not stopped dancing.
Michelle has taught dance for over 20 years and is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Degree in Dance. Michelle is a certified teacher with a teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance. She holds an Associate certificate with the Society of Russian Ballet and she is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and achieved her Level A of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
Michelle continues to train and study through workshops in Pre School dance, Ballet, Modern and Body Conditioning taught by master teachers such as Paula Morgan, Diane Millar, Marcia Dale Weary, and Bonnie Papadopoulos, to name a few. Her extra training takes her to the National Ballet School of Canada to intensives throughout North America. Michelle has taught in various dance schools and for the last 19 years is thrilled to be the Founder and Director of her own dance school – Swansea School of Dance.
Meghan Bourne (Toronto)
Meghan Bourne studied at the Quinte Ballet School under the direction of Brain and David Scott. Upon graduation, she headed to the UK to begin her career as a dancer. After five years of touring extensively with English National Ballet and Vienna Festival Ballet, she returned to Canada to focus on a career in teaching. Meghan has been teaching across the GTA for over fifteen years and is currently teaching at Swansea School of Dance and Randolph College for the Performing Arts. She is an affiliate member of the Russian Society of Ballet.