Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays, Virtual
Languages: English, French
Themes: First Nations, Inuit, and/or Metis Art, LGBTQ2SIA+, Anti-Bullying
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE
Jess Dance is a group of passionate dance educators experienced in empowering Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. We are committed to working in all schools regardless of financial ability (just ask) and reaching the most remote communities. We provide a safe space to have fun, try your best, & be who you truly are all while building confidence, self expression, & connection. We are pleased to offer Hip Hop and other Street Dance styles (Whacking, House, Locking, Popping, Voguing), Breakin', Afrobeat, KPop, Métis Jigging, POW WOW, Bollywood, Indian Folkloric, Acrobatics, and Jazz! Available in both FRENCH and English; South African Gumboot, Samba, Afro-Fusion, Creative Dance (Elementary), Creative Process, Ballet, Contemporary. Jess Dexter, the Creative Director, has taught for 24 years and holds a B.Sc degree in Kinesiology with a secondary physical education focus. Call 778-829-7642 with any questions!
See a preview of Jess Dance's show by registering for 'ArtStarts Presents'!
School Year: 23-24
Offered Languages: English, French
Grade Suitability: - 12
Duration: 35-75 min per workshop, 1/2 day-10 days
Tech Requirements: Sound system including auxiliary cord and wireless microphone (headset microphone, if possible.)
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual
Dance Styles: Hip Hop, Waacking, House, Locking, Popping, Voguing, Breakin', Afrobeat, KPop, Indigenous Hoop Dance, Afro, Jazz FRENCH and English: South African Gumboot, Samba, Afro-Fusion, Creative Dance (Elementary, Creative Process (Secondary,) Ballet, Contemporary, Congolese and Angolan Social Dance, Afrobeat, Afrohouse. Performance Only: Indigenous Hoop Dance Regional base rate includes 5 hours/day & 200 students. For every student above 200, add $1. For a culminating Student Performance, choose at least 4 lessons/student. After-school Programs and choreography for productions can be added a la carte. Workshop lengths and group sizes are up to the school. Get in touch for our recommendations. Rates include flights/accommodation. If the school provides either, discounts will be applied. Schools further than 30 minutes drive will accrue an additional travel fee. Remote schools; call for travel rate, which will be shared amongst other schools. Multi-day bookings are encouraged. 3 day minimum for bookings with travel. Virtual programs are available with no max. student number. Half-day programs are available when 2 schools within 30 minute drive are booked together.
"We've worked with Jess Dance and her team for several years in School District 10 and have always been impressed with their efforts with our students. Professional, fun and engaging, even for our high school students who were initially resistant to having 'dance' classes are part of their PE program. In the end, they all get involved, have fun and can't wait to have them back!" Jess Dance Google Review
"Amazed at the instructors' positive energy, large class management, clarity of instruction and the fun all the students enjoyed. The children looked forward to each class and were so excited to present their dance to their parents. This was such a fantastic outlet for all students to be creative, expressive and move. Thank you so very much!." Jess Dance Google Review
"Our school loved having Jess Dance come for the week to teach our kids. It was an exciting week for our school community. The instructors were very adept at engaging the students, motivating them and encouraging them to have fun! Jess was very responsive with emails, information and checking in. Highly recommend!" Jess Dance Google Review