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The Playhouse Honours

The board of directors of the Fredericton Playhouse has selected distinguished dance leader Leslee Dell as the 2020 recipient of The Playhouse Honours. Ms. Dell will join thirteen other local performing arts leaders bestowed this prestigious honour over the years.

In 2007, the Fredericton Playhouse initiated The Playhouse Honours, a program which recognizes individuals’ impact through their involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton. The purpose of the program is to foster a deeper appreciation of the value that individuals make to community life through their work in the performing arts. A permanent display in the west gallery of the Playhouse recognizes the honourees. “The Playhouse Honours give us an opportunity to celebrate how the performing arts can change lives and have an impact on the quality of life we enjoy in this region. The immense value of Leslee Dell’s contribution is undeniable, and we are proud to be naming her the 2020 recipient,” said Greg MacFarlane, President of the Fredericton Playhouse board.

Leslee Dell has dedicated over 38 years to Fredericton’s performing arts scene though her significant contribution to dance. Leslee has enlightened, encouraged and trained countless young dancers in her role as Artistic Director for Dance Fredericton Danse Inc. In addition to nurturing her dance students, Leslee has mentored many dance teachers, instilling a positive influence in both their professional and personal lives. Ms. Dell has also worked to offer scholarships and make dance education more accessible. Recently, she completed specialized training in a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Program and spearheaded a program in conjunction with the Fredericton Parkinson Society of NB, offering specialized dance classes to patients, families, friends, and care workers with the goal of helping them improve their lives through dance.

Leslee continues to innovate and expand Dance Fredericton’s offerings to engage other members of the community to promote wellness, movement, confidence and independence.

“Mrs. Dell” as the students and many parents call her, has provided her countless students over the years with a life long love of dance, and musicality, with an appreciation for many genres of dance, and a desire to produce excellence in all they do.  – Germaine Pataki-Theriault

Her holistic approach to teaching is such that the relationships she fosters with her students go far beyond simply ballet technique. In an unassuming, gentle way, she had influenced, mentored and positively impacted the lives of countless young impressionable women. – Amy Boudreau

The Fredericton Playhouse acknowledges generous support from promotional partner Atlantic Mediaworks for their contribution of services to the program.

Explore the Playhouse Honours Archives for a complete list of recipients.

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