Contemporary Dance – Masset – Ages 7 – 9

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Students develop a sense of independence and self-expression while studying contemporary dance vocabulary.  Each class is built upon the Limon Technique with a heavy focus on improvisation and creative development.  Each week we work together to build a piece of choreography using the EXPRESS DANCE Method designed by Karen & Allen Kaeja.

Date(s): Feb 10, 2021 – March 10, 2021 

Day(s): Mondays & Wednesdays (9 classes total)

  • Monday: Feb 15, 22, March 1, 8 (4 classes)
  • Wednesday: Feb 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10 (5 classes)

Time(s): 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Location: Howard Philips Community Hall

Instructor: Alison Keery


  • Monday & Wednesday: $135 ($15/class @ 9 classes)
  • Wednesday only: $75 ($15/class @ 5 classes)

A minimum of 5 participants is required for this class to run. Sorry, this is a registered program only for residents. No drop-in’s permitted at this time.

Cancellation Policy: 

  • If registration cancellation occurs 5 days (120 hours) prior to the start of the first class, 100% of the cost of registration will be refunded.
  • If registration cancellation occurs 2 (48 hours) days prior to the start of the first class, 60% of the cost of registration will be refunded.
  • If registration cancellation occurs after the start of the first class, but before the start of the second class, 30% of the cost of registration will be refunded.
  • If registration cancellation occurs after the start of the second class, the cost of registration will not be refunded.
  • If a participant is unable to attend a class due to illness or the presence of COVID-19 symptoms, the cost of the class will be returned upon request in writing to Haida Gwaii Recreation.


Alison Keery is a certified Limon Instructor, a British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD) Associate and did her BFA Dance Honours at York University with a specialization in Motor Learning and Motor Development. She has taught recreational and competition modern, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance for upwards of 20 years and is currently a teacher with Making Music Together and runs programming for various Daycare Centres in Toronto, ON.

Over the past 7 years, she developed a Movement Literacy Program which she has taught in Elementary Schools throughout School District 57, BC. She also taught a similar program called SunDance through Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto, ON. The goal of these programs are not to create dancers, but rather to provide students with the skills necessary to be able to interpret movement through the 5 Elements of Dance, rather; to develop “dance literacy” rather than technical dancers. Alison believes passionately that all children are born ready to dance and that tapping in to their personal creative and expressive voices allows them to connect more deeply with themselves.

When Alison is not in the studio or teaching she can be found snuggling with her cats or with her nose buried in a book.



  • Participants can show up to class at least 15 minutes before start (4:00pm). Please give enough time for the instructor to complete daily verbal screening, attendance, and to complete any required forms.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete a waiver, Assumption of Risk Form, and Declaration of Compliance form on the first day of class for themselves & their child/ren. Failure to do so means participants will not be permitted entry.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must aid in active daily screening before entry.
  • Participants are expected to distance (minimum 3m) prior to class and during. We encourage participants to wear a non-medical mask until they are in situated in their designated workout area, to remove during activity, and to replace if going to the washroom or leaving the program.
  • We ask that participants avoid aggregating in entryways. If you’d like to catch-up before or after class, outside is safest, while maintaining distance.
  • Participants must use the hand sanitizing station at the front entrance but are also encouraged to wash their hands before and after the activity.
  • Hand hygiene and physical distancing will be encouraged.
  • Hand-shaking & hugging is discouraged.
  • Props* will be assigned to each participant for the duration of the program and stored on-site in labelled bags, distributed by the instructor before start of class.
  • Equipment that may be used (e.g. mats) will be cleaned & sterilized between use.
  • Instructor will clean high-touch surfaces before and after the start of class (e.g. door handles, chairs).
  • Instructor will manage complete record-keeping and report daily attendance and any incidents to the Recreation Coordinator.
  • Participants must stay home if they show any symptoms (e.g. cough, fever, fatigue).
  • Class may be cancelled by instructors if they show symptoms.
  • In the event of a participant or instructor showing symptoms during the program, the participant will be asked to remove themselves from the program and seek medical advice. Beyond daily screening, is not up to our staff to do temperature checks, testing or contact tracing. This is the role of the health authority.

Staying safe is a shared responsibility. These procedures and our combined efforts help to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19, but there is still a risk.

Please do your best to abide by these new procedures to ensure we can recreate safely and respectfully together on Haida Gwaii.


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