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Irish Dance in Kitchener

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About us

Come Dance for a Lifetime

Join the only old-style Irish dance studio serving Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, where dancers can dance from 99 days to 99 years old!

New registrations are always welcome!

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Our Mission

We’re on a mission to help people in our community dance for a lifetime. We operate under 3 principles:

Accessible: We help people of all abilities incorporate dance into their lives.

Accepting: Everyone is welcome and belongs at Kaleidoscope.

Authentic: Our teachings are rooted in the historical traditions of Irish dance for modern students.

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Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement


Discover our unique small-studio approach, where you will step into a rich cultural tradition that is deeply rooted in community. Whether you’re diving into old-style Irish step dancing, joining our lively Irish dance-based fitness sessions, or participating in one of our adaptive Irish dance programs, you’ll find a warm, supportive environment here. At Kaleidoscope, dance is more than just rhythms and steps; it’s an opportunity to grow, to develop determination and discipline, and to boost your confidence. Our motto, “dance for a lifetime,” reflects our belief that dance is for all people at all ages and stages of life. Join us and become part of a joyful, inclusive dance community.

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Irish Dance

Experience an accessible, accepting and authentic approach to Irish dance.

Programming is available for new dancers, returning dancers and never-have-I-ever-tried-this dancers.

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Irish Dance Fitness

Come fall in love with traditional Irish dance footwork paired with lots of arm movements for a full body, feel good workout!

Come enjoy the craic and cardio, to boost your physical and mental wellbeing.

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Specialized Movement

Dancers will find a nurturing environment where they will be supported and challenged in a way that empowers them.

We are certified in several specific movement programs for children with special needs.

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Founder and Artistic Director

Marjorie Hopkins

Marjorie Hopkins is the founder and artistic director of Kaleidoscope Irish Dance & Movement. She has 20+ years of experience as an educator, a lifetime of dance experience, and an unmatched level of training, including a Ph.D., as well as certifications in:

•ReelRobics: the original Irish dance workout;

•Intellidance®: a research-based creative dance and movement program for babies, tykes, tots, and kids;

•Rhythm Works: a movement program for children with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD and other disabilities and neurodiversities;

•Restorative Yoga: a calming yoga practice that uses through slow, deliberate stretching; and,

•Autism Movement Therapy; and,

•High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development.

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What Our Clients Say

Testimonials

Our first Jig Together class was when my daughter was just 4 months old. She’s now 13 months and I feel I’ve learned as much as my little one! She loves both the music and dancing and it’s a joy to watch her continue the lesson learnings when home.

Kaylyn (Parent)

Marjorie is a wonderful dance teacher who has created a warm and welcoming environment for dancers of all ages. She is caring and shares her passion of Irish dance and culture. I couldn’t be happier with my experience dancing at her studio!

Sarah (Dancer)

My appreciation for Irish dance as an immersive experience has grown throughout my time with the studio and I am very grateful for all that I have learned both as a person and as a dancer.

Kara (Dancer)

Marjorie has created a fantastic environment for learning. My daughter is excited for every class and is thrilled to show her new steps at home.

Jessica (Parent)

With great choreography and music, a wonderful, patient instructor, l’ve had so much fun learning Irish dance while working up a sweat!

Tara (Dancer)

Thank-you for being such a bright light for my daughter! The biggest joy for me is when she comes out of your studio dancing down the steps with a smile and giggle.

Sara-Lynn (Parent)

Land Acknowledgment

Kaleidoscope Studio operates on the Haldimand tract; land that was promised to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and are within the territory of the Chonnonton, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We are grateful for the welcome the First Peoples showed to the Irish escaping oppression and famine, and to the waves of Irish immigrants who continue to come to start a new life on Turtle Island. We recognize that we were welcomed into this land and are committed to live in harmony with and to support the First Peoples of this land as they strive for a better life and a thriving culture.

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On the Cusp of Season 5

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Authenticity

“Irish Dance” as a genre has a complex history. There is no one pathway from which it came to us.
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From 99 Days

The earliest days of the studio were shaped by research into brain development; how brains grew and the importance of …

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Reel Kids dancers
Marjorie leading the clap dance at a seniors' home
performance at a seniors' home
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