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PROGRAM

GYD Spring School Show, May 14th, 2024

Choreography for these dances were created by either the teacher or in the case of all the composition classes- by the students themselves!  We hope you enjoy the show. 

GYD Company Ballet

Teacher/Choreographer: Tara Butler

Dancers: Jillian Alac, Sasha Baldwin, Zoey Browne, Kanchani Karunaratne, Ruby Keegan, Audrey Lawson, Chloe LeBlanc, Molly Linder, Audrey Richardson, Maddy Major McRonald, Iris Moers, Kate Thompson, Kira Thompson, Katy Thomson-Bayne, Maia Schneider-Fields, Quinn Stewart, Maren Wegner, Audrey Withers, Kaiya Wohlgemut

Music: Morpheus- Cello concerto-by- Oliver Davis

Ballet 6-8 (Tuesday) 

Teacher/Choreographer: Kelly Steadman

Dancers: Aubrey Armstrong, Maryanne Atkinson, Ora Case, Anaève Duffield, Iris Greenland, Willow Johnson, Penny Kerrigan, Eea Landry, Ellie Scott, Eldon Legeza-Stewart, Ardra Nair, Lucy Napier, Nell Ross, Freya Wegner, Maureen White, Lilah Yochim

Music: Sunflower by: Vitamin String Quartet, feat. ThatViolaKid

Assistant: Alexandra de Jong, Emelia Gillespie, Maia Schneider-Fields 

Contemporary 9-10 (Thursday)

Twisted Moon

Dancers developed this around the idea of good dreams and nightmares. As the choreography evolved, the distinction often blurred.

Teacher: Meredith Blackmore

Dancers/Choreographers: Maëlle Atkinson, Emma de Jong, Valerie Eckert, Georgia Giberson, Charlotte Gouws, Mila Lewis, Ayla Prieur, Audrey Ribeiro, Grace Snell, Maeve Mathany, Evelyn Weinstein

Music: Tuur mang Welten by Niklas Paschburg

Ballet 6-8 (Saturday)

Teacher/Choreographer: Meredith Woodley

Dancers: Hadley Barson, Elliott Hicks-Muller, Clara Haley, Elisa Gomez-Goertz, Camille Perras, Aria Read, Lyris Royer, Caera Thomson

Music: Tchaikovsky – The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Aurora’s Wedding: Act III, No. 10. Bluebird pas de deux (Adagio)

Teacher Assistant: Hilah Watson

Contemporary 9-10 (Friday)

Pathways

The process behind Pathways first started with responding to music through drawing lines. The dancers put this into their bodies and space, exploring the different pathways of the lines. This inspired the exploration of pathways in nature, including above and below the earth and how they interconnect. 

Teacher: Haley Dimeck

Dancers/Choreographers: Sequoia Baskin, Isla Brewster, Jonny Bridle, Zayla Charlebois, Emelia Ducharme, Esmé Landry, Naya Read, Adia Ross, Maddy Thomson-Bayne, Rosy Tonizzo, Astrid Tribe-Core, Skye Watson

Music: First Song: Starwood Choker, Bing & Ruth Second Song: Come Live With Me, Dorothy Ashby

Apprentice Ballet

Teacher/Choreographer: Kelly Steadman

Dancers: Maëlle Atkinson, Olivia Dube-Goss, Charlotte Gouws, Audrey Keller, Mila Lewis, Anna Mathany, Maeve Mathany, Ayla Prieur, Audrey Ribeiro, Samantha Ribeiro, Adia Ross, Grace Snell, Arwen Stephens, Maelle Stephenson, Maddy Thomson-Bayne, Skye Watson

Music: Bluebird by: Alexis Ffrench

Rehearsal Assistant: Ruby Keegan, Kira Thompson

Young Company Ballet

Teacher/Choreographer: Tara Butler

Dancers: Alvy Cope, Olivia Crawford, Alexandra de Jong, Taylor Grace GillOrme, Claire Gomes, Olivia Gomes, Hazel Lawr, Stefania Lytvynova, Ava Martin, Ayana Morton, Ella Osborne, Sarah Snell, Abigail Turner-Steffer, Talia Vigers, Hilah Watson

