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

Winter 2020

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®

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Children's Classes

The School of Dance Children

Photo: Lisa Hebert

Winter registration <PDF>

Dress Code <PDF>

Piano Lessons <PDF>

 


Adult Classes

The School of Dance Adult Classes

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Adult registration Winter 2020 <PDF>

Adult Dress Code <PDF>


Youth Classes

The School of Dance Youth

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Youth registration <PDF>

 


Classes for Seniors

The School of Dance Seniors

Photo: Nicola Fridgen

You're NEVER too old to dance.

Seniors Registration form <PDF>

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

Lift Off! Silent Auction

The School of Dance Lift Off! Silent Auction

Lift Off!

Our season opening Silent Auction is now UNDERWAY! Thank you to the community businesses and individuals who have donated items to us!

 

To make a bid email aide@theschoolofdance.ca, call 613-238-7838, stop by the main office or send us a Facebook message! Auction closes Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:30pm.

 

  1. Two tickets to a 2019-20 National Arts Centre Dance presentation (value $260 | starting bid $130)
  2. Two tickets to Ballet Jörgen’s Ottawa performance of the Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition (value $114 | starting bid $55)
  3. Two tickets to a 2019-20 National Arts Centre Orchestra presentation (value $230 | starting bid $120)
  4. Two tickets to a 2019-20 Ottawa Symphony concert (value $137 | starting bid $70)
  5. Two “Choose 4” subscriptions to the 2019-20 Chamberfest Concert Series (value $403 | starting bid $175)
  6. Two tickets to a 2019-20 Great Canadian Theatre Company production (value $108 | starting bid $50)
  7. $100.00 gift certificate to Courtyard Restaurant (starting bid $50)
  8. $50.00 gift card to Stella Luna Gelato Café (starting bid $25)
  9. One night weekend stay in a Premiere One Bedroom Suite at Les Suites Hotel in Ottawa (value $250 | starting bid $125)
  10. One night stay in a Standard Room with breakfast at the Hampton Inn Ottawa (value $219 | starting bid $100)
  11. One night stay with breakfast and complementary parking at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Ottawa (value $240 | starting bid $120)
  12. One night stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa (value $349 | starting bid $140)
  13. Two tickets to any show at the Gladstone Theatre until June 2020 (value $80 | starting bid $40)
  14. Four tickets to Christmas with Music and Beyond on Dec. 21, 2019, 7:30pm (value $120 | starting bid $60)
  15. Two tickets to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker at the National Arts Centre on Dec.6, 2019, 7pm (value $260 | starting bid $130)
  16. Certificate for a chemical peel treatment at MedicSPA (value $200 | starting bid $100)
  17. Mineral make up by GLO and 5 facial masks from MedicSPA (value $200 | starting bid $100)

The School of Dance would like to thank the community businesses and individuals who have donated items to us!

Upcoming Performances

Fall into Winter

The School of Dance Fall Upcoming Performances

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Canadian Museum of History Theatre

100 rue Laurier, Gatineau

An eclectic, family-friendly performance featuring students from our Professional Ballet Programme. Call The School of Dance at 613-238-7838 for tickets and more information.

Tickets
$25 Adults/ $20 Students

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Dances By Youth For Youth

The School of Dance Upcoming Performances

Photo: Gilles Vézina

November 28 and 29, 2019, 7:00pm

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Tickets: $15 Adults
$10 Students & Seniors
$5 Children 10 and under
Tickets are available NOW online at
https://artscourt.ca/events/dances-by-youth-for-youth/

A showcase of contemporary dance choreographies created by a variety of youth groups ranging from high school dance students to emerging professional choreographers and dancers. Be captivated by the richness of the ideas and inspirations shared by the aspiring professionals and the professional artists. Dances By Youth For Youth is a mentoring project coordinated and produced by The School of Dance with the generous support of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Featuring professional dance works by:

  1. Cathy Kyle Fenton with dancers Amanda Bon and Sarah Hopkin
  2. Gabrielle Rousseau

Featuring students from:

  1. Thursday, November 28, 2019: Bell High School, Earl of March Secondary School (junior students) and Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School
  2. Friday, November 29, 2019: Canterbury High School, Earl of March Secondary School (senior students), École secondaire publique De La Salle and The School of Dance MIND programme.

