We are pleased to advise that, after consultation with our program funders and facilitators, we are able to offer virtual "Folk Dance at Home" lessons and challenges for youth, children and community members who want to learn about Transylvanian Saxon folk dance. These videos will allow our programming to continue while also emphasizing the importance of healthy activity and physical distancing.
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Partner with a community group to enhance classroom dance! The Connecting Youth to Community Through Folk Dance program for Kindergarten to Grade 12, funded in thanks to the RBC Future Launch Grant, is an opportunity for local students in the Town of Aylmer and the surrounding area to learn about their neighbours in an active dance experience. Students will learn about the role of dance as it relates to Transylvanian Saxon culture and will meet Ontario curriculum expectations of elements of dance by learning a short routine together. Program planning is established in partnership with the classroom teacher so all learning needs are met. Plus! After participating in the program, students can choose to continue their dancing through the youth dance group at the Saxonia Hall, right “in their own backyard.”
Rebecca is an Ontario Certified Teacher and completed previous in-school placements with a high rate of success. Additionally, she has over 15 years experience as a dancer, plus 10 years experience as the Youth Dance Leader at the German Canadian Club Saxonia Hall. She also has experience in multicultural dance as a former member of the Ottawa IZVORUL Romanian folk dance group, which expanded her knowledge of interculturalism through dance.
Professionally, Rebecca has worked in training future teachers in cultural awareness, as a Program Coordinator at Western University and collaborated with many educational colleagues to provide teacher professional development through workshops. She has strong skills in building relationships in the community and in education and these skills in particular will be necessary to the project’s success as she will connect with fellow community members to identify opportunities for youth to participate in the project.
Interested in bringing the program to your class or your child’s school? Contact us to share your goals and begin co-planning this fantastic opportunity to connect youth in our community through cultural folk dance!