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