The School of Dance

Merrilee Hodgins A.R.A.D., Artistic Director

Professional Ballet Studies

The School of Dance ballet auditions

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The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Contemporary Dance Diploma

The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Diploma

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The School of Dance is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

The Contemporary Dance Programme is approved as a vocational training program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Fall 2019

Connecting with Dance For Parkinson's

Please dance with us in a simple, seated movement sequence celebrating the vastness of Canada.

Connecting with Dance is a registered programme of Dance is BEST®

Fall registration coming soon.


Children's Classes

The School of Dance Children

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Adult Classes

The School of Dance Adult Classes

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Youth Classes

The School of Dance Youth

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Classes for Seniors

The School of Dance Seniors

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You're NEVER too old to dance.

Seniors Registration form coming soon.

The School of Dance would like to thank the Government of Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program.

The School of Dance thanks the Province of Ontario for their support

Summer 2019

The School of Dance Summer 2019

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Magic and Mystery for Youngsters
July 2 to August 30

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Summer Ballet Intensive
July 8 to 26

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Dance Delights Integrated Arts
August 6 to 16

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Contemporary Dance Intensive

Intermediate and Advanced Levels
August 19 to 30

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Summer in the City

Dance classes for Adults
May - August

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The School of Dance thanks the City of Ottawa for their ongoing support.

Upcoming Performances

Magic & Mystery Studio Performances

The School of Dance, Ottawa, Canada

Every Friday from July 5 to August 30, 2019

3:00pm in the Celia Franca Studio

200 Crichton St., Ottawa, ON

Family-friendly themed performances danced by our youngest summer students!

Performances are open to all ages and free of charge!

The Magic Toy Box – Friday, July 5th

The Magic Fairies – Friday, July 12th

Circus Time – Friday, July 19th

The Enchanted Sea – Friday, July 26th

Birds of a Feather – Friday, August 2nd

The Magic Castle – Friday, August 9th

Let’s go to the Zoo – Friday, August 16th

The Magic Garden – Friday, August 23rd

The Jungle – Friday, August 30th

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The School of Dance thanks Microsoft for their ongoing support.

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Felix and Javier

The School of Dance thanks the City of Ottawa for their ongoing support.

Virtual Campus

The School of Dance Virtual Campus

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The School of Dance thanks the Province of Ontario for their support

DragonFly®

The School of Dance DragonFly® Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome

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Our Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome

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The School of Dance thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

DanceONTour®

The School of Dance and DanceONTour®

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Your students can
enjoy their own dance experience

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The School of Dance would like to thank the City of Ottawa for its ongoing support.

Gallery 200

Gallery 200

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Public art space <Learn more>

 

Artist in Residence Programme


Maryse Maynard

Maryse Maynard

Artist in Residence Programme Maryse Maynard

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Beth Ross

Beth Ross

Artist in Residence Programme Beth Ross

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The School of Dance thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support

Workplace Charitable Campaign

Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign and The School of Dance

 

Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign and The School of Dance

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The School of Dance thanks the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

Community

The School of Dance Helps the Community

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The SODA Network. Calling all graduates!

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Studio Rental

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The School of Dance thanks the City of Ottawa for their ongoing support.

Awards


2018 Rich Little Endowment Fund
for the Performing Arts Awards

The School of Dance 2018 Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts Awards

Alix Latour, A.J. Ayson and Haley Ticknor

Congratulations to Alix Latour, A.J. Ayson and Haley Ticknor, recipients of the 2018 Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts Awards, provided by the City of Ottawa to The School of Dance for administration!


Celia Franca Award

2018 Celia Franca Award

Daniel Rudenberg, winner of the 2018 Celia Franca award, pictured with Artistic Director Merrilee Hodgins and Léon Feizo-Gas, winner of the 1997 Celia Franca Award

Ottawa, September 29, 2018

Léon Feizo-Gas, winner of the 1997 Celia Franca Award presented the 2018 Celia Franca Award to Daniel Rudenberg during The School of Dance celebrations of Culture Days. The sculpture After Arabesque by Canadian Artist Anne Harris was presented during the event.

Léon Feizo-Gas was a member of Ballet BC for seven years, continuing his career as an independent artist in Europe and Asia.

The Celia Franca Award is presented annually to a young dancer showing commitment, dedication, excellent work ethic, exemplary behaviour and an outstanding love of dance.


