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2018 News and older

New: Melody Movement w/Melody Bear

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!

Central Site:
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
Master Classes: Summer Intensive 'Dance in the City'

Registrations for both Summer Intensive Dance in the City Aug.13-24, as well as the 2018-19 Academic year is now ongoing.
Tracy Mitchell
Adrianna Kasyanenko

ODCS is delighted to welcome Ms. Tracy Mitchell, (ARAD, RTS, Royal Academy of Dance, Adv. I.S.T.D. (National and Modern), Dip. Dance, Theatre Arts.Dept., Ryerson U).

Ms Mitchell will be joining Faculty this Fall as well as guest teaching an Inter./Adv. Ballet Master Class during this summer's Dance in the City summer intensive.

Ms. Mitchell directed her own school in London, ON for a number of years prior to her move to Ottawa. She performed professionally in Toronto, and with the
Pforzheimer Ballet (Germany).

Her performance credits include roles in "Coppelia", "Cinderella" and an
original dance adaptation of "Pink Floyd - The Wall" while with the Pforzheimer Ballet. Her contemporary credits include "Kiss Me Kate" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".

Ms. Mitchell is also a certified teacher of the acclaimed "Melody Movement with Melody Bear" Pre-school curriculum, as well as holding certification in Pilates and Yoga.

ODCS is also delighted to welcome Adrianna Kasyanenko, who will be teaching a Hip Hop Master class Aug.21 - 2:30pm-3:45.

Adrianna has taught Contemporary styles, including Jazz, Hip Hop as well as choreographing numerous events, in Israel since 2005.

Her high energy classes have an international flavour and will challenge
dancers from age 12 to 18 years.

Farewell and Thanks to Natalie Doyle from ODCS

After ten fun-filled and enriching years on faculty with ODCS, we extend our best wishes to Miss Natalie Doyle who leaves us for Thunder Bay to care for her mother.

She is shown here in dress rehearsal with the squirrels and racoons in the recent spring performance of Hansel and Gretel.

We will miss you, Miss Natalie, and look forward to your guest teaching with ODCS in the near future.

Highlights from ODCS
Invitation to the Dance 2018

(photos by Bob Saric)
Photos and DVD orders will be available at our Annual Awards Presentation for ODCS exam students.

Annual Awards Presentation
When: Saturday, June 9, 10:30am to noon
Where: Greenboro / Ottawa South studio site
Gloucester Presbyterian Church Hall,
Corner of Lorry Greenberg Dr.and Pike
Summer Dance Camp registration will also be taking place.
Congratulations to all our candidates!
All were successful with no mark below Merit!

Invitation to the Dance 2018 Photos - Now Available
Bob Saric has edited all photos from the performance day and they can be found here: https://bobsaric.smugmug.com/ODCS/ODCS-2018-Performance/
Invitation to the Dance 2018
(Saturday, May 26)
featuring Jr. and Sr. students of ODCS
Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 PM
Kalish Mital Theatre
Carleton University
Info: odcs@ottawadancecentre.ca

photo by Bob Saric
(photo by Bob Saric)
Two ODCS Students Attempt Solo Seal Award!
(Toronto, Saturday April 28)
Zenisca and Sabrina with ODCS faculty teacher Daphne Paquette, after the girls presented their Solo Seal examination at Ryerson Theatre before a panel of an international RAD examiner and a noted guest artist. The Solo Seal is the highest award of the Royal Academy of Dance and few achieve this standard. In order to even attempt the exam candidates must have passed the RAD Advanced 2 examination with Distinction!

We are so proud of you Zenisca and Sabrina and thank you to Miss Paquette, Mr. Ping Feng and Ms. Maki Kabayama for their excellent coaching this past year.
Waiting For RAD Exams
Pascale, Ella, Emily and Saffi anxiously await to be called into the studio for their Grade 5 Ballet examination. ODCS students, grades primary to gr. 7, were held this past weekend.
Thank you to all their ODCS teachers who worked so hard to prepare them!
Interesting Meet During RAD Exams!
ODCS students were delighted to learn that their ballet Master Ping Feng and their RAD examiner this session, Miss Isabel Yuan were both in the same class at the renowned School of the Central Ballet of China.

Both had distinguished performing careers before assuming their current positions.

They are pictured with ODCS artistic Director Judith Davies, who is a life Member of the RAD.

