The School of Dance, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Shall we DANCE!

The School of Dance Season 36


Dance promotes fitness, imparts poise and creates self-confidence. Join us on the dance floor and discover the magic of dance! We have fantastic teachers, amazing musicians and an atmosphere that inspires learning. See you in class!



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


Season 37 2015-16 Registration

Children's Fall Registration Form PDF

Adult Fall Registration Form PDF

Adult Dress Codes and Class Descriptions PDF

Piano Lessons Registration Form PDF

Homeschooling Classes Registration Form PDF

PD Dance Days Registration Form PDF

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


Watch this space for upcoming announcements and information!


Virtual Campus

See our new Virtual Campus instructional videos HERE.


2015-16 Celia Franca Award

The 2015-16 Celia Franca Award



The 2015-16 Celia Franca Award was presented to Julia Stein on September 26, 2015 by Artistic Director Merrilee Hodgins and Tobi Nussbaum Ottawa City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.


Congratulations Julia!


Professional Ballet Studies

Auditions Age 15+ at The School of Dance

Photo credit: D. Brian Campbell




Programme 2015 - 2016 Learn more>



Auditions Learn more>


Contemporary Dance Diploma


Photo credit: Sarah Schorlemer and Gilles Vézina




Programme 2015 - 2016 Learn more>


Auditions Learn more>


Prospectus <English> <Français>

The School of Dance on Facebook
The School of Dance on Facebook
The School of Dance on Twitter

Our Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages are frequently updated with new information about classes, performances, people and projects.


Arts Education and Outreach

Arts Education and Outreach

Photo credit: Gilles Vézina





Gallery 200 Public art space


Did you know? Your child's Tuition for Dance Education is TAX Deductible.

P.S. Save your receipts.


txt the word DANCE to 20222 to donate $10.


What's Happening

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 2-5pm - Concert & Reading in our Gallery 200. Meet the artists behind the exhibit Text & Context:

Roberta Huebener, contemporary calligraphic artist;

Susan McMaster, poet;

John Gordon Armstrong, musician and composer;

Doreen Taylor-Claxton, soprano; and

Pascale Lafrance, clarinet.

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Where in the World are the Grads? visit our facebook page and add your name to the map


Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign and The School of Dance Learn more>


Artist in Residence Programme

Audrey Greyeyes Learn more>


Neera Huckvale Learn more>


Maryse Maynard Learn more>


Beth Ross Learn more>


DragonFly Programmes for Learners with Down Syndrome


Photo credit Barbara Legowski



About the DragonFly Programme Learn more>


Ottawa Citizen Article Link to the Article


I Feel Fire

Photo credit Barbara Legowski

I Feel Fire, a book of photographs by Ottawa photographer Barbara Legowski, is now on sale at The School of Dance.

These images capture the enthusiasm, grace and love of dance and learning portrayed by DragonFly students.

The gift that gives twice; a unique book of photography for a friend or family member that also supports innovative programmes that expand learning for young people with Down Syndrome.


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

Ontario Trillium Foundation


For more information contact The School of Dance.


Stuart Conger Learning Centre

Stuart Conger Centre for Learning




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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Scholarships and Awards

Gabrielle Lachance 2014 winner Celia Franca Award!


Rich Little Endowment Fund PDF

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2015 Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts, provided by the City of Ottawa to The School of Dance for administration: Robin Treleaven and A.J. Ayson.


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


Congrats Robin and A.J!


The School gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.



The School of Dance Helps the Community Learn more>


The SODA Network. Calling all graduates! Learn more>


Studio Rental Learn more>




Showcasing new choreographies created by students in our Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:30pm & Saturday, October 31, 2015, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

ODD BOX, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Tickets on sale at The School of Dance


Fall into Winter

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

Saturday November 14, 2015, 7:00pm

Canadian Museum of History, 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau

Tickets on sale at The School of Dance


Winter Tableaux Tea

A charming family event at The School of Dance featuring our youngest students.

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:00pm

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

Tickets on sale at The School of Dance



A dynamic performance of dance works created by some of Canada's leading contemporary choreographers, including Peggy Baker and Emmanuel Jouthe, performed by students in our Contemporary Dance Diploma Programme.

Friday, December 18 & Saturday, December 19, 2015, 7:30pm

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Tickets available soon


Dance of Life Health!

Physiotherapy for Dancers Learn more>


Mental Performance in Dance Learn more>


About The School

History Learn more>

Staff Learn more>

General Information Learn more>

Accessibility, Privacy, Policies and Procedures Learn more>

Donate to The School of Dance Learn more>

TEXT the word DANCE to 20222 to donate $10 to The School of Dance

Wikipedia article Learn more>


We would like to thank

Ministry of Culture for Ontario, Canada Council for the Arts, Cultural Human Resources Council, Ministry of Culture for Ontario, 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, 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


txt the word DANCE to 20222 to donate $10.


Ottawa Seniors, Dance is BEST

We are excited to announce the launch of our unique new Dance Programme for Ottawa Seniors, Dance is BEST, in collaboration with Bruyère Continuing Care and funded by the Government of Ontario as part of the Seniors Community Grant Program! PDF


I Love The School of Dance Campaign

I love The School of Dance



A button for you

(and a second one two)

We hope that you pass it along

On backpacks and shoes

(we’re spreading the news)

The School is where dancers belong

Pick up your free button in the office.

The School of Dance is a registered, non-profit charitable, educational organization currently celebrating its 37th anniversary season.