Classes are now well underway, and the dancers are busy preparing for the upcoming highland dance examinations on the 22nd November as well as our guest performance Nov. 4th at the Capitol Theatre with Celtic Chaos! Tickets at Rollin Arts Centre.
Our Family Fun Night is scheduled for the weekend of Nov 17-19th- stay tuned for the chosen activity! Our first pipes & pizza party was a success, with everyone in the school invited to come out to the social!
REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON ARE ON-GOING! New this fall- Teen Ballet, Teen Celtic, Junior Modern/Creative Movement! Call 250-723-9525 for details.
The Annual Recital- Ceilidh '17 Inspiration- takes place Sunday June 4th, 2 pm at ADSS Auditorium. Tickets now available at Rollin Arts Centre, Alter Ego, the studio & at the door. Adults $15, Srs & Students $12. Under 5 years FREE. Dancers were asked early in the season- What or Who inspires you? Their answers, scrawled in chalk on the six-foot ballerina blackboard in the waiting room have provided the basis for all the dances in this show. Celtic, ballet, contemporary, highland performed by all the dancers aged 4- 17! Come join us for a delightful end of season performance.
from the MacKenzie School of Dance are encouraged to take part in the
numerous highland dance competitions offered throughout the region and
country. When ready to compete, students are registered with Scotdance
Canada, the group responsible for the Canadian portion the world-wide
Registration ensures that dancers compete in categories suitable
for their experience and abilities, and tracks their progress through
the various categories: Primary for children under the age of 7;
Beginner for new dancers 7 & up; Novice for dancers who have
won medals in six separate beginner competitions; Intermediate for
dancers with six wins in Novice, and Premier for dancers who have
completed the Intermediate category. Included in the registration scheme
is insurance for the dancer while competing. Attending the
competitions provides incentive to work hard to progress, and the social
aspect of competing results in the development of life-long
friendships. Competitions and highland games can be fun events for the
Annual medal tests, conducted by the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance are held in November, and give each student a tangible goal and reward for hard work. These are a very positive experience and all students are encouraged to participate.
Ballet students are supported and encouraged if they wish to take
part in any of the regional festivals, but festival participation is not
mandatory. When ready, dancers taking a minimum number of classes are encouraged to take part in annual
examinations for classical ballet conducted by the Cecchetti Society of
Canada. Dancers from the school have excelled in examinations from
Grade One through to Advanced One. Serious students age 13 &
up have the option of auditioning for the Dancestreams Youth Dance Company.
All ballet and highland dancers,when ready emotionally and
technically, are encouraged to take part in some of the outstanding
summer school programs offered across the country. It is valuable for
dancers to venture outside the school from time to time, to dance with
others who share their passion for dance and to receive input from other
teachers. There are many excellent programs available. Parents &
dancers should consult Mrs. MacKenzie to discuss suitable options for