ABOUT ART AND FOOTPRINTS DANCE PROJECT ::
Footprints Dance Project is a small organization that is proud to be part of Alberta’s vibrant arts community.
Canadian Choreographer Neah Kalcounis founded the Footprints Dance Project in 1999 under the mentorship of Elaine Bowman, Founder Dancers Studio West, Brian Webb, Director of the Canada Dance Festival and of Edmonton's Brian Webb Dance Company, and Cori Stent of Calgary’s Wildflower Arts Centre.
Footprints Dance Project provides performing arts and dance opportunities to Calgarians who otherwise would not be able to participate. We provide no cost, seasonal and year round arts programs. Over the years we have served students who face economic, social, physical and gender barriers. Since 2004, the majority of our students and their families are new Calgarians who hail from war torn areas in Africa and the Middle East.
Our programs allow youth to come together to dance, share, inspire, challenge and perform in a positive, safe, and engaging environment. Our students see an increase in their physical literacy skills, fitness levels, agility and stamina. They are challenged through memorization of dance sequences (choreography); they are encouraged to find many responses to exercises thus increasing their creative capacities.
The community we serve has told us that through our program they see within their children increased productivity, independence, confidence, and respect. The very qualities held high by Canadians and the image that Canada enjoys in much of the World.
Our faculty, board and staff dig deep providing countless volunteer hours to instill in our parents and students the responsibilities, duties and obligations of citizenship and social accountability; elements required to become productive, independent, confidant, and respected Canadians.
Andrea Pass was appointed Artistic Director in 2009, since then, Footprints Dance Project has offered a month-long summer dance program to Calgary’s youth. Learning the traditional theatrical dance styles of ballet, hip hop, jazz and modern, students trained each day an average of five hours for a final performance for the community. Demand for the program has doubled each year.
Peter & Ella Matthews
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