ODCS Wishes Everyone A Safe And Happy New Year!
Pictured are Intermediate Foundation students in their dance performed for our Virtual Open House in December.
Classes will re-commence ASAP "in studio" when current lock-down is lifted in ON.
Congratulations to all our dancers who participated.
See you all soon.
Congratulations to ODCS Alumnus Malaika Kamau
Congratulations to ODCS alumnus Malaika Kamau, who has recently been awarded the associate teaching certificate from the Cecchetti Society of Canada.
Malaika completed her early training with the ODCS Greenboro site from 5 years of age achieving the Royal Academy of Dance certification from primary grades to Advanced One (with Distinction). She then was accepted at the Alberta Ballet School professional training program, achieving the Advanced 2 Cecchetti Certification.
Over her years in Ottawa, Malaika studied both Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance at ODCS as an intensive student, and further studies with École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Boston Ballet summer programs.
Malaika has now accepted a professional teaching position in Vancouver. We are so proud of her accomplishments!
Photos of Malaika as an intensive student at ODCS
ODCS Student Wins Role Of Nutcracker Prince
We are delighted to announce that ODCS Intensive student Ben Craig-Brown has been selected to perform the role of "Nutcracker Prince" in Canada's Ballet Jorgen's "The Nutcracker - A Canadian Tradition".
This will be done as virtual performances from Dec. 13 to Dec. 24.
This continues a long tradition of ODCS students performing in this beloved Holiday classic, and Ben is ODCS' second "Nutcracker Prince".
ODCS 'Phase 1' in Action
Miss Francisca with DLS students in their favorite "Bluebird" pose.
Miss Francisca also continues to teach classes with ODCS faculty in PHASE 1 at the ODCS Ottawa South site.
We look forward to returning to our partnership classes and PHASE 2 at our central site - École secondaire publique De La Salle - when COVID 19 restrictions allow.
ODCS Warm Up to Fall School Intensive Complete!
'Warm Up to Fall School' wrapped up on Saturday, September 19 for returning ODCS middle school and senior students!
ODCS Summer Programs
UPDATE: August's 'Dance in the City' Summer Intensive is now FULL!
ODCS Students Use Online Training During Lockdown
ODCS students are continuing to keep up their dance training online!
Here's Ben Craig-Browne practicing at home along with one of the virtual classes being offered by Canada's Ballet Jörgen.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
ODCS Student Chooses Ballet Jörgen After Many Successful Audtions
After successfully auditioning at several major US and Canadian ballet schools with generous offers, ODCS dancer Ben Craig-Browne has chosen to attend the Ballet Jörgen Summer Ballet IV program this summer!
Ben with Mr. Jörgen and Mr. Saito at the Ottawa auditions for Canada's Ballet Jörgen.
Prima Ballerina Chan Han Goh Returns For ODCS Masterclass!
ODCS was delighted to once again host the Ottawa Master Class tour with celebrated ballerina and dance educator Chan Han Goh! Both junior and senior students from ODCS and other area schools participated in these inspiring classes. Pictured below with Ms. Goh (far left) are students from the senior Master Class, held on February 21.
New Classes/Schedules for 2020
Commencing February 1, 2020, new classes Saturdays at our Central site, Ecole Secondaire De LaSalle:
Melody Movement & Pre-Ballet (ages 4-6): 1:30-2:15 PM
Ballet - Primary grade RAD (ages 6-8): 2:15-3:15 PM
Registration is ongoing Saturdays at De LaSalle - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM January 18 and 25.
The revised schedules for 2020 are posted on the Schedules page.
Toby is performing the Prince in his Hometown – our first Nutcracker Princefrom Ottawa!!
In Toby’s words:
“I’ve had such an amazing experience with Ballet Jörgen over the past couple of months. Everyone in the company has been so nice and has made me feel at home. I feel that this experience has really helped me to grow as a performer. I’m really excited to be able to perform in my home town. It gives my friends and family the opportunity to see me dance and my progress. A few years ago I was fortunate to be a Frog with Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker. Since then I’ve dreamt of playing The Nutcracker Prince and this shows that dreams can come true!!”
Toby hails from Ottawa Dance Centre Schools under the direction of Judith Davies, and will be performing the role of the Nutcracker Prince at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Dec 11 and 12 as well as at Meridian Centrepointe on December 14 for a total of five performances.
Bengt Jörgen Receives the Order of Canada
Our warmest Congratulations to Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director of Canada's Ballet Jörgen on receiving the Order of Canada. The formal presentation of the medals/Investiture took place Thursday November 21, at Rideau Hall.
(photo by Les Kumar-Misir)
Pictured above, at a reception following, hosted by Christina Gillies (above left) and her husband Bruce; Bengt is centre with ODCS artistic Director, Judith Davies, and behind is Jenni Ahlen, wife of the Swedish Ambassador.
