The short answer is — any age! Dance can be enjoyed by and provides many benefits for people of all ages. It is essential to find a class that is welcoming to beginners. Look for a class that is taught by a warm and welcoming instructor — someone that will be invested in your or your child’s progress every step of the way. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect class for you or your child.
Dance classes can be a great introduction to group learning, but it’s important to find an experienced teacher that is patient with little dancers. It’s perfectly normal for a child to watch the class before joining in and we always encourage caregivers to be patient and allow the child to go at their own pace. A free trial class is always available for this reason so there is no pressure to begin participating fully right away.
A dancer’s motivation to persist with the demands of dance training is directly related to how well their unique needs at their stage of development are being met. We offer three separate levels for the early years for this reason and four distinct levels for our older children’s dance programs. Adult have their own dreams and goals that need to be nurtured and honoured. Friendship, skill building, artistry and performance are all key and must be managed with the unique needs of the dancers in mind at each stage of their journey.
Each of our classes has a uniform. This helps to keep the focus on the student’s dancing and not on what they are wearing. Uniforms are chosen with the dancer’s safety and comfort in mind. Different styles of dance require different types of shoes and attire. Uniforms can be ordered at the front desk. (There is no uniform for Adult dance classes. Adult dancers are encouraged to wear whatever makes them feel amazing.)
Mastery of any dance style takes years of commitment and hard work. This is why healthy developmentally appropriate learning goals are so important each step of the way. Our ballet classes follow the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance which sets the standard for ballet training worldwide. Jazz and Tap (ADAPT) and Acro (Acrobatic Arts) classes follow similar syllabi and guidelines to ensure dancers are working safely towards the next stage of their physical and artistic development.*
How long it takes for dancers to move through the syllabus depends on their commitment and the number of hours per week they spend training. Particularly committed and talented dancers are invited to apply to our competitive Dance Team to ensure they are given extra challenges and achieve a higher level of proficiency at a faster pace.
*We no longer enter students for examinations. This decision was made after many years of experience and deliberation. We felt that dancers gain so much through their participation that cannot be tested in an exam. We also felt that focusing on standardized testing was keeping us from offering the kind of creative and enriched experience of dance that we felt our students deserved. (We still use Acrobatic Arts, The Royal Academy of Dance and ADAPT as the foundation of our technique from year to year.)
Yes! Performing is “The Pointe”! During Covid-19 our amazing staff and instructors have come up with creative ways to keep the students performing. We’ve performed at home, on film and outdoors. All performances are in compliance with safety regulations. Our goal is to keep the students motivated and expressing themselves because a healthy outlet for their feelings is more important now than ever. We look forward to seeing what the 2021-22 dance season will bring!