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. Ages 16+

8 weeks I Cost:  $168

Instructor: Heather Dunn
Tuesdays, 6:40 – 7:40pm
July 6 – August 24

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Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

This ballet workshop is geared to help more 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. Ages 16+

8 weeks I Cost: $168

Instructor: Heather Dunn
Tuesdays, 7:45 – 8:45pm
Session 2: July 6 – August 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. Ages 18+

8 weeks I Cost: $168

Instructor: Haleigh Eady
Tuesdays, 7:45 – 8:45pm
Session: July 6 – August 24, 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! Ages 18+

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

Please note: This class will be held online.

6 weeks I Cost: $126

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

Registration must be received by 2pm on May 14 to join class that evening. 

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Adult Hip Hop

This course focuses on hip hop technique blended with urban groove and contemporary movement. Enjoy a very positive and high-energy environment to learn, move and get a good workout! Ages 16+

8 weeks I Cost: $168

Instructor: Anton Le
Tuesdays, 6:40pm-7:40pm
July 6 – August 24, 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. Ages 18+

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! Ages 16+

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

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. Ages 18+

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

6 weeks I Cost: $250

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

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MUSIC

Private Music Lessons

HCA 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. Ages 18+

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: $225

Instructor: Richard Rivera
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30pm
July 6 – August 10, 2021

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Material Exploration: Paper Wall Hangings 

In this workshop, we will learn of and incorporate weaving, collage and sculpting techniques using paper as our primary material. Our final result will be an original, hand-made wall hanging! Ages 18+

Participants are encouraged to bring: one long wooden stick/ branch/ broomstick and personal photos that can be used in collage.

6 weeks I Cost: $225

Instructor: Melissa Star Charles
Tuesdays, 5-7pm
July 6 – August 17, 2021 (no class on July 27)

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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. Ages 18+

Once a Month I Cost: $25 per session

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

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“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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