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Glendale Arts (GA)

Glendale Arts

Glendale’s Arts (GA)  continues to grow and engage students interested in the arts and train them professionally to enter the world of work, university, college, and additional training programs.

The Specialist High Skills Major or SHSM for short is a focussed program which allows students to develop skills and earn industry-recognized credentials in the Arts sector while also meeting the requirements for a secondary school graduation diploma.  Courses included in this program include: dance, drama, instrumental music – both strings and wind, media arts, theatre production, visual arts and vocal classes which are also open to all Glendale students.

When you become an Arts SHSM student, you have the amazing opportunity to participate in professionally led workshops and training programs.  Some of our most recent workshops have included: Cirque Du Soleil workshop,Theatrical Rigging with Theatre Arcturus, HD Studios, Theatrical Makeup, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Stage Combat – armed and unarmed, Spiderman Turn Off The Dark choreography, and Acting Technique & Choreography led by the lead choreographers for Disney’s travelling production of Mary Poppins and Beauty & the Beast at Disney World Florida, Saratoga Springs Theatre.

Our Arts & Culture SHSM students have the opportunity to be part of large scale productions like Fame 2016, Tarzan 2015, Midsummer Night’s Dream 2014, Peter Pan A Musical Adventure 2013, Ten Miles Out – a Glendale Secondary School legacy Project (recipient of YMCA Peace Medal and Trust & Reconciliation Committee recognition), AIDA The Timeless Love Story and Grease 2010.  They have also participated in:  Stratford Festival Shakespeare Competition,  Niagara’s Best Dance Crew, HWDSB Bandfest, HWDSB Choirfest, run/participate in HWDSB Dancefest, Sears Drama Festival, several gallery exhibits in Hamilton and more.

The Arts & Culture SHSM students will take a Co-operative (Coop) education course and work with Arts professionals.  Some of our placements have been:  Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts, Sonic Unyon Studio, Rythum Plus Dance Company, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Image Puppets, Staircase Theater, and many more.

If you would like more information on Glendale’s Arts SHSM or HWDSB Strings, or HWDSB Audition-Based Program of the Arts please contact the program lead, Mr. Paul Borsc, via email (pborsc@hwdsb.on.ca) or phone:  905-560-7343 ext. 508


The Glendale Arts Team

Mr. P. Borsc

Mr. P. BorscGlendale’s Arts Lead; Department Head of Music; Instrumental and HWDSB Strings Music Instructor; Guitar Instructor; Music and 20th Century Society Instructor; Specialist High Skills Major (Arts and Culture) in the Arts Program Lead; Producer and Music Director.

Past Glendale Projects: Co-Director of the Concert Band; Director of the Jazz Band; Glendale HeadstART instructor (2013); Music Director/Instructor -A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2014), PETER PAN A MUSICAL ADVENTURE (2014), TEN MILES OUT(2013) Producer/Music Director and Musician for AIDA (2012) & GREASE (2010); Co-Musical Director for TIMELESS And FABULOUS FABLE FACTORY(2012); Music director and composer of “Madeline’s Theme” for BODY BODY (Sears Drama Festival 2012); music director for 15 MINUTE HAMLET (Sears Drama Festival 2009);  Creator of Glendale’s Production Company, “Ursa Major Productions”; Assistant coach for Junior and Varsity Football.

Other Related Projects:  Mr. Borsc and the Concert Band have been featured on CHCH TV’s Morning Show twice.  He was Principal French Horn for a local symphony and sings Tenor in St. Luke’s Choir.  Mr. Borsc has played French horn with The National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Orchestra London (London, ON), Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (Hamilton, ON) and at Carnegie Hall, NYC(1997) with the New England Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed with several other choirs and instrumental groups.

Training and Education:  University of Western Ontario (Honours Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Music Education & Honours Bachelor of Education with Distinction); Royal Conservatory Grade 8 Guitar & Grade 6 Piano; International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme qualification in Music (Lake Tahoe, 2010).  Mr. Borsc has had the privilege to study French Horn with Ron George, Derek Conrad and has had Master Classes with Felix Acevado, as well as Voice Lessons with Dr. Victoria Meredith and Conducting Master Classes with Maestro Franz Paul Decker of the Berliner Philharmonica.

For more information about HWDSB Audition Based Program of the Arts at Glendale, HWDSB Strings or our Arts and Culture SHSM in Arts & Culture, please contact Mr. Borsc via email pborsc@hwdsb.on.ca or call 905-560-7343, extension 508.

Ms. V. Moore

Ms. V. Moore

Ms. Moore teaches grades 9-12 dance. Past Glendale Projects:  Choreographer of PETER PAN A MUSICAL ADVENTURE (2014)  and AIDA (2012).  Director and choreographer of our Dance Team and Dance Company (2012-2015).       Co-Choreographer of HWDSBs “Together” video, HWDSB Dance Coordinator (2012-2015). Assisted instructor of ATC2O and ATC3O (2011).

Other Related Projects: Valerie’s professional performances include the Hamilton Nutcracker Ballet, Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Fashion Cares and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. She appeared as a Giselle dancer in the motion picture Save The Last Dance 2 (2006) and a montage dancer in the motion picture Amelia (2009). Valerie has choreographed for many community functions, fundraisers, tradeshows, pageants and other prestigious events. Her choreography has brought her many awards in Canada and the US.

Training & Education: Valerie has attained both a Bachelor of Physical Education Honours degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University. She has trained extensively in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, musical theatre and hip-hop with the Rythym Plus Dance Company of Stoney Creek, Ontario for 20 years. As an accomplished dancer, Valerie has held eight Canadian Regional Titles, as well as the National Title of Miss Dance of America 2008 for Dance Masters of America. She has also been a guest teacher at the DMA National Convention. Valerie has won multiple national class scholarship awards in acrobatics, tap, jazz and ballet. She is a proud Member of Dance Masters of America, Chapter #38.

For more information on Glendale Dance courses, please contact Ms. Moore via email:vmoore@hwdsb.on.ca


A Specialist High Skill Major (SHSM)  is a Ministry of Education program designed to help high school students gain industry experience in a sector that could lead to significant career opportunities. While Glendale Secondary is home to a Performing Arts ( Dance, Drama and Music) SHSM, there are many other SHSM programs at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. For more information, please contact Lynn Krusto at lkrusto@hwdsb.on.ca.  Click here for more information about SHSMs from the Ministry of Eduction.

Updated on Monday, February 10, 2020.
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