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30 years of dance umbrella

dance umbrella, an arts education training programme under Confederation Centre of the Arts, is celebrating 30 years of providing high-quality dance and movement classes. The school offers instruction in a wide range of dance styles for children,  young people, and adults, such as creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary, afro-jazz, hip-hop, tap, and musical theatre. Registration for 2018-2019 classes are now open with classes starting on September 10, 2018. 

Founders Peggy Reddin and Julia Sauvé established dance umbrella in 1988 with the vision to make a more inclusive and collaborative dance community. For the past 30 years, dance umbrella has strived to highlight dance as an enriching art form that helps build self-confidence, create healthy bodies and minds, and develop creativity. Thousands of students have gone through its training programmes, many of whom have successful careers in the arts. Students under the programme have the opportunity to perform in works outside the context of school recitals and increased opportunity to work with other artists in the community. Notable collaborations have included the National Ballet School and the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra.

“One of my favourite memories from my years with dance umbrella is when we put on “The Nutcracker” with the PEI Symphony. Having the symphony behind you as you are dancing is probably one of the most incredible feelings in the world. You feel the vibrations of the bass in your feet and in your inner core, and the energy really pushes you to go beyond your best. You are also sharing a moment, a private moment that is being enjoyed by the members of the symphony, the dancers on the stage, and the people in the audience.”

Kara Callaghan, Music Therapist, former dance umbrella student.

Registration for classes are open until September 10. To view the full list of classes or to register, please visit:

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What are Relaxed Performances?


Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.

These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.



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