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Classes

Acro

A structured program of floor gymnastics combined with dance steps and set to music. Enrollment in Ballet and Jazz is required to enhance Acro movements, maintain strength & musicality and follow choreography. Level 1 is for students in the Beginner level with little or no experience. Level 2 and 3 are based on ability so please contact us for placement.

Adult Stretch & Strengthen

A great way for anyone age 18 and up, to gain strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance in this 45 minute class! The focus is on general fitness and improving flexibility. Please bring a yoga mat, hand weights and get ready to sweat!

Adult Tap

This class offers both beginner adults and dancers with previous experience to learn a Tap routine in this 30 minute class. The emphasis is fun, while challenging your mind & body!

Ballet

The foundation for all other forms of dance! This class helps develop poise, posture, strength, balance and grace. Students develop musicality and rhythm. Improves technique in all other forms of dance. This class is also mandatory for all students in Jazz and Tap from Preliminary to Grade 2 and for all Acro classes.

Beginner Jazz & Tap

Students must have at least 2 years of Creative Movement or be six years of age or older. In this 45 minute combo class, students will begin to develop the technique, musicality and rhythms used in Jazz and Tap styles. Students will learn short routines in both Tap and Jazz.

Boys Hip Hop

Open to any boy age 6 and up! Get ready to move in this high energy class that will focus on the latest hip hop trends while working on musicality and rhythm.

Breakdance

This class is for anyone ages 6 and up. For beginners, you will work progressively so that proper foundations are taught to prevent injury and promote strong technique. You will learn basic steps, freezes, stops and transitions from standing to floor and back up again. For more advanced students, you will be given more complex combinations designed to challenge you to the fullest!

Creative Movement

Recommended for students starting at the age of three. This 30 minute class introduces students to dance in a fun, creative way that is appropriate for their age and experience. The main focus is in Ballet technique, as students begin to learn basic Ballet terminology and technique to improve musicality and rhythm.

Dance Cheer

This exciting class will focus on the fundamentals of jazz, with components of tumbling, funk, performance and team spirit! Recommended for those students who would like a new challenge, while improving their stage presence and jazz/hip hop technique. This class will be offered to students who are enrolled in jazz and in dance grade Primary or above. This is taught by our instructor who is a former Raptors Dance Pak member, so bring all your energy to this class!

Exams

Exam classes are available for students starting at the Primary level. Classes are taught with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.) technique. Students learn a set syllabus (exercises and routines) that improve technique, flexibility, musicality, rhthym, style and performance. When the students have successfully mastered the syllabus, they are examined and graded by an examiner from the C.D.T.A. In order to fully prepare students for the exam, lessons extend beyond the recital dates on a 2 class per week basis until late May or June. Exam dates are scheduled based on student readiness and examiner availability. These classes are scheduled based on student interest and availability.

Hip Hop

Available to students ages six and up. This class is similar to Jazz, but with fast-paced intricate movements which incorporate isolation moves, set to age appropriate hip hop music. Level 1 is for dance grades Beginner & Preliminary, level 2 is for Primary to Grade 1, and level 3 is for Grade 2 and above.

Jazz

This energetic class includes current dance moves to upbeat music and is a combination of funk and classical styles. It is recommended that students have completed two years of Beginner Tap & Jazz. Enrollment in Ballet is required for students in dance grades Preliminary to Grade 2.

Lyrical

A combination of Jazz and Ballet techniques. Dancers execute their feelings and emotions through a piece of music. Level 1 is for students in dance grades Preliminary and Primary, level 2 is for Grade 1 and level 3 is for Grade 2 & above. All students must be enrolled in Ballet to attend this class.

Musical Theatre

Available to students from six years of age. This class combines lip syncing and/or singing, dancing and acting in a fun and theatrical routine. Enrollment in Jazz is required in order to continue and improve technical work. Level 1 is for students in dance grades Beginner & Preliminary and Level 2 is for Primary & above.

Parent & Tot

An intro to dance for children ages 18 months-3 years old. This fun filled class will focus on developing motor skills, socialization, musicality and expression. Parent participation is required.

Pointe

Available to students who have consistently demonstrated and achieved the necessary Ballet technique, strength, and ability required to be successful on pointe. This class is only open to students who have completed at least one year of Grade 1 Ballet and for physical development reasons, we recommend they are at least 12 years old. These students are selected by our trained staff and they must be enrolled in their regular Ballet class. Level 2 is for those students who may advance from Level 1, based on staff discretion.

Semi-Private

These are small group classes offered to students who have been selected by the instructors based on their consistent enthusiasm, talent and dedication to dance. Students learn a Tap and a Jazz routine in this one hour class. A commitment to attendance and full participation is required and they must be enrolled in Saturday Jazz, Tap and Ballet, as well as Stretch & Strengthen or Exam classes. Acceptance to this class will be based on the previous years’ dedication and performance.

Solo/Duet

These private classes are offered to semi-private and Grade 4 students only.  It is required that students are enrolled in Tap, Jazz and Ballet, as well as Stretch & Strengthen or Exam classes to improve strength, flexibility and technique.  The first half of the season will focus on technique and the last half will work on choreography.

Stretch & Strengthen

This conditioning class offers a combination of exercises taught to music, designed to improve flexibility, muscular endurance, dance technique and core strength. This class is designed for dancers ages 6 and up and must attend with a yoga mat.

Tap

An interpretation of music through sound that promotes rhythm and timing awareness. It is recommended that students be aged eight and up, and, where appropriate, have completed Beginner Tap & Jazz for two years. Students also must be enrolled in Ballet from dance grades Preliminary to Grade 2.

Teen Class

This class is for students ages 12 and up who have limited or no formal dance training but want to join a class that will develop their jazz and contemporary technique. Dancers will spend half the season focusing on traditional jazz and the remainder on contemporary, with the option of performing one routine at our annual recital.

 

 

 

 

CLASS PLACEMENT

Staff will determine placement for a new student based on experience, ability and age. Current students will remain in the same class, unless notified by their instructor and/or progress report from previous dance season. Class levels will change every 2 years to coincide with our exam program, however, class difficulty increases each year to ensure each level is appropriately challenged. Our staff will continually assess the students on an individual basis to ensure they are placed in the level that is most appropriate for them.

 

PERFORMANCE

All classes will take part in our annual recitals except Stretch & Strengthen, Parent & Tot, Exams and Teen Class (optional).