Fall 2021 Classes Start This Week

Hi dance families,
We are looking forward to getting the dance season started this week! Your class schedule is below along with some important information on policies, procedures, etc. Please review and reach out ASAP if you have any questions or concerns.

Screening Required Before Class

Dancers and staff must pass the DWK Health Check screening survey before attending class in-person. We request that you complete this 12 to 24 hours before your scheduled class so that Ms. Erin has time to review responses and send reminders to those that have not completed it before classes start each day. If anything changes between filling out the screening and the time of class you are required to notify the studio. The screening survey can also be accessed from the homepage at danceworkskenora.com Note: This active screening is a requirement for facilities like the dance studio but the ongoing tracking of this for every student each day can take up a lot of time. We greatly appreciate your efforts in completing it in a timely manner before each class.

Dance Class Checklist:

  • Proper dance attire and hairstyle
  • Dance shoes
  • Mask
  • Water bottle

(Double check your class requirements in our Dress Code. If you don’t have the correct attire or shoes yet please wear anything that allows full range of movement and have your dancer bring a thin pair of socks.)

Absences & Make-up Classes

Dancers that cannot attend class in-person are encouraged to attend class online. This allows dancers to participate from home while continuing to learn with their regular class. Please notify the studio as soon as possible of any absences. This gives us time to set up the hybrid class technology if they are attending online and also opens up the option of in-person make-up classes for other students.

If dancers have missed a class and were not able to attend online they can attend a make-up class in another style or level (this may be done online or in-person depending on class sizes). Due to our ongoing COVID-19 procedures each make-up class must be approved first. Please contact Ms. Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com to arrange make-up classes.

Watch the 2021 Year-End Recital

The wait is over! Our digital show includes performances from all of our Spring Session classes and includes a variety of more typical recital routines as well as our ballet production of “Peter & the Wolf”. We hope you enjoy the show!

The 2021 Year-End Recital is available for streaming and/or download as of 4:00pm Friday, August 27th and will remain online for viewing until Saturday, September 11 at midnight. Get your ticket and watch online at https://23131.recitalticketing.com/. Don’t forget to share with your family and friends as well.

The 2021 Year-End Recital includes routines in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop as well as our ballet production of “Peter & the Wolf”. Watch online until September 11, 2021.

Reminder: All participating families have prepaid for one on-demand streaming ticket with your spring session tuition. If you didn’t receive your unique code via e-mail please reach out to Ms. Erin.

In addition to the on-demand streaming option there is also the option to purchase a copy for download. This gives you access to download a copy of the performance to keep on your device. Access to download will also be available until September 11, 2021 at midnight but once downloaded you will have permanent access to the file (whereas the on-demand access will end when the performance streaming closes on September 11).

Registration Open for 2021/2022

Come dance with us in our 2021-2022 and Fall 2021 dance classes.

  • Priority registration open now for returning students. Registration will open to new students at 12 noon on Saturday, August 21.
  • View the class schedule, class descriptions, and dress code information on the website at danceworkskenora.com
  • Our COVID-19 procedures will continue and will be updated as necessary as the situation continues to evolve. Dancers and staff will continue to wear masks for the foreseeable future, including while dancing, as most of our students are not yet eligible for vaccines. If you are eligible and able to receive a vaccine it is strongly recommended that you are fully vaccinated to attend dance class as indoor physical activity poses a higher risk for COVID-19 transmission.
  • If you are unsure of the correct class or level to register your dancer for please reach out to Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com or by texting 807-464-3666.

We look forward to dancing together again this year!

Summer Dance – Registration is Open

With Ontario’s move into Stage 3 of re-opening we are excited to announce our programming for Summer 2021.

We are very excited to get back into the studio! Whether you have a dancer looking to continue their training, a previous dancer looking to jump back in, or an “I like dancing at home” dancer looking to try something new we have a summer camp that will work.   We’re also working on our Fall schedule, stay tuned at the end of July or early August for that information.

Restrictions around distancing during sport and activity are reducing, but we will still aim to maintain distance as much as possible during dance class. In recognition of the fact that many of our students are not yet eligible for vaccines all dancers and instructors will continue to wear face masks while indoors, including while dancing.

Multi-class discounts of 10% apply to any students or families enrolled in more than one summer program.

You can view the summer camp details and register online at danceworkskenora.com/summer-camps/

  • Mini Dance Camp – FULL
  • Art & Dance Camp (for ages 7 to 12) – 4 spots left!
  • Dance Combo Camp (for ages 7 to 10)
  • Teen Dance Basics (for ages 11+)
  • Dance Conditioning & Stretch (for ages 10+)
  • Technique Intensives (for ages 12+, dance experience required)

NOTE: Registration is limited. Some camps are already full. Please join the waitlist and depending on interest we may be able to offer additional programming.

