Brooke Hess

Brooke Hess

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Dance

Grade Level: pre k, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Language: english

Regions: Capital Region

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Biography

Brooke is an emerging artist who has recently completed a four year dance training program at the School of Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg. As she emerges into professional dance, she has had time to think about some directions to take her career. She has been working towards combining both her passion for dance and her passion for child care. Since 2019 she has taught general school dance classes. She has taught styles including creative movement, contemporary, intro ballet, intro jazz, jazz, musical theatre and ballet. Teaching this year during the pandemic has brought her to a further realization of the importance of play and creativity for children of all ages. She has been working on her own dance curriculum which combines traditional dance class elements and play. Her method of teaching dance is through game based learning and creative freedom, allowing the children to have input and a voice in how they discover dance.

Project Samples

Discover and Dance

Brooke has been working on creating my own methods and curriculum which combines traditional dance class elements and creativity. Her method of teaching dance is through game based learning and creative freedom, allowing the children to have input and a voice in what we create and do. As a result, this method of teaching is interesting to children who might, or might not, have experience with dancing. She's developed a program under the title- Discover and Dance. Discover and Dance is an alternative approach to a classical dance class- while we do learn dance vocabulary, and classical dance steps, we learn in the form of a game. Dancers will learn forms of movement and expression. Choreography is done so in collaboration with the dancers to allow their creativity to flow. Brooke and the students will work together to create a piece of choreography to showcase to other students and staff.

Testimonials

" We were very fortunate to have dance classes with Brooke during the summer of 2021. While teaching the children dancing moves, she brought her enthusiasm, passion and energy. The program exposed our children to the opportunity that they might not have been able to experience. Highly recommend!"

—Diana Metrik, Assistant Director at Earl Grey Children's Centre

"Brooke's Discover and Dance program has been a wonderful experience for our children at Knox Day Nursery, Inc. Brooke delivers a high quality program that is tailored to each age group. Her energy, excitement and enthusiasm is contagious. She has a wonderful way of engaging all children regardless of age and abilities. Her program is inclusive and provides endless learning opportunities for the children."

—Heather Olson, Executive Director at Knox Day Nursery