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the Cumbrae School of Dancing


Welcome Back!z

What a wonderful rst few weeks it has been! We hope by now that everyone is settled in and enjoying their classes. This is always such an exciting time at Cumbrae; take a look at what some of our dancers have been doing!

Cumbrae dancers will once again be attending the Pulse & Camp Pulse in Toronto on Feb. 15-16. This is a great workshop opportunity, with world class faculty, for dancers aged 8+. We have over 20 students attending the 2014 event. Senior students will once again be performing in the Showcase. If you/your child is interested, please email

The Pulse & Camp Pulse


A number of our young ballet students got up early on Thanksgiving weekend to audition for The Royal Winnipeg Ballets upcoming production of The Nutcracker. 199 dancers between the ages of 7-12 were at the NAC that morning. The audition process was exciting and fun-lled for those who attended, and we are proud of all these girls.
progress, Breanna Sirois spent a week with Ballet Jorgen in Toronto, and Madison McColl spent 7 weeks at The Goh Ballet in Vancouver.

Three of our students, Calixa Fox, Maya-Rene Surprenant, & Cassandre Leroux were asked to participate in the production. One of the youngest auditioners, Zoe Malek, has been put on the waiting list. Congratulations dancers!
To keep abreast of Summer 2014 program auditions, check our website and facebook page. For assistance in audition

This past summer, three of our dancers trained at pre-professional dance programs. Katie Over spent ten days in New York City with the contemporary group :pushing

Summer Training

videos, contact Miss Baker.


First RAD Sunday Exam Class for Primary-Grade 2


Cumbrae received 13 BATD Scholarship nominations this year. Students are invited to participate in North American scholarship classes based upon the results of their modern, jazz, or tap examinations. Nominations are announced by the BATD in August and are awarded to dancers that the examiner thought to have exceeded their honours results, demonstrating

BATD Scholarships

exceptional talent. Dancers must be 10-17 on exam date, and in Gr.3+. Congratulations to Megan Evraire, Katherine Farrah, Gabrielle Lowe, Makayla Wellman, Valerie Fortin, Camille Leroux, Jana Hudson, Chloe DeGiacomo, Gretha Conrads, Laurence Laurin, Alexane Lahaie, & to Katie Over, who received an honorable mention at this years fall event.

Open House Week

DEC 16-21

Cumbrae Summer Intensive

took classes in ballet, jazz, & contemporary, and also worked on their progressions and improv skills. Much of the work was new to these dancers and we are very proud of the level of

DEC 22-JAN 4
No Classes Winter Break


BATD & RAD examinations

MAR 10-15
No Classes March Break

In early August, Cumbrae held its very rst Senior Summer Next summer, we will be Dance Intensive. In holding two intensives addition to our Summer the week of July 28thDance Camps, we hosted August 1st. One for a week-long program for intensive dancers 9-12, the students in higher commitment they levels wishing to train demonstrated throughout and a second for 13+. All dancers must be in intensively. The girls the week. RAD ballet classes to Within the week, we also attend. threw in an on-location photoshoot. All of the dancers hard work throughout the week was off-set by this fun and

relaxing afternoon at Mooneys Bay and Brewer Park! The photoshoot turned out some wonderful shots and has inspired us to set up further occasions this season.

Many of the students that have passed through Cumbrae doors have gone on to do wonderful things in the dance/arts community. From dance companies to the Broadway stage, Cumbrae alumni are always making us proud! This edition, we introduce to you...

Cumbrae Alumni

After graduating high school, she continued her training at the Goh Ballet in Vancouver under the supervision of Lynette Kelley. Her career then led to an array of performance experience that allowed Emily to see the world! Dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruiselines, Celebrity Cruises, & Tokyo Disney World! After an injury left her unable to perform, she spent her time teaching dance, and studying Pilates. Emily then moved out to Prince George, BC where she opened her very own studio, To The Core Pilates. Nowadays, Emily is kept busy with her young family, her very successful business, and enjoying all that northern British Columbia has to offer! ! Emily is very happy and is thankful for her dance roots and to all of her teachers along the way. !Her determination and love of dance allowed her to live her dream!

Emily Cormier-Dial
Emily Cormier-Dial is an accomplished dancer, and pilates instructor now living in Prince George, BC. Born & raised in Ottawa, Emily danced at Cumbrae where she completed her teaching certications in jazz & tap as well as her Adv. RAD certicate with honours. Her ballet training offered her numerous opportunities at various pre-professional programs across North America such as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Eglevski, and Boston Ballet. Her RAD certication also allowed her to compete at the prestigious Adeleine Gene awards held in London, England.

