Finding the musicality in your movement and the physicality in your music

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Creative Director

Alcina Chiu, Creative Director

Alcina completed her Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Voice. Her passion for music started from an early age, leading her to join any programme that allowed her to express her artistic side. Her time with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto allowed her to gain an appreciation for piano and theory as she worked up to the highest levels of study offered in both subjects.

A lifelong learner, Alcina is currently doing part-time graduate studies in Music Education. She has completed her Blue Belt certification and license in Nia Dance Fitness, and travelled extensively to compete, learn, and teach in Swing Dancing. She enjoys the interconnection of music and movement, and is constantly amazed by what she discovers in her body and how it relates to all movement. She has worked with various schools and community organizations, including Fieldstone Day School, Crestwood School, Shakespearience, and Pineway Public School. Her favourite teachers are still her students, who remind her every day that an inquisitive mind and an eagerness for knowledge bring out the best learning environment possible.

In addition to teaching, Alcina loves to be on stage. She has performed at numerous swing dancing events in southern Ontario. Known for her creativity, musicality, and joy on the dance floor, Alcina enjoys dancing with beginners and advanced dancers alike. The choirs with which she has worked have performed at festivals and concerts including MusicFest Canada, NE1 Can Do The Arts (Toronto District School Board), Kiwanis Music Festival, the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival, and the Ontario Vocal Festival. Other notable performances include the Georgian Sound Jazz Festival, Broadway Melody, Brigadoon, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Verdi’s Requiem, A Night in Vienna, Orfeo ed Euridice, and the Vagina Monologues.

Michelle Redwood, Summer Camp

Michelle has completed both her Honours Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in piano, and her Bachelor of Music Education degree. She has since gone on to earn her Honours Specialist qualification in music education. Michelle is currently a teacher with the Simcoe County District School Board where she runs an after school band program, and orchestrates the school musical. In her spare time, she is the director of music at her little church in the countryside, where she also directs their adult choir.

Michelle began her music education at a young age and has studied piano, vocals, and theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has dappled in other instruments over the years. She has always been involved with choirs and spent a few years with a local triple threat performing arts group. The highlights of her musical involvement include a performance tour to Germany and France when she was 16, and spending time in the recording studio as a back-up singer for a few emerging Canadian artists from her era such as Barrie’s own Amy Rose.

She is extremely enthusiastic about joining Scherzo’s school of Music and Movement’s musical production camp team!