The Knights in the Classroom's sister company, the Canadian Improv Showcase, has been offering programming for seniors for many years. At one of those performances, the question was ask whether our historical programming might be of interest to this group. Eyes lit up, sparks flew and smiles were seen everywhere! It was a pretty easy decision from there. Now the Knights in the Classroom offer the following programmes to seniors retirement residences, long-term care facilities and to any other group interested. Our programmes are conducted by trained professionals, who will offer your residents an experience of a lifetime! Each session is roughly 60 minutes and will include many interactive components based on participants' comfort level. Sessions can be conducted outside or inside as long as the required space is available - weather permitting. These events can include residents' family, friends as well as staff. The more the merrier! Please inquire for pricing including your location as we serve the entire province of Ontario and beyond.
Participants are given the chance to see a battle-reenactment live and up close. Our warriors will be armed in historically accurate reproduction armour and do battle utilizing a variety of reproduction (none are sharp) weapons such as spear, arming sword, long sword, shield, halberd and more. Our warriors will apply historical martial arts techniques learned by studying the actual manuscripts from the time period for a very authentic experience. Following the battle, viewers are given the opportunity to learn all about the equipment including its care, what it takes to do battle as well as the physical requirements of existing in ancient times.
Conducted by an experienced fencer, this workshop will allow participants the opportunity to actually sword fight. The session begins with a discussion on the sport itself, detailing its history and connection to today, followed by a detailed run-down of the equipment we will be providing for use. Then participants will be taught the basics and run a few fencing drills with the possibility of even getting to duel.
Viewers are given the chance to learn one or more dance styles from ancient times from all over the world! The programme begins with the history of the dance being taught including details as to its importance in society at the time. Then the dancing begins! The moves are broken down into easy processions and then assembled into the full dance itself. Music is provided.
This workshop begins with the history of the sport as well as a detailed safety guide. We will showcase several different types of bows as well as supply all the equipment needed for participants to try the art itself. A minimum amount of space is required, but, weather permitting, outdoors is also an also option for this session. This session is conducted by instructors with extensive experience and championship pedigree. Should no participants feel comfortable trying, we can also demonstrate the activity for their viewing pleasure.
Ancient Games & Hobbies
Participants are given the opportunity to learn and play a variety of ancient games and activities that date back thousands of years. Totally interactive and a tremendous amount of fun!
Drumming from Around the World
An examination of drumming throughout history and around the world: exploring its uses in work, warfare, rituals and entertainment. Participants will learn to drum in various styles with a wide variety of drums and percussive instruments. Please consider the noise of drumming when selecting this workshop location.
This workshop details the history of watercolour painting and provides participants the opportunity to learn the art with the guidance of a very experienced teacher. All supplies are included in the cost of the workshop. Tables or desks are recommended and participants can bring their own subject to paint or use one of our many choices.
Pirate Experience with Singing & Sea Shanties
This workshop explores the true history of piracy, dispelling fact from fiction. Our instructors dress in accurate pirate garb from the golden age of piracy and interact with the participants answering all their questions. Then we explore the history of work songs, also known as sea shanties, and interact with the group with a variety of call and repeat songs. Some are sure to be familiar while they will all be memorable by the end!
This workshop is all tactile and hands-on. It explores the history and evolution of armour and weapons. Participants get to hold and even try on equipment such as helmets, armour, swords, shields and reproduction artifacts. This session really brings history to life and even features our handmade pillory. Our instructors dress in historical reproduction clothing and provide a truly immersive experience.
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