We asked YOU on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter, and here were some of your responses:
You can express yourself without words. - Makayla Wellman, age 14 It is where I am with my best friends! - Breanna Sirois, age 11 Dance lets me breathe and be myself. - Alexa Oliver, age 21 There is no better feeling in the world; the feeling of expressing yourself without the need to explain yourself. It's the answer to everything. - Chloe DeGiacomo, age 12 It's fun, its exercise, and I love performing and putting a smile on other people's faces!!! - Hannah Kreft, age 7 It makes my body feel happy and me feel glad! - Gabriel Parent, age 4 Because it makes my daughter happy. - Shawn Evraire, parent

Why do you LOVE to dance?

Congratulations to our award winners...

Each year The Cumbrae School of Dancing presents a handful of our dancers awards of excellence. This is for students with formidable work ethic, a positive attitude, and a love for dance. Winners are awarded a trophy as well as funding towards future classes at Cumbrae. The 2012-2013 award winners were Claire Campbell, Cassandre Leroux, Emma Rizok, and Gretha Conrads. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication and hard work!

Though it may seem like a long time ago, Showtime 2013 was a wonderful show! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following parents, students, and friends for their help in making everything backstage run smoothly: Erin Bayne, Natalie & Isabelle Belanger, Lori Bouzane, Karen & Andra Brabant, Johane Brady, Kim & Karen Brown, Roselyn Calamba, Margot Canough, Annie Champagne, Marianne & Nelda Cherrier, Leeanne Crisante, Sophy DeGiacomo, Caroline Desjardin, MariePierre Diotte, Karie Dow, Jenn Evraire, Jackie Facette, Elizabeth & Emily Fetterley, Karen Fortin, Dave Foster, Jennifer Gates-Flaherty, Tammie Harvie, Andrea Hudson, Tamara Johnson, Amanda Kapcala, Nora Kennedy, Danika Lafontaine, Erik Leicht, Amanda & Victoria Linton, Jennifer Linton, Mallory Linton, Ann & Gabby Lowe, Michelle Lydon, Natasha MacDonald, Christine Maguire, Natalie Makara, Darlene Maloney, Joan McDonald, Arlene MacIver, Charlotte McRae, Anne Morin, Alison Moy, Edith Over, Amy Patenaude, John Rapp, Tracy Rizok, Stef Rizok, Sonia Roussy, Maureen Sirois, Cheryl Smith, Gale Theriault, Jody Thomson, Justine Walker, Wendy Willbond, Jennifer Young, & Jody Wood. Our apologies to anyone weve missed!

Thank you Showtime helpers!!

Marion Harvie - Director, RAD ballet exam classes Amber Harvie - ballet, tap, jazz, theatre, contemporary Ping Feng - ballet Kristen Wilson - ballet, jazz, contemporary Meghan Baker - ballet, jazz, contemporary Sue Fay Healy - Irish Jennifer Healy - Irish Brenda Everitt - Highland Natasha Cinanni - tap, jazz, hip hop, theatre Chantal Hamilton - contemporary, jazz, ballet Tori Pelletier - tap, hip hop Marie Chiasson - contemporary, tap Madie Erazo _ jazz, contemporary, hip hop Adrianna McGee - contemporary, junior classes Michelle Brazeau - jazz Nelda Cherrier - hip hop Madison McColl - ballet

Introducing our 2013-14 teaching staff

Katie Over, Isabelle Belanger, Chloe DeGiacomo, Victoria Linton, Amelia Morin Lamontagne, Jana Hudson, Andra Brabant, & Danya Bouzane

2013-14 Teaching Assistants

R.A.D. Teacher Training in Toronto

This past August, Miss Baker & Miss Harvie spent two weeks at an intensive training program as part of their two year Certicate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS). Throughout the coming year, RAD examiners will be in viewing their teaching techniques in various ballet classes as they complete their certication. Should you wish to learn more about the R.A.D., check out their website at

A Year has gone by...

Though it has now been a year since we lost Mr. Harvie, his presence is still felt a great deal around the studio- from the oors he built to the the countless photos along the walls. We miss the smile and upbeat humour he shared as he popped by for his nightly coffee visits, and are forever grateful for his part in Cumbraes success. Mrs. Harvie & Miss Harvie would like to sincerely thank everyone for their understanding as we have made adjustments along the way.

Please keep in mind when sending your child with snacks that we are a peanut- free facility. We do have a few students with us that have severe allergies. Please respect this and leave all peanut-related snacks at home! Thanks! We would also like to ask that all parents and students refrain from using cellphones in change-room areas. Please limit cellphone use to the front lobby area for noise and privacy issues. Students are always welcome to use the phone in the shop, and we recommend that they not bring mobile devices or other valuables to the studio. A wonderful workshop will be coming to Ottawa in January For more information and to register, check out their website!
The Cumbrae School of Dancing 1803 St. Joseph Blvd Orleans, Ont K1C 6E7 (613)837-6786 (Mrs. Harvie) (A. Harvie) Follow us on Facebook and Twitter today!

A Few Friendly Reminders...