Congratulations to all our RAD ODCS exam candidates!
ODCS Conducting RAD Exams This Weekend
ODCS is excited about the upcoming 2 days of Royal Academy of Dance examinations being held at our central site Sat. and Sun., April 7 & 8.
Christine, an ODCS Gr.6 candidate, recently visited the UK and is shown in front of RAD headquarters in London, England. She was delighted to be able to have a tour of the impressive facilities there.
Good luck to all our candidates!
Welcome ODCS's newest Guest Artist, Rosanna Hoult!
A triple threat performer and teacher, Rosie graduated with First Class Honours from the London Studio Centre. She also holds the Advanced certificate of the RAD in Ballet and won the Sheila O'Neill award for excellence in Musical Theatre.

A recipient of the Critics' Choice award, Rosie has performed as a dancer, singer and actress in numerous TV, Film, BBC and theatre productions. Among her credits are such musicals as Sweet Charity, Fame, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat. Rosie has also actively taught students of all ages for the past 7 years in Great Britain.
Goodbye and thank you Alex Forster!
Alex Forster
Guest artist Alex Forster has taught lyrical and Broadway Jazz (Musical Theatre) with ODCS for the past 3 years. He now departs for home in the UK.

Artistic Director Judith Davies presented Alex with a limited, signed edition of a 'Maple Sugar Bush' circa 1900 done by noted Gatineau artist Jean Gauvreau.

The students also welcomed Ms. Rosanna (Rosie) Hoult from the UK who has worked with Alex in a similar background. We are delighted to have Ms. Hoult on board at ODCS!

Ms. Hoult is pictured beside Alex in the group photo above, along with guest teacher Karen Zissoff far left and Miss Davies far right.

We will miss you Alex!
ODCS Students Perform at Unesco Gala
ODCS was delighted to perform Feb. 28 at the Shenkman theatre in the Soiree Gala presented by L'association Canadienne pour la promotion des héritages Africains (ACPHA) and La Commission Canadienne for UNESCO in celebration of Black History month.
Students from both the Jr. Intensive and Sr, Intensive programs performed choreographies by Alex Forster, guest artist, and Maki Kabayama, faculty member, shown above assisting with make-up before the performance.

ODCS Senior Intensive students at the Unesco Soiree Gala at Shenkman Theatre, Feb. 28: Sabrina, Emma, Amanda and Zenisca.
Another Successful Master Class w/Prima Ballerina Chan Han Goh
inter. F.
Intermediate Foundation
photos by K. Zissof

An inspiring afternoon of classes were conducted Wed., Feb. 28 by visiting international ballerina Chan Han Goh at ODCS central site in Ecole Secondaire de LaSalle Dance Studios. Shown are students from the two levels with Miss Goh. Ottawa was one of 10 cities chosen as part of Miss Goh's North American tour. ODCS was delighted to act as the Ottawa host to this exciting event.

Prima Ballerina Chan Han Goh Returns For Master Classes
ODCS is delighted to once again host Master Classes with celebrated Prima Ballerina Chan Han Goh.

Location: Ottawa Dance Centre Schools -central site-
Ecole Secondaire Publique De LaSalle-Dance
Studio #350, 501 Old St. Patrick St., Ottawa

Wednesday, February 21
4:30 pm (Senior level - JETE) completed Gr.8,RAD to Adv. or equivalent plus pointe
5:30 pm (Junior level) min.completed Gr. 5 RAD or equivalent

You MUST register online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3214349

Find out more: http://www.GohBallet.com info: odcs@ottawadancecentre.ca

Judith Davies Podcast Interview
Allison Burn's long-running podcast Dirty Feet Episode #190 features a recent interview with ODCS founder and Artistic director, Judith Davies.

Allison currently teaches with ODCS. She is also a recognized choreographer, and former ODCS student.

Dirty Feet Episode #190
SAD NEWS - Vincent Warren has passed away
Canada"s Dance world has lost one of it's most beloved figures. Vincent Warren passed away Oct. 25 at the age of 79. Vincent was an exceptional dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and continued his career in later years to become a leading teacher, mentor Dance historian and founder of the Library of Dance at Ecole Superiure.

I knew Vincent as a mentor for the Ottawa Dance Theatre, when I was artistic director, and when his good friend Dwight Shelton was ballet Master and choreographer with our company from 1980-85. Vincent was often present at many performances and offered positive feedback and encouragement to us all. In recent years I would often bump into him at the NAC when he would come to Ottawa and also attend Dance conferences over the years.

