Dance umbrella approved for external credit by Dept. Ed.

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CHARLOTTETOWN – A Confederation Centre application to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has been given the green light, granting external credit status to dance umbrella’s Intensive Training Program (ITP).

Keisha Doyle (left) and Jillian Winter perform in dance umbrella’s annual showcase in 2013. Both are members of the Intensive Training Program, which was recently approved for elective credit by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. 

Students enrolled can now receive school elective credit for high school graduation.

Dance umbrella is a long-standing pillar of both the Island dance community and arts education at Confederation Centre. The program offers classes for children, youth, and adults, educating more than 400 students each year. 

“I'm really pleased about this result,” said Peggy Reddin, director of Arts Education at the centre, “It gives testimony to the rigour of the program, and also the commitment of the students. Receiving this recognition acknowledges the value of arts training in the education process.”

Participation in the ITP program is by invitation for those students showing the greatest commitment and ability and includes classes in ballet, contemporary, and jazz, plus the opportunity to study with guest instructors. Current ITP dancer Jillian Winter said this decision shows that the way people look at education is changing.

“Learning and development are not just confined to the classroom anymore, and activities outside of school are becoming more important,” she said. “Students are encouraged to be well-rounded by being involved in academic, artistic, and physical activities, and this will make doing so more accessible to a variety of people and of course it also means I'll have another excuse to spend lots of time dancing!”

For more information, visit or contact Tamara Gough, administrative assistant, at 628-6111.

Organizations: Confederation Centre

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