"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 2019!
The most rewarding part of teaching dance is the opportunity to watch our students grow, learn, develop, and become wonderful, confident, and successful people. Whether dance stays in their life or not, we know that they have achieved so much in their own way. Unlike most teaching professions, we have the joy of working with these children year after year, sometimes for a decade or more! Because we are the ones who teach all of our classes, we get to see them develop from children into young adults and become good friends in the process, developing poise and lifelong friends along the way!
Thanks to La Danse for seven great years of dance. The skills I have learned through these years will continue to benefit me in my future dance aspirations and daily life. I have created lasting memories, each year bringing new challenges and great experiences. As I continue with my dance education in Toronto at George Brown College, I will take with me and remember all of the training and mentorship I have received at La Danse.
In the words of Misty Copeland, “I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”
Thank you La Danse for helping me on my journey.
I started dancing when I was four years old, but after two years of experiencing mistreatment at school for being a boy who enjoyed ballet, I quit. I let people’s judgements take control of my actions, and this decision soon became one of the worst regrets of my young life. Realizing this, four years later I rejoined dance at the age of ten. There were some difficulties – I was put into classes with a much lower age category and I had a hard time expressing my joy of dance. I was a pretty shy person, so it was difficult making friends especially while being one of the only boys in the studio. However, despite these difficulties, I believe that rejoining dance was one of the best decisions I ever made. By going into the studio nearly every day, I proved to myself that I could accomplish what I put my mind to, no matter what anyone thought of me. Rejoining dance was as much about overcoming my past fears as it was about doing an activity that I genuinely loved. I cannot thank the teachers who kept faith in me enough: Mrs. Stark, Ms. Myers, Mrs. Erickson, Danielle Roberge, Heather Currie, Kelsey Stone, and Shannon Menon for teaching me not only how to dance but how to live for myself. The lessons dance taught me helped me become the person I am today, and these are lessons I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am sad that dance had to end the way it did this year, but the memories and impact dance had on my life will last forever. Thank you.
This fall, I am going to the University of Saskatchewan in Edwards School of Business to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce and Certificate in Computing. One of my dreams is to become a technology entrepreneur, and I think that this education will serve me well with this aspiration. Although I do not plan on continuing any formal dance training or activities after I graduate, my time at La Danse has been an important part of my life that I will never forget. I am going to miss this place.
Dance has been a large part of my life for the past 13 years. I have had the privilege of dancing at La Danse since I was 4 and have learnt so much since then. The Directors and teachers here have taught me dedication, responsibility, passion, and confidence. They have inspired me within the studio and to try new things beyond the studio in my everyday life. I have met so many wonderful people through dance and made many lasting friendships.
I want to thank my family for always supporting me and coming to watch every single performance. I'm sad to see my journey at La Danse come to an end, but excited to see where dance will take me in the future as I go into university at the U of S. Dance has helped me become who I am today, and I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had for the world. A special thank you to Mrs. Stark and Kelsey for always believing in me and constantly pushing me to be better. I wish all the other grads the best of luck in all their future endeavors!
Ana Sofia Moran
I would like to thank La Danse for taking me in during my last two years of dance. It was intimidating moving to a new studio so late in my life, however I never found it difficult to transition at La Danse. Everyone at this studio was extremely warm and welcoming, reminding me of the reasons why I love to dance and why I joined dance in the first place. I grew as a dancer more than ever before and gained a new confidence in myself. Thank you to my senior ballet class for making me feel at home, and to Mrs. Stark for pushing me further than I thought I could to see me grow.
In the fall I will be continuing my education at the University of Saskatchewan. I am hoping to one day end up in the college of medicine and I am excited to see the journey it will be to get there. Thank you so much La Danse for making my last few years of dance something I will cherish forever!
When I look back at my past 10 years at La Danse, I feel so blessed to be a part of such an extraordinary group of people. From a young age I have always loved to dance, and I am so happy that I got to express that love in such an amazing environment. Throughout the years, I have learned so many important lessons from the directors and fellow dancers that I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I feel so grateful to have considered the studio my “home away from home” and I can’t begin to explain how much I will miss being there, dancing alongside my best friends. Though my last year at La Danse came to an end sooner than expected, I still feel so thankful for all the previous years at the studio.
This fall I will be attending the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Kinesiology. I’m unsure of the career path I want to take, but am leaning towards health sciences. I’m very excited for what the future holds for me and my fellow graduates, and I know we will all remain connected from our years dancing together. I want to say a big thank you to all the directors, staff members, dancers, and parents who made my experience as amazing as it was! I will miss you all so much! Thank you for such an amazing 10 years!
