Coming soon! Certificate Program for non-Deaf Dance Teachers 2022

Posted December 6, 2021

Non-deaf dance teachers will learn the best methods of teaching DHH dance students to fully participate in dance classes. They will watch seven short films and attend a Deaf Cultural workshop "Breaking The Sound Barrier" facilitated by Shannon Guile and Joanna Hawkins.

A certification program for non-deaf dance teachers to learn strategies for teaching DHH students by attending workshops on Deaf Culture. The workshops are also geared for any arts genres, such as theatre groups how to teach and direct Deaf artists.

To certify, Dance teachers:

1. Watch all films, intro film, four dance strategies films, and three ASL/LSQ lessons for dance terms (total of eight films) for free online. Link will be posted for these films. These short films were created through A New Rhythm: Teaching Beyond Sound funded by CCA and MAC, And Building Big Bridges with a Little ASL-LSQ funded by WAC.

2. Send an email to the link (TBA) provided on this page and MCSD-DAM will contact you for further information. The recipient of the email will verify that you have watched the films.

3. Register for ‘Breaking the Sound Barrier: An insight on collaborating with Deaf Artists’ a workshop designed to educate non-deaf artists on collaborating with DHH artists. This course will include information and facts of Deaf culture, tips on communicating with DHH artists and advise on coordinating performance base projects. It is facilitated by Shannon Guile and Joanna Hawkins (local artists and founders of 100 Decibels). MCSD-DAM will send the email address for the workshop to you once it has been determined that you are ready.

*Attendee will be responsible for workshop fees


4. After attending the Deaf Culture workshop, you will receive a certificate stating you are dance teacher who has completed training and is ready to teach DHH dance students. Your name and studio will be listed on the websites of MCSD-DAM and Dance Manitoba indicating that you have completed the training. This will provide a list of dance teachers that Deaf or HH dance students can access.

Shannon Guile

Shannon has been creating, producing and performing for over fifteen years. She trained as an actor, comedian, mime and stunt performer at the University of Winnipeg, where she received her BA Honours in Theatre & Film. On stage, she is most recognized for her work with the three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch troupe Hot Thespian Action, which she founded in 2006. Off the stage, Shannon has appeared in over thirty film & TV productions, both as an actor and as a stunt double, because, why not have your cake, eat it and pretend to choke on it while falling down some stairs…too?! In 2012, she developed a mime program for the Deaf community of Manitoba, which lead her to establish the internationally recognized Deaf mime troupe 100 Decibels. In spring of 2021, Shannon performed in the first-ever trilingual children’s play (ASL, English & French) called Plé, which she co-wrote.

Joanna Hawkins

Hailing from Lodz, Poland, Joanna Hawkins who is Deaf has always felt a strong connection to the arts. Joanna has performed as a lead in a children's show for young Deaf children and has been involved in several films in Manitoba as a featured extra as well as two television commercials. Joanna has been professionally trained in mime, physical comedy and storytelling by the award winning Hot Thespian Action's Shannon Guile-Hardy. In 2019 Joanna performed as Mrs. Peachum in Sick + Twisted/AA Battery production's "The Threepenny Opera". In 2021, Joanna performed in the first-ever trilingual children’s play (ASL, English & French) called Plé, along with Shannon Guile. Joanna continues enjoying working in theatre/film industry as an actor, ASL translator and ASL coach in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Films

Building Big Bridges Films that are part of this program will be available in 2022.

To watch the ENGLISH captioned Dance films