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Dare to Dance Challenge / Défi Osez danser

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

Each year schools all across the province participate in Dance Nova Scotia’s Dare to Dance challenge.

What exactly is the challenge? It’s simple. All you need to do is create 20 minutes of dancing opportunity at your school during National Dance Week April 22-29. Students of all ages, teachers, staff …everyone can join in! You can dance a little every day or save all the fun for International Dance Day, which falls on April 29 every year. You can teach groups of students the same “moves” or have everyone dance freestyle. As well as in the gym, why not dance in the classroom, the halls or the schoolyard?  

If you want your school to participate -- public, independent, CSAP, First Nations, here’s what you do next:

The challenge is for a school to have their students (and staff) dance for 20 minutes sometime 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:




Start brainstorming ideas with students and staff: 

Download ideas for celebrating dance at your school CLICK HERE (English)***

Téléchargez des idées pour célébrer la danse dans votre école - CLIQUEZ ICI 


*** We are encouraging all teachers who are looking for curriculum-based dance resources to go to the National Ballet School's Online REACH Resource Centre (CLICK HERE). You will have access to beautifully structured videos and curriculum programs for dance in the classroom. You will also find all the Sharing Dance Day instructional videos for all levels of ability. These videos will feature the lastest Sharing Dance Day choreography, which can help you to plan your Dare to Dance activity as well as an ongoing resource for bringing dance into your classroom (many thanks to our resource partner, the National Ballet School).

For more information and resources in English CLICK HERE 

Pour plus d'informations et de ressources en français   CLIQUEZ ICI

Note: All registered Dare to Dance schools are entered in a draw for FREE professional dance workshops from PERFORM! … courtesy of Dance Nova Scotia. For more information about PERFORM! visit PERFORM- Education through Arts

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 a 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.

Dance Nova Scotia is here to help! If you have questions or need more information, ideas, resources or dance experts in your area, please contact our program coordinator:

Julie Robert at or call 902-422-1749.