CREATIVE MOVEMENT (0 – 4 Years)
|Explore moving for and with your little one. Promote parent-child bonding, community bonding and motor development through movement play, physical touch and the celebration of dance! Using a wide variety of music from different cultures little ones are exposed to all sorts of ways of expressing and their grown up is supported and given freedom to express in a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere. Using props and our bodies and our voices we can really have FUN! No dance experience necessary just your enthusiasm! Please feel free to bring your own blanket. Some blankets are provided.
Date(s): Sept 22 – Dec 15, 2021
Time(s): 10am – 10:45am
Location: Howard Philips Community Hall
Instructor: Alison Keery
*Children under 12 months are FREE, maximum of 3 children per family.
A minimum of 8 participants is required for this class to run. Sorry, this is a registered program only for residents.
Alison Keery is a certified Limon Instructor, a British Association of Teachers of Dance Associate (BATD) and a graduated from York University (2013) with a BFA Honours in Dance specializing in Performance and Choreography and with a focus in Dance Kinesiology. She has taught modern, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance for upwards of 20 years and is currently a teacher with Making Music Together (Toronto). She is the founder and artistic director of Masset Dance Troupe here on Haida Gwaii.
Alison has taught dance through Gudangaay Tlats’gaa Naay Secondary School’s COAST program (2020, 2021) and worked alongside GidGalang Kuuyas Naay Secondary School’s PE Teacher to develop a virtual dance program during the pandemic. She also worked alongside Tahayghen Elementary School’s grade 7’s to create a performance piece for Global Water Dances 2021. She is a former MamaDances instructor and has developed and taught programs for daycare centres across BC and Ontario. Over the past 10 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 were 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. To develop “dance literacy” rather than technical dancers. Alison believes passionately that all humans are born ready to dance and that tapping in to their personal creative and expressive voices allows them to connect more deeply with themselves. Her classes are designed to maximize student engagement and discovery in safe and meaningful ways.
When Alison is not in the studio dancing or teaching, she can be found snuggling with her cats or with her nose buried in a book.
COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES
- Participants can show up to class at least 15 minutes before start (10:00am). Please give enough time for the instructor to complete daily verbal screening, attendance, and to complete any required forms.
- Parent(s)/guardian(s) MUST be in attendance for this program.
- Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete active daily screening before entry.
- 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.
- Participants are expected to distance (minimum 3m) prior to class and during. Adult participants are to wear a non-medical mask until they are 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.