Summer 2020 Virtual Camp Programs

HCA is excited to offer virtual summer camps that give students experience in musical theatre, drama, visual arts, dancing, and music. Each camp week has a different theme – so students enrolling in multiple weeks of camp will always be working on new projects. These programs will be administered via Zoom. A camp package will be sent before each session begins.

Registration Deadline: THURSDAY by 5pm for the following week’s camp. 

We will be splitting camps into different age groups (Entering Gr.1-3, Gr. 4-7) for both Triple Threat and Children’s Arts Exploration. However, HCA reserves the right to combine age groups if necessary.


Triple Threat (Entering Gr. 1-3 & 4-7)

Children receive the enriching and inviting experience of learning how to sing, act and dance! With a new theme each session, students will work with a dedicated team of artist educators to learn new skills, grow in confidence and discover new passions.  Each day will include two morning sessions and an afternoon session.

Camp Themes: 

July 6-10: Broadway
July 20-24: Pop Stars
August 4-7: Disney
August 24-28: Hollywood
TRIPLE THREAT (Entering Gr 1-3, 4-7)

Instructors: Stephanie Hope Lawlor (drama), Rylan Allen (voice), Heather Ami Cook (dance – week 1), Denise van Es (dance – week 2)

Date Fees Register
July 6-10 $135 Register
Jul 20-24 $135 Register
Aug 4-7 $110 Register
Aug 24-28 $135 Register

Daily Schedule:

10am-11am: Activity #1
11am-12pm: Activity #2
LUNCH
1pm – 2pm: Activity #3 (Gr. 1-3)*
2pm-3pm: Activity #4 (Gr. 4-7)*

*Please note, if age groups are combined, afternoon activity time may change.


Children’s Arts Exploration (Entering Gr. 1-3 & 4-7)

Explore your creativity and follow your passion. Choose from week-long Drama, Music, Dance or Visual Arts camps – or enrol in all for a full-day camp experience!

Please note, if age groups are combined, programming time may change.

Camp Themes:
July 13-17: Welcome to the Jungle (focus on environmental awareness)
July 27-31: Superheroes!
August 10-14: Around the World
August 17-21: Magic & Fairy Tales
  CHILDREN’S ARTS EXPLORATION – DRAMA

(Entering Gr 1-3, 4-7)

Instructor: Stephanie Hope Lawlor

Date Time Fees Register 
Jul 13-17 Gr. 1-3:

10am-11am

$45 Register
Gr. 4-7:

11am-12pm

$45 Register
Jul 27-31 Gr. 1-3:

10am-11am

$45 Register
Gr. 4-7:

11am-12pm

$45 Register
Aug 10-14 Gr. 1-3:

10am-11am

$45 Register
Gr. 4-7:

11am-12pm

$45 Register
Aug 17-21 Gr. 1-3:

10am-11am

$45 Register
Gr. 4-7:

11am-12pm

$45 Register

 

 


  CHILDREN’S ARTS EXPLORATION – MUSIC
(Entering Gr 1-3, 4-7)Instructor: Rylan Allen
Date Time Fees Register 
Jul 13-17 Gr. 1-3

11am-12pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-7

10am-11am

$45 Register
Jul 27-31 Gr. 1-3

11am-12pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

10am-11am

$45 Register
Aug 10-14 Gr. 1-3

11am-12pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-7

10am-11am

$45 Register
Aug 17-21 Gr. 1-3

11am-12pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

10am-11am

$45 Register

 

 

  CHILDREN’S ARTS EXPLORATION  – DANCE

(Entering Gr 1-3, 4-7)

Instructors: Denise van Es (week 1 & 3), Heather Ami Cook (week 2), Anton Le (week 4)

Date Time Fees Register 
Jul 13- 17

 

Gr. 1-3

1pm-2pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

2pm-3pm

$45 Register
July 27-31 Gr. 1-3

1pm-2pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

2pm-3pm

$45 Register
Aug 10-14

 

