Class Types


Pre-School Dance

This program is an introduction to movement and music for children three and four years old. Our “3 yr Combo” class is 30 minutes, while the “4 yr Combo” is 45 minutes. Through creative movement and music interpretation, children will discover the world of dance. Classes combine the fundamental movements of ballet and jazz in a fun and friendly atmosphere. By age 5, children choose from classes in Ballet or Jazz.

Ballet

We strongly recommend classical ballet training as a starting point for the young dancer. Dancers will acquire an understanding of basic classical technique, which in turn will increase co-ordination, muscular strength, good posture, musicality, flexibility, balance and gracefulness. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, an internationally accredited ballet training program.

The General Graded levels progress from Pre-Primary, Primary and Grades 1-8. In the first few levels, young children will learn the beginnings of classical vocabulary and movements, but with a focus on enjoyment, expression and fun. As the levels progress, the classes become more structured, including Barre work, Center work, Character Work (national dances from around the world) and Free Movement (natural, flowing movement)

The Vocational Graded stream is geared to the more mature and serious student who is interested in a profound study of Classical Ballet. It is in this line of study that female students first learn Pointe work.

Jazz

Classes are based on the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) syllabus, internationally renowned for its high standard of excellence in dance. Jazz introduces children to a more freestyle form of dance. From sharp and fast, to soft and flowing, jazz covers a wide range of styles and draws from many influences such as Broadway, Funk, Latin, Lyrical, Contemporary, Street Dance, and more.

Tap

Classes are based on the ADAPT Tap syllabus. Similar to Jazz in its basic vocabulary of steps, Tap has the addition of rhythmical footwork intertwined throughout the steps. The styles covered in Tap can vary from classic "Fred Astaire" light footwork, to heavy stomping as seen in "Tap Dogs" and other contemporary Tap performers. Students enjoy the added challenge of becoming at once the dancer and the musician in this discipline.

Hip Hop

Also known as Street Dance, Hip Hop is a hot new trend in Dance. With movements that isolate, pop, contract and release, dancers will learn to groove and move. As seen on shows like "So You Think You Can Dance", Hip Hop has evolved to include a wide range of styles, and draws from many other dance disciplines. *We require that dancers taking Hip Hop also take at least one other class in another discipline.

Acrobatique

Acro Dance is a style of Acrobatics used specifically for dancers. It is a genre of dance which incorporates elements of gymnastics, jazz, balancing, tumbling, and basic contortion. *Please see individual program restrictions. We require that dancers taking Acro also take at least one other class in another discipline.

Contemporary / Lyrical

A style of dance performed with intense emotional expression of the face and body to convey a story set to the lyrics of the music. Students will learn contemporary and lyrical techniques that combines variations of ballet, jazz and focus on proper placement and bodily alignment.

Musical Theater

A style of dance that combines songs, acting and dancing.