ODCS has a long history with Ballet Jörgen's many productions over the years, with our students participating annually as local performers and/or attending enriched summer programs in Toronto.
RAD Examinations Begin
Congratulations to Intermediate RAD student Miranda who undertook the RAD examination recently. This difficult examination is the first of the three main Vocational training levels of the international training syllabus of Royal Academy of Dance.
ODCS has a 48 year history of successful entries to all levels of this highly regarded training method for Ballet students worldwide.
ODCS Student Accepted to NBS!
We are delighted to announce that ODCS student Madeleine auditioned recently for the National Ballet School of Canada, and has been accepted into their Summer School audition program.
Students audition world-wide for placement at NBS and very few are accepted.
Summer Intensives Wrap-up
Toby, Anais, Laura and Allison, Intermediate Intensives at ODCS enjoyed a week of Intensive classes in Toronto at Ballet Jorgen Canada's studios at George Brown College.
Well done all of you!
ODCS Alumnus Meghan Sangster Graduates
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School's Professional Division
Congratulations to ODCS former Intensive Student, Meghan Sangster who has now graduated on June 8 from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School's Professional Division. We are very proud of Meghan's accomplishment; she now starts in August training in the RWB Aspirants Program, which focuses on transitioning the graduate student to professional dancer.
A huge bouquet to you, Meghan, from all of us at ODCS!
2019-20 Academic Season
Registration is ongoing; contact the ODCS office with the completed application below.
Application Form (PDF)
New Schedules and Fees for the 2019-20 year
Courses/calendar coming soon
More ODCS Student RAD Success!
Congratulations to Olga, Michela and Marissa who recently passed, with Merit, the Intermediate vocational examination of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Bouquets to ODCS faculty for their excellent teaching in preparation for this important examination.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the ODCS students from pre-school to Advanced levels who performed in our year end production of "Invitation to the Dance-19" in the beautiful De LaSalle theatre on June 9.
From classical to contemporary dance, and featuring the Jr. School in the story ballet "The Ugly Duckling', the students were at the top of their form.
Kudos to our faculty/choreographers and to our guest students from L'Academie de Danse de L'Outouais!
We are now accepting registrations for the "I Love to Dance " Junior Camp at our Ottawa South /Greenboro site July 8-19 and the Senior Intensive "Dance in the City" at the De LaSalle site, August 12-23. Information and application forms are on our web-site and registration is ongoing.
Space is limited so REGISTER NOW!
Photos from Invitation to the Dance 2019
All photos by Bob Sakic.
click to enlarge
A couple of more pic below (video stills):
Invitation to the Dance 2019
Featuring the Story Ballet 'The Ugly Duckling'
Sunday, June 9, 2:00pm
Theatre – École secondaire publique De La Salle
501 Old St. Patrick Street, Ottawa
Anais, ODCS Intermediate Intensive Study student, recently travelled to NYC to see the New York City Ballet company at Lincoln Centre. Home to the late, great choreographer/artistic director Georges Balanchine, Anais was so privileged and excited to have this wonderful weekend and to see the performance.
Congratulations to ODCS alumnus Malaika Kamau who recently graduated from the Professional Division of the Alberta Ballet School. She has recently also been awarded their Assistant Teacher Training certificate and is now planning further studies in Dance Education/performance. We are all very proud of her accomplishments.
RAD Awards Tea 2019
Congratulations to all our successful Royal Academy of Dance examination candidates who received their certificates at the annual ODCS Awards Tea held on May 5th.
Here Miss Davies is shown with Illya, Harshi and Maddie proudly holding their certificates.
Kudos again to the ODCS faculty who worked tirelessly with all of our students throughout the academic year. We are now looking forward to our Spring Concert June 9.
RAD Exams/Awards 2019
Congratulations to all ODCS RAD examination, Class Award candidates. All passed successfully with many receiving High Merit level or Distinction.
Pictured are ODCS youngest and first-time candidates, Zoe and Vivienne, who very proud of their achievement in their Primary exam.
Kudos to all ODCS Faculty teachers who worked tirelessly to prepare our students for this internationally recognized certification.
Karen Zissoff Receives Commendation
Karen Zissoff has been selected by students & faculty, & staff of the Governor's School for the Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, for special commendation by
Governor D. Sundquest; Commissioner, State Dept. of Education E.T.Coffrey; & Dir. Governor's School for the Arts. James Brooks.
Another successful Master Class
With Prima Ballerina Chan Hon Goh!
ODCS once again is delighted to have hosted the World Tour Master Classes with Prima Ballerina Chan Hon Goh. 24 ballet students participated in two levels of classes with the celebrated dancer/teacher.
Pictured below are the Senior level students with Ms. Goh
and both Junior and Intermediate to Advanced students in a final group. ODCS artistic Director Ms. Davies is at far left and Ms Goh, far right.
