INSTILLING A LOVE OF PERFORMING IN A NEW GENERATION
Performing arts comes full circle for Gema Boich (Zamprogna) ‘95
For Gema Boich (Zamprogna) performing is something that comes as naturally as breathing, and the HSC alumna is passing that passion for the arts on to the next generation of performing artists.
Gema, one of three Zamprogna siblings who attended HSC grew up in a household that valued the performing arts in Canada. Her actor/ dancer parents, Lou and Pauline met in the early 1970s on a movie set, and after moving to Hamilton opened The Dance Centre, which to this day still teaches everyone from toddlers to late bloomers the art of ballet, jazz and tap.
She began acting while in Middle School and was cast as Felicity King on Road to Avonlea. The transition to HSC involved a lot of moving pieces - from administration to tutors, it was a team effort to keep her current on her academics while still filming the show.
In 2014 after a career in the entertainment industry, Gema returned to her roots and opened a Grimsby location of The Dance Centre. She also manages the Hamilton family dance studio with her sister and the two recently started up a new initiative called Zamprogna Arts, a performing arts program that offers intensive training to aspiring performers.