Skip to content

Guelph Dance

March Break Camp

Our Arts Explosion Camp is a great way for your child in Jk-Gr 7 to have fun and stay engaged during March Break.


March 13,th, 2020

March Break Arts Explosion Camp Cancelled

Guelph, ON (March 13th, 2020) – It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that Guelph Dance has to share that we have been asked by the City of Guelph to cancel our March Break camp next week at the River Run Centre. Parents of campers, staff and volunteers have already been notified.

We wish everyone in the community the very best in the weeks ahead as we navigate through these challenging times.

To the students across the city,  we hope the time away from school will leave you a lot of time to be creative and explore! If you come up with anything you want to share take a pic, video we would love to see it!

Parents – keep your eye on our social media pages @guelphdance as we will try to come up with some ideas to keep you busy and creative!

About Guelph Dance Established in 1998, Guelph Dance is a nationally recognized leader in contemporary dance, offering a platform for professional, new-generation, and youth dance artists to share their vision, push creative boundaries, and engage community audiences. Guelph Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of its funders: the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Guelph.

–30 –

For more information, please contact:

Adriana Rosselli Londoño General Manager, Guelph Dance 519-780-2220 or [email protected]


March 16-20, 2020 :: River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph
A variety of Arts activities such as Dance, Music, Visual Art, Theatre, Mindfulness, Yoga and Story Creation taught by exceptional teaching artists, for campers currently in JK-Gr. 7

Registration Open

$255/week (sibling discount 5%)

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

Sam Boer-Music

Sam Boer is a Guelph-based singer-songwriter, touring musician, and music instructor.
Having worked with children for several years in various camp environments, it was his role as Cambridge Centre for the Arts Program Coordinator at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts that made him realize how affecting engaging arts program for children could be. Since then, he has taught music lessons (percussion, piano) in Toronto and is currently apprenticing as a certified music instructor for young children with Great Lakes Music Together.
Apart from his work with children, Sam is an active member of the Canadian folk community. He has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award performing under the name Samson Wrote, released several albums of original music, and has toured across Canada with acclaimed acts like The Lifers and Run Coyote.

Heather van den Broek- Creative Movement and Dance

Heather van den Broek’s dance roots right started right here in Guelph at the Royal City School of Ballet over 20+ years ago.  Heather has been teaching dance for over 25 years in ballet, modern, contemporary and creative movement.  Her experience has taken her from private dance studios to ice rinks for skaters and hockey players, fitness gyms to personal instruction. Because of that, she has a style that combines both artistry and athleticism.  Heather is very much looking forward to joining Guelph Dance’s Arts Explosion Camps teaching team again.  Her love and passion of dance is absolutely contagious!

Jackie-Rose Brown- Theatre

Jackie-Rose Brown is a graduate of the triple-threat program at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Originally from Owen Sound, Jackie-Rose has worked in film, children’s theatre and musical theatre. Some credits include: Shevil: The Musical (Toronto Fringe) and The Princess and The Pea (Solar Stage). Since moving to Guelph, Jackie-Rose teaches voice and piano at C&C Music School, assistant directs for Center Stage(Little Monkey Entertainment) and runs after school Glee Club programs. She continues to live her passion through her theatre company Theatre Georgian Bay and most recently being cast as Cathy Hiatt in The Last 5 Years with The Downtown Theatre Project(opens May 2020). Guelph has been kind to Jackie-Rose and she can’t wait to see what’s next!

Janet Morton – Visual Art

Janet Morton has been an important part of of our Arts explosion camps over the years.  Her passion for expression through art, the creative process and a mindfulness around the environment resonate with children.

Janet is an award winning visual artist, who has exhibited across Canada & internationally. She has been teaching art to children for thirty years, and currently teaches sculpture at University of Waterloo.





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.




Maria Ibarra- Visual Art

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Maria Ibarra (FERU is her artistic name) has, since 1999, called Canada home. She currently resides in Guelph, Ontario. Writer, painter, sculptor, and Illustrator, Arts teacher, Maria explores many media and is currently passionate about an expressive form most of us remember with fondness: plasticine. It dominates her current work and inspires her creation of a fantasy world. She has worked in plasticine since she was very young, finding the material the perfect match for her storybook illustrations and themes.

“The meaning of happiness, the small details in life that make the difference, childhood dreams, all those things we forget as we lose our innocence, and the unstoppable goodbye of childhood, are the predominant themes of her work. These themes come alive through thousands of colourful dots on a board, each worked by hand with patience and care for the right detail, like a fine work of jewelry.” Most recently you will have seen Maria Art on the 2019 Hillside/ 2020 Hillside Inside posters.

Donate Now

City of Guelph Ontario Arts Council Canada Council for the Arts Canadian Heritage Canada