Music: Skating – Vince Guaraldi trio

Hip Hop 6-8 

Teacher/Choreographer: Rebecca May

Dancers: Maryanne Atkinson, Rose Cetkin, Andi Forbes, Ellie Forbes, Ella Gilmore, Molly Goodridge, Eea Landry, Evely Morrison, Aria Van Driel, Margot Vartanian

Music: Hip Hop 6-8 years_Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Get Yo Body Movin

Apprentice Company

Petit Papillon

While making this piece we wanted to capture the essence of growth and decay through the movement of contemporary dance and the symbolism of metamorphosis within the butterfly costumes. Naming the piece something that sparks creativity and joy in the apprentice dancers was something very important to us as there are a few moments where the dancers had a chance to integrate some of their own personal choreography. “Petit Papillon” is French for “little butterfly” which to us is a symbol of self growth, friendship and the end of our time at GYD. We have been dancing together at GYD for the past 9 years and we wanted to integrate aspects of dance from each of our dance role models, Janet, Kelly, Catrina, and past dancers we’ve looked up to. Having the chance to work with the Apprentice Company was all that we could have imagined and more. Working with younger dancers was extremely insightful and helped us see dance from a new perspective. We are eternally grateful for this experience. xo xo Ruby and Kira

Choreographers: Ruby Keegan and Kira Thompson

Dancers: Maëlle Atkinson, Olivia Dube-Goss, Charlotte Gouws, Audrey Keller, Mila Lewis, Anna Mathany, Maeve Mathany, Ayla Prieur, Audrey Ribeiro, Samantha Ribeiro, Adia Ross, Grace Snell, Arwen Stephens, Maelle Stephenson, Maddy Thomson-Bayne, Skye Watson

Music: where is my mind by Maxence Cyrin 

Contemporary 7-8 and Contemporary 6-8 

Where land meets water and water meets land

The Contemporary 7-8  dancers have created a dance that explores land and the things that live on land. The contemporary 6-8 dancers have created a piece that explores water and the things that live in the water. There is a beautiful improvised moment during that dance where land meets water and water meets land.

Music: Jeffery Wilson (Live)

Teacher: Leslie Fisher

Land – Contemporary 7-8 

Dancers/Choreographers: Maryanne Atkinson, Robin Deane, Evelyn Foster, Winston Fullerton-Pel, Iris Greenland, Wallace Grieves, Willow Johnson, Mya Kelly, Maya Krompholc, Eea Landry, Neve Roman, Ellie Scott, Annie Walters

Teacher Assistant: Emilie Gillespie

Water – Contemporary 6-8 

Dancers/Choreographers: Devon Baber, Amelia Campbell, Julia de Boer, Malcolm Fiddes, Elena Gohm, Elisa Gomez-Goertz, Elliott Hicks-Muller, Hannah McNeill, Camille Perras, Karina Picken, Aria Read, Huxley Salt, Caera Thomson, Freya Wegner

Teacher Assistant: Taylor Grace GillOrme

Hip Hop 9-11

Teacher/Choreographer: Rebecca May

Dancers: Maëlle Atkinson, Noah Borges, Willow Brodie, River Craig, Emma de Jong, Josie Evans, Kumba Everitt, Bébhinn Fraser, Meredith Kent, Juniper Khagram, Karen Kissill, Esmé Landry, Beatrice McMurtry, Finnley Major McRonald, Polina Nakonechna, Olivia Osborne, Moira Percy, Arwen Stephens, Maddy Thomson-Bayne, 

Music: FinalCut_Banx & Ranx, Rêve – Headphones 

Ballet 9-11

Teacher/Choreographer: Tara Butler

Dancers: Willow Brodie, Nadège Duffield, Mila Giddings, Payton Groenendyk, Claire Kowacz, Mackenzie Mitchell

Music: Spiral for Violin, piano, cello- by Oliver Davis

Teacher Assistant: Audrey Lawson

Jazz 6-8 and 9-11 (combined)

Teacher/Choreographer: Kelly Steadman

Dancers: Maëlle Atkinson, Maryanne Atkinson, Robin Deane, Emma de Jong, Gilda Dermer-Collins, Josie Evans, Tanis Gray Bedard, Claire Gomes, Charlotte Havercroft, Karen Kissill, Eea Landry, Esmé Landry, Violet Lyon, Chloe Mackenzie, Mackenzie Mader Leblanc, Beatrice McMurtry, Isabel McNeill, Olivia Osborne, Grace Snell, Maddy Thomson-Bayne, Freya Wegner, Alondra Zwingli

