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Classes & Programs, Dance 2017-09-12T15:37:07+00:00

Dance  – Classes & Programs

Children’s Division

The Early Childhood Movement Program (ECMP – ages 3 & 4) and Junior Movement Program (JUMP – age 5) were specifically developed for boys and girls between the ages of three and five. The programs are designed to give your child physical and emotional confidence that they can carry with them as they grow.

In each weekly 45-minute class the curriculum combines your child’s natural love of movement, music and imaginative play with their physical, social and cognitive make-up. Using developmentally appropriate activities we introduce important kinesthetic patterning, basic understandings of human anatomy, social and emotional skills, promote language and early mathematics, creativity, self-expression, musicality and more. At the end of the teaching year the ECMP and JUMP programs each showcase the students’ skills in their own performance.

Children three and four years of age join our special program that was created just for them. The Early Childhood Movement Programs were specifically designed for boys and girls between the ages of three and four. Our programs are developed to give your child the physical and emotional confidence to carry with them as they grow.

Each week in class the curriculum combines your children’s natural love of movement, music and imaginative play with their physical, social and cognitive make-up. Using development appropriate activities we introduce important kinesthetic patterning, basic understandings of human anatomy, social and emotional skills, promote language and early mathematics, creativity, self-expression and more.

Program Level Descriptions

Early Childhood Movement Program for 3 year olds – ECMP 3
Classes meet once a week for 32 weeks. All classes are 45 minutes in length. Students must turn 3 by December 31st.

ECMP 3 Schedule 2017/2018
Tuesday @ 3:45 pm
Saturday @ 9:00 am

Early Childhood Movement Program for 4 year olds – ECMP 4
Classes meet once a week for 32 weeks. All classes are 45 minutes in length. Students must turn 4 by December 31st.

ECMP 4 Schedule 2017/2018
Tuesday @ 3:45 pm*
Saturday @ 9:45 am

*Our Tuesday class are scheduled in conjunction with a Adult Conditioning class.

Junior Movement Program – JUMP

School age children further develop their fine and gross motor skills, expanding on their understanding of body control, and special awareness. While continuing to explore rhythm, patterning, music and self-expression students are introduced to a basic dance class structured environment. All students in the JUMP program are given the opportunity to take part in the final performance of their level in the spring of the final term.

Classes meet once a week for 32 weeks, September – May. All classes are 45 minutes in length. Students must turn 5 by December 31st.

JUMP Schedule 2017/2018

Tuesday @ 4:30 pm
Saturday @ 10:30 am

General Division

Weekly dance classes are available for children of all ages. The Conservatory School of Dance offers classes in the following dance styles: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Acro, Character, and Break Dance. Pilates and Yoga classes are also available.

Dance Level Guidelines:

  • To ensure proper technique and strength are developed for our students, all level 2 and higher Modern, Jazz, Acro and Character students who are not already enrolled in a ballet class must take either one Ballet class or Body Basics Technique class to accompany the previously mentioned classes.
  • Beginner Ballet students after the age of 8 must start in a Body Basics Technique class.
  • Students enrolled in Grade 1 Ballet and up are required to enroll in a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week (One of which can be a Body Basics Technique class).
  • In order to enroll in any level of Pointe class students are required to be taking a minimum of 2 ballet technique classes per week.
  • To be considered for an exam, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 syllabus ballet classes at the exam level they are pursuing. Vocational exams require students to be enrolled in a minimum of 3 dances per week. Note: classes during March Break may be required for exam participation.

MCPA’s Classical Ballet program follows a distinct curriculum designed to allow Ballet technique to facilitate training required to pursue both a professional career and/or enjoyment of the art form.

Pre-Primary and Primary
The Pre-Primary and Primary levels are appropriate for children between the ages of six and eight years of age. Children will develop the physical skills, stamina, creativity and musicality following both the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association syllabi. This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels. All Pre-Primary and Primary classes are asked to participate in the end of year Recital.

Classes meet once a week for 36-weeks, commencing September – June. All Pre-Primary classes are 45 minutes in length and Primary classes are 60 minutes in length. Students must turn 6 by December 31st.

