WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT KATHERINE SEMCHUK WILL BE A GWDC GUEST INSTRUCTOR THIS MONTH
Join Katherine Semchuk via ZOOM on:
Tuesday, July 21 @ 10:30 – 11:30am
Friday, July 24 @ 10:30 – 11:30am
Tuesday, July 28 @ 10:30 – 11:30am
Friday, July 31 @ 10:30 – 11:30am
for a one-hour contemporary dance class modified to fit in your living room
Digital times call for digital measures. Along with the rest of the world, I am in the process of investigating what a dance practice means and how it subsists through a screen with others. The class structure that I will be exploring will include a warm-up through breathwork, shaking, and circle-based improvisations and explorations placing spatial and dynamic parameters on movement. Throughout the class there will be an emphasis on participant’s autonomy as the external viewing and witnessing of others will be encouraged as much as the internal tracking of our own experiences.
Katherine is a dance-based collaborator, performer and instructor currently based in Toronto. Originally from Edmonton, AB, she developed a passion for contemporary dance at Victoria School of the Arts and went on to attend The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. There, she had the privilege of working with many artists including Kate Alton, Peggy Baker, Robert Desrosiers, and James Kudelka. Her appetite for continued professional development has brought her to PART’s Summer School in Brussels, and intensives with Company 605 and Radical System Art in Vancouver. Katherine has been working in both Toronto and Alberta with Good Women Dance Collective (GWDC), Kaeja D’dance, Kylie Thompson Dance, Meghann Michalsky, Mile Zero Dance, Nostos Collectives, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Sasha Ivanochko, and Naishi Wang. Most recently, she has performed at Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival, New Dance Horizon’s Stream of Dance, Dance Ontario DanceWeekend, Dance: Made in Canada, and Art Gallery of Ontario’s All Hours. Her teaching endeavours have taken her into studios, company classes, and high school programs across the country where she has had the pleasure of leading workshops, choreographic processes, and professional development for both dancers and educators. She has taught classes for Ballet Edmonton, Nostos Collectives, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, The University of Alberta, Edmonton Public School Board, and YYC Contemporary Training. Through danceED Movement Project, she has facilitated dance-focused artist-in-residency programs in elementary and junior high schools across Edmonton and Toronto. Katherine is currently on faculty at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and is the movement and dance coach for the figure skaters at Canadian Ice Academy.
Photo credit: Maxim Bortnowski Photography