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Vazzy

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Kootneys and Vancouver
Languages: English, French

Since 2005, the two bilingual musicians share their passion for music, songs, dances and the living traditions of Acadia, Quebec and Canada with audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Suzanne Leclerc grew up in New Brunswick, in a large Acadian family, where her love of music, the arts and cultural traditions first developed. Vazzy offers engaging and informative performance projects. Their fun hands-on participatory workshops are relevant and engaging, broadening student's appreciation of languages, cultures and the arts. Vazzy's arts integration approach supports the big ideas of the curriculum and the engagement of young people in today's society.


Reviews

I loved the music and all the instruments you played during the show. It makes me feel like playing mine more! Grade 6 student, Larson Elementary
Our 5-day residency project with 9 French-Immersion and CORE classes went extremely well, all students were thoroughly engaged. Each class had a different song and dance. Two of the classes had presentations that were really funny, depicting French folk tales, complete with costumes and props. Having live music on cue was wonderful for coordinating the dance steps and practicing seamlessly. The project culminated with a presentation for the whole school and parents that lasted 1 ½ hours. Suzanne was amazing; I don't know how she does it! The most rewarding part of the project was seeing how much the students learned in such a short time. They experienced a French culture that was fun and funny. I was very happy to have organized this event. Christine Marin, Vice-principal, École Mitchell Elementary
It was great to see the enthusiasm with which the participants and the artists connected, the fantastic variety presented to the students and the audience during the performance at the end of the residency. Classes continue to chat about their experiences. We are incorporating at least two of the songs and dances into our spring concert. Here are a couple of comments: "I can't believe how much the students retained over just three workshops" Teacher, "We had so much fun!" Students Lynn Fleck, Principal, St-Joseph Elementary

Performances & Workshops

Folk, Social and Community Dance Workshops

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 -10 days (4-6 workshops per day)
Capacity: 120 - 180 students per day, 4 or 6 workshops in classroom groups of 20 - 30 students per workshop
Tech Requirements: Clean open space free of furniture, set-up and take down 30-45 min
Fee Range: $945 - $1,045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$900.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$940.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$1,000.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$1,000.00
Vancouver Island North
$1,000.00
Interior
$1,000.00
North
$1,000.00
Kootenays
$900.00

Accompanied by live fiddle music, our high-energy gender-neutral dance workshops get your students dancing and loving it! From square and barn type dances, to circle, to French medieval and village dances to polkas and waltzes. Students discover social dancing as a fun community oriented activity. The dances fully engage your students in a creative experience supporting communication with others, movement skills, physical and mental well-being, math, music, as well as cultural awareness and language learning. Dancing is casual and respectful. Suzanne's teaching is upbeat and her sense of humor infectious. Adapted to all programs K-12, with French or English language instructions. We leave behind bilingual support material and audio files we recorded, so everyone can keep on dancing after our visit. Bookings: from one day of workshops with 4-6 different classes, to multi-day residencies. Learn more from our bilingual "Vazzy Workshops and Residency Guide".

Traditional Arts from French Canada Workshops

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 -10 days (4-6 workshops per day)
Capacity: 120 - 180 students per day, 4 or 6 workshops in classroom groups of 20 - 30 students per workshop
Tech Requirements: Clean open space free of furniture, set-up and take down 30-45 min
Fee Range: $945- $1,045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$900.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$940.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$1,000.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$1,000.00
Vancouver Island North
$1,000.00
Interior
$1,000.00
North
$1,000.00
Kootenays
$900.00

Always accompanied by live music, our fun and engaging hands-on workshops introduce various art forms connected to French Canadian living traditions. Students develop creative skills and new ways of expressing themselves through music, movement and language. During a workshop, we can explore one theme, or a mixture of the following themes: Rounds, rhymes and simple dances for (K-4), Spoon playing and foot percussion (4-12), Folk and social dance (K-12), Traditional songs of French-Canada (K-12). All dance calls are gender neutral. We customize the workshops to your program, your learning objectives, and your student's ages. Instructions are in French or English language. Book a one-day event with 4-6 workshops with different classes, or a multi-day residency engaging all your students. Upon request, residencies can culminate in an assembly performance by your students. Find more information in our bilingual "Vazzy Workshops and Residency Guide".

Vazzy in New-France / Vazzy en Nouvelle-France

Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 50 - 60 mins.
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: Electrical outlets, clean stage area, Set up: 75 min / take down: 45 min
Fee Range: $845 - $945 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$800.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$840.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$885.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$885.00
Vancouver Island North
$900.00
Interior
$865.00
North
$900.00
Kootenays
$800.00

A lively musical performance exploring traditional French-Canadian songs and music going back to the era of New France, with anecdotes about the fur trade and life in the colony in the days preceding Canada. The two artists, in period costumes, play musical instruments in use at the time. The audience hears fiddle, renaissance guitar, spoons, foot percussion, lute, doumbek, frame drum, jaws harp, mandolin, tambourine and bagpipes. Students participate in singing, spoon playing, acting, dancing, improvisation, and multiple French language interactions. The performance ends encouraging students to inquire about their cultural backgrounds, developing identity and their personal story in the process. To engage students of all ages, we offer three performance adaptations targeting elementary, intermediate/middle or secondary school audiences. The two artists are bilingual. Suzanne Leclerc, originally from New Brunswick, grew-up in a large Acadian family. Bryn Wilkin, born in Ontario, lived in England and France before returning to Canada.

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