Every little girl’s dream is to be a ballerina; this year, it can be a special one for your daughter. Fleet-Wood Dancentre is performing “The Nutcracker” at Meaford Hall on December 17th. There will be two performances, so we are looking for young dancers ages five and up. We are also looking for boys for the role of soldiers to fight the Mouse King! The Robert Kemp Award funded the first Nutcracker Production, which is now a bi-annual tradition that students enjoy, along with Christmas holiday performances in Historic Downtown Collingwood’s Living Windows. The professional teaching staff will also perform the Lead Roles of The Nutcracker and Snow Queen, a cast of over 70 dancers that will bring this favourite Christmas Ballet to life.
Rich in history and accomplishments, Fleet-Wood Dancentre is celebrating its 29th anniversary this year. Sharron Fleet and Jane Wooding joined forces in 1994, opening the school to offer both recreation and pre-professional training in the Georgian Triangle. In 2002, Sharron took on the sole Owner/Artistic Director role when Jane moved to Toronto and later Halifax to teach. Sharron is a credentialled Classical Ballet Teacher and Highland Teacher. In addition, Sharron represents the dance community on the Collingwood Arts and Culture Task Force, which is exploring the feasibility of a Performing Arts Centre for the Town of Collingwood.
Fleet-Wood Dancentre was honoured with the Inaugural Arts and Culture Award, recognizing its history of preparing students for college and university dance programs. Hundreds of students have passed through Fleet-Wood’s doors. Of note, three Fleet-Wood grads, Jonathan Fleet, Sierra Maraj Fleet, and Colin Eccles, furthered their training in Toronto and later returned to Fleet-Wood as Accredited instructors. Attending George Brown College, Sierra graduated with a three-year Dance Performance Studies Diploma, Acrobatic Arts, and Jonathan the Dance Preparation Program and The Early Childhood Education Program. Colin holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University and has completed the R.C.M. Grade 10 piano exam. He is also a Level 3 Instructor of Essentrics®. Their combined training offers an impressive list of classes in ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, acro, contact improv, theatre dance, and Essentrics®. Rounding out the team are Tap Instructors Melissa and Jessica Mills, Hip Hop Instructors Jamie and Keaghan Dea. Offering the most extensive selection in the area, Fleet-Wood provides three streams of classes: recreational, pre-professional, and competitive for aspiring dancers ages two to adult.
Safety first! In compliance with the Simcoe County Health Unit, safety at Fleet-Wood is top priority.
The dance floor is cleaned with disinfectant daily, and all ballet barres, floor mats, door knobs and all touch surfaces are disinfected between every class. With two studio locations in Collingwood, the main studio is nestled in the heart of Creative Simcoe Street, beside the library at 65 Simcoe Street, with additional classes held at The Anglican Church.