2022-09-18T16:02:52

The School of Dance

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

The School of Dance

Inspired. Learning.

 

Our dancers dance.

Janna Matoussova with Elena Ilin.

The School of Dance thanks Microsoft for their ongoing support.

Classical Ballet Training

The School of Dance ballet auditions

Photo: TSOD Archives

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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

Photo: Sarah Schorlemer and Gilles Vézina

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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

Children's Classes

The School of Dance Children

Photo: Lisa Hebert

Our Children’s Dance Classes begin with Twirling Tots at the age of 2 years. Explore Creative Movement Classical Ballet and Jazz with our professional teachers and musicians.

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Teen Classes

The School of Dance Youth

Photo: TSOD Archives

Our TED Classes - Teens Exploring Dance - give youth the space and time to delve into Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Choreography and Composition, guided by professional artists and musicians

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Adult Programmes

The School of Dance Adult Classes

Photo: Nicola Fridgen

From beginner to advanced levels, we have an extensive selection of Adult Classes - Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Choreography, Jazz, Lyrical, Pilates, and Progressing Ballet Technique with fantastic teachers and accompanists

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Dance is BEST® for Seniors

The School of Dance Seniors

Photo: Nicola Fridgen

Specially designed for older learners our Dance is BEST programmes help improve mobility and co-ordination, while boosting energy! Dance is BEST offers physical and mental health benefits with social interactions after classes to share and connect.

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The School of Dance thanks Microsoft for their ongoing support.

Connecting with Dance
for people with Parkinson's

These nourishing classes, led by Maria Shepertycki, dovetail creative movement and music! Connecting with Dance encourages and supports through interpretive seated and standing exercises designed to activate and ease participants from head to toe.

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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DragonFly®

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

Photo: Barbara Roblin

Our Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome

DragonFly® develops critical skills needed by learners with Down syndrome. Based on international research and best practices, our DragonFly® programmes instill confidence and independence in movement, reading, math and social interactions. We believe that young people with Down syndrome can be independent, thoughtful contributors to society, capable of setting and achieving their own goals.

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The School of Dance thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

DanceONTour®

The School of Dance and DanceONTour®

Photo: Gilles Vézina

Tours will resume 2022

Workshops and Performances made accessible to students across Eastern Ontario and Western Québec, with our teaching artists and young dancers in training. Youth sharing art with youth.

Gallery 200

Gallery 200

Photo: TSOD Archives

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Performances

The School of Dance produces a variety of performances each season featuring our young dancers in training. From studio to STAGE – at the National Arts Centre, the Museum of History Theatre, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Arts Court Theatre, and ODD BOX Theatre.

See you next season!

 

The School of Dance A Gallery of Song: Spirit of the Land

Photo: Composer/pianist James K. Wright, Professor, School for Studies in Art & Culture: Music, Supervisor of Graduate Studies, Carleton University
with dancers from The School of Dance
by Gilles Vézina

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

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

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

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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Studio Rental - Not available at this time.

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

Awards


Rich Little Endowment Fund
for the Performing Arts Awards

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

Miriam Benoy

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

Simone Brown

September 2021

The School of Dance announced today the winners of the Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts, provided by the City of Ottawa to The School of Dance for administration:

  • Miriam Benoy
    (Ward 13—Rideau-Rockliffe, represented by Rawlson King)
  • Simone Brown
    (Ward 11—Beacon Hill-Cyrville, represented by Tim Tierney)

The School of Dance is proud to collaborate with the City of Ottawa in the important role of supporting young dance artists. The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

Congratulations to Miriam and Simone!

Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts

This program was designed specifically to assist young emerging artists in the continuation of intensive professional training in the performing arts (dance, theatre, and music).

In 2021, local arts training organizations with solid track records of providing professional arts training to young adults were invited to act as third-party recommenders in a partnership approach to the awarding of funding. Each organization selected two to three deserving students to receive a grant, funded through the Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts.


Celia Franca Award

2020 Celia Franca Award

 

Ottawa, January 1, 2020

The Celia Franca Award was presented this year to Janna Matoussova, a Level 8 student in The School’s Professional Ballet Programme (Ward 10—Gloucester-Southgate, represented by Diane Deans).

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 a young dancer showing commitment, dedication, excellent work ethic, exemplary behaviour and an outstanding love of dance.

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

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. <Read 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

Clients are encouraged to contact Pam Place directly at 613-899-3947 or physiopam@gmail.com

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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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General Information
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Accessibility, Privacy, Policies and Procedures
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Donate to The School of Dance
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Wikipedia article
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- The School of Dance and the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Community Grant program -

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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I Love The School of Dance Campaign

I love The School of Dance

 

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