Classes

Class Styles

Acro Dance
*Acrobatique

Acro Dance is a style of acrobatics used specifically for dancers.  With skills having roots in both dance and gymnastics, students work on flexibility, strength, balance, tumbling, and tricks. These classes focus on acrobatics skills such as handstands, headstands, cartwheels, chest stands, elbow stands, walkovers, side and front aerials and tumbling lines.  Trick movements are usually executed slowly to emphasize gracefulness, body lines and picturesque extension. Students wishing to take part in the full-year acro programs must also be taking a jazz class.


Ballet

With a strong emphasis on technique, placement, positions and understanding of body movement, ballet is considered a foundation for dancers.  Within ballet there are multiple styles including classical, character and pointe, all unique in their own way, but all carrying the same core characteristics.  Ballet is a beautiful dance form and encouraged for all students.

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Jazz
*A.D.A.P.T

Jazz is a high energy class with lots of style, variety and movement.  Often set to popular and more mainstream music, students often gravitate to this fun style.  As a dancer progresses they will find that Jazz requires a lot of technique and training to master all the movements, however it’s well worth it as Jazz is a great style that is both fun to dance and to watch.


Tap
*A.D.A.P.T

Tap focuses on rhythm and intricate footwork, with the dancer’s feet becoming percussive instruments marking out musical patterns.  Terminology, tap technique, musicality and rhythm are all key components to this style of dance.  With its fun shoes, upbeat quality and distinguished difference from jazz and ballet, tap is a great class for most students.


Lyrical

Lyrical is a combination of both ballet and jazz techniques.  It is a more expressive style with an emphasis on emotion and musical interpretation.  Lyrical is creative and often a ‘feel good’ style for dancers.  Students wishing to participate in Lyrical must be taking a ballet and jazz class.


Stretch & Strength

As flexibility and strength are key components to a dancer in any given style, Stretch & Conditioning focuses on training the dancer to understand body mechanics while working to increase both key components.  


Hip Hop

This popular style is growing with it’s use of trending music, freestyle movements and it’s ‘funky’ style. Generally set to hip hop, rap, R&B or today’s pop music, this dance style is influenced by the music video industry.  Our Hip Hop classes are recreational and are for students nine years and older.  As Hip Hop includes elements of popping, locking and breaking, it is encouraged that students have some experience in dance or also take a jazz class to compliment this style.


Exam Classes

Technique, understanding and discipline are at the core of any great dancer.  Exam classes help grow a student in all of these areas.  Through the examination process, goals are set with the students to help them reach their own personal potential.  It’s often found that as we excel at something it gives us a drive to continue to do better and brings with it the freedom and fun.  Examinations and training help students build character, integrity and moral values that extend beyond just the dance classroom and their dance training.  


Class Levels

TINY TOTS

2 & 3 years old

Tiny Tots is a ballet based program that establishes the rudimentary principles of dance, music and being part of a team. The learning objectives in this class are the beginning of basic positions and movement, counting, co-operation and using imagination. The class is structured but also promotes fun and creativity!

Tiny Tots is a full year program with a 30 minute class once a week and the students participating in the year-end recital.

Mini Movers

4 & 5 years old

The Mini Movers is an introductory class to the various styles they can join as they move up into the Beginner level. The students will learn ballet, jazz, tap and basic acro-dance skills. With an emphasis on creativity, this class will have lots of fun exploring the various styles.

Mini Movers is a full year program with a 45 minute class once a week. The students learn two routines; one tap and one in either ballet or jazz and participate in the year-end recital.

BEGINNERS

6 – 8 years old

The Beginner program consists of Ballet, Tap and Jazz classes. Students are welcome to participate in one or all varieties. Beginner classes continue to build the groundwork of dance and music, with students learning a variety of age appropriate steps. Ballet is not mandatory at for the recreational students, it is however encouraged as a foundation.

The Beginner level are full year programs and students can join either the recreational classes or competitive team.

JUNIORS (9 – 11 yrs), INTERMEDIATES (12 – 14 yrs),
SENIORS (15-18 yrs.)

The Junior to Senior programs consist of a variety of dance classes and students may choose the styles in which they would like to take. At these levels we jump into growing the dancer’s vocabulary of movement. We implement and teach a variety of more challenging steps and technique, while continuing to build on the foundations. There are pre-requisites for many of the classes.

The Junior – Senior levels are full year programs and students can join either the recreational classes or competitive dance team.

**Ages are all considered as an approximate determination for the level in which the student should be entered into. Final class placement will be at the discretion of the teacher. In order for a student to truly benefit from dance they may be moved either up or down a level to suit their ability. Prior to any movement between classes, it will first be discussed with the parents to address any questions or concerns.

Programs

Recreational Program

Recreational classes are full year programs in which the students are involved in regular weekly classes.  These classes focus on basic dance work applicable for the level they are in.  The focus on technique is not as strong as those enrolled in the competitive/exam classes but still encourages growth, fun, challenges and creativity!  Commitment for the recreational classes consists of their regular weekly class(es), a stage rehearsal in the spring, as well as the year-end recital.

Competitive Team

The competitive classes are designed for the students that want to take their dance to the next level.  Students part of the competitive team are committed to more hours in the classroom and must take ballet and exam classes.  Students and parents considering the competitive program should first talk to the studio to fully understand the additional time, commitment and finances it takes to be part a part of this program.

Session Classes

Throughout the year session programs will run.  These programs are designed to offer something different and new to students.  As there is no commitment to a year-end recital or competitions, these classes provide for flexibility for those that may not be ready or wanting to enroll in the full year programs.