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Northwood Practicum (February 2017)

Start 2017 off on the right foot!

Join Dance for Health: Seniors as we partner with Northwood at the Harbour to offer you our first practicum and a chance to apply your new knowledge  

Over the course of four Friday mornings (February 3, 10, 17, 24) from 9 a.m. – noon, you’ll learn from and work hands-on with Kathy Martin Recreation Programmer (In-Care Living) and Ruth-Ellen Kroll-Jackson Recreation Programmer (Reboom)  along with Recreation Therapist and project spear header Sarah Cluett. Both Kathy & Ruth-Ellen are professional dancers and now recreation programmers at Northwood, they’ve custom-designed a series of teaching sessions that will give you experience sharing dance and movement with individuals living with mobility and cognitive challenges.  

Through discussion, observation and active participation, you’ll not only gain experience teaching this segment of the older population, but also:

  • Gain insight into the long-term care environment;
  • Understand better the barriers faced when teaching this population; and
  • Gain information useful when promoting dance-based programming to long-term care facilities

Investment: Only $60 for DANS members or $75 for non-members for the four-week practicum. Spaces are already starting to fill up, so let us know by January 31 if you’re planning to join us.  

To register: Fill out the registration form online.




Online payment for Dance NS members CLICK HERE 



Online payment for non-members CLICK HERE 



You can also pay over the phone by calling Bonny at 902.422.1749.




Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson is originally from Nova Scotia. Her professional dance career began in New York where she danced for The Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, New York City Opera, and Parsons Dance Company. Ruth-Ellen now resides in Nova Scotia and has danced with Veronique Mackenzie, Henry Jackson, Lisa Phinney and Mocean Dance. Jackson works as an independent choreographer whose work can be seen on Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Kinetic Studio’s Mainstage, KiDanCo, Coastal Dance Theatre, and The Young Company. She has been nominated for a DORA award and received the 2016 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award, both for her contribution to Canvas 5x5. Ruth-Ellen is a Recreation Programmer at Northwood and a board member of Dance Nova Scotia and Kinetic Studio.

Kathy Martin has taught Modern Dance and Creative Dance in a variety of settings for 20+ years.  She also developed and taught a Pedagogy class at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts as part of their Teacher Training Program.  She was a member of Nova Dance Theatre, the Touring Toronto Dance Theatre Company and danced in numerous independent productions.  She is a graduate of The School of the Toronto Dance Theater and the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program at the University of Utah. From Dalhousie University she received a Bachelor of Arts in History and is a graduate of NSCC attaining the Highest Achievement Award for 2010 in Therapeutic Recreation.  Her experience and understanding of the benefits of physical practice has impacted her continued education leading to the completion of Functional Fitness for Older Adults (FFOA) and Certification as a Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Instructor 200hr.    She is currently working as a Recreation Programmer, In-Care Living, for Northwood at the Harbour.

Dance for Health: Seniors Teaching Practicum is supported through partnerships with:

Department of Seniors (Government of Nova Scotia)

Northwood Senior's Complex