Performing Dance Arts, the GTA’s Leading Dance Studio for Children, Comments on Death of Canadian Dance Pioneer Grant Strate
Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), February 24, 2015 – Performing Dance Arts (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio for children of all skill levels, is commenting on the recent passing of Canadian dance pioneer Grant Strate.
On Monday, February 9, legendary Canadian dancer Grant Strate lost his battle with cancer, passing away at his home in Vancouver. A winner of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of Canada, Strate’s involvement in dance was prominent well into his senior years. He was 87. (Source: Crabb, M., “Canadian dance pioneer Grant Strate dies at 87,” The Toronto Star, February 16, 2015; http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2015/02/10/canadian-dance-pioneer-grant-strate-dead-at-87.html.)
“It’s definitely sad to lose someone who’s been such an influential part of the dance community,” says Ashley Daychak, creative director at Performing Dance Arts. “Strate was basically one of the founding fathers of bringing dance to the forefront in this country, setting the table for an organization like Performing Dance Arts to have a dance studio and introduce more young people into the culture.”
In addition to being part of the National Ballet of Canada in 1951, an organization he would later represent as its first choreographer, Strate also founded the dance department at York University in Toronto.
“He is literally a legend; just beginning the dance department at York still has residual impact today,” Daychak explains. “Other achievements that should be noted are that he founded Dance in Canada, the first dance advocacy organization, and strongly focused on developing emerging talent.”
“The dance community has lost an icon, but his influence will live on forever,” Daychak concludes. “All of us at Performing Dance Arts send our condolences to the family of the late Grant Strate.”
To learn how a child can get involved in dance, visit the Performing Dance Arts web site at www.PerformingDanceArts.ca or call 905-856-1030 to set up an appointment to visit Performing Dance Arts’ dance studio in Vaughan.
We know that your child’s dance education is very important to you and we feel that our facility houses the highest… https://t.co/xO7ZQCcaewFollow
Seeking an extra-curricular activity for your child this summer? Why not sign them up for a dance class! From acro… https://t.co/NA7pBmqIZwFollow
Choosing the right clothing for your child’s first dance class will help them have the freedom to move and feel con… https://t.co/DCMCM8GHB4Follow
Does your child have the potential to become an expert dancer? Find out by registering for our winter program, and… https://t.co/d6AXxlyW3VFollow
At our dance studio, your child will discover proper posture and discipline while learning the basics and fundament… https://t.co/69gePHVuzcFollow
Our Intensive program encourages dancers to push to new levels of personal growth. To apply for classes, visit our… https://t.co/UNpxrrpeg3Follow
Don't forget that tomorrow (Sunday, March 10th) It’s time to “spring ahead” early Sunday morning. (move your clock… https://t.co/8862Sx8MINFollow
Did you know that the Jazz genre encompasses many different styles that have changes over the years? Here are some… https://t.co/tcFbbnwbNEFollow
Our Micro-Mini Competitive Dance Program in Vaughan is a great place for your young one to train and compete at loc… https://t.co/B8WGplNa1UFollow
When it comes to dance, your child deserves the best. That’s why you should choose Performing Dance Arts. We built… https://t.co/oEGIAuvfM6Follow
Looking for the right activity to get your child off the couch? Jazz classes are a fun way to combine the love for… https://t.co/T6lbfptgQoFollow
Performing Dance Arts is the perfect place for your child to begin dance classes. For three generations, our family… https://t.co/JFTr1yTx7sFollow
Does your child love to dance? Get them involved in our part-time competitive power dance camp! For three days they… https://t.co/G2pSPDrUXyFollow
Ballet is a serious sport! It takes dedication, training, strength, and flexibility to perform the challenging step… https://t.co/NMvndeR9gFFollow