Registration Open for Spring Session

Registration is open for our 10 week spring session! Classes start April 17 and will begin online and transition to in-person when we can return to the studio. Register online at danceworkskenora.com/registration

Spring session is going to be all about preparing for our DanceWorks Kenora 2021 Digital Recital.

Each class will be focused on learning choreography and preparing for filming at the end of June. Primary Ballet through Senior Ballet will be preparing a story ballet, Peter & the Wolf, while all other classes will be preparing more typical recital style dance routines. We’re excited to have a performance focus again, even in this modified format!

Please note, dancers need to be committed to attending online as we will start learning choreography immediately. Performance and digital streaming dates TBD.

If you have any questions on the appropriate class or level for your dancer get in touch with Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com. Registrations may be adjusted in order to accommodate class size limits and ensure the best match of levels within classes.

Dance at Home with our Online Mini-Session

Let’s dance our way through Ontario’s latest “Stay at Home” restrictions.

Join us for a 4 week online mini-session with online dance classes running from January 18 to February 12, 2021.

Registration is now open for new and returning students. Our multi-class discounts of 10% off a second class and 15% off any additional classes will apply. Minimum registration required for classes to run, register ASAP!

Gift Ideas for Dancers

Looking for a gift idea for the dancer in your life? DanceWorks Kenora has recommendations below for dancers of all ages and levels.

*Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links which means DanceWorks Kenora will receive a reward or commission for any purchases made by following the links.

DanceWorks Kenora Merchandise

Show your studio pride with some DanceWorks Kenora gear, from t-shirts and tanks, to sweatpants and hoodies. View all of the sizes and options and shop anytime at the DWK Online Store.

Buy Streaming Access to a Dance Performance

COVID-19 and the related closures have been especially hard on performing arts companies. The holiday season is typically a busy one for ballet companies as they present their versions of Nutcracker or other holiday performances. While we can’t attend live shows at the moment you can still experience the magic of a professional dance performance and enjoy it right from your own home! Make it a family night experience and as a bonus feel good about supporting the arts! A few of the Canadian options for streaming are highlighted below but you could also watch productions from world class companies such as NYCB, Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, or Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Heather Ogden in the National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker

Online Training Options

Have a dancer that wants to try more classes or just can’t stop dancing at home? DanceWorks Kenora is a studio partner of CLI Studios and can give your dancer access to a student account with unlimited access to a variety of classes by top choreographers and dance professionals. Read more at clistudios.com This training program is available for current dancers at the Junior or Senior level at DanceWorks Kenora. Cost for access until the end of September 2021 is $50+HST. Contact Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com for more information or to sign-up.

Progressing Ballet Technique is a training and conditioning program that can be done at home! PBT is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students’ technique by focussing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance. It is a unique training system using ballet-technique specific exercises to train skill acquisition in a graded and progressive manner from junior through to advanced levels. Sign up with the DanceWorks Kenora referral link and receive 50% off a student account!

Dancewear & Accessories

A dancer can always use another pair of tights, a new bodysuit/leotard, or even a dance bag to hellp them keep their dance gear organized. Not sure what exactly your dancer might need? Give them a gift certificate and let them choose.


Dancing In The Wings Boys Dance! (american Ballet Theatre) Wolfpack (young Readers Edition) World of Dance: A Barefoot Collection Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition Learn, Grow, Succeed!: A Kids Growth Mindset Journal
The Ballet Book: The Young Performer's Guide To Classical Dance Ballet Shoes Brothers Of The Knight The Nutcracker Taking Flight: From War Orphan To Star Ballerina Tap Dance Troubles Start Where You Are: A Journal For Self-exploration Firebird Welcome To Ballet School: Written By A Professional Ballerina

Gifts we do not recommend you give your dancer…

  • Pointe Shoes
    Dancers must be given approval by their teacher before buying pointe shoes and must go for a personal fitting. Pointe shoes can be damaging if dancers are too young, have not trained properly and do not have the strength and technique required for proper use.
  • Foot Stretcher
    Not necessary to use a foot stretcher to achieve the classical line. Using a foot stretcher can overly stretch ligaments and lead to instability and does nothing to help dancers gain the strength and control to maintain the pointe range.
  • Leg Stretch Bands / Flexistretcher
    Static stretching and forcing your body into a stretch are often the least effective methods of increasing flexibility and can encourage dancers to push past their safe stretch. These can be useful for some but their utility is often limited and dancers can achieve this range and line without this tool as well.

Fall Session – Thank You!

