Meet Our March Break Camp Instructors!

Our Arts Explosion March Break and Summer Camps are a fun-filled, pressure-free exploration of the arts. Renowned local and national artists encourage children from 4-13 in all art forms. This March Break Camp is perfect for the child who loves to create: they’ll sing in a glee club, dance up a storm, make art, and learn some hip hop moves! Book with the River Run Centre now to have them join this fabulous roster of local artists from March 10-14, 2014! 

For this week’s blog, we caught up with our instructors about why they are excited to teach at our camp – some for the first time, and some for the dozenth time! 

Special Guest Artist Jasmin McGraw

Jasmin will work with the Dance Focus on Technique and Repertory in the mornings, and the Red and Blue  Groups in the afternoons.

Jasmin: What I am most excited for this March Break Camp is the amount of bubbling positive energy that will be in one room. Also, I am anxious to meet so many new faces and to see everyone moving to beautiful live music. I am ready to be inspired and thaw my winter blues!

Since being introduced to ballet at a young age, Jasmin McGraw has developed a great passion for dance. She is most drawn to the modest power and simplicity of contemporary dance. Jasmin has been a member of HNM Dance Co. since 2000. She moved to Toronto in 2002 to begin her studies at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. After graduation she danced for José Navas in Montréal’s Springboard Danse Professional Project. Next was a year at Codarts’ Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. This experience sparked the need to travel and the following year she was in Panama teaching dance workshops to the contemporary dance students at the University of Panama.

Jasmin has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2010. Balancing Artistry and Healing as a member of both Dancetheatre David Earle and Speed River Physiotherapy, she feels blessed to allow each world to feed and inform the other. 

Lynette Segal

Lynette will work with the Orange Group on building their skills in Creative Movement.

Lynette: I’m excited to continue to work with wee ones again at this upcoming camp – it’s an absolute delight! By exploring how their bodies move, the forms they can make and feelings evoked in-so-doing, we set compassion, coordination and confidence in motion.

Lynette Segal has studied at the Banff Centre, Concordia and York Universities, The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, and with teachers from Les Ateliers de Dance Moderne de Montreal, and performed independently in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Guelph and with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Dancer’s Studio West (Calgary). More recently, she has focused on improvisational dance performance, working collaboratively with Ben Grossman, Susanna Hood, Karen Kaeja, Janet Johnson, Susan Lee, Lisa Nelson, the late Oliver Schroer, Catrina Von Radecki, Rebecca Todd, and Miranda Tufnell. Her study in somatic movement systems includes Mitzvah, Feldenkrais and Alexander techniques, and Body-Mind Centering. In the spring of 2009, she co-founded Fall on Your Feet, a movement collective based in Guelph focusing on teaching and performing movement improvisation. Other workshops and classes include experiential anatomy and creative movement for children, youth and adults.

Shannon Kingsbury

Shannon will lead the Orange Group through Songs and Storytelling, and run a Glee Club with the Red and Blue Groups.

Shannon: After summer camp, a grandmother told me that her grandchild had come home on Thursday in awe of hearing a harp (really, it was a rickety old harp I was playing! but apparently still beautiful to this child’s eye/ear). Every time the child described the harp to her family, she started to cry. When her parents asked her why she was crying, her response was something like this: “When I think about the harp, its like its happening all over again. And its so beautiful”. I look forward to collecting more stories about the ways that the arts touch the lives of our campers. 

Shannon Kingsbury is a singer, harpist, composer, and educator. Shannon has taught with many outstanding arts organizations including: Kingsbury Music, Guelph Dance Arts Explosion Camp, Creativity Greenhouse, Season Singers, Musikgarten of Guelph and Waterside Arts. Shannon holds certificates in Early Childhood Music, Orff, Voice, Music Theory and Kodaly.

Little campers will love using their voices, bodies, small instruments, and props in creative music play. The energetic music session will be followed by an enchanting visit to the “magic dressing room” for stories. Older campers will get energized by singing in their very own glee club-style group!

Carolyn Hebert

Carolyn will help campers in the Red, Blue, and Dance Focus Groups find their own unique hip hop style.
Carolyn: I look forward to exploring the individual personalities of each camper through hip hop! The many genres of hip hop that we will experiment with will encourage very different ways of moving. Each dancer will be able to find his and her own swagger, and will learn how they can incorporate their own style into all forms of movement.

Currently pursuing a Masters of Dance from York University with a focus on dance history and education, Carolyn Hebert has been teaching tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop for almost a decade. She graduated from Eastwood Collegiate Institute’s Integrated Arts Program, majoring in Dance and Drama. Carolyn has since attained a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Ottawa while teaching and choreographing for several dance schools within the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Carolyn has been featured in music videos for Keshia Chante and My Favourite Tragedy, and has performed with Dance Dance Canada, Casino Productions, the Canadian Musical Odyssey, the Guelph Little Theatre, and ECI’s Kinesis Dance Company.

Janet Morton

Janet will work with Orange, Red, Blue, and Dance Focus Groups to turn the Canada Company Hall space into an art gallery.

Janet:I’m excited to get back into the amazing space at the River Run Centre and watch how it is transformed through the course of the week from a big, new and strange space to a place the campers feel is their own.


Janet Morton is an award-winning artist who has exhibited across Canada and internationally. For more than 15 years, Janet has been teaching art to all ages, from preschool to post-secondary. The visual arts sessions at our Arts Explosion Camp are creative, tactile explorations of various materials, techniques, and themes. A camper attending the entire week can expect to work on 2-D and 3-D projects and contribute to a collective transformation of the River Run Centre’s Canada Company Hall.

We still have spaces left in our 2014 March Break Camp, but they are filling up fast! Visit the River Run Centre Box Office or call them at 519-763-3000 to book your child’s spot today! Visit our website for more information on programming and prices.

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