Pre-Primary Schedule 2017/2018

Tuesday @ 3:45
Saturday @ 10:00
Saturday @ 2:15

Primary Schedule 2017/2018

Tuesday @ 4:30
Saturday @ 9:00

RAD Grade Levels 1-5
Early education in Ballet begins with grade 1 and continues through to grade 5. Here the foundation of classical ballet technique is presented to students through the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

Students enrolled in Ballet must take a minimum of 2 ballet classes a week to facilitate mental and physical understanding of the technique required at these levels. Beginner Ballet Students after the age of 8 must start in a Body Basic technique class.

To be considered eligible for a ballet exam at the RAD Grades 1-5, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 syllabus ballet classes at the exam level they are pursuing.

Classes meet once a week for 36-weeks, September – June.

RAD Grade 1 (Age 8)
RAD Grade 2 (Age 9)
RAD Grade 3 (Age 10)
RAD Grade 4 (Age 11+)
RAD Grade 5 (Teachers Recommendation)

Vocational Levels
Formal ballet training begins at the Intermediate Foundation level and continues through to Advance levels. Pointe is introduced at faculty’s advisement through our pre-pointe classes. Enrollment into all levels of pointe require students to be attending a minimum of 2 technique ballet classes a week. Students at the Vocational level are introduced to both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Cecchetti Society of Canada (CSC) syllabus in a unique training program. This program is designed to give the student the versatility within their dance training. Students also have the opportunity to participate in both RAD and Cecchetti examinations. Students at this level are encouraged to attend ballet level classes a minimum of three times a week. Students interested in participating in the exams at the vocational exam level are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 3 dance classes a week.

RAD Upper Level 1
RAD Upper Level 2
RAD Upper Level 3
RAD Upper Level 4
Pre-Pointe 1
Pre-Pointe 2
Pointe 1
Pointe 2
Pointe 3
Cecchetti Level 1
Cecchetti Level 2
Cecchetti Level 3
Cecchetti Level 4

The Stage Program is a fun, non-competitive environment with experienced and exceptional teachers. Within this program we offer a unique Boy’s Mov’in Class, Jazz and Break dance styles. These forms of dance showcase a dancer’s individual style and originality. Ballet provides dancers with a strong foundation therefore it is highly advised that students take a ballet or body basics in conjunction with Jazz or Break dance.

Break Dance
Children will learn basic Break Dance terminology, rhythm and co-ordinations. This energetic class, with roots in hip hop dance, will get dancers moving and jumping building self-esteem and confidence. Students will be asked to join the final performance in the end of year recital.
Classes meet once a week for 36-weeks, September – June. Break dance 1 is 45 minutes in length, break dance 2 runs for 1 hour.

Break Dance 1 (Ages 6-7)
Break Dance 2 (Ages 8+)

Boys Mov’in Class
Designed for boys six to eight years of age who love to move. Through energetic instruction, boys are challenged to explore coordination, flexibility, special orientation and musicality development with-in the physical elements of male dance. This class is a great way to supplement other dance forms and athletic sports.

Students may join gender-mixed general programs at any time, where they will continue to learn movement principles

Jazz
This up-beat class is designed to instill a love for movement, music and self-expression. Strong emphasis is placed on common dance technique and skills within the jazz context, requiring both individual and group skills. Students will be asked to join the final performance in the end of year recital.
Classes meet once a week for 36-weeks, September – June. Lvl’s 1-3 and Pre-Jazz are 60 minutes in length, Lvl’s 4&5 run 1.5 hours, with the composition class running 45 minutes in length.

Pre-Jazz (Age 6)
Jazz 1 (Ages 7-8)
Jazz 2 (Ages 9-10)
Jazz 3 (Ages 11-12)
Jazz 4 Teachers Recommendation
Jazz 5 Teachers Recommendation
Jazz Composition (Professional program only)

Acro or Acrobatic dance combines athletic tricks and skills with the gracefulness of dance. Acrobatic training teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, and above all, discipline and concentration. In Acro we will work to increase overall flexibility and strength and build on basic tricks such as back bends, supported handstands, cartwheels, and splits. The class begins with a thorough cardiovascular warm-up to prepare the body for deep stretching and core work followed by whole body limbering exercises. The second half of the class focuses on skill progression and choreography. An Acro dance will be prepared for the June recital and there may be an option for students to do an examination in the Spring.

