“I graduated from the program in 2013, and it has played a huge role in the formation of my professional life.”
Post-secondary dance education can lead to a range of rewarding careers. After graduating from GBD’s Commercial Dance Program in 2013, Justin Saulnier returned to his home province of New Brunswick to open his dance studio, Dynamic Academy of the Arts. Justin reflects on the impact of his GBD training and the benefits of dance education in this interview with CBJ/GBD.
How did you get started in dance?
I grew up in Rothesay, New Brunswick. My involvement in dance started at the age of eight when I attended my first ever summer dance camp! I knew from a young age that I was going to pursue a career in dance.
What made you decide to join the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown Dance?
I spent years researching universities/colleges, and the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown seemed like the best fit for me, as I new I wanted to pursue a career in the commercial dance industry. I graduated from the program in 2013, and it has played a huge role in the formation of my professional life. I am the dance instructor I am today because of the training I received at George Brown. The George Brown Dance faculty have a wealth of knowledge and want their students to be as educated as possible.
“The benefit of dance education is knowledge. Knowledge is power, and that is what gives results.”
How have you applied your training at George Brown Dance?
After graduating from George Brown, I knew I wanted a steady career in dance, so I decided to open my own studio. I knew from my training growing up that there was a lack of knowledge in the dance community back home. I opened Dynamic Academy of the Arts to provide my students with the knowledge and training that I lacked before moving to Toronto. Our mission is to create disciplined/employable dancers. Whether our students decide to pursue a career in dance or not, we want them leaving our studio with great work ethics.
What reflections can you share on dance education?
The benefit of dance education is knowledge. Knowledge is power, and that is what gives results. You can have a dream, but if you don’t know the steps to fulfilling that dream, it won’t happen. Dance education gives you the tools you need to get the results you want.
Written by Victoria Campbell Windle, CBJ Communications Contributor.
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