PRE-BALLET and KINDERBALLET (Ages 3-5)
These special classes for pre-school and Kindergarten children develop a broad range of dance and movement skills incorporating the following components: music awareness, play using creative imagination, and dance – focusing on body awareness, flexibility, posture, and poise. The class leads the students naturally into the further study of ballet and other forms of dance.
Ballet is the basis for all dance programs and all children entering dance are encouraged to participate in this program. Ballet is a physical art form that teaches musical awareness, body co-ordination, mental quickness, personal confidence, and self-discipline. The Royal academy of Dance Syllabus (R.A.D) is offered from Pre-Primary to Advanced levels. Students may be entered for examinations at the discretion of the Instructor. Exam candidates and competitive students are required to attend a minimum of two ballet classes per week starting at the grade two levels. Exams also require additional fees and extra rehearsals. While set work will be emphasized in grade work, a portion of the lesson will be devoted to the development of the students’ creative ability and musicality.
NON-EXAM BALLET (Teen Ballet)
For those students who wish to take ballet once a week these classes are designed for students who are beginners or starting later with their training, and want a basic understanding of ballet. These classes help to improve a student’s dance technique in a non competitive atmosphere and give the student an understanding of placement, posture, a sense of line and musicality and build their self confidence. These are non-exam classes and non competitive.
CDTA JAZZ & LYRICAL JAZZ
High energy classes set to contemporary music offers children and teens and exciting way to enjoy the benefits and discipline of dance training. The varying styles of jazz will be integrated at the discretion of the faculty member. Jazz students must be registered in the R.A.D. Ballet classes twice a week starting at the grade one levels and for those students wishing to take jazz exams must take jazz twice a week starting at the Bronze levels. These classes are designed to be for serious and competitive students.
Jazz classes are high-energy dance forms which incorporate elements of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, modern and partner work. These classes are broken down to include a warm-up, cross-floor work and technique, ending with choreography set to contemporary music. These classes are non-exam, non-competitive classes and are designed for the once a week student with some or no ballet technique.
CDTA & TAP
Tap combines the rhythms or footwork with the elements of other forms of dance. From the days of Gene Kelly to present day, tap has been woven into many forms of entertainment. We have non- competitive and competitive classes offered for all students. For all competitive classes, students must be registered in the R.A.D. ballet classes.
Contemporary dance movement based on ballet technique. These classes are offered for students registered in ballet from grade two up to senior level. Students who are interested in taking these classes must first discuss this with their instructors to make certain they are ready for this type of dance.
PRODUCTION CLASS (ONLY OFFERED EVERY SECOND YEAR)
This class runs for one term only September to December. Emphasis is placed on a full production showcased live at one of our local theatres. All classes are a combination of broad performance genres combining music, drama or comedy. All students registered in this class will be given a part in the production. Students will also have an opportunity to audition for main parts if desired. These classes are offered to all students competitive and non competitive.