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Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement Studio  


  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Dance (multi)
  • Cost:
    $160 to $1,000/program
  • Ages:
    0.5 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary

    Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement Studio answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Kaleidoscope Studio offers a unique small-studio approach to dance in Kitchener. We offer traditional Irish dance lessons for all ages and abilities, Irish dance-based fitness classes and specialized movement programs for children. At Kaleidoscope, our motto is “dance for a lifetime” and we teach dancers from 99 days to 99 years old. We believe everyone can learn Irish dance, and do it in a way that is fun and fulfilling for them.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Dancers at Kaleidoscope love coming to class. They come through the door excited about what they will learn and do each day. To the extent that little ones have been known to cry when illness prevents them from coming to class. Or expressing disappointment that camp was only one day instead of an entire week.

    We celebrate all dancers and empower them as they learn and grow. We embrace the exuberance of being a beginner and delight in each learning milestone.

    We take pride in being up front with what we offer and the cost of our programs - there are no hidden fees or later add-ons."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our Founder and Artistic Director has 20+ years of experience as an educator, a lifetime of dance experience, and an unmatched level of training, including graduate level education in Student Development and Irish Dance, as well as PhD. in history, as well as numerous movement and dance certifications.

    Dance classes are small so each dancer gets personal attention so they can learn and grow.

    We have a staff to camper/student ration of 1:10. We want each participant to feel connected with staff and keep this ratio deliberately low. Additionally, all of our staff have first aid training and provide a vulnerable sector check. We are all passionate about helping dancers find a place to belong."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "We begin accepting applications in mid-February. While our program is open to everyone, our low staff to camper ration dictates that spaces are limited.

    All applicants first come/first served and are accepted until a camp roster is full.

    Sign up is completed via our website - all required elements are outlined on that form."



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement Studio currently has 2 programs available; 5 TBD.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
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    Email
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 3 - 7
    Dance (multi)
    $560
    Kitchener, ON
    117 Fergus Ave
    Sep 11, 2023-Jun 17, 2024$560
    Kitchener, ON
    117 Fergus Ave
    Sep 12, 2023-Jun 11, 2024$560
    Kitchener, ON
    117 Fergus Ave
    Sep 13, 2023-Jun 12, 2024$560
    Kitchener, ON
    117 Fergus Ave
    Sep 13, 2023-Jun 12, 2024$560
    Percussion
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 3
    Dance (multi)
    $165 to $195
    Kitchener, ON
    117 Fergus Ave
    Apr 10-Jun 12$195
    Kitchener, ON
    117 Fergus Ave
    Apr 11-Jun 13$195
    Percussion|Vocal Training / Singing
    PA day
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Dance (multi), Arts & Crafts
    $75
    Percussion|Arts & Crafts
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 8
    Dance (multi), Traditional (multi activity)
    $300
    Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 18+
    Dance (multi), Arts & Crafts
    $300
    Arts & Crafts
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Dance (multi), Traditional (multi activity)
    $300
    Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment
    PA day
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 11
    Arts (multi)
    $315
    Arts & Crafts



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  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement Studio

    our take

    Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but also at Kaleidoscope Irish Dance and Movement Studio. Learning traditional Irish dance in a small-studio setting, there is truly a class for everyone. Young kids start with movement, older kids learn the core Irish program, adults focus on the old-style. There is even an adaptive Irish dance class for those with special needs. Their three core tenets are accessibility, acceptances and authenticity. Empowering new dancers means their love of dance is heightened and they feel confident in their abilities, while also being challenged. There are plenty of opportunities for leadership, as senior kids can mentor newer ones. The Irish culture is ingrained in the learning at Kaleidoscope and camps include various crafts, food, and activities related to Ireland. Founder Marjorie Hopkins is an Irish-trained dancer who is well-known for how fun she is, but also how she pushes kids to give it their all.


    More reviews of Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement Studio

    Tyah, Alum

    Dancer and Human

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    Bridget, Parent

    Camp can't come soon enough!!

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    Jeanie, Parent

    Dancing with my Daughter

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    Karen, Parent

    Grateful!

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    Kaylyn, Parent

    Rhythm and Beats in her Feet

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    Sophie, Camper

    An Inspiration!