Music: I Love Me by: Meghan Trainor

Teacher Assistant: Ava Martin

Hip Hop 12-15

Teacher/Choreographer: Rebecca May

Dancers: Taylor Grace GillOrme, Sh’aura Leggett, Taia McKeown, Taylor Wright

Music: Paul Russell – Lil Boo Thang 

 

INTERMISSION

 Contemporary 11-12

Testing Comfort Zones

This process began with the dancers exploring the concept of wrapping and escaping, as if sensing the uncomfortable feeling of a toxic environment. The opposite was then explored; creating movement based on comfort zones. With conversation around different types of relationships, including to our environment, the dancers express the twists and turns which are part of learning how to safely venture outside of your comfort zone. 

Teacher: Haley Dimeck

Dancers/Choreographers: Lauren Alaan, Quinn Barton, Alvy Cope, Olivia Dube-Goss, Claire Gomes, Olivia Gomes, Audrey Keller, Hazel Lawr, Stefania Lytvynova, Anna Mathany, Ayana Morton, Ella Osborne, Samantha Ribeiro, Sarah Snell, Arwen Stephen, Maelle Stephenson, Talia Vigers

Music: Harp On, Man in Shed

Contemporary 13-14

It Was a Nice Party

Enjoy the party! Working with the theme of communication, the dancers made phrases, then taught them to each other. The dancers wanted this choreography to be “one piece, all together, with as many people on stage at a time”. You will also see phrases made primarily of gestures. We worked on communicating with each other as well as with the audience. I, as the teacher, brought them tasks and ideas to work with and they did all the generating of phrases and ideas about where and when things happen. We hope you enjoy it!  Thank you to the dancers who inspire me each class. I am honoured to teach such a joyful, intelligent group.

Teacher: Katie Ewald

Dancers/Choreographers: Jillian Alac, Kylie Bedford, Olivia Crawford, Alexandra de Jong, Taylor Grace GillOrme, Audrey Lawson, Molly Linder, Maddy Major McRonald, Ava Martin, Ivana Sambhwani, Maia Schneider-Fields, Quinn Stewart, Kate Thompson, Abigail Turner-Steffer, Hilah Watson, Maren Wegner, Audrey Withers

Music: Long Live by Taylor Swift

Contemporary 15 and up

All Together

Working with the theme of communication, the dancers made phrases collaboratively in small groups, as well as an improvisational score designed by one of the groups.  You will see a very long phrase made primarily of gestures, inspired by German choreographer Pina Bausch’s work. In this we are working on deep listening to create unison. I, as the teacher, brought them tasks and ideas to work with and they did all the generating of phrases and ideas about where and when things happen. We hope you enjoy. This group is an incredible honour to teach! Thank you dancers – and much love to the two grads!

Teacher: Katie Ewald

Dancers/Choreographers: Sasha Baldwin, Zoey Browne, Kanchani Karunaratne, Ruby Keegan, Chloe LeBlanc, Iris Moers, Audrey Richardson, Kira Thompson, Katy Thomson-Bayne, Kaiya Wohlgemut

Music:  Sunlight by Hozier and Evermore by Taylor Swift, featuring Bon Iver, poetry by Alok

Young Company

Let Me Take You for a Walk

Choreographer: Kelly Steadman

Dancers: Alvy Cope, Olivia Crawford, Alexandra de Jong, Taylor Grace GillOrme, Claire Gomes, Olivia Gomes, Hazel Lawr, Stefania Lytvynova, Ava Martin, Ayana Morton, Ella Osborne, Sarah Snell, Abigail Turner-Steffer, Talia Vigers, Hilah Watson

Music: Let Me Take You for a Walk by: Rikard From

Rehearsal Assistant: Haley Dimeck

Graduation Dance

September 10th, 2010

The title of our duet is reflective of the beginning of our friendship. We became inseparable on the first day of kindergarten. We’ve been looking forward to this moment since we began dancing at GYD. This duet is the calumniation of our friendship and dance experience as we transition to a new chapter in our lives. In making this duet we wanted to capture the essence of our friendship as we grew up together. Best friends does not begin to describe our relationship, it is much more than that. It is a home.    

We want to thank Janet, Leslie, Kelly, and Catrina for making the past 9 years unforgettable. 

