We offer an exceptional ballet program to students ages 3 to adult. Our instructors are skilled at engaging each student with appropriate challenges. Whether your student participates in a recreational way or desires to pursue this ancient craft more seriously in the long-term, our classes are a fabulous place to nurture their abilities. Dancers of both sexes are encouraged to participate in our ballet program where they will learn improved posture and confidence, which when presented in their adolescent years, are sure to become long-lasting habits that will benefit them for years to come. Students who plan to participate in RAD examinations must attend at least 2 classes per week.
CLASS PRE-REQUISITES FOR BALLET
RAD Gr. 1-5 Exam students are required to attend two classes per week as well as the third exam class (Dec – Feb) in order to prepare for RAD Feb Exams.
RAD Primary Class students are required to attend one class per week and the Primary Class Award class (Oct – Feb) to prepare for the Primary Class Award exams.
In order to enroll for Conditioning/Pointe Prep, students must be registered for two ballet classes per week in either RAD Gr.5, Ballet Foundations or RAD Intermediate.
Our jazz dance classes teach a genre of dance that developed alongside the jazz music movement in the early 20th century. Students learn proper warm up techniques that involve stretching for flexibility, core strengthening, balance, and more. They are taught the joy of jumping and turning, kicking and hitting the pose! This style of dance is incredibly exciting and popular. All music and choreography used for dance classes at The Arts Connection is age appropriate.
|Kinder Jazz (4-5yrs)||Sat 11:45-12:30pm||Alexandra Clancy|
|Jazz Level 1||Mon 3:45-4:45pm||Alexandra Clancy|
|Jazz Level 3||Sat 12:30-1:30pm||Alexandra Clancy|
Our tap dance classes support each student’s development of great technique, rhythm, and creative choreography. Students gradually learn to listen to and create music, with their feet as their instruments! This is a class where students are encouraged to make noise, while also learning about specific elements of tap technique such as “shading” and keeping a beat. Many different tap styles will be touched upon over the course of the year so that students will feel well versed in every tap genre. In addition, our instructors educate students on the history of tap, and the wonderful tap dancers that pioneered the genre both in the past, and presently. Our tap dancers enjoy a fun dance class that also enriches them as an individual. All music and choreography used for dance classes at The Arts Connection is age appropriate.
lyrical & contemporary
This form of dance goes beyond the structured steps of ballet and possesses a unique creative freedom that other genres do not. It teaches an ‘out of the box’ approach to expressing emotions through the art of dance. It is abstract movement that does not necessarily need to tell a story. Instead, it can be unpredictable and move with great speed, utilize rhythmic variation, and appear disordered, but underneath it all, relies on strong dance technique. Contemporary and Lyrical dance compliments the other dance forms by working on each student’s ‘core’ or ‘centre’ and helps each dancer become even more ‘in tune’ with their body and all of its muscle groups.
|Lyrical Level 1||Wed 4:45-5:45pm||Kristina Roper|
|Lyrical Level 2||Wed 6:45-7:45pm||Kristina Roper|
|Lyrical Level 3||Wed 7:45-8:45pm||Alexandra Clancy|
|Contemporary Level 1/2||Wed 5:45-6:45pm||Kristina Roper|
|Hip Hop Level 1||Thu 5:30-6:30pm||Celina|
|Hip Hop Level 2||Thu 6:30-7:30pm||Celina|
|Hip Hop Fundamentals||Thu 4:00-4:30pm||Celina|
Course description coming soon.
*Younger students who completed level 1 last year with us and new students with gymnastics experience are also eligible to enrol in level 2.
|Acro Level 1 (6yrs+)||Tue 5:45-6:45pm||Samantha Abernathy|
|Acro Level 2 (10yrs+)||Tue 6:45-7:45pm||Samantha Abernathy|