Winter Celebration

The School of Dance Upcoming Performances

Photo: Lisa Hebert

December 7, 2019, 10:30am

Celia Franca Studio,
The School of Dance,
200 Crichton Street, Ottawa

$10 General Admission
Children under 12 years are free

Featuring The School’s Student Division in a delightful winter performance.

Call The School of Dance at 613-238-7838 for tickets and more information.


Winter Fantasy

The School of Dance Upcoming Performances

Photo: Gilles Vézina

December 7, 2019, 1:00pm

Celia Franca Studio,
The School of Dance,
200 Crichton Street, Ottawa

$10 General Admission
Children under 12 years are free

Featuring The School’s Student Division in a delightful winter performance.

Call The School of Dance at 613-238-7838 for tickets and more information.


Winter Fun

The School of Dance Upcoming Performances

Photo: Gilles Vézina

December 7, 2019, 2:30pm

Celia Franca Studio,
The School of Dance,
200 Crichton Street, Ottawa

$10 General Admission
Children under 12 years are free

Featuring The School’s Student Division in a delightful winter performance.

Call The School of Dance at 613-238-7838 for tickets and more information.


Winter Wonderland

The School of Dance Upcoming Performances

Photo: Gilles Vézina

December 7, 2019, 4:00pm

Celia Franca Studio,
The School of Dance,
200 Crichton Street, Ottawa

$10 General Admission
Children under 12 years are free

Featuring The School’s Student Division in a delightful winter performance.

Call The School of Dance at 613-238-7838 for tickets and more information.


Winter Tableaux Tea

The School of Dance Upcoming Performances

Photo: Ken Bell

December 8, 2019, 3:00pm

Celia Franca Studio,
The School of Dance,
200 Crichton Street, Ottawa

$10 General Admission
Children under 12 years are free

Featuring the youngest students of The School of Dance in a charming family event.

Call The School of Dance at 613-238-7838 for tickets and more information.


Traces

The School of Dance Upcoming Performances

Photo: Gilles Vézina
2018-19 students
Choreography by David Albert-Toth and Emily Gualtieri

December 13 and 14, 2019, 7:30pm

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Tickets: $25 Adults
$20 Students & Seniors
$10 Children

Tickets are available NOW online at
https://artscourt.ca/events/traces/

A dynamic performance of dance works created by some of Canada’s leading contemporary choreographers, including Anik Bouvrette, Marie-Michelle Darveau, Sylvie Desrosiers, Cathy Kyle Fenton, Darryl Tracy and Apolonia Velasquez performed by students in The School’s Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme.

The School of Dance thanks Microsoft for their ongoing support.

Photo Essay by
Felix and Javier

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

Virtual Campus

The School of Dance Virtual Campus

Photo: D. Brian Campbell

Instructional videos <Learn more>

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

DragonFly®

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

Photo: Barbara Roblin

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

Photo: TSOD Archives

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


2019
Rich Little Endowment Fund
for the Performing Arts Awards

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

Artistic Director Merrilee Hodgins,
Maura-Siobhan LaRue, Magdalena Shew and
Director of Contemporary Dance Studies Sylvie Desrosiers

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

Nikita Koziel Ly

Congratulations to Maura-Siobhan LaRue, Magdalena Shew and Nikita Koziel Ly, recipients of the 2019 Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts Awards, provided by the City of Ottawa to The School of Dance for administration!

Maura-Siobhan LaRue, Magdalena Shew <Learn more>

Nikita Koziel Ly <Learn more>


Celia Franca Award

2018 Celia Franca Award

Rhiannon Beausoleil-Morisson and Claire Viitaniemi, winners of the 2019 Celia Franca award, pictured with Artistic Director Merrilee Hodgins and
Ruth Watson, winner of the 1999 Celia Franca Award

Ottawa, October 22, 2019

Ruth Watson, winner of the 1999 Celia Franca Award, presented the 2019 Celia Franca Award to Rhiannon Beausoleil-Morrison and Claire Viitaniemi during The School of Dance Season 41 Lift Off event!

The Celia Franca Award is represented by the sculpture After Arabesque by Canadian Artist Anne Harris.

The Award, in honour of Miss Franca, a great Canadian icon and a co-Artistic Director of The School of Dance for many years, is presented annually to young dancers 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!


Physiotherapy for Dancers

The School of Dance Physiotherapy for Dancers

Pamela Place PT FCAMPT CAFCI

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

About The School

History
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Staff and Faculty
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Guest Teachers and Choreographers
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Government Support

The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of:

City of Ottawa

OAC

Ontario

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

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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