Classes


IMG_3870We take pride in teaching and motivating dancers to accomplish their goals. Whether it is to be a professional classical ballet dancer, a dancer in a Broadway play setting or simply attaining the knowledge of the art of dance for health and enjoyment.
Our curriculum:
– Each semester (spring and fall) the dance lessons syllabus changes to ensure that students returning to their same age group have new material.

– Each year ends with a formal recital.

-Each semester ends with “Bring a Friend” Classes

-Fun holiday inspired classes!

-Annual Nutcracker and Holiday show in December

A Few Words About Our Dance Program
Ballet is a fundamental discipline for all movement styles such as: Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Figure Skating and many others. Understanding the art of movement in dance and building the foundation through ballet exercises makes a compelling difference and adds beauty into performance of movement. Having ballet skills is one of the major differences between a technically good dancer and a technically great dancer.
We follow the Vaganova (sometimes referred to as “Russian ballet”) method and philosophy teaching classical ballet to our students. Our curriculum combines three parts in the Ballet program: Classical, Free movement, and Character.
– Classical Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles. In order to become truly proficient in contemporary, modern, jazz, Broadway or partnering the dancer needs ballet training. It is the most formal of the dance styles. Classical ballet is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions; its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities.
– Free movement introduces the neo classical side of ballet and dance. It encourages dancing with dynamics and emotion. It can also be used to teach a more difficult combination or ballet movement by first learning it without strict positions. The dancers get “the feel” of the movement first and then perfect the technique.
– Character dance refers to special steps and movements that are unique to particular regions and countries. The character dancing introduces students to the character styles used in classical ballet. These Character dances remain in the repertoire of classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and many others.

Tap and Jazz (ADAPT) is an acronym which stands for: “Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers”.
ADAPT is a certified “dance syllabus” that represents an elite group of dance teachers who follow the ADAPT Syllabus.
ADAPT dance teachers are leaders in quality dance training. They teach the love of dance and movement not only to the elite student, but to the recreational dancer as well.
ADAPT and the ADAPT Syllabus System is taught by over 175 Canadian Dance Studios from coast to coast.

Acro – Acrobatique Certification Teacher Levels

Description of Classes and Levels:
Competitive Team
(Competitive) The Competitive Team’s focus is on the performance aspects and skills of dance that are outside the range of the regular dance class training. The group will have an opportunity to present dance works in a variety of styles, as part of educational presentations, public performances and community events. In addition, and when opportunity arises, the group members will be encouraged to take part in local and regional dance competition events. This class requires an additional commitment and flexibility from student and parents in terms of occasional performance time outside of studio class hours and location. Each performance is usually accompanied by extra rehearsals. There is also an added cost of performance costumes. The students are required to attend a minimum number of class styles per week, depending on the program:
• Competitive Choreography
•  Jazz, Acro,Ballet, Lyrical/Comtemporary,Hip Hop and/or Tap.
Students interested in joining the Competitive Team should contact us prior to enrolling in the program. Auditions are held in late August for the upcoming dance year.

Programs are: Mini (Ages 5-7), Junior (Ages 8-12), Inter/Advanced (Ages 13+)

Baby Boogie For the little ones who just can’t stop moving! This caretaker-and-me class is for those children anxious to begin basic movement. Focusing on rhythm and musicality, this active class uses upbeat music and visual cues to develop hand – eye coordination and keep learning fun. This class is 45 minutes long. Children must be 18 months at start of first class. 6 week sessions.

