Ballet Edmonton believes that dance education should be available and accessible to every child or youth in Edmonton. We help realize this in the community through our Art Connects education and outreach initiative. We develop our programs to be responsive to the needs of the community and we rely on our partners to help us connect to kids who want to be included.
Dance for Newcomers Series
In partnership with Action for Healthy Communities, local schools, and other partner agencies, we program a variety of dance classes from Hip Hop to West African Dance.
We offer classes for newcomer kids and youth who face barriers to accessing paid programmes. We partner with local agencies that help us identify young people who have expressed an interest in dance and create free programming that is responsive to their interests. Building belonging and supporting a positive settlement journey through dance is one way we support young people in our community. For inquiries or to register, go here.
We partner with Cerebral Palsy Alberta to offer adapted classes for children and youth who face a variety of disability challenges.
Dance is about more than the ability to memorize a series of moves. Our adapted dance classes allow kids to engage in dance and music within the context of their ability. They come to class with the same excitement about moving to music that any child does, and through the use of musical games, we help them navigate new ways to follow directions, improve balance, distinguish movement patterns, and develop concepts of music and rhythm. The benefits to each participant are not only physical but also social, emotional and cognitive.
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For more information about the types of classes we offer or how to access them, please contact us.
These outreach programs are generously supported by our community partners.