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July 3-7, 2017,  Monday to Friday,  10:15 am-4:30pm

The Guelph Youth Dance Summer Intensive is open to all dancers born 2003-1998 and is mandatory for all company dancers.

REGISTER,  $220 plus HST

Special guest dance artist, Julia Aplin (http://www.juliaaplin.com/index.html) will teach contemporary technique and will begin a new work on the GYD company. She will return in the 2017-2018 company season to complete the work and therefore this week of creation time will be very important!

Following is the weeks schedule (subject to change)

Schedule: Monday-Wednesday
10:15-11:15 a.m. Pilates with Michelle Debrouwer
11:30-12:45 p.m. Contemporary Technique with Julia Aplin
12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Ballet with Michelle Debrouwer
2:30-4:30 p.m. Rehearsal with Julia Aplin
Schedule: Thursday
10:15-11:15 a.m. Pilates with Michelle Debrouwer
11:30-12:45 p.m. Contemporary Technique with Julia Aplin
12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m. Rehearsal with Michelle Debrouwer
3:30-4:30 p.m. Ballet with Julia Aplin
5-5:30 p.m. Studio showing
Schedule:Friday
10:15-11:15 a.m. Pilates with Michelle Debrouwer
11:30-12:45 p.m. Contemporary Technique with Andrea Downie
12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Ballet with Michelle Debrouwer
2:30-4:30 p.m. TBA

Julia Aplin’s dance career had taken her across artistic boundaries into theatre, music, design and visual art.  Julia has worked with companies such as Tiger Princess Dance Productions, SoulPepper and Company Blonde. With Dusk Dances, she won the 2014 Audience Choice Award for Inner City Sirens Part 2.  Julia has worked with some of Canada’s greatest choreographers including Jean Pierre Pearreault and Louise Bédard and some of our country’s best directors including Leah Cherniak, Albert Schultz, Tanja Jacobs and Chris Abraham.   Julia has rehearsal directed for Marie-Josee Chartier, Serge Bennathan, Mocean Dance and Sylvie Bouchard. She has also been influenced by her work with international choreographers Damien Muñoz (Spain) and Kim Itoh (Japan). Julia was a performer with Dancemakers, under the Artistic Direction of Serge Bennathan for 15 seasons; an experience that inspired and shaped her ever widening view of what dance can be. In 2016, she co-created “The Yellow Wallpaper”, with Anna Chatterton, John Gzowski, Jim Ruxton, Jordana Deveau and Ken McKenzie, premiering at Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton in May 2016.


Michelle Debrower
 was first introduced to formal dance training at the Town Hall of the farming community, Ridgetown, ON. Michelle became a member of the Windsor City Ballet Company and joined the company on both a tour of Italy and Japan. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours B.A. in Dance, cut off her ballet bun and moved to Toronto to continue her dance training at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. In the area of modern contemporary dance, Michelle has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Susan Cash, Pamela Grundy, David Earle, Denise Duric, Janet Johnson, Shannon Cooney, Julia Aplin, Learie McNicols, Michael Sean Marye and Serge Bennethan. Company Blonde was the brainchild of Michelle and since its inception in 1999 she has acted as choreographer, dancer and producer.

Michelle is certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and a Pilates instructor. Michelle is an enthusiastic dance educator teaching in various Schools as well as running her own dance school – Swansea School of Dance – in the west end of Toronto.

Andrea Downie MA (contemporary/creative & repertoire teacher) is the president and a founding member of Healthy Dancer Canada, as well as the director of EnhanceDance. She is a certified teacher of Simonson Technique, and a Level 2 Conditioning-with-Imagery (C-I) Training teacher. She works actively as a guest dance instructor, choreographer and speaker across Canada, enthusiastically sharing her passion for dance with teachers and dancers of all ages, levels and abilities.