Born and raised in Guelph ON, Drew Berry is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary performance artist and teacher. Her mediums include dance, theatre, photography, videography, and classical piano. In 2016, Drew joined Rock Bottom Movement as a company member and since has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Canadian Stage, Canada’s National Ballet Open Space Program, and Toronto Dance Theatre as well as performing in five full-length works. Her most recent production with Rock Bottom Movement, hollow mountain, was awarded two Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Drew performed in the ensemble of No Woman’s Land, by Jaberi Dance Theatre co-presented by DanceWorks, which was nominated for 5 Dora Mavor Moore awards and will be touring Ontario in spring 2021. Drew also works with Kaeja d’Dance as a dancer, marketing & development assistant, photographer/ videographer and over the last 3 years has been working closely with Karen Kaeja as a scribe, documenting her latest project which is set to premiere in 2021.Other collaborators include Frog in Hand, Emma Kerson, Nico Al Ajillio, Irma Villafuerte, Kate Hilliard, Opera 5, Alias Dance Project, Nostos Collective. Film/TV Credits include: Titans TV series (Netflix), Stevie (Alter Ego Films), Mary Kills People (Global), Reign (The CW), and A Nutcracker Christmas (Hallmark). Drew is on faculty at Centennial College teaching Ballet and Choreography and is working for Quinte Ballet School of Canada as their Social Media Manager. Drew grew up training at Anna Marie Oliver School of Dance in Guelph, completed her post-graduate training at Quinte Ballet School of Canada, and holds her BFA (Honours) from the Performance Dance program at Ryerson University.
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Rowen is currently completing her BFA Honours at York University in the joint National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Rowen trained in modern and contemporary technique forms while performing with the Guelph Youth Dance Company in which she had the opportunity to perform nationally and internationally, including a China tour in 2016. Rowen participated in the 2019/20 York Dance Ensemble where she was able to work with renowned choreographers and dance artists such as Susan Lee, Raine Madison, and Sophie Goyette-Hamels. In June 2019, Rowen premiered her piece disparu in the Guelph Dance Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. She has had the opportunity to train with Iratxe Ansa of Metamorphosis Method and Hannes Langolf at the b12 festival in Berlin, Germany. Upon graduation Rowen will continue to work as a performer, choreographer and teacher.
We will continue to monitor and implement the local, provincial and federal recommendations as they’re announced and make changes as necessary. We will take each week, or day to day, into consideration as it approaches and keep you updated on what’s happening. We will be updating through Facebook and email.
We take pride in our facility and how it operates and would like to highlight the protocols we have in place at GYD to help our dance families stay healthy and safe for when we are allowed to reopen.
- ENTERING AND EXITING THE BUILDING: All dancers will enter the building from the OLD QUEBEC STREET entrance. After classes all dancers will exit the building through the back of the building at 21 CHAPEL LANE.
To make that a safe entrance for everyone to use. Here’s how this will work…
- WAITING ROOM IS CLOSED: we are asking all parents/guardians to drop off your child and wait outside the building for your dancer to enter or exit the building. We will have volunteers ready to help students when needed (younger children).
- Once your dancer is dropped off, they will be ushered immediately into the studio and provided with hand sanitizer. Everyone must wash their hands prior to and before exiting the studio. You may bring your own sanitizer if you wish. Please note that as the waiting room is closed, it is best to arrive only 5 minutes prior to class start time as dancers will be asked to wait in a line to the studio 6 feet apart.
- Everyone entering the building must wear a mask in all common areas and in all studios. Non-medical masks or face coverings should:
- fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
- maintain their shape after washing and drying
- be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material (such as cotton or linen)
- be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
- Plastic face shields or face coverings that do not fit snuggly over the mouth and nose are not permitted.
- Please be in your dancewear when you arrive and bring as few items to class as possible. Items will be placed just outside the studio or in the corner of the studio so we can avoid going into the lobby.
- Pick-up – since the waiting room is closed and we cannot congregate in there, we ask that you all make a single file line up to the door where your child will be. Each child will be dismissed individually as each parent comes to the door (children 9 and under only). The line may be long on certain days so please be patient, this is all for the health and safety of your children. As long as everyone is there on time this will move very quickly. All students will be downstairs in their designated spots awaiting your arrival.
