Ballet, known for its grace and elegance, is the foundation of dance. Students will learn the fundamental basics of Ballet as well as elaborate formal techniques. Dancers will learn proper placement of the arms, alignment of the body and terminology while cultivating control, strength and grace of movement.
Acro dance is a style of dance that beautifully combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Known for its athletic nature and unique choreography, which effortlessly blends dance and acrobatics. Taking this class will workon your overall flexibility, strength, and balance for all ages, beginner to advanced.
Each student responds to the demands of pointe preparation differently, and some will need longer than others to be ready for pointe work. Students will be notified BY THEIR TEACHER when they are ready to go en pointe. Please do not buy pointe shoes before receiving NOTICE! We will provide information about fitting pointe shoes, so that students can be PROPERLY FITTED and learn the proper care techniques for their feet and pointe shoes. Beginners on toe will spend approximately ten minutes per class en pointe at the barre, and will gradually build up their time as their strength develops. Please feel free to speak with our teachers about any concerns you may have about pointe work.
Pointe work is an exciting and essential part of a ballet student’s training. Our students WILL begin preparing for pointe work WHEN CERTAIN PRE-POINTE *CRITERIA REQUIREMENTS ARE MET; when they add 30 minutes to their normal class time to take Pre-Pointe. During this time they work in flat shoes to learn pointe technique, and combinations, and to develop the strength they will need to dance en pointe. Thera bands will also be used to aide in ankle and foot strength.
Tap is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums from metal plates that are attached to both the ball and the heel of the dancer’s shoe. These metal plates, when tapped against a hard surface, create a percussive sound therefore the dancers are considered to be musicians. Our tap program will follow the Al Gilbert method. Students will learn rhythm, help build aerobic fitness as well as muscle control.
Students will begin by performing warm up exercises to stretch muscles in an effort to prevent injuries. Core strengthening exercises will be used for conditioning. Students will also learn across the floor steps and combinations that will increase in difficulty as the dancer progresses. Jazz dancers benefit from a strong knowledge of ballet technique therefore the jazz dance curriculum commonly includes ballet training. Jazz dance encompasses various techniques including centre control, spotting and pointing. Our program follows the Al Gilbert Method.
Hip-hop dance refers to social or choreographed styles primarily danced to hip-hop music as seen in your favourite music videos or have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were developed in the 1970s. This high energy class is fun for dancers of all ages from children to adults. It’s a great way to either get in shape or stay fit.
Lyrical dance in a dance style that combines elements of ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques. It is set to music with vocals or strictly instrumental music. The name lyrical comes from the word “lyrics” because dancers use the lyrics of a song or instrumental music to inspire them to do certain movements or show expression. Lyrical dancers incorporate gestures, facial expression, and controlled movements in order to execute their movements and emotions fully. Besides emotional connection to music, lyrical dance typically encourages use of articulation, line, weight, and movement qualities. Lyrical dance is technically very demanding for the dancer and generally requires intermediate to advanced technical skills and emotional focus.
Musical theatre dance is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. Students will learn how to communicate the emotional content of a piece through words, music and movement. Students will learn classic Broadway Theatre Dance movement and styles, in a fun, supportive, and encouraging environment. Perfect for the singer/actor who wants to improve their technique by learning style, acting, and performance skills, or for anyone who just loves musical theatre. Technique, vocabulary, style, and performance will also be covered.
OPEN DANCE CLASSES
Open classes are ideal for busy people who cannot commit to a set schedule. Try out one of our open classes and have some fun while getting fit and learning new dance techniques. Different levels of dance classes will be offered and new material will be added every time. You can drop in for one of our open classes any time without having to register in advance.
LEAPS & TURNS
This is a technique class that focuses mainly on jumping and turning — two technical elements of dance that are used in almost all forms of dance and choreography. This class is specifically designed to teach students how to properly prepare and complete a jump or a turn in order to execute the moves safely and effectively withease and to prevent injury. The ability to jump and turn correctly is highly influential to a dancer’s technical progress and development, and will improve their overall performance, especially in other styles of dance.
Contemporary dance is a mixture of different dance styles, incorporating everything from modern dance to classical ballet. Students learn to express emotions through movement. Technique is important as well as passion and artistry.
The art of composing, planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers. Choreography class gives students the opportunity to explore their creative side and ideas to create dances. In Choreography class, students create dances through experimentation and improvisation through guided exercises and choreography techniques. In the last few months of classes, students in this class will work on their own choreography for our year-end concert.
PROGRAMS OFFERED AT THE DANCE ACADEMY
LE PETIT ACADEMY
Our Le Petit Academy dance program is for dancers age 2 through 6. Our classes welcome them to the exciting world of dance and music. Classes in this program are designed to introduce creative movement exercises that foster body coordination and rhythmic awareness as well as a way to explore their own imagination.
DANCE CLASS OPTIONS
2/3 Parent & Tot
3/4 Introduction to Dance
4/5 BALLET & TAP
4/5 JAZZ & TAP
5/6 BALLET & TAP
5/6 TAP & JAZZ
5/6 HIP HOP
Parent & Tot (Ages 2/3)
Our Parent & Tot dance class focuses on movement, coordination, rhythm, balance, stretching and basic kinetic skills for your little one. This class is set to music and includes basic dance steps in ballet, tap and jazz and also provides both child and parent/guardian a chance to bond and have fun together. *Must be potty trained.