I started at La Danse when I was four years old. The past thirteen years dancing with my best friends and my amazing teachers have been some of the best years of my life. Dance has taught me so much and has shaped me into the person I am today. I don’t know what I would have done without it. I would like to thank all of my teachers, Mrs. Stark, Ms. Erickson, Ms. Meyers, Kelsey Stone, Shannon Menon, Mallory McGrath, and Danielle Roberge for encouraging and pushing me to be the best dancer and person possible. I’m also very thankful for all of the amazing girls I’ve had the chance to dance with for the past years. I would also like to give a huge thank you to my parents for supporting me and continuously wanting the best for me, cheering me on along the way!
In the fall I will be attending the University of Saskatchewan and have been accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce program. Although I don’t get to start university the normal way I am still very excited for this next chapter. I never expected this to be the way I would end my senior year, but all we can do now is look to what’s to come. I will never forget about all the fun and special times I had at La Danse, so I’d just like to thank everyone once again for being a huge impact in my life. I am excited to see what’s in store for me!
Madison Kleiter copy
Fifteen years ago I walked into the La Danse studio for the first time, and fell in love with everything dance had to offer. Over the years, I made unforgettable memories and long lasting friendships. Dance taught me not only how to pointe my toes and stretch my legs; it taught me life skills such as discipline, confidence, and teamwork. I would like to thank the instructors, Ms. Myers, Mrs. Stark, Mrs. Erickson, Mallory McGrath, Danielle Roberge, Kelsey Stone, Heather Currie, and Shannon Menon for pushing me to be the best version of myself. I am so grateful to have experienced your talent and passion you extend to each dancer at the studio. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me throughout the years.
A special shout out to my mom who always made sure that every costume was perfectly organized and solo music was prepared so that my only focus was to dance my heart out on stage.
This fall, I will be attending the University of Saskatchewan (online of course) in the College of Kinesiology. I will be taking classes to further my education and work towards a Master’s Degree in Optometry. La Danse has impacted my life for the better and I could not be more thankful for all of the experiences. Although I am moving onto the next stage of my life, dance, which I fell in love with at the age of three, will always be a part of me. I wish everyone at La Danse the best and I am going to miss you all.
For the past twelve years, I have been lucky enough to call La Danse my second home; a place to grow, learn, and share my passion for dance alongside inspiring teachers and friends. I want to thank Ms. Myers, Mrs. Stark, Mrs. Erickson, and all other La Danse staff for teaching me not only how to dance, but many lifelong lessons. The lessons and life skills I have learned throughout my time at the studio can be summed up in this poem I wrote, A Credo to Dance…
All I really need to know
About what to do and how to be
I learned from dance.
First things first,
Nobody likes excuses.
Don’t be late.
If you miss, figure out what you’re doing BEFORE class.
Ask for help when you need it.
It’s better to know what you need to do instead of faking your way through it.
If others are struggling, help them out.
We are all in this together.
Always give your best effort.
Don’t think that just because you know the dance, you don’t have to go full out.
There is always room for improvement.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
Take and apply feedback.
Be dynamic; sharp when you need to be sharp and soft when you need to be soft.
If you don’t practice smiling in the studio, you’ll never smile comfortably on stage.
Always try to be the tallest one in the room.
Know your counts.
Dance to the end of the room.
Never lose your center.
Know how to use the tools around you.
Mirrors are not for copying.
When the blinds come down it’s your responsibility to remember the dance for yourself.
Don’t grip the bar.
Eventually you’ll be on your own in the center.
Always be prepared for the unexpected.
Be aware of those around you in case you have to change places.
Just because you’re in the back row doesn’t mean nobody’s watching.
When you’re at competition, your focus is on YOUR dance.
Don’t let groups in the practice room intimidate you.
If you fall, get up.
If the music stops, keep dancing.
No matter what,
NEVER lose your smile.
The work you put in at the studio is what matters.
Don’t let your score at competition define your standard.
Similar to anything in life, you get out of dance what you put into it.
A life lesson may be thrown your way when you’re least expecting it.
However, the only thing dance will not teach you is how to
Count past eight.
In the fall, I will be attending the University of Saskatchewan in the Bachelor of Science program. After my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue a career in medicine. As this chapter of my life comes to an end, I am positive the life lessons, memories, and friendships I have gained from the studio will live on in my heart forever. Thank you La Danse, for shaping the person I have become today.