Our Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome

The School of Dance Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome




Imagine the possibilities



World Down Syndrome Day 2016 with DragonFly

Photo: Gilles Vézina


Special Event

Point of View

Photographic Exhibition by members of DragonFly®

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Gallery 200 at The School of Dance

Reception and Photo Booth

Hope to see you there!



Special Event

Photo: Jessica



Our Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome

In a carefully designed environment, students use their individual strengths to learn; one day they may be developing math concepts through dance, on another building their understanding of literature through dance, drama, puppetry and story-telling.


Our innovative programmes are the result many years of careful programme development. The result is our growing expertise of best practices in educating learners with Down Syndrome.


For more information contact The School of Dance.




Photo: Barbara Legowski


Meet Kate

Meet Kate


Kate sees herself as a learner: "My brain is thinking."

She sees herself as a dancer: "I feel fire in my heart."

Kate likes who she is: "I'm a Down Syndrome kid."




We Are Happy To Announce!


DragonFly® offers 1-2-1 individualized programming!


For more information about designing a programme for YOU,


contact us at 613-238-7838 or email



DragonFly® offers 1-2-1 individualized programming!

Photo: Nicola Fridgen




Photo: Barbara Legowski




Photo: Barbara Legowski


DragonFly® Beginners Pilot Project
(ages 0-5)

An interactive class for parents and children introducing the DragonFly® principles. In each class, participants work on early motor skills, speech production and pattern strategies.

Maximum of 6 students


Wednesdays 9:30am - 11:15am Cost: $160 per Term

Term 2: January 18 - March 8, 2017

Term 3: March 22 - May 10, 2017

For information about programme content please contact Barbara Roblin



DragonFly® Tuesday Programme

Individualized programmes that focus on basic skills in language and mathematics.


Full Day 8:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: $930 per term (ages 12 to 20)


Half Day 8:30pm – 1:00pm

Cost: $525 per term (ages 7 to 12)


Term 2: January 17 - March 28, 2017

Term 3: April 4 - June 6, 2017



DragonFly® Friday Programme

Designed to meet the needs of post-secondary young adults, this Programme is also open to students ages 12-21.

Maximum of 10 students.


Full Day 8:30am – 5:30pm

Cost: $1,110 per term


Full Day 10:00am – 5:30pm

Cost: $930 per term


Half Day 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Cost: $525 per term


Term 2: January 13 - March 24, 2017

Term 3: March 31 - June 9, 2017 (no class: April 14, 2016)


Our fee structure reflects the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

All Programmes include the foundational components of reading, mathematics and critical thinking skills with dance and movement sections sprinkled throughout the blocks.


For assistance in registering your learner into the best programme contact The School of Dance.


DragonFly® Arts Programmes

DragonFly® Lunch Club for ages 12+

Students bring their lunch and socialize with one another before photography class.

Saturdays 11:30am – 1:00pm Maximum of 8 students Cost: $105

Term 3: March 25- May 13, 2017



DragonFly® Photography for ages 12+

Course teacher: Kelly Hotte

Students will learn photographic skills through hands on experience.

Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm Maximum of 8 students Cost: $140

Term 3: March 25 – May 13, 2017




DragonFly® Flyers and Forms

- Beginners Pilot Project PDF

- Tuesday and Friday Programme PDF

- DragonFly® Arts Programmes PDF

- Registration Form PDF





Photo: Barbara Legowski


I Feel Fire



A book of photographs by Ottawa photographer Barbara Legowski, is now on sale at The School of Dance.


These images capture the enthusiasm, grace and love of dance and learning portrayed by DragonFly® students.


The gift that gives twice; a unique book of photography for a friend or family member that also supports innovative programmes that expand learning for young people with Down Syndrome.

I Feel Fire

Photo: Barbara Legowski


Programme Directors


Barbara Roblin

Photo: TSOD Archives

Barbara Roblin B.A., ECE, Diploma Child Study, Ontario Teacher Certificate

Director of Education, DragonFly®

Barbara Roblin is the Director of Education for DragonFly®, our programme for learners with Down Syndrome. She is a certified Primary/Junior teacher in Ontario with diplomas in Child Study and Early Childhood Education. Ms. Roblin has over 10 years of experience working with learners with Down Syndrome and has developed the Trio Foundation Program, which creates individualized learning plans in literacy and math for Down Syndrome students.






Photo: TSOD Archives

Merrilee Hodgins, A.R.A.D.

Artistic Director of The School of Dance


Merrilee Hodgins directs the DragonFly® dance programmes. Miss Hodgins studied in Canada, England, Denmark and the United States. In 1971, she was awarded the prestigious Solo Seal of the Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1973 she became principal dancer with the Alberta Ballet Company, later working in Denmark, Germany and the U.S. as a freelance artist. Miss Hodgins, a recipient of the YM-YWCA's 1997 Women of Distinction Award, was the 1997 Chair of the City of Ottawa's Cultural Leadership Committee, was a member of the board of directors for Dance Ontario, is a Director of the Celia Franca Foundation, and has been awarded Canada Council grants to research and develop projects to introduce children to dance. Committed throughout her career to accessibility and collaboration, Miss Hodgins developed The School's portfolio of community programmes including Dance is BEST for Seniors and Dancing in the Street. Recent projects include choreographic commissions from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, collaboration with Canadian poet Susan McMaster, and a commission to produce a concert version of Stravinsky's Firebird for the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. In January 2013, Senator Jim Munson nominated and then presented Merrilee with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in arts education in Canada.




The School of Dance thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of our magical programme.