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: 22-23
Offered Languages: English, French
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 35-90 min per workshop, 1-5 day
Tech Requirements: Sound system including auxiliary cord and wireless microphone (headset mic, if possible.)
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual
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. Regional base rate includes 200 students. For every student above 200, add $1. For a culminating Student Performance, choose at least 4 lessons/student. Jess Dance will be at your school for up to 5 hours of instructional time/day. Workshop lengths and group sizes are up to the school. Get in touch for our recommendations. Half day programs may be available. Rates include flights/accommodation. If the school provides either, discounts will be applied. Schools beyond 30 minutes from the instructor will accrue additional travel fee. Remote schools; call for travel rate, which will be shared amongst other schools. Multi-day bookings are encouraged. Virtual programs are $700/day regardless of region or student number.
"Jess Dexter and her team of energetic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable dance instructors have engaged my students for almost 10 years! Students have had the opportunity to choose various genre's of dance, and Jess's team never fail to impress. Students demonstrate pride in their efforts as they work towards the creation of a performance at the end of each session. What a joy!"
"Jess has been coming to teach dance at Magee Secondary since 1998! She is organized, flexible and always tries to accommodate our students and teachers. Jess and her instructors all have amazing energy, communication, are versatile, professional, and are passionate about teaching! We usually have Jess come in for a class dance session and later in the week for a choreography session. The students always look forward to the dance unit. I highly recommend having Jess work with your students."
"Adding Jess Dance to our PHE program was a great decision. Jess is passionate about dance and she cares about her students. Her teaching style and her rapport with the learners are great. She gets even the shyest, most self-conscious students moving and improving."