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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 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 NDW, 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 IDD, which falls on April 29. 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 school yard?  

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:

  • Download ideas for celebrating dance at your school HERE
  • Start brainstorming ideas with students and staff
  • Stay tuned and we will feed you more information and resources

*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

 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 you need more information on ideas, resources or dance experts in your area, please contact our program coordinator:

Pamela Grundy at or call 902-422-1749.