Start date: January 16, 2017 End date: July 2, 2017
Celebrate Canada's 150th Through Dance!
Want to learn a fun, uniquely Canadian choreography? Here’s your chance. Ahead of Sharing Dance Day, FREE dance classes are being offered at locations across Canada: Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and more. Dancers of all ages and abilities wanted; no experience required! Rehearsals will prepare you to shine at Sharing Dance Day events beginning June 2. This is a great chance to get some exercise and have fun. Gather your family, friends, neighbours, and coworkers and get dancing! To learn more about Sharing Dance and to register for FREE classes, please visit: www.sharingdance.ca.
At the heart of Canada National Ballet School's Sharing Dance is a goal to get one million Canadians dancing in celebration for Canada’s 150th birthday, and to do so by engaging and supporting people of all ages and abilities in dancing for a healthy body and mind. In support of this goal, and in partnership with Physical and Health Education Canada, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Sharing Dance Canada will deliver resources and programming nationwide, and cultivate active participation in communities across Canada.
As a Canada 150 Initiative, Sharing Dance will offer a range of opportunities for youth, seniors and everyone in between, to celebrate Canadian values artistically and get active, healthy and creatively engaged through dance. Through this project and the accessible, community dance choreography created, participants will experience meaningful physical and emotional expressions of Canadian values. The dance resources for teachers and youth as well as the 2017 Sharing Dance Day choreography will be created to reflect and explore values that are truly Canadian.
The program will culminate in a massive “Sharing Dance Day” pan-Canadian community dance performance in 2017. The Sharing Dance routine will be accessible to all Canadians, as modified versions of the choreography and resources will be offered to suit all skill and ability levels, including those with special needs. To learn more about Sharing Dance, please visit: www.sharingdance.ca.
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Sharing Dance is designed to celebrate Canada 150 by using the rich, inclusive storytelling power of dance. Through this project and the accessible, community dance choreography created, participants will experience meaningful physical and emotional expressions of Canadian values.
Dance resources for teachers and youth as well as the 2017 Sharing Dance Day routine will be created to reflect and explore values that are truly Canadian and linked to key sesquicentennial themes, such as: diversity; social justice; reconciliation; tolerance and celebration.
With the Canada 150 Sharing Dance choreography, we will create conditions for Canadian voices to be heard, empowering communities to tell their own stories through music and dance. Leading artists from regions all across Canada will choreograph sections of the routine in collaboration with local groups (youth, elders, community leaders). Each region’s contribution to the choreography will reflect a facet of contemporary Canadian identity, rooted within diverse national spaces, to serve as a powerful platform for participatory Canadian storytelling.
Sharing Dance will encourage Canadians to give back in time and energy on a significant scale. The program promotes quality, fun dance education for youth and will empower many tens of thousands of teachers to bring more physical activity and arts experiences into the classroom as they meet the requirements of the curricula.
It will provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with dance for hundreds of thousands of youth and initiate key behavioral changes. These shifts will promote greater public health across Canada and set our youth on a course to live healthier, more active lives. This is a powerful legacy for Canada, one that will make a significant impact on our nation for decades to come.
- Reach: National
- Theme(s): Arts & Culture
- Region(s): Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, National, Northern Territories, Ontario, Prairies, Quebec
- Website: http://www.sharingdance.ca/
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