Open House and Registration

Youth Ballet and Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan will be holding an Open House with Used Shoe and Clothing Sale, as well as an opportunity to register for classes on Wednesday, August 25th from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Alexa

Alexa is one of our recent grade 12 graduates featured in the 2015-16 Youth Ballet Company and is enrolled in Pre-Journalism at the University of Regina.  She began her dancing career at the age of 3 years old and was accepted into the Company in 2010.  In her limited free time she enjoys listening to music, reading and writing.  Alexa plans to follow her passion for writing in a post-secondary journalism program or follow her passion for dance in any way she can.

Dance has impacted Alexa’s life in many ways.  “Dance has become my outlet for expression…dance is in my heart, my soul, my every reason to be.”  She explains that she dances, “To live, be free and be me.”  Not only has dance become an integral part of who Alexa is, but dance has also helped in her academic pursuits. “Dance has helped me figure out how to manage my time between dance class, doing homework (in the hallways at the studio) and everything else in between.  It has made all the difference.

Michelle McMillan, the Artistic Director at the Youth Ballet Company describes Alexa as a focused and hard-working student. “She is incredibly respectful of her instructors, her fellow dancers, and the process of dance practice. She also has been an assistant for several years and loves helping our young dancers find the joy in dance.”

If she could encourage those young dancers she would say to them that, “There will be days when all you want to do is lay in bed and not go to class.  Make sure to go those days because they always end up being the most fun.  These are also the days when you discover even more things you love about dance.

Alexa would like to thank her teachers for not only showing her the art of dance, but also for helping her discover things about herself that she had never seen before.

2015-16 School Year Registration

zDSC_1546Registration for the 2015-16 School Year is on Wednesday, June 17th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for dancers who are currently in Levels 4 and under.  New students who want to register can register during regular office hours (9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Thursday) on June 18th and on.    For students who are currently in Levels 5 and up, registration can be done during regular business hours.  Please call the office at 306-352-9908 prior to coming to ensure there is someone in the office.

Year End Recital

The Year End Recital was wonderful. YBCS would like to thank all the dancers, families, staff, Board, volunteers and audience members. What a great weekend of dance!

Kennedy Dale-Johnson

Kennedy_smallKennedy is one of our featured soloists in the 2014-15 Youth Ballet Company Performance “East to West.”  Kennedy was 3 years old when she started dancing at Youth Ballet and Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan and joined the company when she was 11.  She attends the Progressive Discover-E Online school based out of Saskatoon.  She enjoys writing and yoga and would like to attend the National Ballet School dance teacher training program and obtain a University Degree when she graduates high school.

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Like so many of our students, dance has impacted Kennedy’s life in many ways outside of the studio.  Kennedy explains that dance has “given me a great way to express myself, develop a great work ethic and establish important relationships with peers and teachers.”   Not only has dance impacted her life, but it has contributed to her academic pursuits by teaching her determination and promoting self-confidence and artistic expression.

When asked if there was anything she would like to say to encourage young dancers, Kennedy says, “Work hard and enjoy whatever you do.  Never be afraid to ask for advice or help from teachers or other dancers, as there is always something to learn more about it.”

Youth Ballet Company’s Artistic Director, Michelle McMillan remarks that Kennedy “has always been an dedicated student with a thoughtful and intelligent approach to her dancing. She digs deep to find the small details about the movement and loves sharing her passion for dance, whether that be with the audience or to help another dancer. Learning that Kennedy wanted to pursue teaching was exciting to hear for I feel she has the heart of a teacher.”

Before Kennedy graduates she would like to thank her parents for supporting her dancing all these years and encouraging her to reach her goals.

Josephine Craig Penner

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Josephine was only dancing at Youth Ballet and Contemporary Dance School for two years when she first joined the Company at the age of 12.  Josephine is homeschooled and plays several musical instruments – the guitar, the piano and the pipe organ.  She is starting a chemistry degree at the University of Regina.  She was also asked to dance and teach with the SQx Danza.

Dance has made an impact on Josephine’s life.  She attributes coming to dance everyday with helping to “shape me into the person I am today, by building my self discipline, perseverance and team work skills.”   Even though she is not pursuing the arts in her post-secondary education, Josephine believes that dance has given her tools that can help her achieve her goals in University.10511619_10152814767116212_2563849440590428429_o

The best advice Josephine can give young dancers is that “if you are true to yourself as a dancer and be the best you can be, you will be unstoppable.  Don’t try and copy anyone.”

In closing, Josephine would like to thank her parents for their complete support in what she does.