Classes run 60 minutes in length.

Classes Currently offered:

Acro 1 (age 8-9 years)
Acro 2 (age 10-11 years)
Acro 3 (Minimum age 12 years)

The study of contemporary movement utilizing the work of 20th century modern dance pioneers. Classes are split into equal segments of floor work, standing center work and, traveling combinations. As the students work progresses basic skills develop with a focus on multiple movement vocabularies, styles technique and performance skills. Developing the student’s versatility to communicate choreographer’s intent and advance their skills as articulate, versatile, artists.
Classes meet once a week for 36-weeks, September – June. All classes are 60 minutes in length except for Modern 5, which runs for 1.5 hours.
Current Classes offered:

Modern 1 – Ages 7-8
Modern 2 – Ages 9-10
Modern 3 – Ages 11-12
Modern 4 – Teachers Recommendation
Modern 5 – Teachers Recommendation
Modern Composition – 13+ (Teachers Recommendation)

Eastern European folk dance classes are offered for children ages 6 and older. The traditions of the Eastern European folk dance are approached with a theatrical slant through choreography and presentation. Students learn choreography and style in weekly classes. Students are promoted according to individual progress throughout each level. Children and Inter 1 classes run 60 minutes in length, while Inter 2 and Souvenir run for 1.5 hours.

Childrens Character (Ages 7-9)
Intermediate level 1 (Ages 10-12)
Intermediate level 2 (Ages 13-15)
Souvenir Folk Dance Ensemble (Teachers Recommendation)
This class shapes MCPA’s Souvenir Folk Ensemble, rehearsing and presenting the dances of Eastern Europe. This troupe has performed to rave reviews for its energy and polished presentation throughout Nova Scotia. Entrance into the Souvenir Folk Dance Ensemble is by invitation only.

The Broadway Company Players provides a pre-professional musical theatre experience tailored to the needs of our individual students. Participation in the Elementary Broadway Company Players is open to all students entering grades 4–6 and the Junior Broadway Company Players is open to all students entering grades 7 – 12.

These two 36 week programs will focus on developing the vocal, dance, and theatrical skill-sets of students who are interested in pursuing studies in musical theatre and performance. Students will receive weekly instruction in voice, acting, and dance addressing the specifics of their voice, movement and character work as they are encouraged and guided on a path of personal and artistic growth.

The work students do weekly will culminate in two staged showcase performances on January 27th and 28th and two fully staged musical performances on June 8th and 9th in The Lilian Piercey Concert Hall. The Elementary and Junior Broadway Company Players programs will encourage healthy technique, artistry and a love of musical theatre for the next generation of music theatre performers. We hope that you will join us on this exciting artistic journey!

Jason Davis
Artistic Director

Elementary Broadway Company Players (students grades 4-6)
Instructors: Jason Davis / Lucy Hayes Davis
Class time: Fridays from 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tuition: $900 per year (one class per week + special events) + $60 Registration

Repertoire Class: Learn and perform songs in a wide variety of musical styles
with confidence and style. The focus of the class is acting through the song. Students will develop stage presence, good vocal habits, and the ability to interpret and deliver a song to an audience.

Music Theatre Chorus: Exploring group singing from a wide variety of music theatre repertoire.

Dance/Movement: Students will learn technique and combinations in Jazz, Swing, Contemporary, African and Hip-Hop styles with a focus on classical jazz technique, facial expression, and showmanship.

Story Book Theatre: Building reading and comprehension skills for very young actors by reading stories as a group, and then using role-playing and basic creative drama exercises to bring these stories to life. Children will make new friends and discover new ideas while developing self-confidence in performance.

Junior Broadway Company Players (students grades 7-12)
Instructors: Jason Davis / Lucy Hayes Davis
Class time: Fridays from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Tuition: $900 per year (one class per week + special events) + $60 Registration

Repertoire Class: The interpretation, acting and delivery of a song. Selection
of musical material appropriate for student’s voice type, and usable for audition and performance, along with basic healthy vocal technique and use of breath.

Music Theatre Chorus: Group singing from a wide variety of SAT and SATB music theatre repertoire.

