The Great Canadian Leap

The Great Canadian Leap

Convinced that dance plays a positive role in the development of children, Bouge de là has launched an initiative to promote the teaching of dance and get hundreds of children moving right across the country. The Great Canadian Leap is a fundraising activity intended to increase the cultural offering at 26 French-language primary schools across Canada by sending them two copies of 26 cartes à danser, a game designed to introduce children to dance that has been praised for its educational and artistic qualities.

For every $100 received, a game will be sent to a school in an underprivileged area. A total of $5,200 needs to be raised to ensure the program’s success. Half of the funds raised will cover expenses related to supplying schools with the game. The remainder will be invested in a fund to reprint the game in 2021, which will enable Bouge de là to reach even more children and families in the future!

 

26 cartes à danser

Developed by Bouge de là in 2017, 26 cartes à danser is an educational tool to help parents and teachers introduce dance into the lives of children aged 4 and up. Accompanied by soundtracks and demonstration videos available online, the game presents 26 original activities encouraging children to use their body to express words and phrases associated with the 26 letters of the alphabet. For more details, view the video explaining the game.

Learn more about the game

 

Positive impact on the whole class

Schools benefitting from The Great Canadian Leap will improve their cultural offering at no cost by acquiring the only game developed to introduce dance to French-speaking children in Canada. Easy to use in class or in daycare settings, the activities in 26 cartes à danser stimulate the development of creativity in children without overworking teachers.

 

The benefits of dance

  • Improves posture, muscle tone and coordination

  • Encourages nonverbal communication

  • Develops the body’s creativity

  • Increases concentration

  • Improves self-esteem

  • Lowers stress

Témoignages

“[…] the game changed how I teach and approach body language with my students. I discovered hidden talents and some students overcame their shyness as they were drawn out of themselves and developed better self-esteem.”
Céleste Tougas, kindergarten teacher at École Barclay in Montréal

“The children express their emotions better. They develop their creativity in surprising new directions. Students love dance time and enjoy moving their bodies creatively.”
Josée Pelletier, kindergarten teacher at École Sainte-Gertrude in Montreal North

CREDITS

CARD GAME

Concept and design
Hélène Langevin 

Text, 26 cartes à danser
Hélène Langevin
Caroline Raymond (professor, UQAM dance department) 

Copy editing and proofreading
Services d’édition Guy Connolly

Graphic design
Corinne Bève 

Photography
Suzane O’Neill

Letter-bodies
Ariane Boulet
Nicolas Labelle
Alexandre Parenteau
Myriam Tremblay 

Costumes
Marilène Bastien

VIDEOS

 With the participation of…
Anthony
Arij
David
Elias
Jelani
Marilou
Matéo
Noémie
Ophélia
Rafael
Santino
Théo
Yani 

We appreciate the teachers who believe in the importance of including dance in the classroom and who supported this project.
Caroline
Dominic
Josianne
Julie
Mélanie
Odrée
Sylvie

Camera work and editing
Mathieu Doyon 

Sound recording
Marie-Claire Doyon 

Presentation
Hélène Langevin 

Presentation assistant
Julie Tymchuk 

MUSIC

Pierre-Marc Beaudoin
Antoine Berthiaume
Boogat
Fanfarniente Della Strada
Bernard Falaise
La Bottine Souriante 

GENERAL PROJECT COORDINATION
Amélie Gauthier
Magalie Morin 

This project was produced at Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord, permanent home of Bouge de là.

26 cartes à danser was subsidized by a special grant from CALQ.

For you

For you

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DONATION LEVELS

$20 – $39

$40 – $99

$100 – $299 +$300 MONTHLY DONATIONS STARTING AT $5
Acknowledgment on Facebook X X X X X
Official receipt for tax purposes X X X X X
Family workshop in movement exploration ¹   X X X X
Entry in a draw for tickets to performances ²     X X X
Acknowledgment on the website     X X X
Special mention at Leg-splitting Party Fun       X X
Signed photo from the Through My Eyes dancers         X

 

¹ Workshop: Receive or offer a reservation as a gift for one adult and their children at a movement exploration workshop presented by Hélène Langevin. The workshop date and location will be announced once physical distancing restrictions have been lifted.

² Draw: Tickets to live art performances by our cultural partners. Specific shows and the date of the draw will be announced once physical distancing restrictions have been lifted.

Thank you to our donors!*

Thank you to our donors!

Marie Josée Beaulieu
Cécile Braemer
Sarah De Montigny-Racher
Hélène Duval
Amélie Gauthier
Jacques Gauthier
Tessa Goulet
Pierre-David Habel**

Wayne Juarez
Praseth Kong
George Krump
Michel Lamontagne
Hélène Langevin
André Laperrière**
Mathieu Mallet
Magalie Morin

Pierre-Luc Naud
Jean Poliquin**
Miriam Pratte
Caroline Raymond
Anne-Marie Roy**
Charles-Antoine Souliere

 

*Donations of $100+
**Donations of $300+