Monday, December 1, 2014

SCD and the Barrie YMCA Launch Creative Dance Program




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, December 1, 2014, Barrie ON …

Subject: Arts Education, Dance, Recreation and Wellness

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and the YMCA Barrie are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new program in arts education the - Creative Dance Program.

This program, conducted by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers’ (SCD) in association with the Barrie YMCA is designed to welcome children to creative and contemporary dance. The program will offer classes for children ages 3-12, organized by age range.

Students will participate in a variety of dance and movement exercises from choreographed phrases to guided improvisations. The focus is to explore elements of dance such as space, time, energy, weight and dynamics, learning movement skills through imagination and stories. The Creative Dance Program aims to develop each child’s expressiveness through movement.

Leading the program is SCD’s Movement Education Director, Susan Kendal. Ms. Kendal, recently relocated to Barrie from Toronto where she taught creative movement for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Young Dancers’ Program from 2003-2014 and conducted dance workshops in the public school system.

"I'm thrilled at the opportunity to continue my work as a children's contemporary and creative dance teacher in Barrie,” says Kendal,  “I am passionate about this work and utterly inspired to share my love of dance and imagination with kids. Working with the YMCA is a great opportunity to make the classes very accessible to families."

Additional instructors currently scheduled to assist include SCD’s Associate Artistic Director and Dramaturge, Nancy Pottage and SCD’s Education Outreach Coordinator and Blogger, Christie Roberts; both of whom have BEd degrees, extensive experience as performers, and teach in the elementary school system.

(Full instructor bios available here)

SCD Artistic and Executive Director Sarah Lochhead notes, “Since the company began we have been approached by parents and children at performances and community events to offer a program like the Creative Dance Program. When the YMCA approached us about developing this partnership, we felt the timing was right to embark on this endeavor.”

“The Barrie YMCA is pleased to be able to partner with the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers to offer children yet another way to reach their full potential.  We believe the opportunity to try new things is critical to the development of children and their physical literacy,” said Barrie YMCA General Manager, Dale Rowe.

SCD currently offers, and will continue to offer Beginner to Advanced Contemporary classes and workshops for teens and adults, both self-produced and with their studio partners Kreative Dance Company and Orillia Dance Academy.

For information on how to register for the Creative Dance Program contact:
Jenna Steeves, Supervisor, Child, Youth and Aquatics
jenna_steeves@ymca.ca
705-726-6421, ext. 222

Background:
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers is a not-for-profit professional company by and for our region of Simcoe County that exists to encourage and showcase the development of local professional contemporary dance. Their aim is to raise the visibility of contemporary dance, create awareness, build educational opportunities, and reach out to the public to share their love of dance.

The company began in 2009 with support from a City of Barrie Arts Grant to individual artists and continues to receive project and operational support from the city’s granting programs. Their work has also been recognized through support from the Ontario Arts Councils Dance Initiatives project grants. Simcoe Contemporary Dancers have performed at such local events as the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts Grand Opening Gala, The Barrie Arts Awards and Culture Days.

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers are pioneers in this community as the regions first performance based not-for-profit dance organization. They are an ensemble of highly skilled adult professional dancers dedicated and invested in growing and developing local talent. Their work and approach marries community arts with high caliber artistry and integrity.

The YMCA provides values-based programs and services that teach the importance of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusiveness. It’s a place where friendships are formed and family ties are strengthened. To reach as many people as we can, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to benefit from its services.

Media Inquiries: Sarah Lochhead – Artistic and Executive Director p. 705-718-5451 e. SimcoeContemporaryDancers@gmail.com




Dale Rowe – General Manager, Barrie YMCA, 705-726-6421, ext 226, dale_rowe@ymca.ca, ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca

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