Since its inception in 1947, the School of Dance has rooted itself in the maritime community, providing exceptional dance education. Establishing our training in the fine art of classical ballet as the principle style, has provided a platform to foster and nurture integrity, inspire and cultivate creativity, and develop a community based on the foundation of the love of movement and music. The School of Dance provides a rich environment for students of all ages through our four areas of study:
- Early Childhood Movement Program, Ages 3-5 years
- General Division, weekly classes for children, teens, and adults
- Professional Division
- Post-Secondary Teacher Training Program
As a student, The Conservatory was an inspiring place for me to grow and develop as an artist. The technical training I received there, enabled me to pursue my passion. Returning to teach is like coming home. The students are incredibly thoughtful and eager in their approach while upholding the quality of training that The Conservatory is known for.
Since joining the Conservatory over 30 years ago I have been amazed to see the Dance Program grow from five students to a vibrant, nationally and internationally respected ballet training location. It is the team of extraordinary dance faculty that has worked this magic. I am delighted to see children from three years old grow in the programs, and likewise to see seniors thrive in this rich atmosphere of dance and music.
As a young dancer at The Conservatory, I was always surrounded by inspiration and imagination. The warm, nurturing environment of the school was crucial in helping me build a solid foundation of dance technique, as well as being a perfect incubator for my passion and artistry to grow.
Conservatory dance students excel because of excellent instruction, small class sizes and fantastic opportunities. Students shine in spring recital, special performances, camps and clinics and the annual production. It’s the complete dance experience.
The School of Dance has developed an outstanding Classical Ballet training program that embraces all three major style of classical dance; the Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti Canada, and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association within the school’s curriculum. The comprehensive ballet training is supported by our unique Folk Dance program, including the Souvenir Folk Dance Ensemble, as well as classes and studies in Modern, Jazz, Conditioning, Yoga, Acro, Break dance, music appreciation and body health.
Come, explore and be a part of The Conservatory community!