Tiny Ballet Stars I (formerly Pre-Ballet I)Does your child love to dance and have fun? Pre Ballet I will provide a strong base of formal dance lessons technique but also cultivate each child’s unique movement style. Your child will also learn social interactive and listening skills through ballet story telling. They will learn to identify different types of music, develop performance skills, and most importantly build a strong sense self-esteem and confidence. Class introduces children to dance through classical music. This class is 45 minutes long.
*Children enrolling for Pre-Ballet I must be 3 years of age by September 30th, of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Tiny Ballet Stars II (formerly Pre Ballet II) The older children are given more advanced dance lessons technique (ballet, modern floor and center work) as well as choreography and improvisational exercises. Tiny Ballet Stars II classes are a fun combination of ballet technique and choreography. Students learn all the basic ballet steps. Parents cannot believe the improvement at year’s end in posture, poise, and graceful athleticism. This class is 60 minutes long.
*Children enrolling for Pre-Ballet II must be 5.5 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Junior I Ballet (formerly Ballet I )In this class level the students study all the basic principles of classical ballet. This marks the first year of formal ballet training. The students work on the proper body placement, proper turnout, developing ballet skills (ballet conditioning), and terminology is emphasized. The class is more equally divided between parterre, barre and center work. The attendance is very important because every class the students learn a new skill. The class emphasizes the repetition of exercises which is essential for advancing skill levels. This will allow the students to gain strength in the legs and joints and to understand how their body works with the ballet vocabulary. Control is gained over shapes and body form with rhythmical exercises and traveling across the floor. Students stay at this level for 2 years. This class is 75 minutes long.
*Children enrolling for Junior I Ballet must be 7 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May. The Instructor will let you know if the child is ready for the higher level.

Junior II Ballet (formerly Ballet II Beginner ) This class is for the children that have no prior ballet experience or who still need more ballet training to gain strength after graduating from Junior I Ballet level. This class will cover all the movement concepts, ballet co-ordination development and musicality through movement. Ballet vocabulary and rhythmical exercises are introduced along with posture, physical alignment and strengthening and stretching exercises. Students stay at this level for 2 years. This class is 90 minutes long.
*Children enrolling for Junior II Ballet must be 10 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May. The Instructor will let you know if the child is ready for the higher level.

Junior III Ballet (formerly Ballet II) Students in this level are encouraged to take ballet twice a week.* This helps ensure that proper strength is maintained to lessen the risk of injury. This class will NOT include pointe work. If the student wishes to take Pointe Conditioning or Pointe/Turning Class , they must register in the additional class following this one. Regular attendance is very important! This class is for 10-12 year old students that have taken the Jr. I or II Ballet level for at least 2 years. At this level students will continue to build concepts introduced in Jr I and II Ballet; strengthening the foundation from which to grow. As the ballet vocabulary increases so does the student’s ability to process combinations of steps. A greater emphasis will be placed on proper body placement and skill level development.
*For students wanting to progress to Intermediate/Advanced level ballet, taking Jr. III twice a week with additional Pointe Classes is a requirement.
**For students who do not wish to progress en pointe (or defer a year or two), they may stay at this level without the additional pointe conditioning class as a requirement.

Beginner Teen Ballet & Conditioning  This class is designed for the beginning teen dancer. This class follows the traditional ballet class format of barre preceding center exercises. Though a beginning class, this offers more complex combinations with a slightly faster pace while emphasizing correct placement and ballet terminology. *Children enrolling in this class must be 12.5 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year.

Intermediate Ballet (formerly Ballet III )This class is for advanced students that have an understanding of proper body placement, alignment, and turnout. This class also includes pointe work. Students must take this class twice a week. This helps ensure that proper strength is maintained to lessen the risk of injury.During this stage of training students increase their understanding of how their body works in the ballet technique. More detailed emphasis is placed on the expansion of their ballet vocabulary, proper execution of the steps and coordination of the use of arms, rotation of the legs and head collectively. Students must be able to execute steps cleanly and with accuracy. Students must also display the ability to combine steps together with overall coordination and ease. This class meets twice a week.
*Please, contact us if you have any questions about this class, the student also will be notified by the instructor if she/he is allowed to attend this class or the student can schedule an audition (if she/he is not from DSA).

Advanced Ballet (formerly Ballet IV) This class for the most advanced students in the academy, who have been studying ballet for a minimum of three to four intensively. Allegro part takes more time in comparison of the previous levels. More pointe work and repertory are going to be learned. Students must consistently take this class twice a week. The students who are new to the academy must have auditions. This class is 90 minutes long and meets twice per week.