Choreographer: Megan O’Donnell

Dancers: Ruby Keegan, Kira Thompson

Music:  To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra and Patrick Watson.

Jazz 14 and up

Choreographer: Kelly Steadman

Dancers: Jillian Alac, Sasha Baldwin, Zoey Browne, Penny Jamieson, Kanchani Karunaratne, Ruby Keegan, Audrey Lawson, Chloe LeBlanc, Maddy Major McRonald, Iris Moers, Auguste Moore, Audrey Richardson, Maia Schneider-Fields, Quinn Stewart, Kate Thompson, Kira Thompson, Katy Thomson-Bayne, Audrey Withers, Kaiya Wohlgemut

Music: Eye of the Tiger by: Survivor and Thunderstruck by: ACDC

Jazz 12-14

Choreographer: Kelly Steadman

Dancers: Marlena Alles, Laila Cockburn, Alvy Cope, Alexandra de Jong, Taylor Grace GillOrme, Aveline Gray Bedard, Chloe Griffin, Hazel Lawr, Stefania Lytvynova, Ava Martin, Ayana Morton, Ella Osborne, Ivana Sambhwani, Sarah Snell, Talia Vigers,Hilah Watson, Taylor Wright, Maia Zwingli

Music: Shake It Off (Taylor’s Version) by: Taylor Swift

GYD Company

Departure

Choreographer: Julia Garlisi

Dancers: Jillian Alac, Sasha Baldwin, Zoey Browne, Kanchani Karunaratne, Ruby Keegan, Audrey Lawson, Chloe LeBlanc, Molly Linder, Audrey Richardson, Maddy Major McRonald, Iris Moers, Kate Thompson, Kira Thompson, Katy Thomson-Bayne, Maia Schneider-Fields, Quinn Stewart, Maren Wegner, Audrey Withers, Kaiya Wohlgemut

Music: Abel Korzeniowski

Rehearsal Assistant: Haley Dimeck

OUR GRADUATES

Ruby Keegan

“Ever since my first performance, as an apprentice company dancer, in the Chrysalis project I fell in love with contemporary dance. I was encouraged by the talent displayed by the older dancers and I felt motivated to work hard to one day be just like them. GYD has taught me many valuable lessons as a contemporary dancer, however my experiences in the company have not been confined to the inside of the studio. My experience at GYD has evoked creativity and inspired personal growth. Dancing in the company has given me a voice to express myself. GYD is unique because it fosters a safe and encouraging environment that stimulates every dancer’s individuality. The space that is created in the companies allows for every person to share their own perspective and to be vulnerable. I want to extend my endless gratitude to the teachers, choreographers and fellow dancers at GYD. Thank you for always inspiring me to be the best version of myself. In my time at GYD I have made life long friendships. I am left with memories to last a lifetime. What I have learned at GYD I will carry with me throughout the next stage in my life, and I believe that it will always be a part of me no matter what. I miss you already GYD!”

Kira Thompson

“I first came to GYD when I fell out of love with figure skating. I always loved performing so when I lost my passion for figure skating I still wanted to continue with it in some way, and dance seemed like the best option. Coming to GYD was the best decision I could have made. The lifelong bonds I’ve made with the other dancers and teachers along with the unique experiences and opportunities that GYD has provided me are things that I will always cherish. Without the unconditional support that GYD has provided me through the teachers, choreographers, and other dancers I would not be the person I am today. I have grown so much and I will be forever grateful for the memories I’ve made with such an amazing group of people. Thank you GYD. “

SUPPORT STAFF

Lighting Design & Sound Technician: River Run Staff

Stage Manager: Leslie Fisher

Poster Design: Gareth Lind

Documentation: Dan Charlebois, BloomMedia

Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful, dedicated and passionate GYD dancers, to their supportive parents, the GYDTP staff, all our guest choreographers, Leslie Fisher, the River Run staff and to our volunteers Laura Armstrong, Azalea Borges, Corina Fields, Emelie Gillespie, Isabel Segal-Grossman, Luka Hazl, Caitlin Mombourquette, Dami Okubote and Meagan Pitts.  We couldn’t have done it without your combined care.

All sales from flowers will go towards the GYD Company’s touring 2024-25.  Thanks kindly for your support.

 

Thank you to our partner Suzuki String School of Guelph