Hello DWK families,

End of Fall Session

The Northwestern Health region is moving into “Yellow-Protect” under Ontario’s response framework. DanceWorks Kenora is already setup and operating at a level that meets the Yellow level restrictions so there will be no changes necessary for our last few classes in the current session. Our final day of Fall session classes is happening on Monday and will be running as usual for the Dance Foundations, Pointe, Senior Ballet, and Senior Modern classes (this is our make-up class for the Thanksgiving Monday closure). As well, Friday Hip Hop classes have one last day on Friday, December 4 as a make-up for a previous class cancellation.

We couldn’t have our typical “parent viewing” week at the studio but we did take videos during class over the last few weeks so that you can see what your dancer was working on. Those links will be sent out to each class over the next few days.

Winter Session – Starts in February

Given the increasing cases in our region and the possibility of higher transmission over the holidays we will not be beginning our Winter session until February. Fall session dancers and families will have the first opportunity to register when we release the schedule in early January (we are aiming for it to be similar to the Fall schedule but changes may be needed based on restrictions at that time).

A small group of dancers have been invited to participate in dance exam classes for December and January. The timing is good to offer this training as it further reduces contacts at the studio with fewer classes and a max class size of 4. This will be our first time offering dance exams and assessments to our dancers. We are excited for the opportunity to train towards a specific goal and look forward to seeing how dancers respond to the experience.

Thank You!

As most classes have now finished up the Fall session Ms. Erin wanted to send a quick thank you to everyone for doing such a great job of following all of the COVID-19 procedures at the studio. Thank you for choosing virtual classes or taking a week or two off when you were concerned about any symptoms or contacts, thank you for wearing masks and for your understanding when we pivoted to wearing masks for the entirety of class, thank you to the dancers of all ages who followed distancing guidelines and showed their resilience and adaptability, and most of all thank you for your continued support of the studio and for trusting us with your dancers. We appreciate all of it and we are so thankful for our DWK dance family.

PS. Stay tuned for some Christmas gift ideas for the dancer in your life. While we encourage everyone to shop locally as much as possible this year to support our local small businesses we also will be posting links to some dance specific ideas that you can’t usually find locally – including dance books, movies, training tools, etc. We will also be continuing to sell our DanceWorks Kenora clothing as well.

Studio Update – November 2020

Hi DWK families,

We hope everyone had a happy and a safe Halloween. We loved seeing everyone’s costumes and creativity at the studio for our Halloween week. If you haven’t seen them yet, check our Facebook or Instagram to see some of the pictures.

A few notes and reminders as we enter November and the final month for our current class schedule.

Pre-Screening & Travel Restrictions

Please ensure you continue pre-screening your dancer before they attend in-person classes. Younger dancers should complete the Ontario COVID-19 School Screening while adult dancers should take the Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment.

The DanceWorks Kenora COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan states that dancers should not come to the studio if they have travelled outside of Canada or have travelled within Canada to an area with a high number of COVID-19 cases within the past 14 days. Please note, with Manitoba now entirely in Orange and Winnipeg in Red this means that dancers who have travelled to Manitoba should not be attending in-person classes for 14 days. If your dancer usually attends in-person but needs to attend virtually for a week or two please let Ms. Erin know at info@danceworkskenora.com so that she can ensure the online class is setup and ready.

Winter 2021 Classes

We plan to continue to offer classes through the winter but we are currently keeping an eye on the local case numbers as well as the increasing numbers in Manitoba and will be waiting to finalize our Winter schedule for a little while longer. Once we have a schedule confirmed our current students will receive the first opportunity to re-enroll.

Happy Thanksgiving & Studio Updates

Hi dance families,

As we head into Thanksgiving weekend I wanted to send out a quick message with a few reminders and updates.

  • Classes are on as usual on Saturday, October 10. The studio is closed and there are no classes on Monday, October 12. Fall session classes resume on Tuesday, October 13 (with the exception of the Fall 2 mini-session classes which begin the week of October 19)
  • Ms. Erin is planning to limit her social interactions over Thanksgiving and hopes that all dance families are also making safe holiday plans. If you’ve decided to travel or you end up seeing larger or multiple groups of people please choose the virtual class option after Thanksgiving rather than attending class in-person. It requires the effort of everyone attending to keep the studio a safe space to dance.
  • We will be continuing with wearing masks during class as much as possible for the next few weeks. Please make sure your dancer has a mask that fits them well. If attending back to back classes they may want to bring extra masks so they can change to a fresh mask if needed.
  • The Fall 1 Mini Session ends on Saturday, October 10. Thank you to all that participated in this session of Parent & Tot, Creative Movement I, Creative Movement II, Gentle Ballet, and Gentle Jazz & Tap. The Fall 2 mini-session begins the week of October 19. Limited spots are still available in some classes, register online at danceworkskenora.com

Have a happy Thanksgiving!