The School of Dance

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

The School of Dance is a registered, non-profit charitable, educational organization currently celebrating its 38th anniversary season in Ottawa, Canada.

The School of Dance ballet auditions

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Professional Ballet Studies

 
The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Diploma

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Contemporary Dance Diploma

 

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.

The School of Dance Adult Classes

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Adult Classes

Choose from an array of classes and get moving!

 

 
The School of Dance Children

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Children

Spin! Leap! Dance!

 

 
The School of Dance Youth

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Youth

Dance...
friends forever!

 

 
The School of Dance Seniors

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Seniors

You're NEVER too old to dance.

 

The School of Dance would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council, a government agency, for its ongoing support.

Forms Fall 2016

Children and Youth Fall 2016 Registration Learn more

 

Children and Youth Fall Dress Codes Learn more

 

Adult Fall 2016 Registration Learn more

 

Adult Dress Codes and Class Descriptions Learn more

 

Piano Lessons Registration

- Information Sheet Learn more

- Registration Form PDF

 

Connecting with Dance, new course designed for people with Parkinson's Disease

- Information Sheet Learn more

- Registration Form PDF

 

Dance is BEST for Seniors

- Information Sheet Learn more

- Registration Form PDF

 

PD Dance 2016 PD F

 

Professional Ballet Audition Form PDF

 

Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme Audition Registration Form PDF

 

Auditions for Alberta Ballet Company The Nutcracker Learn more

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

The School of Dance Virtual Campus

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Virtual Campus

Instructional videos

 
The School of Dance DragonFly Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome

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DragonFly

Our Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome

 
The School of Dance and DanceONTour

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DanceONTour

Your students can enjoy their own dance experience

 
Gallery 200

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Gallery 200

Public art space

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

What's Happening

Auditions for Alberta Ballet Company The Nutcracker 2016

 

Auditions for Alberta Ballet Company The Nutcracker < Learn more >

 

 

Workplace Charitable Campaign

Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign and The School of Dance.

 

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Artist in Residence Programme

Audrey Greyeyes

Neera Huckvale

Maryse Maynard

Beth Ross

 

Community

The School of Dance Helps the Community Learn more>

 

The SODA Network. Calling all graduates! Learn more>

 

Studio Rental Learn more>

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

The School of Dance Scholarships and Awards

 

City of Ottawa Councillor Tobi Nussbaum presenting Julia Stein with the 2015 Celia Franca Award.

Scholarships and Awards

June 10, 2016 The School of Dance today announced the names and home communities of its 2015-2016 Award Recipients. Each year, for the past 37 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.

 
Stuart Conger Learning Centre

 

Stuart Conger Learning Centre

In 2007, The School announced the opening of the Stuart Conger Learning Centre.

 

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.

 

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

Performances

The School of Dance Celebrating Culture Days

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Celebrating Culture Days

October 1, 2016, 3:00pm

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

 

Free event! Join us we celebrate Culture Days in Canada with demonstrations from students in our Professional Ballet Programme and Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme. The event will also include presentations by Councillor Tobi Nussbaum of the 2016 Celia Franca Award and the 2016 Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts Scholarships, provided by the City of Ottawa to The School of Dance for administration.

 
The School of Dance Solos

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Solos

November 4 and 5, 2016, 7:30pm

ODD BOX, Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa

 

Up close and personal in the ODD BOX, witness The School of Dance Contemporary students' choreographies as they unleash their creative energy and put to the test their compositional knowledge. Learn about their experience as creators… in this new world of dance.

 

Tickets will be available at The School of Dance - $20 Adults/ $15 Students & Seniors/ $10 Children

 

 

The School of Dance Fall into Winter

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Fall into Winter

November 19, 2016, 7:00pm

Canadian Museum of History, 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau

 

An eclectic, family-friendly performance featuring students from our Professional Ballet Programme.

 

Tickets will be available at The School of Dance - $25 Adults/ $20 Students & Seniors

 
The School of Dance Winter Tableaux Tea

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Winter Tableaux Tea

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00pm

 

Celia Franca Studio, The School of Dance

200 Crichton Street, Ottawa

 

The youngest of The School’s students performing on stage in a charming family event! Tickets will be available at The School of Dance - $10.00

 

 

The School of Dance Traces

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Traces

December 16 and 17, 2016, 7:30pm

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

 

A dynamic performance of dance works created by some of Canada’s leading contemporary choreographers, including Serge Bennathan, Julia Sasso, Sylvie Desrosiers and Charles Cardin-Bourbeau, performed by students in The School’s Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme.

 

Tickets will be available at Arts Court - $25 Adults/ $20 Students & Seniors/ $10 Children

 

The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Dance of Life Health!

Physiotherapy for Dancers Learn more>

 

Connecting with Dance, new course designed for people with Parkinson's Disease

- Information Sheet Learn more

- Registration Form PDF

 

About The School

History Learn more>

 

Staff and Faculty Learn more>

 

Guest Teachers and Choreographers Learn more>

 

General Information
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Accessibility, Privacy, Policies and Procedures Learn more>

 

Donate to The School of Dance Learn more>

 

Wikipedia article Learn more>

 

Ottawa Seniors, Canadian Stories

We are excited to announce the launch of our unique new Dance Programme for Ottawa Seniors in collaboration with Bruyère Continuing Care. Watch this space for more information.

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

Government Support

The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following:

City of Ottawa
 

 

OAC
 
Ontario

The School of Dance thanks the Conger Family 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, 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.

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

I Love The School of Dance Campaign

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The School of Dance is a registered, non-profit charitable, educational organization currently celebrating its 38th anniversary season.
Charitable Registration Number: 119253391RR0001.