Still room in Shelburne dance classes

Published on March 7, 2017

Let your children dance out their cabin fever through a new dance program offered at the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne.

On Tuesdays, instructor Ellen Fickler is giving lessons at the Osprey for children five to 10 years old from 6 to 7 p.m. and 11-to-16-year-olds between 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

While the young people are in their fourth class of the sessions, Fickler says there is plenty of space for others to join. The class costs $3 a lesson with elements of contemporary, hip-hop, troupe or freestyle dance.

Fickler says with the younger kids it is just about getting them to move.

“They do handstands, cartwheels,” she says.  “Anything to get them moving and help build motor skills.”

Last week she had kids gigging and moving about the space while they played with balloons.

Fickler is no stranger to dance, having worked with children and adults at a dance studio in Montreal. She says she is getting a feel for what the community wants in terms of dance classes and is open to ideas.

“Teaching dance is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she says.

She says there are so many things about dance that she and her students love.

“Dancing helps you forget about the rest of your day,” she says.  “It changes your mood, gets you smiling. It just makes people happy…there is nothing better.”

For more information or to sign up for lessons contact the Osprey at 902-875-2359 or Ellen Fickler at