Fall 2016 classes:  Sept. 12- Dec. 2
Recital: Saturday Nov. 19, 2016

Spring 2017 classes: Jan.31- May 6
Recital: April 29, 2017

Class size is limited, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot.

New this year:
Community Engaged Performance Group 

For ages 9-14. A committed class for focused students wanting to go deeper with their dance training. The emphasis is on discovery and creative process, and we will perform dances at several community events throughout the year. 
Participation by interview.

Students take a regular Creative Contemporary class for their age-group, plus a 1.5 hour class on Fridays. Students are invited to attend special events at ArtSpring as a group, enjoy workshops with visiting artists, and and learn about art as an act of service, and a way of being engaged in community life.

In addition to the twice-weekly classes, I gladly mentor students and families in this programme in selecting complementary dance and movement classes in the broader community to enhance their training---for instance, Aikido, Feldenkrais, or other dance styles that suit the child's interests (i.e. Flamenco, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet.)

Contact Kristen for more information:

     Children's Dance             Workshop
The Children's Dance Workshop offers high quality creative and contemporary dance classes on Salt Spring Island, taught by experienced movement educator Kristen Lewis.

 Vital Movement Education for the Whole Child.

Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 year. 

Register Here

Classes Start Sept. 12, 2016. 

Join us as we head into our 4th year of providing innovative, concept-driven, child-centered
dance education. 

And one more week of Summer Dance Camp:
Aug. 22-26

With site-specific performance at
The Point Gallery Aug. 28.

Register Here

(We will be creating dances over the week to present as part of dance artist Robbyn Scott's innovative community performance event, inspired by artist Anna Gustafson's Snowfence installation, and the natural world at this beautiful South-End gallery.)

  Children's Dance Workshop
Teaching Philosophy:

Young children know instinctively

how to dance. Given the right kind of encouragement, this ability only grows with time. Dance is a health-giving, natural human activity, good for everyone, not just so-called dancers!  

The Children’s Dance Workshop is a place where the innate human capacity for dance can flourish. The sole focus is on creating a healthy, happy class environment where students build dance skills, gain confidence in their creative capacities, and learn how to relate to themselves and each other with the deepest respect. 

It is my goal to equip the next generation with the tools needed to feel confident and at home in their bodies, as a way of navigating the challenges and opportunities of our present era with resilience, courage, and grace. 

Here's a note from a respected childhood educator here on Salt Spring Island ......

August 14, 2013

Re: Kristen Lewis

I was invited to Kristen’s class on several occasions by my goddaughter
and my granddaughter. The little girls danced their hearts out while I
sat in the corner like a fly on the wall observing the wonderful way 
Kristen has of helping young children fall in love with dance, explore 
movement and discover the satisfaction and pride of learning a dance 
routine. Kristen teaches dance but she also teaches self confidence. 
She makes it fun while at the same time pushing children to stretch 
their abilities and grow in their dance.

I am an educator. I taught children for decades and was also a principal
at the elementary school level for many years. One thing that taught me
to do was spot a good teacher. Kristen Lewis is a good teacher and she 
radiates a joy and passion for dance that her students delight in. Keeping 
a group of young children on task is a challenge but Kristen has the 
experience and the techniques to not only keep all of her students
working and learning but also to make sure that she addresses each
individual child’s needs. She is kind and thoughtful and I know that the 
two little girls in my life love going to dance class because Kristen is their 

Warm regards

Rineke Jonker



Children's Dance Workshop
Salt Spring Island, BC

Poster from our 2014 Spring Show---We have two shows per year, one in late November, one on April 29 for International Dance Day. Children help choreograph their own dances to present in the first half of the show, and in the second half, special guest artists perform, inspiring the next generation of dancers.
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