About Sharing Dance
Sharing Dance is Canada’s National Ballet School’s flagship community outreach initiative offering free dance programs for all Canadians—to get healthy, active and artistically engaged. Featuring multifaceted programming and supported through a collection of free online resources, Sharing Dance includes:
- High-quality dance activities for children and youth—both in and out of the classroom.
- Health and wellness dance programs for seniors, focused specifically on improving quality of life and creating community.
- Sharing Dance Canada 2017, a nation-wide, engagement program culminating in multigenerational community performances on Sharing Dance Day, celebrating Canada’s 150th.
Increase access: Offer in- and out-of-classroom programs and activities encouraging children and youth—who may otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in dance activities—to develop healthier, more active habits through dance.
Improve movement: Help seniors and individuals prevent injury by managing physical, mental and emotional symptoms associated with age-related illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Effect childhood development: Promote dance as a valuable strategy in youth engagement and development of social skills, self-confidence, and overall better physical health and education.
Provide health intervention: Have dance widely recognized and valued for its public health benefits and role in improving quality of life for all.
Use technology to scale: Make dance accessible to all Canadians through an interactive online platform, offering digital resources and support, livestreamed content, and forums for public involvement.
Support Research: Contribute to medical and scientific knowledge by supporting research to demonstrate the effectiveness of dance as a preventive and healthy activity.
Dance for Parkinson’s Network Canada
Tea and Tango in Halifax, Dancing with Parkinson’s in Vancouver or Dancing Parkinson’s YYC in Calgary – each of these classes offers opportunities for people with Parkinson’s Disease to dance on a regular basis. And yes, they do have something else in common.
Embracing Diversity: Connecting Communities through Sharing Dance
This year, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa brought the Sharing Dance program to its Ethnic and Seniors' groups. On July 1, at the newly reopened National Arts Centre, NBS staff were thrilled to see the SPCO dancers participating in the Sharing Dance workshop and performance.
Celebrating Canadian Citizenship with Sharing Dance
For Vivian Berneol, participating in an official Canada 150 Signature Event was important in marking her first year as an official Canadian citizen and we are thrilled that she has chosen Sharing Dance Canada 2017.
North Preston and NBS are Sharing Dance
This past October, a team of 6 NBS staff members travelled to North Preston, a community of 4,000 people located just outside Halifax. North Preston is the largest and oldest indigenous black settlement in Nova Scotia, and has played a very special role in Sharing Dance Canada 2017.
Sharing Dance Initiatives
Sharing Dance Canada 2017
Register to learn the choreography for the nation-wide Sharing Dance Day. No dance experience required. All ages and abilities needed!
Help Bring the Joy of Dance to Canadians
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