Explore your creativity and wellness with group classes in Flamenco, Ballet, Contemporary, Painting, Acting for Film and TV, Improv, Music, and more!

DANCE

Beginner Ballet

Learn the foundations of ballet technique. Improve strength and flexibility, and learn exercises for good posture, turnout, and proper positioning for arms and feet.

6 weeks I Cost: $126

Instructor: Heather Dunn
Mondays, 12pm-1pm
May 17 – June 28 (no class on May 24) 

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Open Advanced Ballet

The advanced ballet workshop is geared to help experienced dancers maintain and develop their strong ballet technique. Students will focus on strengthening the core, working on musicality, breath and lengthening of the muscles – while also exploring the freedom of movement and the dancer’s unique sense of artistry.

6 weeks I Cost: $126

Instructor: Heather Dunn
Mondays, 11am-12pm
Session 2: May 17 – June 28 (no class on May 24) 

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Open Contemporary

Contemporary dance fuses jazz, ballet and modern techniques with elements of improvisation and creative movement. In this open-level workshop, dancers will explore how to express themselves freely and learn new choreography.

6 weeks I Cost: $126

Instructor: Haleigh Eady
Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm
Session: May 19 – June 23, 2021

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Flamenco for Beginners

Join Carmen Romero, Canada’s leading flamenco dance artist, in this exciting 6-week workshop. Learn the foundations of flamenco footwork, arm coordination and ‘floreo’ hand movements, resulting in a short fiery routine called “Por Tangos” that incorporates newfound skills!

Required shoes: flamenco or character shoes with a hard sole (not suede)

6 weeks I Cost: $126

Instructor: Carmen Romero
Fridays, 6:45pm-7:45pm
May 14 – June 18, 2021

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Flamenco with Experience

Further develop your footwork skills with more complex rhythms. The focus will be on the Bulerias – a dance that is both powerful and playful at the same time. This workshop designed to increase your coordination, speed and understanding of rhythm.

Required shoes: flamenco or character shoes with a hard sole (not suede)

6 weeks I Cost: $156

Instructor: Carmen Romero
Fridays, 8pm-9:15pm
May 14 – June 18, 2021

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Yoga Stretch & Movement
(Ages 18+) or (Ages 55+)

A workshop structured specifically for those looking to increase mobility and movement throughout the body. Find a sense of balance and strength, learn to centre your breathing, and move through poses and stretches. Perfect class for those rehabilitating from an injury or those looking for a gentle workout.

6 weeks I Cost: $126

Instructor: Denise van Es
Thursdays, 11am-12pm (55+) or 12pm-1pm (18+)
Session: May 13 – June 17, 2021

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THEATRE

Acting for Film and TV

As Hamilton continues to put itself on the map as a hotspot for TV and film production, study the skills that could get you working on screen locally and beyond. Work in front of the camera with a variety of scripts as you study text analysis and learn tips for self-tape and Zoom auditions.

Please note: This class will begin online and move to in-person as provincial and regional regulations allow. 

6 weeks I Cost: $265

Instructor: Amos Crawley
Tuesdays, 5pm-7pm
May 4 – June 8, 2021

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Intro to Improv

Would you like to be more present, spontaneous, and confident – on stage, screen, work, or at social gatherings? Improvisation is a fun and powerful tool for actors and storytellers of all ages. This workshop will provide a playful and supportive environment that allows each participant to discover performance freedom, tell stories, and have fun! For ages 16+.

6 weeks I Cost: $195

Instructor: Kristian Reimer
Mondays, 8:15pm-9:45pm
May 17 – June 28, 2021 (no class on May 24) 

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Unleash Your Creativity

Creativity is usually regarded as a mysterious, rare gift that few possess. But the truth is anything but mysterious: it’s about finding a process that works for you.

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to unblock, we’ll look at practical methods to help you unleash your creativity to put it to practical use. Classes will consist of a mix of on your feet activities and reflections.

Participants will be asked to develop a project of their choosing throughout the class, with the focus being on process rather than results.  Each week steps will be taken to help see the project through to completion. While this class will be aimed at storytellers (written word, oral, songwriters, video creators) all people looking to explore their creativity are welcome to join. 

