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Adventures in Culture Days

During the last weekend of September, communities across Canada celebrated culture!

Culture Days is a three day event that features thousands of events promoting the arts in Canada. From September 28 to 30, Canadians throughout the country expressed their love of culture by participating in over 7,000 activities in 800 cities and towns!

In Ontario alone, communities organized dance-related events that ranged from workshops to observation experiences, performances to classes. Breakdancing was alive in Kingston where Charles Gao of KinetiQ Crew taught the foundations of breaking while the community of Milton joined the Milton Chinese Culture Association for traiditonal folk dances. In Belleville, Quinte Ballet School celebrated its 40th anniversary with an open house and at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the public was invited to join ROM Mediaeval Dancers in 15th century dancing.

Wanttodance.ca spent the day at Canada’s National Ballet School where they celebrated Culture Days by inviting the public to observe a class of students in the Professional Ballet Program on Saturday. The following day, the studios were buzzing as dancers (and non-dancers) of all ages took to the barre for ballet, got low for hip hop and warmed their wrists for Bollywood dancing. 

Over 100 people come out to the variety of classes offered on the Sunday -some came alone, with a friend, even as a family. Moments that stood out included a toddler and Mom standing in the back of the room keeping up with the 30+ dancers learning hip hop moves. Another was a little girl, rocking a pink tutu, strutting her stuff and owning the dancefloor for Bollywood. A father-daughter combo was present in that Bollywood class and so was an elderly man who participated in a ballet class earlier that day standing front and centre, soaking up the culture of dance.

It was great to see everyone, of all ages, come out and try something new, celebrating not only dance, but culture in their local communities. You can check out photos from Canada's National Ballet School (as well as events across Canada) on Culture Days' Flickr account.

Here's a look at the weekend at Canada's National Ballet School!

Posted: Oct 10, 2012 By Jackielou Perez | with 0 Comments

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