Gr. 1-3

1pm-2pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

2pm-3pm

$45 Register
Aug 17-21 Gr. 1-3

1pm-2pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

2pm-3pm

$45 Register

 

 

  CHILDREN’S ARTS EXPLORATION – VISUAL ARTS**

(Entering Gr 1-3, 4-7)

Instructor: Melissa Star Charles 

Date Time Fees Register 
Jul 13-17

 

Gr. 1-3

2pm-3pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

1pm-2pm

$45 Register
Jul 27-31

 

Gr. 1-3

2pm-3pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

1pm-2pm

$45 Register
Aug 10-14

 

Gr. 1-3

2pm-3pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

1pm-2pm

$45 Register
Aug 17-21

 

Gr. 1-3

2pm-3pm

$45 Register
Gr. 4-6

1pm-2pm

$45 Register

**For Visual Arts, students will receive a box of basic art materials, which will be delivered contact-free to the camper to the following areas: Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Flamborough, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, and Burlington). If the camper lives outside this geographic region, HCA will individually arrange for pick-up at 126 James Street South.


Kinder Arts Exploration (Ages 3-5)

Dramatize stories, create artworks, and respond to music through movement and song. Camp themes are inspired by a different storybook each week – and from there, camper imaginations will soar!   Each student will receive a box of program materials, which will be delivered contact-free to the camper to the following areas: Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Flamborough, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, and Burlington). If the camper lives outside this geographic region, HCA will individually arrange for pick-up at 126 James Street South.

Camp Themes: 
July 13-17 – Camp Imagination. Book: The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
July 27-31 – Camp Monster. Book: Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak
August 10 -14:  Camp Nature. Book: Tiny, Perfect Things (M H Clark)
KINDER ARTS EXPLORATION (Ages 3-5)

Instructor: Setareh Masoumbeiki 

Date Time Fees Register
July 13 -17 9am- 9:30am $50 Register
Jul 27 – 31   9am – 9:30am $50 Register
Aug 10 – 14 9am – 9:30am $50 Register

 


HCA Teen Creation Collective (Entering Gr. 8-12)

The TCC program runs Monday-Friday from July 6-17, with the addition of a performance component (date and time TBC). Each rehearsal will run from 2:00 – 4:15 pm, via Zoom. All login information will be sent to participants upon registration.

Each day will consist of an actor’s warm up, technique building, collective creation, and rehearsal, offering the opportunity for young people to connect with others and make new friends.

As global circumstances change and social restrictions are loosened across the province, we look forward to collaborating with this group on the possible live production of our created work in the HCA performance space!

The Teen Creation Collective is crafted and facilitated by actors, teaching artists, and theatre creators Stephanie Hope Lawlor and Erica May. Their collaborative teaching approach allows for a safe space for students to explore theatre in a nurturing, fun environment

  HCA Teen Creation Collective. ( Entering Gr. 8-12)
Date Time Fees Register
Jul 6 – 17 2pm-4:15pm $200 10-day session Register

For more information about this special program, please click here


INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Denise van Es (Dance)

Sharon Denise studied teaching, performance and anatomy, receiving Honours at York University. She is also a graduate from Canada’s National Ballet  School’s  prestigious Teacher Training Program, the foremost ballet teacher training program in the country.  She is qualified and certified to teach all levels of Vaganova Ballet, R.A.D Ballet and Cecchetti Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, National Dance and Choreography.

Sharon Denise has worked with many renowned artists such as Holly Small, David Earle, Carol Anderson, Matjash Mrozewski, William Yong, Donna Krasnow, Peggy Baker, International Dance Artists and members of the Martha Graham Company.

Sharon Denise is passionate about helping children in developing healthy dance skills while at the same time fostering a love of dance. Her focus on healthy nutrition, a well balanced form of training as well as body awareness and preventing injuries are all an integral part of her teaching style.

