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Part 2: Specialized Training in Dance Benefits Music Theatre Students

Deanna Cormier, who teaches in the Music Theatre program, recently returned from Conakry, Guinea, where she completed the second and final tier of training through MindLeapsTM Train the Trainers program, bringing back new ways of teaching and learning to her students in Brockville.

We first wrote about Deanna’s training in the November 28, 2019 edition of the newsletter.

“The MindLeaps universal methodologies are relevant to Music Theatre students,” Deanna said. “Training the seven cognitive and non-cognitive skills of memorization, language, teamwork, grit, creativity, self-esteem, and discipline, helps students improve the way they learn culminating in enhanced results. For example, when training memorization, our students are required to memorize not just dance steps, but song lyrics, lines, stage directions, specific cues, etc. The MindLeaps training method helps students learn to memorize a dance sequence through repetition while verbalizing different muscles groups. Students are then able to use this same method for other aspects of their training.”

The MindLeapsTM method also instills a strong sense of self-esteem in her students, which will hopefully translate to auditions and interviews after they graduate, according to Deanna. “This is done by having students create their own pose or performing a sequence of steps by themselves or in small groups in a positive, nurturing environment. Being able to sing a solo or perform a monologue requires a great deal of self-esteem. The more we build our students up, the faster they improve.”

About MindLeapsTM

MindLeapsTM uses dance to develop the cognitive and non-cognitive skills and social-emotional learning of at-risk youth in five different African countries to ensure that they can succeed in school, enter the workplace, and leap forward in life. 

Challenges for Positive Change

You don’t need to make a big change to have an impact on your physical and mental health. Every small step contributes to your success. Follow Healthy Campus on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and join weekly challenges that focus on different habits to improve your overall health.

What is coming in February?

Feb 3 –7: One-Week Nature Challenge

Feb 10 – 14: One-Week Meditation Challenge

Feb 17 – 21: One-Week Kindness Challenge

Feb 24 – 28: One-Week Sleep Hygiene Challenge

Belonging in Action at SLC

Join Healthy Campus during SLC Spirit Week for a Belonging event on Friday February 14, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall. As a value of the college, and a common goal of Healthy Campus, students, staff, and faculty are invited to join in a conversation around what belonging means to them.


Fifteen Years of Music Theatre in Brockville

The Music Theatre - Performance program has been giving aspiring musical theatre professionals “triple threat” practical training and education in three core disciplines of acting, singing, and dance for the last 15 years. Students receive personalized instruction and coaching, as well as courses in stagecraft, musical theatre history, music theory, and audition preparation.

For Conner Jesso, who graduated in 2019, the program gave him the artistic and social skills needed to land a job in the field right after graduation at a dinner theatre company in Niagara Falls, as well as the opportunity to complete his degree in Music Theatre in Ireland. “I am attending school in Sligo, Ireland at The Institute of Technology furthering my acting education along with four other SLC graduates,” Conner said. “It has been life changing to be able to live in Europe and unlock my world. Living in Ireland has given me a bigger perspective and has made me into a much stronger actor.”

In this demanding program, students hone skills by performing in front of audiences in studio, main stage productions, and in our unique touring productions where students learn to create and produce original theatrical pieces. Students are mentored by faculty, and guest industry professionals, and are job-ready for a competitive and rapidly changing industry.

SLC and Queen’s University also offer a Bachelor of Music Theatre program whereby students complete intensive training in singing, acting, and dancing in the first two years at St. Lawrence and complete the final two years at Queen’s.

Take a look back at the wide array of productions our students have staged!

Production History

The Secret Garden, 2004 – 2005

A Chorus Line, 2005 – 2006

Ten Lost Years, Beauty & the Beast, Chicago, 2006 – 2007

Office Hours, Cats, Cabaret, 2007 – 2008  

The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, New Faces, Footloose, 2008 – 2009 

Unity 1918, Little Women, New Faces, Oklahoma, 2009 – 2010

The First 5 Years: Astonishing, White Christmas, New Faces, Fiddler on the Roof, 2010 – 2011

Nunsense, Grease, New Faces, Hair, 2011 – 2012

Three Penny Opera, The Mikado, New Faces, 42nd Street, 2012 – 2013  

Anything Goes, New Faces, Les Miserables, Munschables, * 2013 – 2014

Les Belles Soeurs, Crazy for You, New Faces, Rent, Legally Blonde, Once Upon A Grim* 2014 – 2015

Now and Forever, Seussical, New Faces, The Divas of Broadway, 9 to 5,  A Wrinkle in Time, * 2015 – 2016

The Wizard of Oz, Superstars, New Faces, Twelfth Night, Proudly She Marched * 2016 – 2017

Twelve Angry Jurors, Beauty and the Beast, The Penelopiad, The Wedding  Singer, Who Stole Mona?* 2017 – 2018

Into the Woods, The Adams Family, New Faces, Putnam County Spelling Bee , Jesus Christ Superstar, Derailed * 2018 – 2019 

Little Mermaid, Spring Awakening, Sweet Charity, Honk, 32 Carrick Avenue: The Story of Evelyn Dick * 2019 – 2020

*  Student-led devised pieces that grew into our entrepreneurial / experiential learning courses.

Our Students:

Student Placements: Connecting Over 3000 Students with Communities Across the Globe

Placement opportunities provide students from over 70 programs a way to connect the dots between classroom theory and hands-on experience. The Student Placement Program creates a one-stopshop for students, faculty, and placement agencies. With over 3600 partnership agreements between the college and businesses across Canada (and other countries) students have a wide range of placement opportunities from multiple industries.  

As a direct point of contact with agencies, students, and faculty within the many SLC programs, Student Placement Facilitators share needed information including confirming necessary pre-requisites to organize more than 3000 placements throughout the academic year.  Resources like Blackboard Hubs ensure all information is easily shared with students for topics like safety training models, safety reporting, specific agency requirements, police checks, and immunizations.

For more information about the placement process or placement questions visit or contact Jarrie Burns, Manager, Student Placement Program, Tri-Campus at extension 1521 or by email at

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Last Call for Nominations!

Do you know an inspiring leader? Nomination them for an Honorary Diploma!

SLC confers Honorary Diplomas on individuals who will inspire our graduates and community. If you know someone whose community service and leadership goes above and beyond, nominate them for an Honorary Diploma.

Nominations close January 31, 2020 and recipients will be recognized at spring 2020 convocation ceremonies.

Learn about past Honorary Diploma recipients and complete the nomination form:

Note: Image is of Andree LeBlancq (left), Helena Neveu, Honorary Diploma recipient, 2019 (centre), Glenn Vollebregt (right)


Important Dates

January 10 - February 14: Marian Forster: Spirit ShadowsMarianne van Silfhout Gallery
February 1: Equal consideration date for applications to post-secondary programs starting Fall 2020
February 3-21: Formal KPI student survey
February 17: Family Day (no classes)
February 17-21: Break week – BScN & BBA programs
February 24-28: Break week *most programs
February 28: Application to graduate deadline
March 30: College Conversations, Brockville
March 30: College Conversations, Cornwall
March 31: College Conversations, Kingston
April 3-5: Honk!
April 16-18: Sweet Charity