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    More reviews of Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement Studio


    Tyah, Alum

    Dancer and Human

    Miss Marjorie was my dance teacher since I can remember. I have had the best times in her class, constantly laughing while still managing to get our creative juices flowing. Throughout my many years as her student she has pushed me to be the best dancer I can be, always challenging me with new and harder steps. We also took the time to work on our technique in a fun and inventive way by often creating our own dances. Miss Marjorie not only helped me as a dancer but as a person too and she inspires me everyday to be a kind and loving human. I will cherish the time I had as her student, I like to believe that I am a good dancer because of her and the work she put into our classes and dance routines. Our lessons and time together were always tailored for us, to help us and make us the best we could be. Having her as a teacher was one of my highlights of being a dancer ... Show More


    Bridget, Parent

    Camp can't come soon enough!!

    Sending my daughter to Kaleidoscope's Celtic Camp over March break was such a great experience for her... meeting new kids... learning about Irish culture and of course the crafts and Irish dancing that came along with the day. She can't wait to attend the summer camps they couldn't come soon enough!! Thank you Miss Marjorie for organizing such great fun! ... Show More


    Jeanie, Parent

    Dancing with my Daughter

    It is rare that my daughter and I have the opportunity to participate in an activity in which we are both beginners and equal partners but we found it with Kaleidoscope Studio’s Rhythm 'n Reels Adaptive Irish dance program. Marjorie is not only a great teacher of Irish Set Dancing but an ally who makes every lesson fun and interesting. We highly recommend Kaleidoscope Studio’s unique and inclusive program for all ages ... Show More


    Karen, Parent

    Grateful!

    Our 15 year old has been dancing at the studio for 3 years now. We appreciate your intentional, dancer-centered approach every step of the way, giving opportunities for leadership, certifications, and in-depth understanding of the dances and where they come from. It is such a positive part of our child's life. ... Show More


    Kaylyn, Parent

    Rhythm and Beats in her Feet

    Our first class was when my daughter was just 4 months old. Marjorie planned gentle but stimulating activities and informed me of the neuropathic changes I would see and expect as she continued to develop. She's now 13 months and I feel I’ve learned as much as my little one! Rhythm and beats have become familiar enough for her to follow with her feet. She loves both the music and dancing and it’s a joy to watch her continue the lesson learnings when home ... Show More


    Sophie, Camper

    An Inspiration!

    Miss Marjorie has been my teacher for years now and I have learnt so much from her, either dance or other aspects of life. She is such an inspiration!


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  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Kitchener, ON
    117 Fergus Ave, Kitchener, Ontario, N2A 2H3
    Kitchener, ON
    14 Shaftsbury Dr, Kitchener, Ontario, N2A 1N5
    Kitchener, ON
    122 Frederick Street, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 2L9



  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Marjorie Hopkins, Founder & Artistic Director
    Associate Member (Cumann Rince Náisiúnta) MA Irish Dance Studies (University of Limerick) PhD History (University of Guelph)

    Dear Families

    I am so glad to welcome you to Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement Studio. 

    We’re on a mission to help people in our community dance for a lifetime. We operate under 3 principles:

    • Accessible: We help people of all abilities incorporate dance into their lives.
    • Accepting: Everyone is welcome and belongs at Kaleidoscope.
    • Authentic: Our teachings are rooted in the historical traditions of Irish dance for modern students.

    We offer traditional Irish dance lessons for all ages and abilities, Irish dance-based fitness classes, and specialized movement programs for children. At Kaleidoscope, our motto is “dance for a lifetime.” We believe everyone can express themselves through movement in a way that is fun and fulfilling for them.

    All of our instruction is designed to empower new dancers, returning dancers, and never-have-I-ever-tried-this dancers so that they can flourish.  Classes take a holistic approach and are enriched with historical, cultural, and wellness material, because dance is more than just movement. It is an opportunity to engage with the world.

    Kaleidoscope Irish Dance and Movement is proud to share the tradition of Irish dance in Kitchener-Waterloo.  You do not have to be of Irish descent to be interested in Irish dance any more than you have to be French to enjoy ballet. We welcome people of all backgrounds and genders.  Irish dance is a unique art form with many expressions and opportunities for dancers of all levels. 

    I am excited to see what each year brings to the studio and for the opportunity to grow with each of you.  Whether you are new to Irish dance, new to Kaleidoscope Irish Dance and Movement Studio, or continuing your journey with us, we invite you to come dance for a lifetime!

    Síocháin,

    Marjorie



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