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Year: 2001 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Maryanne Marsh

School: Rosedale Heights Secondary School
711 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario  M4W 1J4

Principal: Barrie Sketchley
School Telephone: 416-393-1580
School Fax: 416-393-1586
School Website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 9 to OAC, dance

Teaching Approach:

  • Teach students to express their ideas and passions through dance.
  • Everyone can dance!

Outstanding Achievements:

Engineered an explosive growth in school's dance program.

  • In two years, program grew from two Grade 10 classes to six classes; in four years has grown to 12 classes totalling 240 students.
  • Employs innovative dance practice routines, 'teacher voice' modulation, patient dedication to teach students the elements of dance, also lessons in choreography, staging and the use of drama to instil discipline, responsibility and other personal life skills.

Students learn and develop skill in three types of dance: jazz, ballet and modern.

  • The students study more than just dance; they also learn the history of dance, human anatomy, the relationship between dance and culture and current issues in dance and society.
  • Students master movement, balance, creativity, artistic expression, choreography, staging and the skill of critiquing dance.
  • Classes also transmit important life lessons about leadership and teamwork as students stage various productions, and about teaching and mentoring as they introduce dance to local elementary students.

Students' skills improve to extent that they are invited to participate in numerous professional events. Course is even popular with boys, so much so that an all-boys class is being considered. Students continue in the arts and media in post-secondary activities.

Rave Reviews:

Maryanne's exceptional level of competence and professional expertise and her personal generosity and insight have made a vast contribution to the launching of the school's new arts endeavour and to the lives of countless teenagers. Parent

Ms. Marsh has not only been a great teacher in the ways of dance but in promoting the qualities of successful, self-assured and independent people. Student