Dance/Movement: Students will learn technique and combinations in Jazz, Swing, Contemporary, African and Hip-Hop styles with a focus on classical Jazz technique, facial expression, and showmanship.

Acting & Improv: Includes theatre games, improvisation, acting and creative drama activities, with an emphasis on building collaborative and communication skills through short plays, scenes and individual monologues.

**Please note that these ensembles will not offer private voice lessons. Students will be encouraged to consider registering for private lessons with a Conservatory voice teacher of their choosing as a supplement to their ensemble work**

Adult Body Conditioning
Description to follow…

Dancers Conditioning
These classes are open to any age level and run in conjunction with our professional program. Benefit from the same conditioning exercises our professional and teacher training program student’s use. Classes run 60 minutes in length.

Body Basic Technique
This is a required class for any Modern, Jazz, Acro, or other non-ballet students who are age 10 and up (and are not also taking Ballet). The is a fundamental technique class that focuses on basic ballet technique that lays the foundation for all other dance styles. Students will work to strengthen posture, alignment, foot and ankle flexibility, body awareness, core strength and their over all knowledge of dance theory. This is also extremely beneficial for current Ballet students to strengthen these areas for their ballet studies.

Yoga
(ages 12+) This yoga class will be created with the dancers body in mind but is also open to students and adults who do not have a dance background. The sequences will focus on hip opening, core strength, balance, and the development of specific muscle groups as they relate to dance technique. A Vinyasa flow style will be used to keep the body warm throughout the main body of the class followed by a guided relaxation in Savasana to help relieve stress, clear the mind, heal. Students will learn a variety of breathing techniques which have been proven to reduce anxiety.

Nutrition workshops are offered through out the year. Dates of workshops and events are posted in the News section of our web site.

Nutritionist consultant Allison Tannis, offers nutrition workshops to dancers and athletes of all levels. Her fun, real-life approach to nutrition is helpful; it offers everyone insight into easy ways of fueling their body so it recovers and performs at it’s best. Check out Allison’s website at http://www.allisontannis.com

Adult Division

These classes will focus on basic movement vocabulary, co-ordination, posture and alignment within each dance form.

Strengthen your body, focus your mind, explore creativity and self-expression in our Adult and Senior level classes. Our classes offer the same theories and principles applied in our pre-professional and professional classes, with a pace that allows for comprehensive and meaningful learning.

All Adult classes are per term (18 weeks) and the tuition breakdown is $225* for 45 minute class or $260* for 60 minute class *plus $30 registration fee

This class offers a paced understanding of ballet vocabulary, postural alignment, upper body carriage, and correct use of turn out. Coordination, strength and balance is developed through simple exercises at the barre and in the center. We offer this class specifically for adults of all ages. This class runs weekly for 36 weeks from September to June.

Adult Ballet Barre                   Monday or Wednesday 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Adult Ballet Level 1                 Tuesday 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Adult Ballet Level 2                Thursday 1:00pm to 2:00pm

These classes will give the participants an awareness of space, rhythm, and dynamics. Movement exercises are directed to build co-ordination, flexibility and strength in an age appropriate manner…done to a wide variety of music. This class runs weekly for 36 weeks from September to June.

Tuesday 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday 7:30pm to 8:30pm

This class will focus on specific jazz styles and eras, such as swing, and funk. Class starts with a fun warm up, which gets dancers moving around the room and getting their heart rate up. From here we will learn different movement patterns which travel across the floor, and work weekly on a centre combination. Focus will be learning specific steps and movements, as well as finding connections to the music. We will listen to a vast array of jazz music, incorporating everything from 1930’s swing music to current funk and dance music. This is an upbeat class, designed to be fun and social while teaching skills related to jazz dance and music.

Wednesdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Optional Classes

Yoga, Pilates and Dancers conditioning classes are also available a different times throughout the week, during our school year (September to June). See the main schedule for class times.

This class offers a paced understanding of ballet vocabulary, postural alignment, upper body carriage, and correct use of turn out. Coordination, strength and balance is developed through simple exercises at the barre and in the center. Classes are designed specifically for older adults (60+) honoring each individual’s possibilities and range of motion. This class is broken into two, 18 week terms that run from September to June.

