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Alyssa Parker, Class of 2015, was part of the spectacular opening ceremonies at the Pan Am Games on July 10 held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, performing with Canada’s internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil dance team.
Alyssa was chosen among 50 dancers after a 300-person audition was held in Toronto last February. With rehearsals beginning in May, the dancers spent more than 125 hours choreographing, rehearsing, and perfecting their incredible routines. Alyssa danced in the eight-minute opening Fireline routine followed by a five-minute dance performance titled Yonge Street in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,000 spectators from across the globe.
“I’ve done some great things with dance over the years but this was by far the most amazing experience I’ve had,” said Alyssa. “Luther Brown from So You Think You Can Dance Canada did the choreography for us and put together an incredible group of dancers from all different cultures and backgrounds. Working with so many talented and multicultural dancers was a very humbling and awesome experience.”
Alyssa has been dancing since she was just three-years old and began dancing competitively at the age of six. She came to Trafalgar for her graduating year as part of the Pursuit of Excellence program and fit in seamlessly. “Coming to Trafalgar was a life-changing opportunity and such a great way to end my Grade 12 year,” said Alyssa. “The small-school environment really helped me learn to manage my time wisely and I feel more prepared for university this fall. The teachers were so supportive and understanding of my dance commitments and I met new and wonderful friends that I know I will have for life.”
Alyssa is headed to York University this fall to study Theatre and is excited to learn and improve in this area of the performing arts. She plans to pursue a career in entertainment whether in television, movies, or Broadway; she says she will go wherever the auditions take her.
In addition to Alyssa’s stellar dance performance at the opening ceremonies, Trafalgar’s dynamic music duo Meghan Patrick and Hillary Kourkoutis from the Class of ’05 also took the stage for the Parapan Am closing ceremony on August 15th. Organized by Live Nation Entertainment, Meghan headlined the biggest party of the Games with Hillary at her side on keyboard. Hillary also performed with Canadian recording artist Serena Ryder at the Pan Am closing ceremonies.
Grade 8 student Clare Gabrielle also performed at the Ajax Convention Centre as part of the Games with her dance studio Tatry Folk Song and Dance Ensemble.
So proud of our amazing Trafalgar talent being showcased on the international stage!!! Look out world…there’s no stopping these young women!
Meghan Patrick's set begins at 1:11:11.
Alyssa Parker's dance begins around 2:30:00.
Trafalgar Castle School is a warm and welcoming community with a history of educating girls and young women since 1874. We are a proud part of Whitby, and welcome students from across Durham Region, the Greater Toronto Area, and around the world.
Our beautiful campus and historic setting is a hub of activity each and every day. World-class curriculum alongside a full complement of co-curricular activities creates an environment that inspires and encourages growth. Arts, athletics, debating or robotics – wherever her curiosity leads, dedicated and caring faculty are there to ensure the opportunities for each and every girl are truly endless.
At Trafalgar Castle, we care deeply about how girls learn. The value of our all-girls’ setting is present in our classrooms where students from grades 5 to 12 engage in meaningful and authentic learning, all the while growing in confidence, learning to lead with integrity, and making friendships that last a lifetime!
When our graduates leave us, they are confident young women who know, without question, their possibilities are endless.
I invite you to come for a visit. We look forward to providing you and your daughter with a tour of the school, and extending a warm Trafalgar welcome!
Dr. Leanne Foster, Ph.D.
Head of School
About Dr. Leanne Foster
11th Head of Trafalgar Castle School
Dr. Leanne Foster earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto where she pursued her love of English Literature and History. She completed her Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT). Dr. Foster earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Toronto in 2009. Her doctoral work and research focused on school improvement and educational change management.
A dedicated and experienced educator, Dr. Foster’s career in teaching has taken her from kindergarten classrooms to university lecture halls. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to girls’ education and academic excellence. In her role as Head of School, Dr. Foster provides strong leadership to support the work of Trafalgar Castle School’s exceptional and dedicated faculty and staff, fostering a caring environment where every student is known.
Dr. Foster and her family live on campus in the Head of School’s residence, “The Cottage”.
(Edited by Sharon Magor - original submission Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 11:54 AM)
Growing up Ehelwyn Rempel, Class of ’60, could always be found drawing, painting, and creating various works of art. Her talents were recognized when she won the award for the most promising Art student in Grade 12. “I wanted to go to Art college but my father said to me ‘How would you ever get a job?’ So I pursued a career in nursing,” said Ethelwyn.
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