Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Variations on a Theme

Recital themes open up creative possibilities—and can be super fun for everyone by Karen White To theme or not to theme? Many studio educators ponder that question when recital planning time rolls around. Some believe recital themes are limiting and shy away, while others might feel their previous attempts at themes fell flat and weren’t…

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Acro-tastic

Take advantage of today’s tumbling craze by adding acro dance to your schedule by Debra Danese The popularity of acro is skyrocketing with studio-aged kids. More and more often, dance choreography features acro moves, and the blend of the two disciplines benefits students by expanding their movement vocabularies. With that in mind, perhaps you are…

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December 2014 | Teacher in the Spotlight |Nancy Pattison

NOMINATED BY: Cindy Pattison-Rivard, daughter: “My mom, Nancy Pattison, owner and operator of our family-oriented dance school, is celebrating 60 years in dance education. Nancy’s was one of the first studios in the area and continues to offer dance lessons and life lessons, and to inspire dancers of all ages. Many alumni have gone on to pursue dance careers all over the world.”

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December 2013 | Mail

Thank you for the wonderful article about NBS’ Assemblée Internationale festival [“Assemblée Internationale 2013: Canada’s international festival proves there are no borders, nationally or technologically, in ballet,” by Joseph Carman] in the September issue of DSL. It looked great! Hopefully you’ll be able to join us for the next AI!

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September 2013 | Assemblée Internationale 2013

Canada’s National Ballet School held the first AI ballet festival in 2009; in this second edition—held April 28 to May 4 in Toronto, Canada—17 schools from various countries joined the NBS. One hundred ninety students gathered with faculty from each school to participate in daily ballet technique classes, rehearse and perform blended casts of student choreography, dance ballets representative of each school, and perform in a high-tech, collaboratively choreographed experimental work.

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May-June 2013 | FYI

Harold “Matt” Mattox, a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, and the creator of a jazz dance technique that synthesized ballet, jazz, modern dance, and tap into a singular movement style, died February 18 at age 91 in Perpignan, France.

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February 2013 | Kicking Off Summer

Soccer. The beach. Family vacations. So many things keep students out of the dance studio for the summer. To avoid losing students whose interest may wane over the course of a long break and to build interest in dance, Darla Lemay, who owns Stageworks Academy of the Performing Arts in Leduc, Alberta, Canada, has created the Kick Start Program, a short session that follows the regular dance year. The program seeks to “kick start” technique, offer kids inspiration and fun, and keep students engaged in dance.

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January 2013 | Work of the Heart

Hear the word “aboriginal” and you’re likely to think of Australia. But the generic term refers to any native people, and that includes the Gitxsan nation, inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada. With territories including the Babine, Bulkley, Kispiox, and Skeena Rivers in British Columbia, covering more than 20,000 square miles of interior land rich in salmon fishing, the Gitxsan people lived peacefully for centuries, preserving their traditional culture.

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