Class Descriptions

Class Structure

Each dance class will begin with a warm-up in order to prepare the body and prevent injuries. The warm-up will consist of various stretching and strengthening exercises to help increase flexibility, strength, and control. Dancers will learn various combinations, movement sequences and intricate choreography, set to different musical styles and tempos. Dancers will learn, practice and then perform these combinations in class, and all class material will be specific to the type of dance, age, and ability level.

All classes will perform in the year-end showcase performance, with full costumes, professional sound and lighting. The showcase performance is held every year in late May.

Class Descriptions

Pre-Dance and Creative Movement – Ages 2.5 – 4yrs

Classes will introduce young children to the wonderful world of dance through a wide variety of musical styles, tempos and themes, while exploring dance and creative movement. Classes consist of introductory Ballet and Jazz movements; this class will improve flexibility and coordination while developing rhythm and musicality.

Kinder Combos – Ages 4 – 6yrs

These classes are designed as introductory combination dance classes that combine elements of Ballet, Jazz and Tap dance. Classes will consist of two dance styles each week in this 45-minute class. This class will also help dancers select a course of study for future, based on their personal goals and dance style preferences.

Tap – Ages 5 yrs + over

Tap dance concentrates on rhythm and timing, and requires interpretation of music through sound, creating regulated and controlled sounds through intricate footwork. More advanced levels of tap teach syncopation and more complex rhythms and combine a variety of styles of classical tap dance.

Acro – Ages 5 yrs + over

Acro dance will enhance flexibility, strength and agility, as well as body awareness and alignment, and includes gymnastics floor movements with body shapes, and contortions. These elements are combined with dance steps and set to music, to create various dance sequences and intriguing choreography; a beneficial class for any dancer or gymnast. Acro classes are offered in all levels.

Lyrical/ Contemporary – Ages 10 yrs + over

This form is based on classical jazz and includes slow and graceful movements, focusing on poise, control, muscular strength and flexibility. Lyrical dance interprets the lyrics of a song and expresses the feeling and emotion through dance. This class is offered to those students who are more advanced in their technical training. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of one ballet class per week.

Ballet – 5 yrs + over

The foundation for all dance forms; improves strength, poise, balance, and control. Technical skill gained through the study of ballet is necessary for all other forms of dance. This classical form teaches poise, body awareness and alignment, muscle tone and control by combining cardiovascular, muscular endurance, flexibility and various elements of rhythmical patterning. Ballet is a mandatory discipline for all competitive dancers, and those considering competitive dance in future should enroll in   a ballet class.

Pointe

This is an option to the more serious and dedicated ballet dancer. Students interested in pointe class are required to come to Ballet technique class no less than twice per week, and are required to attend the 30-minute pointe class once per week for additional strength training. Pointe work is offered to the more advanced students when they have developed the necessary strength in the body, legs and feet. Students will be assessed by teachers and notified when they are eligible to begin working in pointe shoes.

Conditioning – Ages 13 yrs + over

Conditioning is important for dancers of every level, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle in and out of the dance studio, as well as to avoid injury through poor technique or overuse of the body. This class includes stretching and strengthening exercises, and combines muscular tone & endurance training, cardiovascular exercises, alignment, and develops the body/mind awareness through imagery. This class will combine Yoga and Pilates principles, and is a mandatory course of study for all competitive dancers, in order to be in shape and meet the demands of an intensive competitive training program.

Kicks, Jumps and Turns – Ages 10 yrs + over

Kick, Jumps, and Turns, is a class that focuses on the main technical skills needed for most styles of dance. This class gives dancers the opportunity, to work on the variations of kicks, jumps and turns, and improve their overall technique.

Hip Hop – Ages 6 yrs + over

A combination of free style and street dance moves, as seen in your favourite music videos and dance shows, and is performed to age-appropriate popular music. This high-energy class is a great way to exercise, build confidence, and make new friends while learning to dance. Hip Hop classes are open to all levels.

Musical Theatre Jazz – Ages 9 yrs + up

This fun and energetic class incorporates drama, song and dance by developing personality and characters for each specific dance sequence performed. The technique is based on Classical Jazz and Classical Tap Dance. The emphasis of this class is on stage production, as well as presentation & performance, in order to help build self-esteem and confidence in all dancers.

Jazz Technique

This high-energy class is for the advanced dancer and will include a cardiovascular and muscular endurance component, as well as improving flexibility, muscle tone, control and coordination. Our Jazz Technique classes are comprised of a warm-up, centre work and progressions including jumps and turns. All dance combinations and sequences are performed to Contemporary music.

Students will be placed by age and their current technical level.

In mixed level / split level classes, students will work at their correct technical level with the appropriate modifications/variations within the class.

Upcoming Important Dates

Thanksgiving - Studio Closed • October 9, 2017
Halloween - Studio Closed • October 31, 2017
Winter Break - Studio Closed • December 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Classes Resume • January 8, 2018
Family Day - Studio Open • February 19, 2018
March Break - Studio Closed • March 9 - 18, 2018
Classes Resume • March 19, 2018
Good Friday - Studio Closed • March 30, 2018
Easter Monday - Studio Open • April 2, 2018
Victoria Day - Studio Closed • May 21, 2018
Showcase Dress Rehearsal • May 23, 2018
Showcase • May 25 and 26, 2018