Students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) gathered at the Belleville Fairgrounds on a beautiful sunny and windy day for the 20th Celebration of Dance. The annual spring tradition brought out over 5,000 students from almost 40 HPEDSB schools and other area schools on the morning of Wednesday, April 28.
Celebration of Dance is a fun event for children to get active and has been recognized by Ontario Physical & Health Education Association  as a fun way to promote physical activity. This event supports physical education as well as drama and dance curriculum.
“Celebration of Dance is a great way for students to have fun demonstrating their learning, is an incredible opportunity for inclusion and to feel a part of something, while benefiting students health,” said event organizer Ian Boyd, Health and Physical Education Coordinator.
This year for the 20th anniversary of Celebration of Dance there were guest presenters from FUN FAST AND FIT, Lorrie Busch and Cathy Stone, as well as student presenters from HPEDSB and Quinte Ballet. 20 songs were played and danced to, to represent the 20th anniversary of the event.
“The Belleville Fairgrounds is a wonderful venue. This year there was perfect weather for the students to showcase physical literacy. It was a great feeling to be on stage looking out at the 5,000 participants smiling and in Healthy Active Motion,” remarked Ian Boyd.
Water stations were donated by Culligan  and green grocery bags full of bananas, apples, and oranges were donated by METRO  grocery store and provided to each school. The sound of the music was great and was provided by the same crew that has assisted with Celebration of Dance for almost 20 years.
Celebration of Dance is a tradition usually held during Education Week and serves to remind us of the value of a fun and safe way to positively promote an activity that can promote a lifestyle that is healthy and active. Practicing and performing the dances also falls in line with the Ministry of Education mandate of Daily Physical Activity. It links well with the curriculum and may readily be supported by the strands within Physical Education as well as the curriculum and reporting for Dance and Drama. Throughout the process of preparing and performing, there is such a great opportunity to positively portray the eight district character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 800-267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]