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Dare to Dance Challenge

Dare to Dance - the Nova Scotia challenge that dares schools across the province to dance during National Dance Week, April 22 - 29.

Each year  we have up to 70 schools and more than 14,500 kids, teachers and staff participating from across the province. 

The challenge is for a school to have their students (and staff) dance for 20 minutes some time during National Dance Week -- April 22-29. And by dance, we mean the whole school!

If your school is interested or if you know a school -- public, independent, CSAP, First Nations -- that you think should join the challenge, here is what you do:

So what can you  do? Anything you want? Think sock hops, flash mobs, folk dance, street dance... the options are endless. Dance also supports a number of curriculum outcomes, so you can build movement and music into a range of classes, including:

  • Health – Demonstrating the benefits of active leisure and quiet leisure in having a healthy mind and healthy body;
  • Social Studies -- Especially for topics like major cultures of Nova Scotia; e.g. Acadian, African Nova Scotian, Gaelic;

  • Language Arts – As dance builds skills in “Speaking and Listening”; and

  • Visual Arts – Developing skills and confidence in self-expression.

Many thanks to Joanne Kennedy, Cavalier School Drive in Lower Sackville, for her assistance with this section.

Want to bounce ideas around? Dance Nova Scotia can help. We are working with some dance schools who may want to volunteer to help you develop your challenge. 

All participating D2D schools will be entered in a draw for one of three FREE professional dance workshops courtesy of PERFORM!, as thanks from Dance Nova Scotia. 


For more information contact  our National Dance Week coordinator at:
or call the Dance NS office at: 902.422.1749