Miss Denise’s love for choreography as well as her passion to help students achieve their best is very important to her, and will always be her foundation and goal for all her students.

Heather-Ami Cook (Dance)

Miss Heather-Ami is Certified dance teacher with over 15 years teaching and coaching experience. She holds a BFA Spec. Hons in Dance from York University, Toronto (specializing in Kinesiology and Dance for the Young Child). After finishing her Bachelor’s Degree she went on to Graduate studies at Canada’s National Ballet School – Teacher Training Program.

Miss Heather-Ami performed professionally for 10 years in contemporary and classical ballet companies. She has toured Europe, North America, South America, Japan and Israel.
She holds accreditation with high standing with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS), the National Coaching Certificate Program – Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics (NCCP L1; L2), Acrobatic Arts (Module 1: June 2015; Module 2: August 2016; Back-handspring and Aerial Workshop: August 2016), and the International Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD Associate – National Branch), Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teacher (ADAPT). She has also trained extensively in the Cecchetti Method and Vagonova style of Ballet.

Melissa Star Charles (Visual Arts)

Charlie is a multidisciplinary visual artist with origins in the French West Indies, Caribbean and Canada. The major running themes in her practice serve to encourage self-empowerment with the principle of Do It Yourself culture. With a varied palette and diverse techniques, she offers a teaching experience that encompasses experimentation and evolution for ideas to come to fruition.

Her life-long pursuit in the arts started as a small child in art camps in Brantford, to becoming an instructor at Glenhyrst Art Galleries, to officially receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. Through her training, she was awarded the privilege of studying Renaissance and Classical Art in Florence, Italy. Since graduating, she has lived and traveled extensively with notable participation in artist residencies in Spain and South Africa. This has expanded her knowledge in global historical and contemporary practices.

Now settled in Hamilton, she offers a variety of art based workshops and programming with local institutions such as Centre [3] and Worker’s Arts and Heritage Centre. She is thrilled to bring a fresh and original approach to learning for students who are passionate about art-making.

Setareh Masoumbeiki (Kinder Arts Exploration)

Setareh Masoumebeiki has been working with young children for more than 15 years, using different art mediums such as visual arts, interactive theatre, and storytelling in search of social justice, harmony and inclusiveness. Having completed a master’s degree in education from Oxford University, Setareh has worked with children in Canada, Combodia, Iran, and the UK, trying to establish creative ways to transcend prejudice and raise critical consciousness.

Rylan Allen (Music/Voice)

Rylan is from Waterdown Ontario and is a recent graduate from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. He is a Libra, a Hufflepuff, and a Tyrell, loves working with kids, has studied piano for seven years, and passed his Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 Vocal Exam with Honours. Rylan is very excited to be joining the HCA team this year!

Stephanie Hope Lawlor (Drama)

Stephanie Hope Lawlor is professional actor and teaching artist based in Hamilton. She has worked across the golden horseshoe in shows like Venus in Fur, Salt-Water Moon, Ronnie Burkett’s Provenance, Doctor Faustus, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Sound of Music, Snow White, Dreamgirls, Evita, Little Women and Assassins. She is a graduate of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto and McMaster University.

A true Hamiltonian at heart, Stephanie is the Artistic Director for independent theatre company Rook’s Theatre with the mandate to foster professional theatre in Hamilton by creating clear, story-driven work. She is a founding member of The Actor’s Forge, an artists training collective that provides space and resources for professional theatre artists in Hamilton.

As a teaching artist Stephanie has taught for over 10 years, teaching acting, movement, voice, scene study and improv to students aged 6 – 76 in Hamilton, Toronto and Calgary. She also privately coaches young actors preparing auditions for college-level theatre training (some of her students have gone on to study at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, George Brown College, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama).

Stephanie strives to create a safe class environment for students of all ages to explore, collaborate and find their creative voices.

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