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Classes We Offer

 

Little Steps

Age 3

Introduces young children to the basics of dance in a motivational class structure which highlights movement, musical awareness and self expression. We separate 3 and 4 year olds into separate classes to further develop their sense of independence and development.  The thoughtfully structured classes use dramatic play, music, and exercise. The program encourages the love of music and dance while inspiring imagination and stimulating creativity. Students in this program will touch on a little bit of everything; ballet, tap, jazz and acro. This practical learning experience fosters participation, artistry, imagination and self-assurance, in a very enjoyable, child- centered environment.

Nursery

Age 4

Similarly to Little Steps our Nursery classes introduce young children to the basics of dance in a motivational class structure which highlights movement, musical awareness and self expression. We separate 3 and 4 year olds into separate classes to further develop their sense of independence and development.  The thoughtfully structured classes use dramatic play, music, and exercise, but begins to really transition the dancers into specified streams of dance.  The program encourages the love of music and dance while inspiring imagination and stimulating creativity, and aids them in finding their niche (ballet, tap, jazz, acro or hip hop). This practical learning experience fosters participation, artistry, imagination and self-assurance, in a very enjoyable, child- centered environment.

Ballet

Ages 5+

Classical Ballet training provides the mandatory essentials of body awareness, equilibrium, core strength and posture required for all styles of dancing, and is the foundation of any strong dance education program.  Ballet is recognized as the foundation of most theatrical dance forms. Class material has been carefully developed to ensure a steady, healthy technical and artistic progression from one level to the next. Students have an opportunity to be examined in their ballet levels as they progress, which can lead to professional accreditations.  The syllabus is a joy to dance and encourages creativity for students at every stage of their development. Fourteen levels of curriculum will guide the student from Grade Pre-Primary through to the demands of the pre-professional world.

Jazz

Ages 5+

Jazz dancing is an energetic and fun dance form- consisting of syncopated rhythms, intricate movements, improvisation, big leaps, and complex turns. Jazz showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality allowing every dancer the ability to interpret and execute the steps in their own unique way. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. In recent years, Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles mainly due to its popularity in movies, and on television shoes, such as So You Think You Can Dance.  Students have an opportunity to be examined in their jazz levels as they progress, which can lead to professional accreditations.  Fourteen levels of curriculum will guide the student from Grade Pre-Primary through to the demands of the pre-professional world.

Tap

Ages 5+

Tap dancing develops a great sense of rhythm and timing as the instructor helps the student focus on music awareness while incorporating tap steps and combinations. Tap dancing is a fun style of dance that is beneficial in many ways such as increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination. Cognitive abilities are also enhanced through this dance style, as tap dancers must develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient at tapping out rhythms in correct timing.

Acro

Ages 5+

Acro is a combination of dance and gymnastics. In Acro class, dancers will learn how to properly develop acrobatic and gymnastic skills with an emphasis on strength and flexibility. With unique choreography, students will learn to seamlessly blend dance and acrobatics as seen in such places as Cirque du Soleil.  Students have an opportunity to be examined in their acro levels as they progress, which can lead to professional accreditations.  Fourteen levels of curriculum will guide the student from Grade Pre-Primary through to the demands of the pre-professional world.


Hip Hop

Ages 5+

Hip hop dancing is an ideal way to express one’s creativeness. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music including break dancing, popping, locking, and free styling. Hip hop dancing is considered a good exercise for all ages.  It helps to improve flexibility, core strength, balance, and coordination, all while having fun. This dance form allows the dancers to improve their own style and to remain in good physical shape. Hip hop dancing can be learned by all those who are interested in dancing- there is no age limitation or restriction for learners and dancers.

Modern/Contemporary

Ages 9+

Modern is an expressive form of dance in which we explore the movement of the body and the expression of emotion through dance and the elements around us. By not teaching one specific modern technique, we aim to educate our students on multiple professional techniques, the history of modern, and also encourage them to express their own creativity and grow their movement vocabulary through the use of improvisation.

Contemporary dance borrows from ballet, jazz, social dances, and many modern dance techniques of the 20th century. Contemporary dance encourages dancers to be versatile in their expressions, being able to portray a wide array of movement styles and emotion. It focuses on spacial and body awareness, use of body weight, floor work, leaps, turns, efficiency of muscle usage, and safe body alignment.