He was, and continues to be, an inspiration to us all. He is missed. - Judith

photo by Jack Mitchell
(photo by Jack Mitchell)


BREAKING NEWS! 5 ODCS Students Accepted For this Year's Nutcracker
Anais, Toby and Laura (pictured below) auditioned last week for roles in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's upcoming production of "The Nutcracker". All three ODCS Intensive study students were accepted!

Also accepted are ODCS Gr. 3 students Felix Bevan and Nadine Hirst.

Congratulations! Many students audition but few are accepted - this continues a long tradition of ODCS students performing in this beloved Holiday traditional Ballet.


Summer Intensive Courses
are now complete; this year's camp featured
daily classes in ballet, contemporary and Jazz, with international guest artists.
photo by Hongbo Liang
(photo by Hongbo Liang)
photo - Bob Saric
(photo by Bob Saric)

Canadian International Youth Music and Dance Festival
Congratulations to ODCS Adv.2 students and Maki Kabayama who performed in the Canadian International Youth Music and Dance Festival. Friday, July 14 at St.Brigids Centre for the Arts. Their performance of ODCS Faculty member Maki Kabayama's Wild Child, to music by Enya, received a Gold Award.

The program presented young students from China, Nanjing Lang-Lu Primary school as well as young musicians and local performer and a guest performance from the Peking Opera by Shi-Fu-Shan. photo by Ed Wong
Maki K. with Sabrina, Amanda, Zenisca and Emma
photo by Ed Wong
Sabrina representing ODCS receiving the Gold Award
photo by Ed Wong
(photos by Ed Wong)
the evenings' performers on stage for the final bows

It was a unique experience and once-in-a-lifetime event! Thanks to all who assisted and to our faculty and dancers!

One Dance Camp Finished!
pic by Laura B
Open House day at the Junior Dance Camp at our Greenboro summer site, Gloucester Presbyterian Church Hall. Children performed for parents and friends excerpts from their classes in Creative Movement (shown here), Basic Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap!

Intensive Dance camp 'Dance in the City', for older experienced students starts Aug. 14 with ODCS faculty and guests! (see brochure)

Summer Camps!!
photo by Bill Juliete
Early Bird Registration discounts for Intensive
'Dance in the City'
(Grades 4 RAD to Adv - Aug 14-25)
ends this Saturday July 1! Send in your applications asap...
Download Summer School brochure/application form PDF

photo by Hongbo Liang
(photo by Hongbo Liang)
details + brochure on the Schedules page
Fall 2017/2018 schedules will be posted later in the summer

Photos from The Junior Performance

Brand new photos from last weekend's Junior show and Peter Pan, by Bob Saric.
photo  by Bob Saric
photo  by Bob Saric
Thanks to everyone who attended!

For parents who would like to purchase Bob's photos, click the show title below:
Junior show - Photos already available
Senior show - Photos will be available after May 31

Awards Tea Announcement
The annual Awards Tea is at St. Timothys Presbyterian Church Hall, 2400 Alta Vista Drive, Sat. June 3 at 3:30 for presentation of certificates to 2016-17 RAD exam candidates.

A full catalogue of photos and video DVDs from this year's performances will be displayed at the Awards Tea & certificate presentation for our RAD exam students. Orders may be picked up and/or placed at this time from the photographer.

begins at the Awards Tea as well and is ongoing  by email and mail.

Congratulations to all our students and thank you to our Faculty and Volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure successful performances!

RAD Distinction
Congratulations to Zenisca and Sabrina who have been awarded Distinction on their Advanced 2 RAD examination. This now qualifies them to be able to attempt the Solo Seal Award, performed in front of an audience next season. This is the highest achievement level awarded by the Royal Academy of Dance. We all are very proud of their accomplishment!

Getting Ready for Year-End Performance
Peter Pan costume fittings for Pirates and Lost Boys took place recently during a rehearsal with guest teacher, mime artist Marc Bertrand.

M. Bertrand studied with the Marcel Marceau School of Mime in Paris, and has toured throughout Canada, as well as teaching at ODCS each spring. It promises to be great fun and a wonderful learning experience for our Junior School students.

Our year-end Performance is Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 for the Senior perfirmances, at Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University.

ODCS Students Shine in RAD Exams
Congratulations to Zenisca and Sabrina, who recently performed the Advanced 2 Royal Academy of Dance examination level, held on May 1.

Congratulations to ALL our ODCS students who entered the graded examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance, held in February.

All were successful, with no marks below Merit and included Distinctions! Thank you to all of the ODCS Faculty who coached the students and supported them in pursuing their dreams.

A big thanks you to all our parents for all their encouragement and support.