Students and parents were also treated to a Q & A session with Ms. Goh. The tour provides valuable scholarships to the international Goh Ballet Summer School in Vancouver.
ODCS students have had the privilege of receiving scholarships to attend the renowned Summer school over the past 4 years.
Master Class News
Backstage at the NAC after the recent Master class with the National Ballet of Canada's Christopher Stowell:
Advanced ODCS students Sabrina and Zenisca share a moment with their friend, Meghan, a former ODCS student now at Canterbury H.S.
Happy New Year to all our ODCS families and friends!
As we begin our 47th year, we remember with some of our current & former Advanced students seen below:
THEN and NOW: Friends and ODCS students since pre-ballet years, Sophia and Meghan (second & third from the right) are now students in the Professional Training program of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, They are shown below getting together this year and in past years with their former ODCS (now advanced) classmates, recapturing the same reunion!
Saturday, December 15: Annual Open House Performance and Fundraiser Raffle
Excitement mounts at ODCS!
Dreams of 'Sugar Plums' and magical Toys come alive in our Annual Open House performance and Fund-raiser Raffle. Students from earliest years to advanced are hard at work rehearsing for their performance of skills learned to date. Curtain is Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 PM in the theatre of our central site at École secondaire publique De La Salle. (photos by Bob Saric)
Come support our young dancers!
ODCS Student Choreographies This Saturday! (Nov. 17)
YOU ARE INVITED!
Workshop Presentation of ODCS student choreographies
When: Saturday, November 17, 3:45 PM
Where: École secondaire publique De La Salle, Studio 350
What: An informal presentation of intermediate and advanced ODCS student works, with discussion to follow.
Admission: is free!
Come and support our young dancers!
ODCS Halloween Hijinx!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Halloween hijinks during the Advanced Lyrical class break with Olga, Josephine, Cleo, Amanda and Emma! All will be performing in a choreographic Workshop of students' work Saturday, November 17, in studio!
Watch for more updates!
ODCS Says Farewell & Thanks to Heather King-Andrews!
ODCS students gathered in studio Saturday, October 20 to say farewell and Good Luck to Heather King-Andrews and her partner Rob, who depart this week for Vancouver.
Heather started at twelve years old with ODCS and then as a late beginner in ballet, quickly went on to achieve her Intermediate and Grade 8 Award, and continued studies to the Advanced 1 level in Ballet, Advanced Jazz and Lyrical. She achieved at the same time a B.SC in Psychology and an MA in Education/Counseling.
Her love of Dance has taken her to numerous Teachers' Conferences and she has taught in the ODCS Junior School for the past 8 years. ODCS Faculty presented Heather with cards from students and gifts to show their appreciation - she is shown in the photo above with Artistic Director Judith Davies, Faculty members Master Ping Feng, Ms. Francisca Filleul and advanced dancers, Rosa, Emma and Sabrina.
We will miss you Heather!
More Nutcracker Successes!
Congratulations to ODCS Intermediate Foundation Intensive students, Laura (who will dance the role of a squirrel) and Allison (who will perform as a Dragonfly) in Ballet Jorgen's upcoming production of The Nutcracker at both Shenkman and Centrepointe Theatres!
Once again ODCS students continue this holiday tradition of performing over 30 years of children's roles in the many productions that have toured the nation's capital.
ODCS Students Join The Nutcracker
Congratulations to ODCS Intensive study students, Toby, Anais, and Emily, who auditioned for, and were awarded, roles in the Alberta Ballet's production of The Nutcracker at the NAC this December.
Many students from around the region auditioned but only a few were accepted. We are delighted that a long ODCS tradition of our students being chosen for roles in The Nutcracker continues on.
Fall 2018/19 information:
Courses (PDF) - Calendar (PDF) - Schedules
Information for 2018/19 Year
New Fee Schedule
Details of new Fee structure will be updated on this site ASAP.
ODCS Fall schedule for École secondaire publique De La Salle/Central site and Greenboro/Ottawa South site are now posted on the Schedules page
Course Application form
ODCS Back to Class week!
Final Registration is now ongoing for pre-schoolers , children and Adults.
Advance Intensive student Zenisca is anticipating the season to come! Some spaces are still available.
New for 2018-19: Melody Movement w/Melody Bear
NEW THIS FALL AT ODCS!
Melody Movement with Melody Bear is an acclaimed pre-school dance program from the UK for children ages 2 to 4 years.
Our lovable teddy, Melody Bear, is the focal point of the program, in which young dancers share her activities, stories, ideas, and dreams through dance, music, and movement. Through their interactions with Melody Bear, students learn the foundations and fundamentals of dance, while also having a fun time in class!
Saturdays @ 9:15AM
École secondaire publique De La Salle
500 Old St. Patrick St., Ottawa
|Ottawa South Greenboro Site:
Fridays @ 4:30PM
Gloucester Presbyterian Church
91 Pike St. at Lorry Greenberg Drive, Gloucester