Technique Tuesdays

Weekly Technique Class for Experienced Dancers
Tuesdays 12:15-1:30pm on Zoom

Photos clockwise: Hannah Elias by BeanBot Photography, Patricia Vasconcellos by Jason Sunio, Jim Han by Jesse Craig, Abbey Richens by Natasha Smith.

A class for experienced dancers to train with professional teachers in a variety of dance styles. Keep your body in tune and learn about dance culture and history with a weekly technique class taught by an expert in their field. You do not need to have training in the style being offered, however it will be assumed that students have advanced-level movement skills and body awareness. Join other experienced movers and learn something new! The classes will be hosted on Zoom each Tuesday from 12:15-1:30pm.

For the month of March, each class is just $5. Sign up for all 5 classes for just $25! Payments are accepted by e-transfer, please fill out this form to register We do not want to exclude anyone, if you want to participate and this fee is beyond your means, please reach out.

We’re looking for more teachers! Send us a description of your work and the class you would like to teach at 


DateClass – see descriptions & bios below
March 2Webinar: Zoom essentials for dance teachers
with Kelly Hajar & Jennifer Hiltz
March 9Intro to Flamenco
with Patricia Vasconcellos
March 16Limon/Graham/Improv Modern Mash-up
with Abbey Richens
March 23Hip Hop Culture & Technique
with Jim Han
March 30Improvisation: Basic Techniques
with Hannah Goldberg

March 2 – Webinar: Zoom for Dance Teachers

Learn the basics of teaching dance online from professional teachers and studio owners Kelly Hajar of North London Dance Centre and Jennifer Hiltz of Belle Pointe Dance & Movement Company. Kelly and Jennifer will give you an overview of good practices and then take questions from participants. 

Kelly Hajar is the owner of North London Dance Centre, currently celebrating it’s 23rd year, and a member of the Centre of Movement Arts’ Board of Directors. She has been involved in dance for more than 30 years, and graduated from the Intensive Training Program at Maritime Dance Academy in Nova Scotia. An avid performer and choreographer, she has created more than 20 original commissioned works during her career, and was the recipient of the prestigious Pat Richard’s Choreographic Award at the age of 20. Kelly also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, and is a mother of three.

Jennifer Hiltz is a graduate of the Fine Arts Faculty of York University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Art with Honours in Dance and is the owner and Artistic Director of Belle Pointe Dance & Movement Company. Jennifer has studied the art of dance from a very early age and has earned various accreditation and awards from York University, the Royal Academy of Dance, the British Association of Teachers in Dancing, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the National Ballet of Canada. Jennifer is also, a registered member of the Royal Academy of Dance, The British Association of Teachers of Dancing, ADAPT dance Syllabus, a registered AcroDance Instructor, and the director of the Little Theatre Company.

March 9 – Intro to Flamenco with Patricia Vasconcellos

• Introductory Flamenco lesson with basic movements for practice
• Trial of dance steps (Passeo) and basic footwork (Taconeo), arm (Braceo) and  wrist (Floreo) basic movements 
• Trial of Body Posture in Flamenco Dance through a Folkloric Flamenco  Rhythm

At 17 years old, she started to study Spanish Dance with the choreographer and  Flamenco Dancer, Mrs. Suzane Travassos, at Casa Azul Academy. Later, she studied  with the Flamenco Mrs. Izabel Moratti, at Espaco Darma School, Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil. In 2009, Patricia moved to Brasilia, Federal District, and continued her  studies with the Flamenco dancer, Mrs. Patricia Weingrill at Studio de Danca  Capricho Espanhol. In 2010, she started studying tap flamenco technique, castanets, and Bata de Cola with choreographer and dancer Mr. Danny Souza. She joined the Claude Debussy Centre of Dance and Arts where performed and studied Flamenco Culture for 6 years. In 2017, Patricia moved to London, Ontario, Canada, and in  2019, she opened FLAMENCO DEL SUR DANCE STUDIO and started to bring the Flamenco culture and flamenco style (instruments, accessories, and tap) to London. She performed at the London Dance Festival and many other events in London and has been teaching Flamenco Rhythm to musicians and Flamenco Dance to students.

March 16 – Limon/Graham/Improv Modern Mash-up with Abbey Richens

Photo by Natasha Smith

Abbey’s class will be a Limon-improv-Graham mash-up, from her experience she will be leading a short Graham-inspired floor work section, some Limon exercises that explore weight and gravity across the floor, and ending class with a guided improvisation. Bring water, danceable clothes, and yourself (in whatever space you are in, this class can be done from a teeny tiny apartment or a larger space!!)

Abbey Richens is an emerging dance artist currently in her second year of a BFA in dance (focusing on choreography and performance) at York University. She is a curator and co-founder of @themeaningfulmovement on Instagram (her emerging organization- a virtual arts collective!) Abbey’s goals are to pursue a career in performance, teaching, and choreographing. Abbey values accessibility in dance education and wants to continue sharing her passion for dance. 

March 30 – Improvisation: Basic Techniques with Hannah Elias

The class will focus on body and space awareness, finding your edge, and feeling into your authentic movement.

Photo: Hannah Elias by BeanBot Photography

Hannah Elias is a professional contemporary movement artist from London, ON. She has trained and performed both nationally and internationally, including professional contemporary and classical dance training through the Leggere Strutture Art Factory International in Bologna, Italy (2015-2016) and the Disha Dance International Dance Gathering (Cochin, India; 2017). Hannah performed and trained with Dasein Dance Theatre (London, ON; 2011-15) and danced professionally with Compagnia Balafori (Milan, Italy; 2016). Back home in London, Hannah teaches guest workshops at schools and studios across southwestern Ontario, choreographs for several schools and theatre companies within London (Original Kids Theatre Company; Musical Theatre Productions), and is the founder and co-artistic director of the multidisciplinary artist collective Public Displays of Art.