Pre-Dance (ages 3 to 4)
Pre-Dance provides an introduction to dancing. The students will learn basic ballet positions and steps and will explore creative movement and jazz technique.
Acro (ages 3 and up)
A combination of dance and gymnastics. The students will learn how to execute acrobatic tricks combined with dance steps and set to music. Improves strength, flexibility, balance and control.
Thrill your senses with Aerial Arts as you learn sequences of movement on apparatus suspended in the air. Aerial Arts are quite diverse, enhancing creativity, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Choose from a variety of Aerial Arts disciplines such as:
- Straps (ages 6 and up) This is a suspended performance on what looks like two suspended ribbons. There are different held poses and postures that are performed. There are also dance moves and partner aerobatics that are performed on the floor without the straps. Different aerial strap poses will be taught and will vary depending on the ability of the individual. The Straps discipline is a pre-requisite to any of the other disciplines.
- Hoop (ages 10 and up) The hoop, also known as cerceau or lyra, is a wonderful circus apparatus in which the student learn beautiful movements and shapes while spinning on a large metal hoop suspended in the air. This will assist in activating core muscles for balance and stability, as well as improving coordination and flexibility. Beginners start off learning the basics of spinning and ways to get up and down onto the hoop. The advanced students are taught performance skill and technique to look as though they are spinning and dancing through the air!
- Silks (ages 10 and up) performers look as though they float in mid air with silk ribbons from shows such as The Cirque Du Soleil. It’s great for toning up the Gluteal (bum), Abdominals (tummy), back and arms. It can improve your motor skills such as balance, coordination and flexibility through the legs and back by teaching you arches and splits. Eventually you will be able to dance as though you are floating in the air!
Ballet (ages 4 and up)
Ballet is a classical form of dance focusing on the development of grace, poise, coordination and posture, while at the same time developing muscle tone. Ballet provides the foundational technique required for all other forms of dance. Classes integrate the following elements: barre exercises, corner work, centre work, and choreographed dances. Ballet is highly recommended for all students and is mandatory for competitive students.
Cheerleading (ages 5 and up)
Cheerleading is an intense physical activity incorporating organized routines, which contain the components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at games or to participate in competitions. Classes will cover the basics of cheerleading such as base holds, spotting and formations. Components will include tumbling, dance, cheers, jumps and stunting.
Contemporary (ages 10 and up)
Contemporary is an interpretive and creative form of dance, based on the body’s natural movements. The class develops strong technique while encouraging individual expression, improvisation and original choreography. This class includes warm-ups, across the floor work, improvisation projects and routines.
Highland (ages 3 and up)
This is a traditional form of Scottish dance including flings and sword dances performed by girls usually solo or in small groups.
Hip-Hop (ages 5 and up)
Hip Hop is an exciting free style form of dance that integrates jazz and street dancing techniques. It includes the hottest dance steps from today’s pop music videos!
Jazz (ages 4 and up)
Jazz is a North American style of modern dance that combines co-ordination, and creative movement. It also involves muscle toning, stretching and rhythm exercises. The class consists of a centre warm up, technique, across the floor combinations, and routines. This is a mandatory class for competitive students.
Kinder Gym (ages 18 months to 3 years)
This is a terrific foundation for body awareness and fitness. It will help children’s development to ready them for sports such as soccer, skating and dance. It provides children with an active start. A great way for children to learn and develop their balance, coordination and agility. * We Run 8 Week Sessions (During the day) throughout the year Starting October 7th *
Lyrical (ages 10 and up)
Lyrical is a beautiful and expressive combination of ballet, modern and jazz. The students develop balance, extension, control, strength and flexibility, fluidity and presence. Portraying emotions invoked by the words and music, through the use of body and facial expressions is an important aspect of the dance. Lyrical is offered to experienced dancers with a strong ballet background.
Triple Threat (ages 6 and up)
Triple Threat incorporates dancing, acting, and singing. Students develop confidence as well as presentation, characterization, and vocal skills. The Routines are inspired by musicals and movies. Musical theatre includes lip-synching, while song and dance requires singing. Students will also work on theatrical expression and mime. No prior training is required.
Tap (ages 6 and up)
Tap is a North American style of dance combining African influences. Students learn combinations and syncopated patterns with their feet that focus on timing, rhythm, and coordination. Various styles of tap dancing including classical, Broadway, funk, and hip hop will be included in the classes.
Exams (ages 6 and up)
Exams in all styles of dance will be offered through the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.) at the end of each dance year. Recreational and Competitive students may complete the exams. Your child’s teacher will determine if your child is ready to take the exams. Exam preparation classes are offered to interested and qualified students at an additional cost.
**All different styles of dance compliment each other and one style is not more important than another.