6 weeks I Cost: $250

Instructor: Luke Brown
Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm
May 18 – June 22, 2021

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MUSIC

Beginner Violin

In a small supportive group, learn the fundamentals of violin playing with an emphasis on correct positioning and bowing, sound production, and basic rudiments. Participants who do not have a violin and bow will be provided with a rental at an additional fee.

6 weeks I Cost: $175; optional violin rental: $45

6 weeks I Cost: $175; optional violin rental: $45

Instructor: Helen Hong
Mondays, 7pm-8pm
May 17 – June 28 (no class on May 24) 

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HCA also offers private music lessons for adults in a variety of instruments. Please visit our Music Department page for more details.

VISUAL ARTS

From Drawing to Watercolour

In this workshop, students will learn how to draw the human figure and translate these drawings into watercolour paintings. The first half of the program will focus on pencil drawings in order to construct a solid foundation for painting technique. During the second half of the workshop, students will paint with watercolours using concepts of abstract painting. Each student will be encouraged to explore their own personal style.

Q: Do I need to know how to draw or any experience to take this course?

A: Not at all, if you don’t have any experience you will learn the basics and get to know techniques to paint in watercolours and have fun doing it. And if you already know how to draw or have experience with watercolours, you will have more tools to improve your art.

6 weeks I Cost: $205

Instructor: Richard Rivera
Saturdays, 10am-12pm
May 15 – June 26, 2021 (no class May 22)

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Classical Realism:
Secrets of the Old Masters

Designed for beginner and intermediate artists, this workshop will provide students an understanding of how oil painting technique was developed in Old Masters schools throughout Western Europe. Examine and learn to use the techniques of Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Participants will look at how ‘realistic image’ has been developed through the post-impressionist era.

8 weeks I Cost: $275. Supplementary materials required

Instructor: Alexander Dzyubko
Sundays, 11am-1pm
May 16 – July 11, 2021 (no class May 23) 

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Feedback Exchange:
Monthly Crit Night

Critiques are a great opportunity to bring different perspectives to any artist’s practice. In this ongoing monthly series, artists and practicing creatives who seek open exchange and feedback on visual projects can join constructive conversations to enlighten and expand artistic horizons. These nights provide the opportunity to meet with others in the community to discuss ideas, completed works or works in progress, and receive feedback in a supportive environment.

Once a Month I Cost: $25 per session

Facilitator: Melissa Star Charles
2nd Friday of every month, 7pm-9pm
Upcoming sessions: May 14, June 11

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Material Exploration: Textile Collage

Textiles are defined by any material made of interlacing fibres. In this workshop, participants will explore and experiment with different types of textiles each week. All will learn how to illustrate a fabric collage using fabric, felt, thread and custom-made texture. Hand-sewing knowledge is an asset, but not a necessity.

Participants are encouraged to bring: personal photos that can be used for photo transfer

6 weeks I Cost: $225

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Instructor: Melissa Star Charles
Mondays, 5-7pm
May 3 – June 14, 2021 (no class May 24) 

“HCA is like a home away from home. A place to pursue your creative passion with amazing instructors and likeminded students.”
“The HCA is like a second home to me! I’ve been part of the HCA family first as a young dancer, and now well into my professional singing career. The teachers/coaches/mentors at HCA are easily the best in the GTA and they provide you with knowledge, training and support you need when going into the Fine Arts world as a young professional. I wouldn’t have wanted to train and perfect my craft anywhere else!”
“The Hamilton Conservatory is a really special place in our family. It’s a non-competitive environment where children’s love for dance, theatre, music, and arts are cultivated. We have met so many families and formed special friendships over the years because of HCA.”
“My daughters took their first dance steps at HCA and their first music classes here and have had amazing learning experiences in classes and at recitals. From the incredible level of instruction to the organization and professionalism of the administration, HCA is such a wonderful and special place for children of all ages to develop their artistic abilities. It really feels like home!”
“HCA has been a home to me for a decade. All the camps, classes, and programs have  formed my passion for the arts. Through this incredible place, I’ve formed friendships and memories that will last forever.  Everything that I’ve learned from the amazing teachers and staff members have shaped me and my passion for the arts. Thank you HCA for being my family.” 

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