IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE YOUTH PROGRAM
Free workshops for youth aged 14-24 who are new to Canada
Working with a team of professional artists from diverse backgrounds, youth who are new to Canada have the opportunity to explore dance. The workshops provide a nurturing and supportive entryway into using the performing arts as a means of self-expression and assist in developing life skills and knowledge of their new Canadian homeland.
Our goal is to help youth to feel at ease in their new environment, to develop a sense of belonging and understanding of Canadian culture, and to have a safe space to explore their own experiences. The program offers a natural social event where the youth are able to be themselves, connect among their peers, and share their personal settlement stories.
Youth join a free movement class and learn contemporary and hip-hop dance from cool dance teachers. They can dance for fun, learn how to express themselves in a safe environment, be creative, meet and share with new friends.
No experience necessary! Basic English required.
Photo Yasuhiro Okada
If you’d like to find out more, email Yurie Kaneko: outreach[at]thedancecentre.ca
This workshop helped me a lot with confidence. I always loved dance but I couldn’t attend them because it was really expensive and because of my English. I might have felt like I’m different than others. I really loved this workshop because I found new friends and had so much fun.
This was the best workshop that I had ever done, it made me realize that how unique and beautiful we all are in our own way. Please continue making this workshop cause this helps immigrants like us to open up and be ourselves and also find some confidence within us.
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