Cultivating Creativity: Open house showcases opportunities for children

Photo credit: Ben Fry

By Jane Gardner

Children are bundles of energy and finding an activity that integrates music, movement, drama or visual arts can teach them new skills as well as help them to appreciate the arts.

Quinte Ballet School of Canada (QBSC) has expanded its programs for young children with fun-filled dance classes that develop children’s coordination, help them to express themselves creatively and improve their concentration and focus.

QBSC invites families to visit their dance studios in Belleville at a special open house on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone attending the open house can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the school’s facilities, meet the teachers, learn about the many dance classes offered by QBSC, register for classes and pick up a special “try a class” voucher to use or to give to a friend. Classes begin the week of September 9.

Back by popular demand is Quinte Ballet’s Mini Hip Hop class for children age 6 to 9.

“No previous dance experience is required for this class,” said Kareem Byfield, who teachers dance in the professional and recreational programs at QBSC. “I select hip hop music for our young students that they can relate to and introduce them to steps and fun combinations. These days kids have already been exposed to hip hop dancing – on TV or through YouTube and have tried copying the moves.”

Instructors Byfield and Wayne Corinaldi teach students of all ages and skill levels how to perform different hip hop moves and techniques, so they can participate in lively and energetic routines at QBSC.

Youth in QBSC’s Recreation Division are invited to perform in a showcase that will take place on May 30, 2020.

“The students in the recreational and professional program shows were amazing and we have seen wonderful improvements in both of our daughters,” said a QBSC parent. “They have improved in skill and confidence. Their experiences were rewarding and they learned a lot.”

QBSC welcomes four new teachers this fall and offers over 30 different dance classes taught by 10 instructors each week in ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, creative movement, and resistance barre. Classes are from Monday to Saturday at their Belleville studios at 196 Palmer Road. Call 613-962-9274 x23 for more information or visit