Located at 200 Crichton Street in Ottawa, The School of Dance has an international reputation as a centre for excellence in arts education. Founded in 1978 by Merrilee Hodgins and Joyce Shietze, The School offers professional training in ballet and contemporary dance, professional development activities for teachers, as well as leisure and recreational programmes for adults and children. Graduates of The School of Dance are performing with companies world-wide. Each year The School touches the lives of over 70,000 Ontarians with special outreach programmes including the DragonFly Programme for Learners with Down Syndrome, Dance is BEST in the hospitals of Eastern Ontario, Dancing in the Street throughout Ottawa in the summer months, Boys Only! classes and DanceONTour, school visits designed to inspire interest in the arts. The School of Dance is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. The School of Dance is a Canadian, not-for-profit, charitable institution celebrating its 40th anniversary season in Ottawa.