Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education presents…
“A Dancer’s Career – from Coast to Coast: Celebrating Canadians and their Careers in the field of Dance.”
A message from Jolanta OkoI, Founder/Director:
I am beyond ecstatic to announce the release of this year long project.
Throughout my experiences as a young dancer, dance educator and Dance Major at York University, I have encountered biases surrounding my choice to pursue Dance, as a field in the world of academia. Being met with this bias time and time again, I found myself defending this Art form since a young age.
As Founder/Director of Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education, I felt it important that we represent our role as supporters of Dance Education in Canada.
This project was created to be an educational tool used to inform the public about the benefits of dance training, and the abundance of career opportunities one can pursue within the field of Dance.
In support of this mission, over the course of the past 10 years, we have seen an increase in research studies surrounding the benefits of Dance training. Dance can contribute to the overall cognitive, physical and social development in children, as well as reduce the rate at which diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Dementia progress. In addition, the evolution of reality television has produced shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance which are inspiring more children to pursue dance at a young age.
Being a Canadian company, it was important that we showcased dancers and their careers from across the country. The time, energy and effort put into helping me pursue this project has been much appreciated. It is because of the kindness and generosity of those involved, that dancers who may have had second thoughts about pursuing Dance at a Post-Secondary institution, or may have felt forced to quit Dance as they began to experience the social and academic pressures of high school, may reconsider their decision.
I truly believe that… “TEAM: Together We Achieve More”
This project has been made possible through the generous donation of time, effort and energy of all involved. Canada’s National Academy of Dace Education, in no way profits from this project or its release to the public.
We ask that you share, share, share this video by any means possible, not limited to email, social networks and media.
Below I have included links to our Social Media platforms through which this video will be shared. Feel free to tag, like, join, share this video, with hopes of inspiring youth to pursue careers in Dance.
Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrPTWX1lEqo