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Judy Cook

Judy has choreographed for Manitoba Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Vagabond Theatre, television, and Fringe Festival performances, as well as for many musical theatre and multicultural events for high schools and communities. As a dancer she has appeared at the National Arts Centre, Rainbow Stage, and venues across Canada and the United States, and toured with Bravado Dance Cabaret.

She has worked for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Osborne Street Dance Club, the University of Manitoba and ArtsSmarts. Judy is an expert at sharing her dance knowledge and creativity with children and teachers in the school setting, and loves to collaborate with others to create special dance/music performances. Judy was the dance specialist for a two-year research project creating a dance program focusing on children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Norway House Cree Nation, and was part of a panel to share the research at a world arts festival (V.S.A.) held in Washington, DC. She has had very positive experiences creating dance programs for children with disabilities.

THE PROGRAM: Emphasis is on developing individual and collaborative creativity while experiencing the joy of movement. Warm-up, coordination skills, body control, dynamics of movement, musicality, and improvisation are explored.

A final performance is optional. Each school or individual class teachers can choose from the following:

“Dance Creation” Students begin by learning basic elements of dance and choreography through games and dance studies. Judy guides them to create original group dance works.

“Arts Integration” Poetry, paintings, stories, music, or class studies are used as an inspirational springboard to create original dance works.

“Special Performance Projects” by advance consultation with the artist – Judy collaborates with teachers, students, and/or community artists for special events, usually culminating in a community performance.