Class Descriptions


Pre-Dance

An introduction to dance for children 3-4 years of age. In these 45 minute classes we combine dance with other movement games to create a fun environment for youngsters getting their first exposure to dance. In this program the focus is placed on introduction to basic positions and movements and the development of an understanding of simple rhythms. Pre-Dance classes are available at various times during the week.  As part of our pre-dance program we offer a class geared just for boys called “Dance Fun 4 Boys,” similar to pre-dance this program offers dance with creative movement games in a fun atmosphere.

 

 

Ballet

We train our ballet students in the Cecchetti method, an internationally recognized method of classical ballet training. Classes are traditionally structured to include stretching, barre work and centre practice. Ballet is the basic foundation for most forms of dance. Classes are offered for students ages 5 and older in our recreational & competitive programs. Annual examinations are offered for those who qualify. A minimum of 2 ballet classes per week for age 7 and over are required to qualify for exams.

 

Jazz

Our jazz classes combine traditional jazz technique with current styles of movement and music. An upbeat atmosphere focuses on stretching, jumps & turns, progressions across the floor and fun choreography. Classes are offered starting at age 5 in our recreational & competitive programs.

 

Step Dancing

Ottawa Valley Step dancing is a fast paced, rugged and energetic style of dance usually performed to traditional fiddle music. It takes its roots from Irish and Scottish dances. Dancers will learn common traditional dances including clogs, jigs, & reels. Anyone with training in tap will fit into the step classes with ease. There are many similarities of the basics that are covered. Programs are offered for ages 5 and older in both recreational and competitive levels.

 

Hip-Hop

A relaxed, freestyle form of street dance, Hip-Hop combines cool moves and urban funk choreography to the latest beats. No need for flexibility or experience, just rhythm and desire to have a good time. Hip Hop begins at age 5-6.  We also offer Boys Only hip-hop classes ranging in age from 5-12years old.

 

Lyrical

Lyrical dance combines the many technical elements of classical ballet with the fluid movements of jazz, contemporary and modern. Lyrical dance is very graceful with moves flowing smoothly and seamlessly. It is highly recommended to be training in ballet as well if choosing lyrical. Classes commence at age 9.

 

Acro

ACRO for dancers is a great way to improve overall flexibility and strength. Students will enjoy learning tumbling tricks link cartwheels, walkovers as well as bridges and other gymnastic style tricks. They will then showcase these elements by combining it with basic dance rhythms for an exciting experience. Programs begin at age 5 and are offered in both recreational and competitive levels.

 

Tap

This fun and energetic class teaches the rhythmic based dance form of tap which uses special shoes that have metal taps on the bottoms of the toe and heel.  Motor skills and rhythm are taught through coordinated steps and footwork.

 

Musical Theatre

This class combines singing, dancing and acting in a fun and positive environment.  This is a great way for your dancer to express themselves through the use of songs, lyrics and emotions from different broadway musicals, movies and television. No experience is necessary!