Stephanie Nairn, GROOVE for Kids (The World GROOVE Movement)

Dance

Contact Info

Phone Number
Resides in
English Montreal

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Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • CEGEP
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Montreal, Westmount Sports & Recreation, Walkley Community Centre, Dawson College, McGill University, YWCA/YMCA, Camp Yoga

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes

Travel

  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
Stephanie has been bringing her humour, empathy, passion and advanced communication and teaching/facilitation skills to the GROOVE for Kids dancefloors in Quebec, Ontario and internationally over the past 8 years! GROOVE is a one-of-a-kind dancefloor experience that enhances self-esteem, social/emotional skills and creativity. When she’s not dancing, Stephanie is a sociologist doing research with youth on substance use and mental health and brings this expertise with her to the dancefloor!

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

The GROOVE for Kids is a non-competitive 45 minute to 1 hour dancefloor experience involving between 10 and 100 teens/children. The experience begins with an explanation of the GROOVE 'truths': 1) No one cares what you look like and if they do it's their problem, not yours 2) We're all unique and therefore when we move, our bodies will look different and that's OK; it's normal! 3) You cannot get it wrong; your way is the right way! Group discussions of these principles, prior to the experience, means that everyBODY is successful on the dancefloor and students (and sometimes teaching staff!) feel safe to authentically express themselves. The facilitator then demonstrates movements to several different genres of music (i.e., hip hop, contemporary, classical, latin, etc.) and all participants unite in the same movement and are coached to interact with their peers. Most participants report feelings of increased self-esteem, social and emotional connection(s) and creativity, post-GROOVE!

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