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. 1-3 Exam students are required to attend the level appropriate exam class (Dec – Feb) and another ballet class of same level in order to prepare for RAD Feb Exams.
RAD Inter Pointe Class students are required to attend both of RAD Intermediate class on Tuesday and Saturday. We strongly suggest the student to take the RAD Inter Tech Class as well; however, this class is not mandatory.
Beginner Pointe Class students must be registered for RAD Inter Foundation Class or RAD Intermediate Tuesday Class, and RAD Inter Foundation Class or RAD Intermediate Saturday Class. We strongly suggest the student to take Ballet Foundations on both Tuesday and Wednesday; however, this class is not mandatory.
|Kinder Ballet (3 Years)||Sat 9:00-9:30am||Kara Robinson|
|Kinder Ballet (3 Years)||Thu 3:15-3:45pm||Kara Robinson|
|Kinder Ballet (4yrs)||Sat 9:30-10:00am||Kara Robinson|
|Kinder Ballet (4yrs)||Wed 3:30-4:00pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD PrePrimary (5yrs)||Sat 10:30-11:15am||Kara Robinson|
|RAD PrePrimary||Thu 4:45-5:30pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Primary (6yrs)||Sat 9:00-10:00am||Ashton Kelbert|
|RAD Primary||Tue 3:30-4:30pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Grade 1||Wed 4:00-5:00pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Grade 1||Sat 12:15-1:15pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Grade 1 (Exam Session – Dec 1 to Feb 9)||Fri 5:15-6:15pm||Kara/Ashton|
|RAD Grade 2||Thu 3:45-4:45pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Grade 2||Sat 3:00-4:00pm||Ashton Kelbert|
|RAD Grade 2 (Exam Session – Dec 1 to Feb 9)||Fri 6:15-7:15pm||Kara/Ashton|
|RAD Grade 3||Wed 5:00-6:30pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Grade 3||Sat 1:15-2:45pm||Ashton Kelbert|
|RAD Grade 3 (Exam Session – Dec 1 to Feb 9)||Fri 7:15-8:45pm||Kara/Ashton|
|RAD Grade 4||Sat 1:15-2:45pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Intermediate||Tue 5:45-7:15pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Intermediate||Sat 11:45-1:15pm||Ashton Kelbert|
|RAD Inter Foundations||Sat 10:00-11:30am||Ashton Kelbert|
|RAD Inter Foundations||Tue 7:45-9:15pm||Kara Robinson|
|Beginner Pointe Ballet||Tue 7:15-7:45pm||Kara Robinson|
|Ballet Foundations (12yrs+)||Tue 4:30-5:45pm||Kara Robinson|
|Ballet Foundations (12yrs+)||Wed 7:45-9:00pm||Kara Robinson|
|Ballet Basics (9-11yrs)||Wed 6:30-7:45pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Inter Pointe Ballet||Thu 6:30-7:30pm||Kara Robinson|
|Adult Ballet||Thu 7:30-8:45pm||Kara Robinson|
|RAD Inter Tech Ballet||Fri 3:45-5:15pm||Kara Robinson|
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 (5-6yrs)||Thu 3:30-4:00pm||Alexandra Clancy|
|Jazz Level 1||Mon 4:45-5:45pm||Alexandra Clancy|
|Jazz Level 2||Mon 3:45-4:45pm||Alexandra Clancy|
|Jazz Level 3||Tue 7:45-8:45pm||Ann-Marie|
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.
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||Mon 5:45-6:45pm||Lindsay|
|Lyrical Level 2||Thu 4:00-5:00pm||Alexandra Clancy|
|Lyrical Level 3||Thu 5:30-6:30pm||Alexandra Clancy|
Often related to street dancing, hip hop is an upbeat, fun style that can be taken by dancers of all ages! The term hip hop is a broader term that encompasses styles such as popping, locking, and breaking. Our hip hop instructor will be encouraging all of the students in these exciting classes to develop new skills, and learn how to express themselves through popular music and getting into the groove! All of the music used in class and choreography will be age appropriate.
|Hip Hop Level 1||Thu 4:00-5:00pm||Celina|
|Hip Hop Level 2||Thu 5:00-6:00pm||Celina|
This is another genre of dance that blends multiple styles into one with the addition of various acrobatic skills. Choreography will blend skills such as back bends and lifts with other dance steps you might see in jazz or lyrical. Due to the physical training required for this dance genre, placement into the appropriate level for acro will be at the discretion of the instructor.
*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||Tue 5:45-6:45pm||Ann-Marie|
|Acro Level 2||Tue 6:45-7:45pm||Ann-Marie|