Dance with Kathy
Kathy’s interest in the diversity and expression of the contemporary dance form makes her a highly sought-after teacher in the B.C. dance community. Kathy is an intuitive, experienced teacher who brings energy, humour and compassion to her classes. Trained in both RAD and ISTD Ballet, Kathy holds contemporary dance foundations in Limón, Horton, and Graham technique, as well as a diversity towards a European style of contemporary dance evolution.
Class Level Descriptions
BEGINNER — You are new to dance or new to the particular dance form (two classes per week recommended)
INTERMEDIATE 1 — You have some experience in that dance form or a background in another dance form (two classes per week required)
INTERMEDIATE 2 — You have moderate dance experience; typically a minimum of 3 years (two classes per week required)
ADVANCED 1 — You have a strong background in the technique with a minimum of 5 years experience (generally, a minimum of 2 classes per week expected)
ADVANCED 2/PRE-PROFESSIONAL — You are a trained dancer able to navigate new challenges past base technique
SAOL 1 — You are a low-impact, beginner mover, aged 60+
SAOL 2 — You are a low-impact mover with dance experience, aged 60+
Dance is an art form that exists in the moment — it’s the way we share our art. Whether you are a brave beginner or an advanced dancer, most classes will have the opportunity for performance.
However, performances may look a little different over the next while. We will adjust to variances in the health regulations over the next year. Small but more frequent performance opportunities and outdoor performances may be added. We will collectively decide on comfort and interest level so we are able to share our art and feel safe doing so.
Some classes will include choreography and rehearsals for performance. In some cases, adding a rehearsal block for performance in order to maintain classwork will be an option discussed with the class. Students may opt out of performance, but notice must be given well in advance. Once you have committed to performing, attendance is extremely important!
There are no extra charges for dancers to perform. Dancers will be responsible for their own costume costs, which will be kept to a minimum.
The Third Canvas Dance Company will run as per contract on an individual basis.
1.25-1.5 hrs (Performance opportunity)
From floor to flying! A class of dynamic and organic movement based on the fusion of contemporary Limón, Graham and Horton techniques using weight, path, and space. With care and humour, Kathy will take you through a structured technique class with lots of engaging choreography and movement exploration.
4 levels: Contemporary; Beginner 2; Intermediate; Advanced
OPEN CONTEMPORARY CLASS
An open contemporary dance class with a warm weekend vibe to add to the week’s training, featuring new choreography each week!
Barre class is a combination of the stretching and toning movements of Pilates and yoga, the strengthening and sculpting principles of ballet, and a low-impact cardio workout — small isometric movements target and tone every muscle in your body. No experience necessary!
All levels welcome
1.25-1.5 hrs (Performance opportunity)
Strength, flexibility and grace will lead this ballet technique class as we move through our ballet barre, creative centre practice, strength-building jumps, and classical choreography.
3 Levels: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
With choreographic guidance, follow your movement impulses, leading to discoveries of theme and personal space.
2 Levels: Beginner/Intermediate; Advanced
CONTACT IMPROV (Running in accordance with current health guidelines)
Guidance in the various stages of contact with the floor and your dance partner, exploring weight sharing, and shape sharing through positive and negative space.
1 Level: Intermediate/Advanced
SAOL (The artists formerly known as Rust)
1.25 hr (Performance opportunity)
Saol means life! This fun, contemporary dance-based class is for the 55+ dancer. Begin with gentle floor movement, then move to low-impact contemporary movement and choreography.
2 Levels: Beginner; Intermediate
STRETCH & STRENGTH
This one-hour conditioning class will focus on a variety of strengthening poses from the core out, while opening the body with active and passive stretching. While refocusing the body in proper alignment and sequencing the initiation of movement, this class is a great addition for the dancer’s training, and is supportive for injury rehabilitation.
All levels welcome
Move your body to Hip Hop, Pop, and R&B. This class guides and supports the dancer, combining fitness and fun (moderate cardio). Learn approachable Hip Hop choreography while groovin’ to the best beats! A warm, welcoming, and safe class that is for all shapes and sizes. Open to those with little or no dance experience. Come groove in a class that won’t risk injury and that isn’t pretentious in any way!.
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED CHOREOGRAPHY SERIES
Various choreographers will be scheduled throughout the year to research and develop a new piece with those in that series. Dancers have the privilege of working through additional choreography to enhance their process work and have additional performance opportunities.Dancers must apply for this series (each session is a new cast and application) and are accepted based on level and choreographer’s discretion. Dancers must hold a firm commitment to the project, are expected to have impeccable attendance, hold a professional attitude towards the process, have strong choreography retention, must be prepared for each rehearsal, and be open to various rehearsal styles. This is a sessional course and is not eligible as part of dance class fees. Full payment must be made upon acceptance of application. Visit the Workshops page for more info.
Jazz, samba, pilates, contact improv … Check out the Workshops page for current and upcoming classes.
For more information, please email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org