- Sanitizer: We have hand sanitizer in each room, hallway, and front desk. Students will be asked to use it frequently. If you’d prefer your own students are permitted to bring it in their dance bag. Our sanitizer does contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Water fountain – our water fountain is CLOSED. Please make sure your child brings their own non-spillable container that has their name on it.
- No close contact: we will be adjusting many things in our classroom to avoid contact. Please bring in your own yoga mat for conditioning classes. Students will not be permitted to hold hands, high five, or touch each other in any way. We will also ensure that they are not in close proximity to each other. If you can please remind them to keep to themselves, they all love to hug each other 🙂
- Surface Cleaning: Every hour we will be wiping down frequently touched surfaces and equipment. Every evening everything is wiped down.
- Deep Cleaning: the studio will be professionally deep cleaned twice per week.
- Hepa filters running in Studios during class
- Sneezes and Coughs: We are encouraging dancers to cough and sneeze into their shirt or arms, not in their hands. If your child has either of these symptoms we are asking them to stay home.
- Staff: Only healthy staff members (without symptoms) will be in the studio. Our teaching staff is ready to fill in for each other so each child may get to know more teachers than normal this year.
- Class sizes: class sizes will be restricted to the number allowed by Public Health.
How you can help: Please use the Provincial COVID -19 school screening tool before coming to the studio https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
- Do not bring your child to class if they are coughing, sneezing, have a fever, stomach ache, body aches, sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, or any other illness.
- Do not bring your child to class if a family member is ill with any of the above symptoms
- Don’t bring toys from home.
- Don’t break any formal quarantine/government restrictions.
- Encourage your child to cough and sneeze into their arm not in their hand and to not touch other children or their teacher.
- Alert us if your child does have COVID-19 and has been to the studio within the last 14 days so we can contact their peers.
Each family is encouraged to make their own decision about coming to the studio, please do what you feel comfortable with and what makes the most sense for you and your family. Your health and safety are most important to us!!
We are so looking forward to healthier times and when we can hug all of your little ones again, they are such a bright spot in our day! The well-being of our students and families is a top priority! Please know that we are here to address any concerns or issues and are happy to hear from you on additional ways we can keep our community healthy!
Catrina and Janet
- Once on the Portal you will be able to search to see if you or your dancer is already in our system or to add a new student. All the classes that are available to the dancer due to year of birth will show up when you click on “Register a Student”. Be sure you are in the season you are registering for (Summer, Fall, or Online).
- Here is a video tutorial to help you use the Parent Portal for the first time. There is a lot to offer in this system! Prices, schedules, class descriptions and the ability to register online are all available on the portal.
When registering you will only be asked to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $25 plus HST until classes begin (maximum of 2 registration fees per family). Company non-refundable deposits are $100-$150 plus HST. These fees will reserve your spot in the classes you choose. Credits can be used to pay this fee.
Please note that we are happy to make payment plans (monthly or quarterly).
If we are need to shut down due to Covid-19, we will offer classes online.
At this time families can decide if they wish to stay registered in their classes or opt out. Only the $25 registration fee and company deposits will be non-refundable. We hope this will provide families with the flexibility to move forward with what you are most comfortable with once we know more, while providing us with a sense of what families are looking for at this time.
Please be sure to put you or your child on a waiting list if a class is full as we can also add more classes to the schedule if necessary.
Dance is an art form that trains the entire person; body, mind and soul.
At GYD we value:
A trusting and nurturing environment
A safe, creative and open space
A place where children and their parents can move, sweat, laugh and play
A well thought out and rigorous dance curriculum
An opportunity to dance to incredible live percussion
A tightknit Community- friends, parents, teachers, choreographers, health care providers, audiences
Physical and mental well-being
A space free of phones
A non-competitive atmosphere
The art of expression, risk and innovation
Independence- even for our youngest dancer- so that they can to take care of themselves, be responsible for themselves and enjoy their full strength and individuality.
High quality and well educated teachers who come into the studio each day well prepared, with great enthusiasm and with respect for each individual who comes into the room.
We look forward to dancing with you all soon!