With the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, The School of Dance set out to design and deliver a new outreach programme called Dance of Life. Planned for a span of 14 months, Dance of Life reached or surpassed every goal set.
Photo by Nicola Henry: street dance off in front of The School of Dance, July 28, 2011
Dance of Life focused on mental health and wellness, positive body image, nutrition, physical fitness, artistic expression and the celebration of community. Each project was designed to provide information, to entice participation, to listen to the concerns and worries of young people and to encourage attainable action plans. Over 14 months, The School:
All of the workshop material created for Dance of Life was entirely health oriented based on:
Dance of Life received national coverage shortly after the announcement of the project by the Ministry; Lussier-Ley, C. & Leger, B. (2011). Dance of Life: Learning community, health, identity, and expression. The Physical and Health Education Journal, 77(3), p.32-35.
Goddess, created by Ottawa artist Audrey Greyeyes is the image that represents Dance of Life projects. The original drawing of Goddess, ink on rice paper, is owned by Vreni Tanner.
For more information regarding Dance of Life projects or any of The School's other community outreach programmes, please contact Merrilee Hodgins, Artistic Director