I hope you dance!
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Top reasons to be a folk dancer:
"If you can't dance you aren't educated." ~ Plato
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” ~
The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing. ~Irish Saying
Comment by 5 year old BOY after his first 5 minutes of folk dancing in Susan's class: "I LOVE it!"
Comment by mother of 4 year old girl in Susan's class: "I want a role model of dancers other than ballerinas for my daughter."
Joie de Vivre Folk Dancers is based in Ottawa, Ontario. Contact Susan: 415susan at gmail.com
Testimonial for Susan Barker, Folk Dance Instructor:
“I first met Susan when I joined one of her classes with a resident of mine who has middle stage dementia and wanted to dance. I must admit, I ended up having just as much fun as she did! Susan is enthusiastic, outgoing, fun and a fabulous instructor. Her music is so varied, with dances from around the world and steps that we all catch onto right away. Our relationship continued when she brought “Chair Folk Dance” to our Dementia Day Away Program - our clients loved the music, were able to follow the steps very well and everyone had a fun filled time! In fact, in both experiences I had dancing with seniors, it brought back so many memories and inspired lots of reminiscing! One of our clients, who was a dance instructor himself, even demonstrated a Russian Folk dance while holding onto two chairs to kick up his legs!! Any organization or agency would benefit greatly by adding Susan and her folk dance classes to their program!
Day Away Program
Abbotsford at The Glebe
"Now I consider myself a folk dancer, but when another student of yours first tried to convince me to go to your folk dance classes, so many things popped up in my mind - from the lack of confidence in my two left feet to my doubtful ability to learn a move. I was unaware of the utter joy of moving. Your classes have really made a difference for me. I truly do love them!"
~Linda Bucher, dancer in Abbotsford Recreation Centre Folk Dance Class