Dates for 2014 Contemporary Group Choreography:
October 24, 25, & 26, 2014 (Oct. 24 is a Pro-D Day)
Details to follow.
Dates for 2014 Group Jazz Choreography:
October 3, 4, & 5, 2014
Details to follow.
Calling all Moms...and fitness enthusiasts!! The Dance Gallery is now taking registration for our 10 week programs for your little dancers (ages 18mths- 4 years old)...we are offering a variety of classes on Tuesday mornings from October 7th- December 9th for your son/daughter to come and discover their love of dance and music! AND...we are offering a 10 week Strength and Conditioning class in an adjoining studio while your little one is in class...you receive a discounted rate when you register at The Dance Gallery! The cost for the 10 week dance programs is $100...and $60 for the 10 week fitness camp when registering a child with The Dance Gallery, $80 for non-registered individuals. Please message us here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details...can't wait to see you there and watch your little one smile with their love of dance!
Dance With Me
18mth- 2 1/2 years (parent required)
9:00am- 9:45am, Tuesdays (October 7th - December 9th)
2 1/2 years old - 4 1/2 years old (no parents needed!)
9:45am-10:30am, Tuesdays (October 7th- December 9th)
** During this time, we will also hold a Strength and Conditioning class in an adjoining studio...come join us while your little dancer is in class!
To Maureen and all those at The Dance Gallery,
I know this email will come as a surprise to my beloved dance-teacher, Maureen. Such is the beauty of how the internet can reconnect us all.
I am incredibly proud to be a graduate of The Judy Hunter School of Dance (and as one of Maureen’s long-time students, will consider myself one of The Dance Gallery as well.)
My journey of dance began in 1967 – and I graduated from the studio & Kam-High in 1982. It goes without saying that to this day, I still feel so blessed and have hundreds of fond memories from my years with Maureen (& Judy!) My sisters, cousin and I all studied under their tutelage with pride of being “raised” as dancers with one of the finest schools in BC, and Canada - while also being provided exceptional training, a sense of family and a whole lot of life’s joys.
And this mentoring extended far beyond my 15 years as part of their training-centre – the mentoring continued on, as I was welcomed back as a guest-teacher or turned to my amazing & giving teachers, Maureen and Judy, for career guidance, as I forged ahead with my dance-career in the Lower-Mainland.
I know that the immense qualities instilled in me were integral to my own successful career as a Dance-Educator, Adjudicator and now editor of my own dance-publication. It is always with a full heart that I can reflect on my dance-years – the excitement I felt at new recital, festival & exam seasons – the comfort of knowing I was “in good hands” as I aspired to my own dreams of dance!
I wish you all a fantastic dance-season – and many more to come!
I extend my endless gratitude to Maureen Duggan – a Dance Educator of incredible passion and one of my life’s greatest mentors!
Ronelle Roode, Editor – A Passion for Dance Magazine
This past summer has seen several significant changes at The Dance Gallery. Over this time I have searched for the best way to convey to you the roots of these changes and the impact they will have on The Dance Gallery and our students.
Alternatively, I've decided to share with you a bit of The Dance Gallery's history and my own dedication to mentoring young dancers. It is my hope that with a clearer understanding of these histories and an understanding of The Dance Gallery's pathway to the future that families will be able to make informed choices about their children's dance school.
In 1964 I was recruited from England by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrelly, co-founders of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, to teach for them at the Canadian School of Ballet in Kelowna. This early experience was instrumental in my commitment to building a strong technical foundation for all dancers whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism. Most importantly this period was also where I recognized the importance of nurturing life-long student/teacher mentor relationships.
And so when I arrived in Kamloops over 40 years ago I chose to work for Judy Hunter's School of Dance as it had also been built upon similar standards and values. When I purchased the school and established The Dance Gallery in 1996 I remained committed to technical excellence and began to foster mentor relationships between our current and previous students and our teachers. I continue to work as a practical teaching supervisor for the Royal Academy of Dance with student teachers across BC. The Dance Gallery also provides ongoing opportunities for our young dancers to learn from our previous students who have established themselves professionally in dance companies, the theatre, and as choreographers. These relationships are built upon the provision of a space whereby all students can meet their greatest potential, in a safe and encouraging atmosphere.
It is with this in mind that I can confirm Lori Birk and Marylou Joseph will be integral components of The Dance Gallery as we move forward. Both Lori and Marylou embody the character and values The Dance Gallery aspires to and both share my commitment to the art of teaching and the inspirational mentorship of young dancers. Marylou will continue to lead the Ballet program and Lori will teach and choreograph both recreational and competitive jazz classes as well as lyrical and hip-hop classes.
The Dance Gallery remains an established business built upon a set of standards and values that have evolved from being a constant presence in the Kamloops dance community. Welcome back to a new season - we look forward to seeing you next week. And remember dance is your soul in flight!
All DG Dancers!!
As discussed last spring, The Dance Gallery is excited to offer the opportunity to join our Performance Troupe!
Becoming part of the Performance Troupe offers dancers additional opportunities to perform and compete AND the Troupe will also be invited to travel to New York in 2014!!
All dancers who meet the Troupe Enrollment Requirements are welcome to audition at The Dance Gallery in the late fall...for more information, please message us on FB, email us at email@example.com or in person at the studio!
Registration for the 2012/2013 classes will take place Sept 4th and 5th, from 12-3pm and 7-9pm at the studio...see you there and we look forward to an exciting season!
From Lori Baber Birk
As another successful season comes to a close it is important to once again thank all of the dancers, parents and volunteers for such a great year. That being said, I would like to inform the dancers and their families of an important change for the upcoming 2012/2013 year. Laura Bishop will no longer be teaching at the Dance Gallery. I recognize this will have an impact on our dance community and therefore wanted to inform you of this change as soon as possible.
The Dance Gallery is still offering our Summer Dancin' 2012 program. A few minor changes with registration dates may apply. For those still wishing to register for Summer Dancin' 2012 please contact Mrs. Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori at email@example.com. Summer Shape Up Dance Camp #2 with guest teacher Christina Cecchini will continue as previously advertised. For those interested in still registering for Dance Camp #2, please contact Christina directly at 250-299-1718.
The Dance Gallery will continue to offer our usual complement of disciplines at our existing location on Dalhousie and at similar class times. I am currently working on our fall schedule and will contact you regarding class placement. Registration at the studio for fall classes will be August 21st and 22nd from 12 pm - 3 pm, and 7pm - 9pm.
Our new website is www.thedancegallery.org and new email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone numbers will remain the same: Office 250-828-1360 and Studio: 250-828-1803.
From this point forward, the content of www.dancegallery.ca and any correspondence received from email@example.com is not authorized by The Dance Gallery. Also note that our Facebook page will be changed shortly.
I have done my best to contact all parents of current students. My apologies if I inadvertently missed anyone as some emails were not provided with registration. I will attempt to contact those I have missed by telephone. I look forward to the upcoming dance year where we will continue to provide our dancers and their families with high quality classes in a supportive environment. Please feel free to contact me by email or telephone if you have any questions or concerns.