Introduction to Dance
This class consists of a combination of different dance styles including tap, jazz and ballet; beginning at the barre and moving to the floor where ballet and creative movement will be introduced.
RECREATIONAL DANCE PROGRAM
Our recreational dance program is designed for anyone who is interested in studying the beautiful art form of dance. The program is for ages 3 and up and students will have the opportunity to study tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical and acrobatics.
Students will be placed in a class that is appropriate for their level, not to keep up with friends or siblings. Decisions are made by the individual’s teachers and the school’s director.
PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY
Our Performing Arts Company is designed for the serious dancer and strives to provide them with additional training, choreography and performing experience. Students who are apart of this company are competitive dancers and will attend conventions (workshops/competitions) throughout the year. Dancers will also have opportunities to perform in the Windsor Essex community.
Special consideration will be used in selecting company members.
STUDENT APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Our Student Apprentice Program is offered to dancers who wish to gain experience in the world of teaching. This program provides an opportunity for dancers to apprentice alongside one of our qualified teachers and assist them in instructing their classes.
The Student Apprentice Program is an invaluable learning experience for any dancer that is serious about the performing arts. Spending time alongside a qualified teacher in pre-school and beginner-level classes will help improve the dancer’s teaching skills and increase their understanding of instructing dance, as opposed to participating in it.
This program is also offered to students who wish to earn volunteer credit toward their graduation.
ADULT CLASSES 18+ (ABSOLUTE BEGINNER & EXPERIENCED/PRIOR DANCER)
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO STUDY BALLET OR TRY THOSE HIP HOP MOVES IN YOUR FAVOURITE VIDEO? OR SIMPLY WANT TO STAY IN SHAPE. HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE EITHER NEVER DANCED BEFORE OR ONLY STUDIED FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. A VARIETY OF DANCE CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED SUCH AS TAP, JAZZ, BALLET, LYRICAL, HIP HOP, TO NAME A FEW. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO LEARN DANCE STEPS, STAY IN SHAPE OR GET IN SHAPE AND SIMPLY HAVE FUN!
ADULT CLASSES FOR THE EXPERIENCED DANCER OFFERS DANCERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE THEIR DANCE STUDIES INTO ADULTHOOD. WHETHER YOU HAVE A STRONG DESIRE TO CONTINUE DANCING TO STAY IN SHAPE, LEARN THE LATEST DANCE STEPS OR STILL DESIRE HAVING A PROFESSIONAL CAREER, THIS IS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU. DANCERS WILL BE PLACED ACCORDING TO ABILITY IN AND WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY FROM ANY DANCE FORM THE DANCE ACADEMY OFFERS. DO NOT SEE YOUR STYLE OF DANCE BEING OFFERED AT THE PRESENT MOMENT? SIMPLY MAKE A REQUEST TO THE STUDIO AND YOUR GENRE WILL BE ADDED AT REGULAR PRICE.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT COMPETITIVE AND PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO ANY OF OUR EXPERIENCED DANCERS. PLEASE CONTACT THE DANCE ACADEMY FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
THE DANCE ACADEMY OFFERS DANCERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CLASSES WITH A SMALLER TEACHER TO STUDENT RATIO. PRIVATE LESSONS OFFERS THE STUDENT EXTRA TRAINING TIME AND A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WORK WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR, ONE ON ONE. THIS ALLOWS THE DANCER TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILL AT A FASTER PACE AND/OR PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE FOR AN EXAM. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO TRY SOMETHING NEW OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM DANCE AND WANT TO RETURN AND STUDY AT YOUR OWN PACE. ANY OF OUR PRIVATE CLASSES WILL BE BUILT AROUND THE INDIVIDUALS NEEDS AND DESIRES. OUR SEMI-PRIVATE CLASSES IS ALSO A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SMALLER CLASS SIZES, PRACTICE FOR AN EXAM WITH SOME OF YOUR CLASSMATES OR JUST TO GRAB SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS TO DANCE TOGETHER. WHATEVER THE REASON, THESE CLASSES ARE SURE TO FIT YOUR NEEDS.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A REGULAR STUDENT AT THE DANCE ACADEMY TO BE ABLE TO TAKE PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE CLASSES WITH US.
Party and Room Rentals
Book your DANCE party NOW!
Party dates and times are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Dance Academy Birthday Parties are available on Fridays, Saturdays (after studio classes) and Sundays throughout the year. Some nights may be available throughout the week.
The Dance Academy Birthday Parties are ideal for children 3 years and up.
Please contact The Dance Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-739-1430 to inquire about specific dates.
Choose from one of the following:
1 Hour dance class of your choice: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop OR Musical Theatre
1 Hour use of studio room for birthday celebrations
Price = $175.00 (25% non-refundable deposit due at time of booking)
A t-shirt for the birthday child from The Dance Academy
Use of tables, chairs, fridge
*Room Rental for any Occasion*
Use of 2 rooms for 2 hrs to host your party
A party hostess to assist in set-up and clean-up
Price = $100.00
Guests are expected to:
- provide all invitations, decorations, table cloths, paper plates and cups, etc.
- provide cake and drinks
- ensure that all guests remain in the designated room for the entire party
- sign a Party contract
Number of Dancers:
- The Dance Academy accommodates up to 15 dancers per party
- Additional rates may apply to groups with larger than 16+ people