Adult ballet (formerly Ballet Conditioning) Discover your inner ballerina in this fun group workout that focuses on strength and stretching exercises to build long, lean muscles and flexibility. This is an all-levels ADULT ballet conditioning class, including ballet for beginners, and was designed to help you achieve fitness and conditioning results after just a few sessions! Train like a dancer, work out like a dancer and you can look like a dancer. This class is for 60 min. long once a week.

Pointe Conditioning This is an invitation only class. The instructor will invite those from the Jr. III level who demonstrate the required aptitude, strength and maturity to prepare for learning pointe. Pointe Conditioning is a pre-pointe level class that will focus on proper alignment, technique and strength to prepare the students for future pointe technique training.

Pointe/Turning Class Students require teacher recommendation to move from Pointe Conditioning to Pointe/Turning Class and must attend at lease two Junior III/Inter or Advanced ballet classes per week. A student must successfully demonstrate significant progression in leg and foot strength, balance, and clean and steady execution of exercises learned in Pointe Conditioning. Pointe/Turning class will include exercises at the barre and in centre. Focus will be on learning to smoothly transition Pointe steps to form combinations, to continue to improve strength, and develop skills in executing more difficult movements. Prerequisite: Pointe Conditioning

Tiny Jazz Stars I (formerly Pre Jazz I )Does your child love to dance and have fun? Pre Jazz I will provide a strong base of formal dance lessons technique but also cultivate each child’s unique movement style. Your child will also learn social interactive and listening skills through fun group activities! They will learn to identify different types of music, develop performance skills, and most importantly build a strong sense self-esteem and confidence. Class introduces children to dance through active music. This class is 45 minutes long.*Children enrolling for Tiny Jazz Stars I must be 3 years of age by September 1st, of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Tiny Jazz Stars II (formerly Pre Jazz II )The older children are given more advanced dance lessons technique, as well as choreography and improvisational exercises. Tiny  Jazz Stars II classes are a fun combination of jazz technique and choreography. Students learn all the basic jazz steps. This class is 60 minutes long.*Children enrolling for Tiny Jazz Stars II must be 5.5 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Junior I Jazz (formerly Jazz I )In this class students will learn classic Jazz Technique and Choreography; combinations and routines. These classes focus on advanced isolation’s, warm-ups, stretches and strengthening exercises. Technique is demonstrated across the floor and gets progressively more difficult and complicated in its sequence of jumps and turns for the more advanced levels. The students will be introduced to traditional Broadway Style Jazz as well as Commercial Jazz. This class is for 60 min long once a week.
*Children enrolling for Jr. Jazz I must be 7.5 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Junior II Jazz (formerly Jazz II) This class is for ages 9 to 13 years old. In this class students will work on Classic Jazz Technique and Choreography; combinations and routines. The students work on correct body alignment, coordination, strength and flexibility. Structured progressions of isolation’s, rhythmic movements, precision, speed and personality, all provide a fun and challenging learning environment. Jazz dance vocabulary is expanded through across the floor exercises. To approach good results we recommend students to enroll in a ballet class as well. This class is for 75 min. long once a week.
*Children enrolling for Jr. Jazz II must be 9.5 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Pre-Intermediate 1 (formerly Jazz III )This class is a continuation of the discipline studied in Jr. Jazz II for those students who achieved a good level of proficiency with Jr. Jazz II syllabus and are ready for more advanced techniques. This class is 75 min. long once a week. Students enrolling for Jr. Jazz III must achieve good level of proficiency with Jr. Jazz II level, or by invitation. Note, meeting age group requirements alone is not sufficient for enrollment into this level.

Intermediate Jazz (formerly Jazz IV )This class for the most advanced students in the academy, who have been studying jazz for several years. More advanced barre work and center combinations will be given, with emphasis on self-correction techniques. The students who are new to the academy must have auditions. This class is 75 minutes long.

