Ballet Basics

Our youngest Emeralds will learn to match movement to tempo, create their own dance phrases and develop rhythm and coordination skills. Enjoyment of dance, developing expression and mastering preliminary ballet steps are emphasized…all in a warm and caring classroom.


Classical Ballet

Graded Syllabus – The Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC)

In existence for hundreds of years, ballet is a classical dance form that promotes grace and precision. Students learn formalized steps, following the graded syllabus of The Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC). All classes consist of the following elements: ballet barre (warm up and training exercises), center work, adage and allegro sections, combinations and travelling steps. While posture, technique and muscular awareness are emphasized, all students are encouraged to develop their presentation skills and artistry, while moving to classical music.



Graded Syllabus - The Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC)

Dedicated and committed older students, with a strong background in ballet, may be considered for pointe work, beginning at 12 years of age or older. The necessary strength in the body, legs, and feet must be present before pointe shoes are suggested. As part of the pointe class, students will complete a regular series of demi pointe exercises and strengthening activities to ensure readiness for pointe work.


Lyrical Dance

A beautiful blend of ballet and jazz styles, lyrical dance uses movement to express emotions. Dancers aim to move with fluidity and grace, occasionally using scarves and ribbons to help create wave-like patterns and feelings inspired by the music. Dancers perform to emotionally rich music, with lyrics. Lyrical dancers blend their movements seamlessly, adding soaring leaps and turns that appear continuous. 


Classical Jazz

Graded Syllabus - The Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC)

Always a crowd favourite, jazz dances often exude happiness and energy that is contagious. The term "jazz" is derived from music and since its inception so many years ago, jazz dancing and popular music of the day have always gone hand in hand. From traditional to modern, in the style of Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly or the latest pop stars, jazz never goes out of style!


Tap Dance

Graded Syllabus - The Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC)

Believed to have begun in the mid 1800's, tap dance has its roots in many types of percussive dance, including African tribal dance, Scottish, Irish and English clog dances, hornpipes and jigs. A tap dancer relies on the beautiful combination of rhythm and percussion, audibly tapping out the musical notes with their toes and heels. Tap dance is truly timeless!

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