Creative Futures is a short-term intensive designed to support the further development of dedicated dance students at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts. The program was launched three years ago to provide additional instruction and guidance to students seeking ways to expand their skills and understanding of dance as a language.

Creative Futures is FREE and is open to HCA students enrolled in at minimum three hours of dance class each week OR students who passed their Level IV (or higher) ballet exams in the last school year. As well, selected students will be those who consistently demonstrate exemplary behaviour, including a positive attitude and friendly conduct toward their peers and teachers.

As this is a free program with limited spaces, attendance is required for every class and rehearsal, without exception. Additionally, attendance at regularly scheduled classes is still expected.

For more information on the Creative Futures program, please speak with our friendly staff in person, or call 905-528-4020.

The current schedule is as follows: 

Tuesday, February 1: Registration deadline for Creative Futures

Saturday, February 24, 1:30pm-4pm: Rehearsal with Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein

Saturday, March 24, 1:30pm-4pm: Rehearsal with Sebasian “Bash” Hirtenstein

Saturday, April 21, 2pm-4pm: Rehearsal with Denise

Saturday, April 28, 1:30pm-4pm: Rehearsal with Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein

Saturday, May 5: 1:30pm – 4:30pm: Creative Futures Showcase/Auditions

Saturday, May 26, 1:30pm-4pm: Rehearsal with Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein

Saturday, June 2, 2pm-4pm: Rehearsal with Denise

Saturday, June 16, 1:30pm-4pm: Rehearsal with Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein

Saturday, June 23, Time TBA: Dress Rehearsal at Hamilton Place

Please note: While we strive to maintain the program schedule shared above, HCA reserves the right to make adjustments if necessary.

2018 Creative Futures Choreographer: Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein

Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein is a force to be reckoned with… Originally from Aurora, Ontario, he began dancing at the late age of twelve, immersing himself in Toronto’s hip hop and street dance culture. He began his professional training with the O.I.P. Dance Company, and was an original member of the semi-professional street jazz company Dance Addiction before entering the esteemed School of Toronto Dance Theatre. He has since trained and been mentored at The Underground Dance Centre, the Rightfoot Studio, the Gadfly School, Broadway Dance Center (New York City), Urban Element (Montreal) and Seoul Tanz Station (Seoul). His versatility as a performer has allowed him to work with a wide repertoire of choreographers such as Puja Amin, Michael Caldwell, Emilio Collalilo, Lenny de la Pena, Rodney Diverlus, Darryl Hoskins, and Denone Isaacs, and at the School of TDT with Nova Bhattacharya, Jennifer Dallas, Danny Grossman, Allen Kaeja, Louis Laberge-Côté, Sharon B. Moore, Julia Sasso, and Darryl Tracy. He has performed with local and international recording artists including Arjun, Simone Denny, Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Kiesza, Mia Martina, Lady Pista, Prince Young, and Wildheart. He has toured with Creativiva’s production of Pinocchio in Qatar, and in Quebec with the sensational Bollywood company Sanskriti Arts. Although he manifests his unique quality of movement within the realms of contemporary and hip hop, he is constantly pushing himself to add other styles to his repertoire such as Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, African, and dancehall.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Creative Futures is a short-term intensive designed to support the further development of dedicated dance students at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts. The program was launched 3 years ago to provide additional instruction and guidance to students seeking ways to expand their skills and understanding of dance.

The program is free.

Creative Futures is open to students enrolled in at minimum 3 hours of dance class each week OR LEVEL IV Ballet Students. As well, selected students will demonstrate exemplary behaviour, including a positive attitude and friendly conduct toward their peers and teachers.

As this is a free, short-term initiative with limited spaces, attendance is required for every class and rehearsal, without exception. Additionally, attendance at your regularly scheduled classes is still expected. Please note all participants will be asked to sign a letter of commitment.

You will meet your choreographer and teacher in the first class. After an initial evaluation of technique and training, you will either be grouped into two small classes, or combined to do a single group performance. You will work as a team to develop your piece(s), which you will then present as part of “HCA Celebrates”, the year-end recital in June.

Students who miss classes, rehearsals or do not demonstrate appropriate conduct will be asked to leave the program.

If you feel very passionately about being part of this, please submit a letter demonstrating your committment to dance and you'd like to join the Creative Futures Program. The Artistic Director will make final acceptance decisions. Spots for participants are extremely limited. As such, we may not be able to accept everyone who is interested. Priority will be given to senior dance students with a demonstrated record of commitment to the art and practice of dance.

For individual routines, dancers will be responsible for creating their own costumes. For the Creative Futures Group Routine (which includes all participants) dancers will be required to purchase a costume totaling no more than $100.

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