Lyrical/Contemporary Dance classes are geared to the development of strength, flexibility, mobility and kinesthetic awareness, and emphasize the integration of thinking, feeling, sensing, and doing in the performance of movement. Lyrical movements are based on ballet technique with use of  strong emotion of choreography and fluid movement.

Hip Hop I This class teaches the fundamentals of hip hop movement which includes rhythm, musicality, coordination, and age-appropriate hip hop choreography with no suggestive music/movement. This is an excellent class for high-energy kids who want to take a fast and fun dance class.

Hip Hop II Contemporary hip hop, locking, popping, and breaking class that teaches you Hip Hop moves and technique, but also instills rhythm and precision in your muscle memory. No previous hip hop experience is needed. Lots of fun! This class is for 60 minutes long.

Teen Hip Hop (formerly Hip Hop III )This class will be fast paced, intricate, groovy and most of all fun! This class consists of enhanced focus on building students’ musicality and performance skills in the area of Hip Hop including variety of hip hop styles, breaking, etc. This class is for 60 minutes long.

Tiny Tap Stars I (formerly Pre Tap I )Does your child love percussive rhythm? Tiny Tap StarsI will provide a strong base of formal dance lessons technique but also cultivate each child’s unique movement style. Your child will also learn social interactive and listening skills through basic tempo and rhythm exercises. They will learn to identify different types of music, develop performance skills, and most importantly build a strong sense self-esteem and confidence. Class introduces children to dance through classic music. This class is 45 minutes long.*Children enrolling for Tiny Tap Stars I must be 3 years of age by September 30th, of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Tiny Tap Stars II (formerly Pre Tap II) The older children are given more advanced dance lessons technique (floor and center work) as well as choreography and improvisational exercises. Tiny Tap Stars II classes are a fun combination of tap technique and choreography. Students learn all the basic tap steps, as well as more advanced rhythms. This class is 60 minutes long.*Children enrolling for Tiny Tap Stars II must be 5.5 years of age by September 1st of the current dance year. Each dance year goes from September – May.

Junior I Tap (formerly Tap I) Tap is one of the oldest dance forms in this country. With focus on the Broadway style, we teach all types of tap from standard basics like “Singing in the Rain” to funky rhythm tap as seen in “Bring In Da Noise.” Students will receive well-rounded knowledge of all types of tap. This class is for 60 minutes long. *Children enrolling in Jr. I Tap must be 7.5 yrs of age by September 1st of the current dance year.

Junior II Tap Tap is one of the oldest dance forms in this country. With focus on the Broadway style, we teach all types of tap from standard basics like “Singing in the Rain” to funky rhythm tap as seen in “Bring In Da Noise.” Students will receive well-rounded knowledge of all types of tap. This class is for 60 minutes long. *Children enrolling in Jr. II Tap must be 9.5 yrs of age by September 1st of the current dance year.

Acro I & II We are very excited to be adding AcroDance to our repertoire!

As defined by Acrobatique: AcroDance is a style of Acrobatics used specifically for dancers. It is a genre of dance which seamlessly fuses elements of lyrical gymnastics tricks, balancing, tumbling, and jazz. Students learn Acrobatic tricks such as handstands, cartwheels, chest stands, elbow stands, walkovers, side and front aerials and tumbling lines. Trick movements are usually executed slowly to emphasize gracefulness, body lines and picturesque extension. Acro Dance offers more depth and variety to your choreography and creates a much more versatile dancer. To master an AcroDance trick, students must develop a good foundation of strength and flexibility, thus emphasis is placed on extensive conditioning and stretch and strength training. When students are learning new tricks, the instructor utilizes professional spotting techniques; which is necessary to ensure safety and build confidence.

A beginner Acrobat generally takes about two years to develop a strong foundation before they start to really see the results of their hard work. Once a solid foundation is achieved though, it is surprising to see how quickly students achieve their Acro Dance tricks. With a steady and patient approach, students will achieve their AcroDance goals safely and effectively.