DragonFly®

Our Programme for Learners with Down syndrome

The School of Dance Programme for Learners with Down syndrome
 

DragonFly®

Imagine the possibilities

DragonFly® is a programme of The School of Dance devoted to learners with Down syndrome. Classes for babies & parents, toddlers, children, youth and young adults.

DragonFly® Director of Education: Barbara Roblin

 

 

World Down syndrome Day 2016 with DragonFly

Photo: Gilles Vézina

 

 

 

DragonFly

Photo: Barbara Legowski

DragonFly®

Our Programme for Learners with
Down syndrome

In a carefully designed environment, students use their individual strengths to learn; one day they may be developing math concepts through dance, on another building their understanding of literature through dance, drama, puppetry and story-telling.

 

Our innovative programmes are the result many years of careful programme development. The result is our growing expertise of best practices in educating learners with Down syndrome.

 

DragonFly is delivered in English and French in The School of Dance, New Edinburgh Campus.

 

For more information contact The School of Dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at DragonFly®

 

 

Special Event

Photo: Jessica

 

 

 

Special Event

Photo: Laura

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF DRAGONFLY

Donate Now

 

Dear Friends of DragonFly®

DragonFly has been developing a new post-secondary age programme over the past two years. In January 2019 we will launch DragonFly@Work. The curriculum will be developed from research-based, best practices as we strive to prepare our young adults for self-sufficiency and success. But we do need financial help. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in 2019 so that we can accept more students into the programme.

 

We are asking you to make a donation AND/OR to pass this message along to five people who may welcome the opportunity this holiday season to support a young person in making their mark on the world!

 

As a Programme of The School of Dance, DragonFly is building on its years of experience working with learners with Down syndrome to expand the DragonFly@Work curriculum, focusing on the employment skills young adults need to be successful.

 

Young people with Down syndrome have few opportunities after high school. Your donation offers hope to DragonFly students of all ages that a post-secondary programme will be there for them when it is needed.

 

You can make a gift online using your credit card by clicking Donate Now . This takes you to The School of Dance CanadaHelps page. From the drop down menu, click on #2.“DragonFly for Learners with Down syndrome”. Your charitable receipt will come from CanadaHelps.

 

You can also make a gift by cheque to The School of Dance, providing your mailing address for the charitable receipt from The School of Dance. In the memo field indicate “For DragonFly”. Cheques can be mailed to:

 

The School of Dance
200 Crichton Street
Ottawa ON K1M 1W2

 

We also accept donations by telephone at The School of Dance. CALL 613-238-7838.

 

THANK YOU!

Merrilee Hodgins A.R.A.D.

Artistic Director, The School of Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point of View

Art Exhibition

March 24, 2019

Gallery 200, The School of Dance

 

 

Save the Date

Photo: Beth Ross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DragonFly Summer

2018 Summer Programme sponsored by

Telus

2019 Information coming soon

 

 

Save the Date

Photo: Beth Ross

 

Meet Kate

Meet Kate

 

Kate sees herself as a learner: "My brain is thinking."

She sees herself as a dancer: "I feel fire in my heart."

Kate likes who she is: "I'm a Down syndrome kid."

 

 

 

DragonFly® offers 1-2-1 individualized programming!

 

For more information about designing a programme for YOU,

 

contact us at 613-238-7838 or email

 

Barbara Roblin

DragonFly® offers 1-2-1 individualized programming!

Photo: Nicola Fridgen

 

 

DragonFly®

Photo: Barbara Legowski

 

 

DragonFly®

Photo: Barbara Legowski

 

DragonFly® Beginners Programme
(ages 0-5)

For information about programme content please contact Barbara Roblin

 


 

DragonFly® Tuesday Programme

Individualized programmes that focus on basic skills in language and mathematics.

 

For information about programme content please contact Barbara Roblin

 


 

DragonFly® Friday Programme

Designed to meet the needs of post-secondary young adults, this Programme is also open to students ages 12-21.

Maximum of 10 students.

All Programmes include the foundational components of reading, mathematics and critical thinking skills with dance and movement sections sprinkled throughout the blocks.

 

For information about programme content please contact Barbara Roblin

 

DragonFly® Arts Programmes

For information about programme content please contact Barbara Roblin

 

 

 

DragonFly®

Photo: Barbara Legowski

 

I Feel Fire

A book of photographs by Ottawa photographer Barbara Legowski, is now on sale at The School of Dance.

 

These images capture the enthusiasm, grace and love of dance and learning portrayed by DragonFly® students.

 

The gift that gives twice; a unique book of photography for a friend or family member that also supports innovative programmes that expand learning for young people with Down syndrome.

I Feel Fire

Photo: Barbara Legowski

 

Programme Directors

 

Barbara Roblin

Photo: TSOD Archives

 

Barbara Roblin B.A., ECE, Diploma Child Study, Ontario Teacher Certificate

Director of Education, DragonFly®

Barbara Roblin is the Director of Education for DragonFly®, our programme for learners with Down syndrome. She is a certified Primary/Junior teacher in Ontario with diplomas in Child Study and Early Childhood Education. Ms. Roblin has over 10 years of experience working with learners with Down syndrome and has developed the Trio Foundation Program, which creates individualized learning plans in literacy and math for Down syndrome students.

 

 

Merrilee

Photo: TSOD Archives

 

Merrilee Hodgins, A.R.A.D.

Artistic Director of The School of Dance

 

Merrilee Hodgins directs the DragonFly® dance programmes. Miss Hodgins studied in Canada, England, Denmark and the United States. In 1971, she was awarded the prestigious Solo Seal of the Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1973 she became principal dancer with the Alberta Ballet Company, later working in Denmark, Germany and the U.S. as a freelance artist. Miss Hodgins, a recipient of the YM-YWCA's 1997 Women of Distinction Award, was the 1997 Chair of the City of Ottawa's Cultural Leadership Committee, was a member of the board of directors for Dance Ontario, is a Director of the Celia Franca Foundation, and has been awarded Canada Council grants to research and develop projects to introduce children to dance. Committed throughout her career to accessibility and collaboration, Miss Hodgins developed The School's portfolio of community programmes including Dance is BEST for Seniors and Dancing in the Street. Recent projects include choreographic commissions from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, collaboration with Canadian poet Susan McMaster, and a commission to produce a concert version of Stravinsky's Firebird for the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. In January 2013, Senator Jim Munson nominated and then presented Merrilee with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in arts education in Canada. In 2017, Merrilee was presented with the Senate of Canada Sesquicentennial Medal in recognition of her valuable service to the nation.

 
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The School of Dance thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of our magical programme.

 

DragonFly®

DragonFly®

Photo: Laura Marrongelli

 

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