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VCI Celebrates Ongoing Success of Real-World Learning Dance Program
VCI Celebrates Ongoing Success of Real-World Learning Dance Program
Posted on 06/06/2024
VCI Dance Program

June 6, 2024 (Vankleek Hill, Ontario)Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) is encouraging students to express themselves through dance with its real-world learning (RWL) project, an inclusive after-school for credit dance program that has been thriving since its inception last year. Designed for students of all grades, levels, and talents, this initiative underscores the importance of dance as an art form within school communities and highlights VCI’s commitment to fostering creativity and community spirit.

The RWL project has been a foundation of VCI’s efforts to promote the arts, providing students with an expressive outlet and an opportunity to build confidence and teamwork. Through this program, VCI has demonstrated that dance is accessible to everyone, nurturing personal growth and artistic appreciation in students.

“The dance program has had a big impact on my high school career,” said Grade 12 VCI student Maia Trimnell. “I am more confident and have improved my leadership skills through dance.” Trimnell attributes the success of the program to organizing teacher Mme. Paquette and plans to help with the program next year, while in post-secondary.

As part of the RWL project, VCI is producing a documentary to showcase the positive impact of dance on the school community. This film will highlight how dance has brought students together, enriched their educational experience, and fostered personal development.

The program also includes a tour, where students share their journey and insights with UCDSB elementary students, demonstrating that anyone can learn to dance. This school year, the group travelled to Pleasant Corners Public School, Williamstown Public School, Rockland Public School, and Maxville Public School.

To further its arts initiatives, VCI will be offering an Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) for 2025. This SHSM will build upon the foundations laid by the RWL project, contributing to the success of our arts programming. Additionally, VCI has established a partnership with Ottawa U.

"The RWL project has been a tremendous success," said Gisèlle Paquette, Dance Program Coordinator and VCI Teacher. "With the proposed SHSM and our partnership with Ottawa U, we are building robust arts programs that will provide new and exciting experiences for our students, especially in the French as a Second Language (FSL) department."

The RWL project continues to make a significant impact, and the documentary is expected to be released in the Spring of 2025. The VCI community eagerly anticipates the ongoing positive effects of this program, both within the school and in the broader community.

For media inquiries, please contact:

April Scott-Clarke
Manager of Communications
Upper Canada District School Board
[email protected]

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