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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 12 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 is thrilled to announce we will be offering a series of contemporary dance workshops to elementary schools in Guelph in the Spring of 2018. These workshops will be partially funded through our partnership with BoucharDanse (Toronto) and Programme Franco, a new francophone community initiative grant.

This year as part of the 20th anniversary Guelph Dance Festival  BoucharDanse’s La gigue en souvenir will be performing in the In the Park series June 1st-June 3rd, 2018 at Exhibition Park. La gigue en souvenir makes the past come alive through a journey inspired by the energy, the complexity and the vigour of the traditional dance from Québec. Six dancers perform on the music of Les Charbonniers de l’enfer, reinventing the folk tradition of the “gigue” in a contemporary fashion.

Leading up to the festival we will be offering contemporary square dance workshops that will echo the work being presented at the festival.

The workshops will be held April 9th-13th, 2018 or May 7th-11th, 2018 depending on when there is the most interest.

The workshops can be offered in both French and English.  Study guide’s, available in French and English, will also be provided to help support pre and post workshop classroom discussion. Schools are asked to pay a small fee of $200.  The remaining costs will be paid for by Guelph Dance.

Workshops will be offered on a first come first served basis.  If you are interested you should not delay as these will be snapped up fast!

Please e-mail Leslie Fisher if you have any questions or to express you interest in having this workshop come to your school. Please include preferred week, we will schedule the week based on when there is the most interest.

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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