DANCE PROGRAM

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Dance Level Requirements

Pearl: Classes for older students who are new to dance. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of dance technique and performance in a supporting and caring environment.
*Pearl Advanced classes are offered for students who want to take the next step but are still working on building a foundation in dance. 

Gold: Classes for novice students who want to build upon their foundations in dance. This class is for students who have had at least 1 year of dance training.
*Gold Advanced classes are offered for students who want to take the next step but are still working on building a foundation in dance. 

Ruby: Starting classes for our younger students beginning at the age of 5. Students who are new to dance will enter our dance program at the Ruby level and will be introduced to the fundamentals of dance technique and performance in a supporting and caring environment. Ballet is recommended for Ruby students.
*Please note that dancers must be 9+ years to enter into our Lyrical program.

Opal: For students who have a foundation in dance technique and are moving up to the next level. Students will build upon their experiences in Ruby to continue their growth in their technical training. Dancers must have completed Pearl or Ruby.

Royal: For dancers at a beginner-advanced level who have had a few years of dance training. Dancers must have completed Opal or have equivalent training. Students in our Pearl/Gold program may enter into the mainstream dance program in this level at the discretion of the program directors. 

Emerald: A level for dancers at an intermediate level who have had multiple years of dance training. Dancers must have completed Royal, have equivalent experience or Students in our Pearl/Gold program may enter into the mainstream dance program at the discretion of the program directors.

Sapphire: A level for intermediate dancers who are continuing their training and developing their technical skills. Dancers must have completed Emerald or may enter this level with equivalent experience and at the discretion of the program directors.

 

Turquoise: For dancers who are moving from intermediate to advanced training. Dancers must have completed Sapphire or may enter this level with equivalent experience and at the discretion of the program directors.

Diamond: For advanced students who want to continue their technical development and take their training to the next level. Diamond classes are built to challenge students and not only continue their technical growth but encourage the development of their creative expression.

All subject to Dance Director's approval and may require a dance assessment in order to determine appropriate class placement. 

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Acro

Introductory and intermediate level class that will build acrobatic skills and knowledge of the basics. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Under the guidance of an experienced acro instructor,  students will work towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. Students will also work on skills such as rolls, cartwheels, walkovers and more! This class is focused on fundamental acrobatic techniques.

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Kinderdance

AGES: 3-5 yrs

A wonderful introduction to the world of dance. This program is a comprehensive early childhood dance syllabus that is based on children’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. It encourages creativity, self-expression and fundamental movement skills, while learning fundamental beginner ballet and tap steps. This class performs in both our Simply Christmas and Year-End Recitals.

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Primary Ballet

AGES: 5+ 

This level offers an introduction to Ballet Syllabus and upon the teacher’s discretion students may be entered into a short formal examination conducted by the teacher and CDTA examiner. This class performs in both our Simply Christmas and Year-End Recitals.

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Ballet

Improve strength, poise, balance, and control as well as support the development of your dance technique. Dancers will study the discipline of ballet through an accredited syllabus aimed at developing technical skill and performance quality. Students may be entered into Ballet examinations at the description of the teacher. Ballet classes perform in both our Simply Christmas and Year-End Recitals.

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Pre-Pointe

By recommendation or audition.

Pre-pointe is a bridge between soft-shoe and pointe work in order to strengthen the legs, ankles and feet in preparation for en-pointe work. Students will engage in pointe exercises in class while working in soft shoes. This class is by recommendation or audition only.

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Open Ballet Tech

This program is aimed to strengthen muscles, stability and core strength in order to support strong dance technique development. This program is designed for older students and is not a substitute for the full ballet program.  Ballet Tech does not participate in the Year-End recital.

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Progressive Ballet Tech

PBT is a program designed to enhance ballet technique by specialising in muscle memory, enhancing flexibility, and using dance medicine and exercises to prevent injury. PBT classes will not participate in the Year-End recital.

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Jazz

Jazz dance is a fundamental form that complements all other styles of dance. Jazz classes are comprised of a warm-up, centre work and progressions including jumps and turns. Technique and style through choreography are emphasized. Students will learn progressive skills, jazz combinations and routines. Jazz is offered to all ages from beginner to advanced. All of our jazz classes perform in both our Simply Christmas and Year-End Recitals.

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Tap

Make music with your feet! With a mix of technical steps and rhythm combinations, Students train their musical ear and their feet in this exciting dance style. Develop and improve timing, rhythm, and coordination as well as strength and endurance. Once you start tapping, you’ll never want to stop! All of our tap classes perform in both our Simply Christmas and Year-End Recitals.

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Lyrical

Combining the beauty and grace of ballet and the style and strength of classical jazz, lyrical develops balance, extension, control and artistic expression. Lyrical is offered to dancers 9 + years. All of our lyrical classes perform in both our Simply Christmas and Year-End Recitals.

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Hip Hop

Dance to your favourite hip hop music and learn all the current dance steps from today's popular culture. This program is a high-energy dance experience that is fun for dancers of all ages! All of our Hip Hop classes perform in both our Simply Christmas and Year-End Recitals.

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Contemporary

Combining technique and skill from other dance forms, Contemporary dance is a form of expressive dance that combines elements that connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements which allow students to explore their individual dance expressions and storytelling.