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Guelph Dance

March Break Camp

Our Arts Explosion Camp is a great way for your child (born 2003-2012) to have fun and stay engaged during March Break.

March Break Arts Explosion Camp

March 11-15, 2019 :: River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph
Dance, music, visual art, and Mindfulness, Yoga and Story Creation taught by exceptional teaching artists, for campers born 2005-2014 (JK-Gr. 8)*

Registration Open

$255/week (sibling discount 5%) (Registration fees are eligible for a fitness tax credit). Register here.

9:30-3:30 (scheduled arts activities)

Pre-camp care:
8:30-9:30 (free and optional)

Post-camp care:

Additional post-camp care:
4:30-5:30 pm ($25/week – Mon-Thurs only)

Friday Open house:
4:00 pm (for family and friends)

Typical Schedule:
A typical day starts with campers arriving between 8:30-9:30 am, during which time, there is supervised play in the Co-Operator’s Hall. The scheduled arts activities begin at 9:30, typically two activities before lunch and two activities after lunch. Lunch is supervised in the Canada Company Hall and followed by supervised outdoor play. Because we go outside, please ensure your child has adequate clothing for a variety of weather situations. Scheduled arts activities wrap up at 3:30, and campers can be picked up between 3:30-4:30 pm. Those children who are signed up for additional post-camp care can be picked up before 5:30 pm. On Friday, there is a showing in the Co-Operator’s Hall for family and friends, where the campers demonstrate some of the things they have learned during the week. All artwork can be taken home at that time. Check out our video showcasing some camp highlights!

Subsidies: Guelph Dance offers full and partial subsidies for those in need. Please contact Leslie Fisher for more details.

Camps fill up fast, so we recommend early registration!

*Campers will be grouped by age to experience age-appropriate arts activities

What to Bring to Camp

Please ensure your child brings the following items to camp each day:

  • A nut-free lunch & two nut-free snacks
  • A labelled water bottle
  • Loose-fitting clothing that allows for freedom of movement and possible paint stains
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: part of lunch hour will be spent outside, so children may get muddy, snowy or wet – and anything in between.

Teaching Artist Biographies

Barbara Dametto (Mindfulness, Yoga and Story Creation)

Barbara is a yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher, visual artist, sound healer and teacher. She has worked for the Ontario School Board as an artist in education and full-time drama, English, dance and visual art teacher for 25 years. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and theatre (University of Waterloo), a Bachelor of Education degree in fine arts education (York University) and a Diploma/Certificate in Expressive Arts (Fleming College).

For the March Break Camp, Barbara will combine storytelling with yoga, mindfulness and expressive arts. Students will explore aspects of dramatic arts through physical movement (yoga poses), story creation, spoken words, soundscapes and simple visual art activities. The stories chosen and or written will encourage self-reflection and themes of kindness and stewardship (ie. caring for animals, people, the planet etc.) We will end each day with simple meditation techniques that focus on breath awareness and stilling the mind.

Shannon Kingsbury (singing and storytelling)

Shannon is a singer, songwriter, harpist and music educator. Shannon enjoys working with children and adults alike and her creative approach to voice and music has made her a sought after coach and presenter. She has taught with Guelph Dance camps since 2008. With younger students, Shannon incorporates singing, voice exploration, small instruments and storytelling. With older students, Shannon invites campers to use their creativity and voices to develop elements of song and soundscape, while honing singing and performance skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Sarah McQueston, (BFA Hons, BEd) (Creative movement/ Dance)

Sarah is a Toronto-based dance artist and educator who is excited to now call Guelph her new home! As a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and holding an Honours BFA and BEd degree in dance and science from York University, Sarah has explored many facets of dance throughout her careers as a performer, choreographer and educator. As a dancer, she trained nationally and internationally in intensive settings including The Bates Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers, AHHA Productions, and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Furthermore, Sarah has danced for Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, Ruth Cansfield Dance Company Inc., Lady Janitor, Artists’ Play Dance Theatre, and Debbie Wilson Productions, among others. She has performed works by such notable artists as Molissa Fenley (New York City), Danny Grossman (Toronto), Charles Gushue (San Francisco), Christopher House (Toronto), and James Kudelka (Toronto), and has also danced on film for Bravo!FACT,MuchFACTand most recently in an original collaborative co-production, Drop.Sarah was chosen as an emerging artist in contemporary dance for the Young Centre for the Performing Arts mentorship program under the guidance of Andrea Nann and Roberto Campanella.

Presently, Sarah McQueston teaches dance in public school boards across Ontario as she continues to create and perform independently. She finds tremendous joy in sharing the wonders, challenges and opportunities for personal and artistic growth through dance education. For her, working with students as they move, create, and grow is inspiring and enlivening both as a teacher and as a dancer!

Carolyn Riddell, Visual Art (Thursday and Friday)

Carolyn was born in Kitchener and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph specializing in printmaking, painting and art history. Carolyn has traveled extensively throughout Canada and Europe including bicycle tours of England, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. She has taught children, teen, and adult arts programs at museums and art institutions in Southern Ontario since 1988. Her work is represented in public, private and corporate collections in North America, Europe and Asia. She maintains her studio practice and framing facilities in Guelph.

At camp, Carolyn will offer a broad range of painting, drawing and mixed media projects to suit the age level and dexterity of the students. Campers will explore colour, line, shape and more while creating landscape, portrait and abstract works. The art works made will draw from other experiences in the camp — music, movement, sound and self-expression.

Jeffrey Wilson (accompanist)

Jeffery spent 20 years accompanying professional modern dance classes for the Canadian luminaries of the art. Upon his arrival in Guelph three years ago, Guelph Dance discovered his whereabouts and he began accompanying  dance classes in Guelph since. Jeffrey brings a wide variety of sounds to the class, including slide guitar, glockenspiel, banjo, drum set, kalimba, nose flute and wolf whistles.



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