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Vazzy

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French

Always accompanied by live music, Vazzy?s high-energy hands-on workshops engage and inspire students of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The two artist?s contagious enthusiasm and ability to connect with young people create an exciting environment where students experience dancing, play music, sing, and learn about French Canadian culture language of expression. The activities explored build on student?s individual expression, personnel awareness and self-confidence while developing many new artistic, social, language, and physical skills. Themes explored: traditional and social dances from French-Canada (K-12); foot percussion and spoon playing (4-12); traditional rhymes, songs, rounds and simple dances (K-3); traditional French Canadian songs (K-12). The residency can end with an assembly/performance by students, produced and accompanied by Vazzy. Adapted to all programs from K-12, including FSL. We leave support material with the school: MP3 files with music, French and English dance calls and dance instructions, MP3 audio files and lyrics to songs and rhymes. Workshops and Residency Guide available from the Artist on Tour Directory. Contact us with inquiries or to plan a project: vazzymusik@hotmail.com Vazzy?s extensive experience performing traditional French Canadian music and songs to general audiences has taken them from coast to coast. The two exceptional artists and educators have presented their school performance and their workshops and residencies in schools all over BC, in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Suzanne grew-up in an Acadian community in Northern New-Brunswick and Bryn in Ontario and in the UK. The bilingual BC based duo will travel to all school districts in BC.


Reviews

Thank you so much for providing our FSL program students with such a great opportunity. Our staff was amazed at how quickly the students learned the words to the songs. Vivien Farr, Principal, Saint-Joseph Elementary (FSL)
Vazzy designed workshops for each of the 17 classes in our dual track elementary school. An excellent fit for all English, French and French Immersion Programs. I highly recommend Vazzy... I found their work with our students exceptional. Erika Moser, Principal, Deep Cove School
During the weeklong residency, children had fun learning many traditional French Canadian songs and dances as well as rhythms with spoons and feet. Suzanne and Bryn had many activities planned with a wide variety of music and were able to change to different activities according to students' needs and aspirations. They were very organized. Suzanne's French was clear and easy to understand for our students. She consulted with our staff about how much children would understand in French and planned according to students' abilities. Our staff and music teacher learned a lot from working with Vazzy. Patti Holm, Principal, École South Sahali Elementary

Performances & Workshops

Folk and Social Dance Workshops

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 5 - 6 workshops per day
Capacity: 30 students per workshop
Tech Requirements: Multipurpose room, classroom cleared of furniture. Clean floors. Set-up 45 min
Fee Range: $800 - $1,110 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$765.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$795.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$885.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$925.00
Vancouver Island North
$925.00
Interior
$865.00
North
$965.00

Our high-energy dance workshops, with live fiddle music, will get your students dancing and enjoying it! From square and barn type dances, to contras, circle, quadrilles, polkas and waltzes, students discover the pleasure of social dancing as a healthy lifestyle activity. Instructions in French, English or bilingual. We leave our dance CDs with the school, music with calls in French or in English, so everyone can keep physically active and dancing after our visit. Learn more from our Workshops and Residency Guide.

Traditional French Canadian Arts Workshops

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 5 - 6 workshops per day
Capacity: 30 students per workshop
Tech Requirements: Multipurpose room & classroom cleared of furniture. Clean floors. Set-up 45 min
Fee Range: $800 - $1,100 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$765.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$795.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$885.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$925.00
Vancouver Island North
$925.00
Interior
$865.00
North
$965.00

Lively and engaging hands-on workshops connected to the curriculum and introducing various French Canadian living traditions to students of French, Immersion and FSL programs. Themes explored during a workshop can include: Songs, rounds, rhymes and simple dances (K-4), Folk and social dances (K-12), Spoon playing and foot percussion (4-12), Traditional songs of French-Canada (4-12). One day of workshops (5-6) to multi-day residencies. Residencies may culminate with an assembly-performance by students, produced by Vazzy. Contact us for our Workshops and Residency Guide: vazzymusik@hotmail.com

Vazzy in New-France / Vazzy en Nouvelle-France

Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 50 - 60 mins.
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: Electrical outlet, clean stage area, Set Up 75 min/down: 60 min
Fee Range: $685 - $985 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$650.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$680.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$790.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$830.00
Vancouver Island North
$850.00
Interior
$825.00
North
$850.00

A lively, interactive theatrical period performance of traditional French-Canadian song and music, accompanied by anecdotes relating to colonial life in the early days of Canada and the musical instruments of the era. Introducing and playing fiddle, renaissance guitar, spoon playing, foot percussion, Arabic lute, various hand drums, jaws harp, mandolin and bagpipes. Students participate in singing, spoon playing, dancing, improvisation and French language interactions. Students are encouraged to explore their own cultural backgrounds. French or English narration. Adaptations for elementary, intermediate and secondary audiences.

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