Thursday 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Professional Program

For the serious student looking for full time dance training at a professional level. Must be committed and motivated. The focus will be on ballet, but may include the following: conditioning, modern, character, jazz, composition, repertoire, dance history, and music, dependent on the program determined and level of study. This program is under the direction of Barbara Dearborn.

Students in the Professional Program are also eligible for the Junior and Senior Certificates.

Billeting arrangements can be made for students under 18. Boarding opportunities may be made available to older students.

Entrance is by audition only. Students will be assessed annually for continuation in the program.

Required Practical Curriculum:

5 Ballet classes weekly and 1 of each of the following classes: Character, Modern, Pool conditioning, Pilates. Private Coaching as determined by the Director.
In addition to these weekly classes students will take part in workshops and master classes as announced.

Required Academic Curriculum:

One unit of theory

Fees: $4100 per year + $60 registration fee + $825 Summer session (Exam Fees are separate)

Entrance is by audition or by progression from Level I. Students will be assessed annually for continuation in the program

Required Practical Curriculum:

7 Ballet classes weekly
2 of each of the following classes: Modern, Pool conditioning, Pilates
1 Character class.
Private Coaching as determined by the Director.
In addition to these weekly classes students will take part in workshops and master classes as announced.

Required Academic Curriculum:

Anatomy and Kinesiology for the dancer History of Dance

Fees: $5100 + $60 registration fee +$825 Summer session. (Exam fees are separate)

Fees for books and workshops are additional to tuition. Other additional costs include: uniform (dance wear), textbooks, exams with CDTA, RAD, Cecchetti Society, Russian Society and workshops.

A Diploma will be awarded in the same year as graduating high school.

The Professional Program Diploma can also be pursued at the post-secondary level. Students who have completed grade 12 high school may qualify for government student loans. Entrance is by audition, unless continuing from Level 2.

For more information and application forms please contact us at 902-423-6995.

Teacher Training Program

At the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts School of Dance we hold the art of teaching in the highest regard. The Conservatory program has been developed to help provide the tools for those individuals who are inspired to share their joy of dance with others through the privileged position of “teacher”.

Students taking a full roster of credits per year may expect to complete the course in two years. However; there is no time restriction, within reason, to complete the requirements for receipt of the Dance Teaching Diploma. Students in the program will also assist in classes and be assessed on this as part of their pedagogy course. Teacher Training students are required to participate in the August Dance Intensive. Students may choose to complete the program in either ballet or stage or both.

A one year (minimum) program open to students who have completed the Basic Program and wish to extend their studies and be awarded an Honours diploma.

Entrance Requirements
High School Diploma, Background in Dance, Successful Interview and Audition,
2 Letters of reference and an Entrance Essay.

For more information on the Teacher Training Program and for application instructions please contact the Conservatory at 902-423-6995.

March Break

Concert Hall

Monday – Friday
Grade 5 Group A 10:30-11:30
Grade 5 Group B 11:30-12:30

Studio 7b

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Grade 3 Enrichment 1-1:45

Monday and Friday
Primary Enrichment 1:45-2:15
Grade 1 Enrichment 2:15-2:45

Our March Break Dance Camp is open to ages 9 – 14 or Conservatory School of Dance ballet grades 2 – 5/Intermediate Foundation. Camp runs from 9am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday March 13th – 17th, 2017.

This camp is intended for stdents who wish to improve their ballet technique as well explore other dance forms. Classes will include Ballet and Technique, Jazz, Character, Choreography, and a dedicated Stretch class at the end of each day. Students will also participate in workshops such as how to prepare and sew elastics to ballet shoes, hair styling for dance, dance history, and dance related art projects.

Conservatory students who are participating in March Break exam classes are welcome to attend this camp for the full day and we will see they are warmed up and prepared for their exam class.

Tuition: $265.00 (+ $15.00 Registration applied to new Conservatory students only) Note: Those students who wish to attend March Break Camp and who are already registered for exam classes will have the exam class fee deducted from the camp tuition.

Teachers: Annelies Diepeveen and Kailey Sanford

For more information and to register please contact the Conservatory at 902-423-6995.

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