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Guelph Dance

In Schools

With an impressive history of bringing dance and movement to over 18,000 students in the last ten years, Guelph Dance introduces students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to the physical and emotional benefits of creative expression.

Workshops in Schools: Building the Next Generation

Guelph Dance’s Workshops in Schools program has broadened its scope in the 2016-17 season. We are “Building the Next Generation!” by bringing dance instruction to the public school classroom, and offering professional development workshops for school teachers and to next generation dance artists. From November through March, we taught 16 daylong workshops at Sir Isaac Brock Public School, Ottawa Crescent Public School, Priory Park Public School, and John Galt Public School.

Workshops in Schools: Building the Next Generation has been made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Guelph Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.


Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Workshop for Elementary School Teachers
This successful workshop took place January 9 and 16, 2017. Contact us if you are interested in attending our next professional development workshop for school teachers!

Kids love (and need) to move, and dance is such a great way to get your students moving while also teaching valuable skills including creativity, body awareness, shape, and time. This professional development workshop will teach you tools for utilizing dance in your classroom on a regular basis. Guelph Dance Outreach Director Janet Johnson, who has taught dance workshops for many years in Guelph public schools, will teach this workshop, accompanied by a percussionist. The tools covered will focus on grades 3-6, but all teachers interested in building their skills around movement in the classroom are encouraged and welcome to attend.


Professional Development Workshop for Dancers and Dance Teachers
This successful workshop took place November 19 and 26, 2016. Contact us if you are interested in attending our next professional development workshop for dancers and dance teachers!

Build your resume by learning best practices for teaching dance in a school setting. Guelph Dance Outreach Director Janet Johnson will share how to:

  • Build a toolbox of activities that work in school settings
  • Teach fundamental dance elements to children
  • Communicate with school administrators and classroom teachers
  • Manage a classroom
  • Work with kids with special needs
  • Promote creativity, expression, and confidence in the school dance student

* In addition to the 2-day workshop, attendees will be encouraged to teach alongside Janet Johnson for a morning or afternoon in a Guelph public school (exact dates TBA). Co-teaching and completion of the workshop entitles attendees to join Guelph Dance’s educator roster.

Participants will gain:

  • Practical teaching skills to use in a variety of situations
  • An opportunity to network with other dance educators
  • Access to the Guelph Dance Educator Roster: successful completion of workshop and co-teaching with Janet will place you on the roster with the potential to be hired to teach future Guelph Dance Workshops in Schools.

Why Dance Education is Important

Studies have shown that exercise increases academic ability, but many children don’t feel comfortable in a competitive environment, often avoiding participation in physical activity. Pressure-free and fun-filled, our workshops allow children to explore at their own levels, developing self-confidence and self-awareness along the way. Our programs are innovative and curriculum-based.

Throughout the year, we bring in esteemed local professional dance artists that match student’s specific needs. During the annual Festival weekend, we can provide workshops with Guelph Dance Festival artists from across Canada.

Interested in booking Guelph Dance at your school? Contact us today!

Workshops in Schools Fund

Guelph Dance targets high-risk schools where children may not have access to the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of arts-related activities. We have seen firsthand how our full-day or multiple-day workshops engage children and guide them to a greater understanding of self, creativity, and empowerment. With your support we can reach even more deserving students in our schools. Click here to make a donation to our Workshops in Schools Fund.

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