The School of Dance

The School of Dance

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

 

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Classical Ballet Training

The School of Dance ballet auditions

Photo: Lois Chan

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For details and to register, contact aide@theschoolofdance.ca or 613-238-7838

AUDITIONS

Ages 14+ <Read More> (pdf)

The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council. The School of Dance thanks the Government of Ontario.

Contemporary Dance Programme

The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Programme

Photo: Bill Juillette

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The School of Dance is registered as a career college under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005. The Contemporary Dance Programme is approved as a vocational training program under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005

Summer 2024

Summer at The School

Photo: Gilles Vézina

Adult Summer Shorts
Classes in June,
July and August 2024 <Read More> (pdf)


Summer Dance Days
Full Day Camps for Children ages 4-11
July 2-August 30, 2024 <Read More> (pdf)


Dance & Drama
Full day programme for dance students
Cecchetti Standard 1 or equivalent
July 29-August 2, 2024 <Read More> (pdf)


Dance Delights
Full day programme for dance students
Cecchetti Grades 1, 2 and 3 or equivalent
August 6-16, 2024 <Read More> (pdf)


Summer Co.
Full day programme for dance students Cecchetti Grade 4 to Intermediate and above, or equivalent
July 8-26, 2024 <Read More> (pdf)


Contemporary Dance Intensive
Intermediate & Advanced Levels (ages 14+) with Special Guests Darryl Tracy and Shania Leblanc
August 19-30, 2024
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Fall Term

The School of Dance

Photo: Javier Wong

Coming Soon!

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, Contemporary and Jazz with our professional teachers and musicians.

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 or Jazz or Contemporary guided by professional artists and musicians.

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

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.

The Hands of TIME
For Seniors and People with Parkinson’s

For Seniors and People with Parkinson’s at The School of Dance

Photo: TSOD Archives

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UKRAINIAN STORIES IN ACTION: Moving and Sharing for Seniors <Read More> (pdf)

The School of Dance з гордістю повідомляє... The Hands of TIME: наші історії у співпраці з Оттавською школою українського танцю УКРАЇНСЬКІ ІСТОРІЇ В ДІЇ: Рух і обмін для людей похилого віку <Read More> (pdf)

The Hands of TIME: Our Stories is funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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

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

ACTION is a dynamic performance by The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Programme students

Photo by/par : Gilles Vézina
Choreographer/chorégraphe : Sylvie Desrosiers
Dancer /interprète : Clodie Huot-Séguin

ACTION

May 10 and 11, 2024, 7:30pm
les 10 et 11 mai 2024, 19 h 30
ODD BOX, Arts Court/La Cour des arts
2 avenue Daly Avenue, Ottawa
Adults/Adultes : $25

Students & Seniors/Étudiant.e.s et aîné.e.s : $20
Reserve your tickets by email/réservez vos billets par courriel : aide@theschoolofdance.ca.

See a new generation of dance artists as they dive into the inventive worlds of nationally renowned contemporary dance choreographers: Yvonne Coutts, Jocelyn Todd and Apolonia Velasquez. ACTION is a dynamic performance by The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Programme students.

Voyez une nouvelle génération d’artistes de la danse contemporaine affronter le travail exigeant des chorégraphes de renommée nationale : Yvonne Coutts, Jocelyn Todd et Apolonia Velasquez. ACTION est un spectacle dynamique présenté par les étudiants du Programme de danse contemporaine de The School of Dance.


ACTION is a dynamic performance by The School of Dance Contemporary Dance Programme students

Season 45! The School of Dance
Join us Saturday, June 8 at 7pm in the Theatre of the Canadian Museum of History as we celebrate Season 45! of The School of Dance. Family-friendly, eclectic performance.
Cast of 75 young dancers.
Special Guest performers

Tickets $35. Call 613-238-7838 to reserve your tickets or email us at aide@theschoolofdance.ca.

See you in the Theatre!

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 <Read More>

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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Jean Grand-Maître

Jean Grand-Maître

Artist in Residence Programme Jean Grand-Maître

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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

Jim and Ginette Munson Encouragement Awards

Jim and Ginette Munson Encouragement Awards

Sebastian Henderson
Photo: John Nolan

Jim and Ginette Munson Encouragement Awards

Photo: Myriam Garcia Cournoyer
TSOD Archives

Ottawa, December 2023

The School of Dance is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Jim and Ginette Munson Encouragement Awards:


  1. Myriam Garcia Cournoyer
  2. Sebastian Henderson

The Awards honour two great Canadians and their ongoing commitment to The School of Dance including significant support of our DragonFly Programme for learners with Down syndrome. We have chosen to honour Jim and Ginette through the hallmarks of their own commitment to young people growing and learning in education, sports, and the arts by focusing the awards on diversity, confidence building, and hope.

The two $500 Encouragement Awards in honour of Jim and Ginette Munson go to Myriam Garcia Cournoyer, a member of our DragonFly® Programme who is now taking a leadership role in preparing materials for our younger DragonFly students, and to Sebastian Henderson, a young dancer in Level 2 of our Professional Ballet Division. Both deserve encouragement as they reach for their dreams. <Read More>


Rich Little Endowment Fund
for the Performing Arts Awards

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

Ottawa, September 2023

The School of Dance announced today the winner of the 2023 Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts, provided by the City of Ottawa to The School of Dance for administration:

· Artur Halanishyn

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 Artur!

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 2023, 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 one to three deserving students to receive a grant, funded through the Rich Little Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts.


Celia Franca Award

Celia Franca Award

Gilles Vézina

Ottawa, September 2023

The 2023-24 Celia Franca Award was presented to Kirsten Viitaniemi, a student in The School’s Professional Ballet Programme (Ward 22 - Riverside South-Findlay Creek, represented by Councillor Steve Desroches).

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 -

Thank You

The School of Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of:

Canada

Ontario

OAC

City of Ottawa

Ottawa Community Foundation

Telus Foundation

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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