Class Descriptions

We teach the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus. Beginner students are grouped by age. Upon teacher recommendation, students are eligible to participate in the ballet examination system. These exams are held at the studio in the fall. We offer a variety of levels from Creative (3 year olds) to Adult Ballet.

We teach the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) syllabus. Students are grouped together in beginner classes by their age from Beginner Tap (3.5 years old) to Adult Tap. Upon teacher recommendation, students are eligible to participate in the tap examination system.

This form of dance is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Jazz dance is influenced by the rhythms of the music. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet as it encourages grace and balance.

Jazz Technique & Dance Mix
A must for competitive dancers and dancers who wish to maintain a high level of technical growth throughout the year. You must also be registered in a Jazz and Ballet class in order to take Jazz Technique.

This class explores Modern and Post – Modern/Contemporary dance techniques. Dancers will refine their understanding and use of movement dynamics, three-dimensional shaping and movement integration. Time will also be spent using the elements of dance to explore, invent and improvise. The development of individual style and artistic expression are encouraged within a supportive and challenging learning environment.

Dance Conditioning
The focus of this class is to improve flexibility, strength, alignment and movement-ease, through conditioning exercises designed specifically for dance and injury prevention.

Hip Hop
Specialty style of dance including popping, locking, stalls, street, funk and breaking.

Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. Ear & Rhythm training, and correct vocal production will be the emphasis. Musical Theatre is mandatory for all students entering the Musical Theatre categories in the PG Dance Festival. Classes begin at 5 years of age.

Students wishing to join must write a letter to Mrs. Russell expressing their interest and their assets. This class is for students wishing to compete, travel, and perform at festivals and dance-outs. It involves membership in Performers North and parental support, as well as fundraising.