2018-2019 Award Recipients

OTTAWA January 15, 2019: The School of Dance today announced the names and home communities of its 2018-2019 Award Recipients. Each year, for the past 40 years, The School of Dance has been privileged to provide scholarships and bursaries to young people in the community through the dedicated hard-work of its Directors, individual and corporate donors and grants and gifts received from Canadian Foundations.

The School of Dance 2018-2019 Award recipients are Mathylde Gagnon (Gatineau District 8 - de Hull-Wright, represented by Cédric Tessier) and Alegra Yawadio Kumba (Ward 13 - Rideau-Rockcliffe, represented by Tobi Nussbaum).

Charlie Devine (Ward 9 - Knoxdale-Merivale, represented by Keith Egli) is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Barbara Hoglund Scholarship. The annual award is presented in honour of Barbara Hoglund, who died tragically in a car accident.

The 2018-2019 Norman McLaren Award was awarded to Felix Benoy (Ward 13 - Rideau-Rockcliffe, represented by Tobi Nussbaum). The award honours Norman McLaren’s commitment to young artists and acknowledges his legacy through his 1952 OSCAR award-winning short “Neighbours” produced by the National Film Board of Canada and filmed in Rockcliffe Park near The School of Dance 200 Crichton Street home.

The 2018-2019 Guy Glover Awards were awarded to Tyler Fletcher (Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier, represented by Mathieu Fleury) and Rowan Mee (Ward 13 - Rideau-Rockcliffe, represented by Tobi Nussbaum). The awards honour Guy Glover’s commitment to the arts in Canada, in particular dance, and his early work in the establishment of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The 2018-2019 Diana Kirkwood Award was awarded to Alejandra Brey-Zuniga (Ward 15 - Kitchissippi, represented by Jeff Leiper). The award honours Diana Kirkwood’s commitment to the dance and the arts community of Ottawa and her 40 year support of The School of Dance.

The 2018-2019 Stuart Conger Award was awarded to Daniel Rudenberg (Ward 6 - Wakefield, represented by Isabelle N Miron). The award honours Stuart Conger’s commitment to life-learning opportunities for young people and his dedication to the arts in Ottawa.

The 2018-2019 Earl Crowe Award was awarded to Isabella Schimilinsky and Luciana Schimilinsky (Ward 8 - Hull-Wright, represented by Cédric Tessier). The award honours Earl Crowe, a prominent member of the Ottawa arts community, and his commitment to the arts in Ottawa.

The 2018-2019 Victoria Prystawski Award was awarded to Maylissa Jean (Ward 22 - Gloucester-South Nepean, represented by Carol Anne Meehan). The award honours Victoria Prystawski for her enthusiasm, strong leadership and ongoing dedication to the arts in Canada. As a member of The School’s Board of Directors for 40 years, Victoria Prystawski is committed to providing opportunities for young Canadians to excel in the arts; an integral part of building our next generation of artists.

For more information about the 2018-2019 Award Recipients and The School of Dance please Contact Fern Villeneuve, Director of Client Services.

The School of Dance wishes to thank those who contributed via The Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

Stuart Conger Learning Centre

Stuart Conger Learning Centre

Stuart Conger

The Centre, named for Stuart Conger to acknowledge his years of dedicated support of The School, is located on the second floor of The School of Dance. <Learn more>

The School of Dance thanks the Conger Family for their support

Dance of Life Health!



 

STUDENT JOBS!

STUDENT JOBS!

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Are you interested in applying your learning while acquiring experience and developing new skills working with young dance students?

Apply before April 19, 2019 for one of our summer positions by sending your CV and requesting an interview.

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The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of:

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OAC

Ontario

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We would like to thank

Ministry of Culture for Ontario, Canada Council for the Arts, Cultural Human Resources Council, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Ontario Arts Foundation, City of Ottawa, The Celia Franca Foundation, The Chawkers Foundation, Cold Nose Productions, The Harold Crabtree Foundation, The George Lunan Foundation, The Community Foundation of Ottawa, Acacia Fund, Gunther, Inge Abrahamson Fund, Betty Davison Fund, The Ottawa Citizen, Shirley and Stuart Conger, Joyce Conger Fund for the Arts, Stephen Conger, Jane Low, Microsoft, TechSoup, MDS Nordion, Canada Post Corporation, J.P. Bickell Foundation, TD Canada Trust, Cross Border Management, TELUS, CIBC, mbna, Victoria and Walter Prystawski, Michael Potter, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Bridgewater Systems, Spiteri, Ursulak LLP, Kathleen Grimes, Iain Trevena, anonymous, Anonymous.

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