Parents:

"La Danse has been fondly named the ‘Clubhouse’ at our home! From a physical education perspective, we have put daughters into activities that will provide support in all areas of their lives- physical, mental and emotional. From the physical education world, my girls have been properly taught basic fundamental movements/skills that are taken for granted. My daughters have learned more here about how their body moves and body awareness than at As a parent, the directors and their assistants have taught my daughters to care about details- posture, manners, hair, and respect for their talents and that of their fellow classmates. My girls have learned that feedback and constructive criticism is good. In the words one of my girls, “ Mom, the only reason you get told to redo a move is because they know you can do it better!” A lesson that many parents are scared to let their children learn on their own. La Danse has created the perfect blend of expertise, passion for educating dancers and an expectation of excellence, which has my daughters constantly wanting more! Thank you for sharing the ‘Clubhouse’ with our family!

As a mother of 3 very different girls, it is often hard to find an activity that they all enjoy. However, we have but for different reasons. La Danse has perfected the blending of physical literacy- body awareness and movements with the individualism of each little personality that glides through their door. When we come to the ‘Clubhouse’, each daughter is allowed to bring with them their own uniqueness in which each director/instructor has been able to nurture and build upon to create the most amazing opportunity for each of our girls. " - Sandi Scissons


“This is by far the BEST studio in Saskatoon. The teachers are incredible and produce fantastic dancers. The year end recital this year was great as always.” – Kaitlynn Pollock


"La Danse has been one of the best activities I have offered my children. It offers something for mind, body, and soul. For their mind, it has helped our children develop confidence and determination to be the best they can be. For their body, dancers become athletes; it develops balance, coordination, body awareness, strength, conditioning, and control. For their soul, they have developed friendships with their fellow dancers as well as the directors who have been so influential for so many years throughout their love of dance. It becomes a part of who they are. It develops a love of music, a world of opportunity, and a talent to be envied.

As a parent, I have developed many friends and we have enjoyed watching our kids grow up together in the dance community, develop their skills and travel to many different competitions. I would do it again in a heartbeat! " - Audrey Sheppard



CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES OF 2017!
Shelby Depko
Linda

When I think of these last 13 years I’ve spent at La Danse, so much comes rushing to my mind. La Danse has become a second home to me and everyone within it has become a family. I feel so lucky to have grown up in such an amazing place with all of my favorite people. Looking back, I am able to remember so many experiences from throughout the years: from competitions, to exams, to hanging out with friends and just having a good class; these are all things I will cherish.

Next year I will be attending George Brown College and for this, I owe the teachers. They have taught me so much and have helped me grow into the dancer and person I am today. I am so thankful for all the times they’ve encouraged me and all the things they’ve taught me. I’m so lucky to have had the privilege to learn from the teachers and dance with these amazing friends, whom I owe so many good memories and laughs since the day I was five.

As much as I could stay here forever, I can’t, so I’m going to take everything the people of La Danse have gifted me along the way; many experiences, lessons and passion for dance. La Danse will always be a home to me.

 

Bethany Flegel
Heather

When my parents walked me through the doors of my very first ballet class I don't think they could have ever known the journey that would be ahead, or the valuable lessons that I would learn. In that moment, although my four-year-old self didn’t know it yet, La Danse became my home away from home. On the surface it may have seemed to me that I was just learning how to point my toes, but in actuality I was learning an incredible amount about discipline, perseverance, and determination. I soon fell in love with ballet and it became a part of me. It not only challenged me to push myself to new levels, but also gave me a strong work ethic, and sense of dedication.

I would not have learnt any of these lessons had it not been for Mrs. Stark. I also must thank Kelsey Stone, for teaching me to be confident in myself and that it is okay to be ridiculous and bold. My thanks would not be complete without also mentioning my parents. Not every parent would continue to drive their child to dance from Martensville up to 7 times a week. They have supported me from that very first ballet class and for that I am thankful.

I will be attending the College of Arts and Science at the U of S in the fall.

 

Brooklyn Hettel
Hazel-Ann

Throughout the last 13 years, dancing is something that I have become very passionate about. I have learned so much during my time at La Danse and I cannot thank Mrs. Stark, Mrs. Erickson, Ms. Myers and the rest of the staff enough for everything that they have taught me about both dance and life.

I have met so many incredible people through the studio and have had the privilege of sharing the stage with those who have become my good friends. Dancing has inspired me to be more open-minded and I am thankful for the times that the directors have motivated and challenged me, as I learned a lot from each of these experiences and they have helped me grow as a dancer and as a person.

In the fall, I will be attending Edward’s School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. Although this will most likely be my last recital, I hope to be as involved with the studio as I can in the future, as it has basically become my second home. Thank you for coming to support us this afternoon, enjoy the show!


 

Simone Roelens
Kelsey Stone

I have been dancing for 15 years now, but have only been a part of the La Danse family for the past 4. Dance has been such an important aspect of my life, and I’m honoured to participate in such a beautiful form of art and expression.

I’m forever grateful for having the opportunity to be taught by Mrs. Stark, Mrs. Erickson and Ms. Myers; they are all amazing teachers who have pushed me to try my hardest in both dance and everyday life.

Next year, I will be taking Environmental Science at the U of S; I’m excited to set out on a new adventure, and hope that I can keep dancing for many years to come.

 

Ryan Sheppard
Danielle Roberge

“People dance because dance can change things. One move can bring people together. One move can make you believe like there is something more. One move can set a whole generation free.” –Moose

Dance has always been a part of my life. I grew up watching my sisters dance. I started taking hip hop classes 11 years ago and I have been groovin’ ever since! I loved the different styles of it and quickly developed a passion for performing on stage. Through my competition season, I was fortunate to have scholarships to go to hip hop conventions around Canada. After attending multiple Street Groove conventions, I was artistically inspired and eager to progress as a dancer! One of my biggest role models is Sasha Kozak who has been closely involved with the studio for many years. Dance has taught me valuable skills such as discipline, confidence and teamwork.

One of my favorite memories is feeling the support and encouragement of fellow dancers while performing on stage. I will attend the University of Saskatchewan, Engineering program, in the fall. La Danse will always have a special place in my heart. I look forward to returning for my final year in the fall.

 

Kyra Winterhalt
Heather Currie

Dance has been the structure in my life for as long as I can remember. During the past 15 years of dancing I have learned about patience, resilience, and determination. It’s taught me that nothing comes easy and you must do your best every day to achieve the goals you set for yourself. I completed my Advanced Foundation ballet exam before focusing on school and dance classes for my senior year. This year I enjoyed dancing in ballet, pointe and modern, as well as my high school’s musical and pom squad!

I know it will be strange when I won’t be going to dance at the studio three to seven days a week next year, but I am excited to be starting the next chapter of my life. In September, I will be starting Mechanical Engineering at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

I am thankful for my supportive family and the lifelong friends I have made here. La Danse has been my home since I was four years old – Mrs. Stark, Mrs. Erickson, and Ms. Myers have been like family to me, teaching me the things I need to know to become a great dancer and a great person. I will be forever grateful for having had this opportunity!

 


 
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