Designed for skill development by incorporating both play and structure to help children make connections between the music they hear and the movements they make.
These creative classes are a great way to introduce your little dancer to our world and let them explore with their bodies and imagination. We work on a variety of skills that help develop the social aspect of being in a dance class without a parent. Children improve their motor skills, hone their ability to follow instructions, and gain independence.
Classes are designed to develop gross and fine motor skills through teacher-lead exploration and exercises. Age-appropriate storytelling, music and songs, as well as props are used to facilitate learning in a fun and creative way.
Classical ballet technique is presented through a lively mix of rhythm, movement, and expression. This style of class is danced to classical music, begins with barre exercises then moves into centre work and is the foundation that enhances all other dance disciplines. We require that all dancers wishing to take jazz, contemporary, or musical theatre also take ballet.
Our ballet classes are designed to build on the fundamentals of classical ballet technique with ongoing opportunities for creative development. There is opportunity for continued growth in physicality, musicality, flexibility, strength and performance where students learn age-appropriate exercises that are fun and engaging.
Jazz is an upbeat class that begins with centre warm-up and moves into across-the-floor kicks, jumps and turns. Choreography, connecting technique steps and adding style is a fun way to move to your favourite songs.
Our jazz program is centered on developing jazz technique in a creative and innovative environment. Students will learn the fundamental skills of jazz dance including rhythm, isolations, and positions all based on a strong ballet technical foundation. Students will be invited to contribute their own flare to the movements learned, as self-expression and originality are fostered in this class environment.
The focus of tap is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress, technique will become increasingly more complex, fast and intricate. Choreography and connecting steps will create tap combinations in class that are a fun way to explore this style
The class includes barre work as well as centre exercises and is danced to all different kinds of rhythmic music. These exercises focus on building flexibility of the knees and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.
Our hip hop program is a combination of various styles and includes popping, locking and a bit of breakdance along with street style dance movements.
This energetic and athletic class will focus on the development of musicality and rhythm. Students will explore elements of hip hop including principles of footwork, strength and coordination, while discovering their individual sense of style and creativity as well as continuing to build their self confidence.
Musical theatre is a comprehensive program combining the art of acting and dancing. Drama games and exercises are used to promote improvisation and trust ensuring that all of the dancers develop a greater self-confidence when performing. Emphasis is placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions.
As not all dancers are comfortable singing this class focuses on the skills of theatre dance, acting, and character development without using voices, sometimes through lip syncing. Music from popular theatre musicals and movies is used to bring it all together.
Lyrical dance combines elements from ballet and jazz techniques and is often set to popular music which the choreography matches to tell a story. Lyrical dance combine gestures, facial expressions, emotions and drama with technique that is less conventional but still jazz based.
These classes can combine a range of music styles both with and without lyrics. As a solid basis in ballet & jazz technique is necessary these classes are choreography only and are available to those in our performance programs.