Classes & Programs, Dance 2018-08-22T09:55:44+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.

Each weekly 45-minute class is accompanied by a musician. 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 2018/2019
Tuesday @ 3:00 pm
Saturday @ 9:45 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 2018/2019
Tuesday @ 3:45 pm
Saturday @ 9:00 am

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 2018/2019

Tuesday @ 4:30 pm
Saturday @ 9:45 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. Conditioning and Yoga classes are also available.

Dance Level Guidelines:

  • To ensure proper technique and strength are developed for our students, Modern, Jazz, Acro and Character classes at a level 2 or higher must be taken with two ballet classes, or a body basic’s class.
  • Beginner Ballet students after the age of 8 must start in a Body Basics Technique class.
  • Students in Lower School 3 to 5 levels 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.

Lower School 1 and 2
Lower School 1 and 2 (formerly Pre-Primary and Primary), respectively, 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 Lower School 1 and 2 classes are asked to participate in the end of year Recital.

Classes meet once a week for 36-weeks, September – June. All Lower School 1 classes are 45 minutes in length and Lower School 2 classes are 60 minutes in length. Students must turn 6 by December 31st.

Lower School 1 Schedule 2018/2019

Tuesday @ 3:45
Saturday @ 9:00

Lower School 2 Schedule 2018/2019

Tuesday @ 5:15
Saturday @ 12:00

Lower School 3-7
Early education in ballet begins with lower school 3 (RAD Grade 1) and continues through to lower school 7 (RAD Grade 5). Here the foundation of classical ballet technique is presented to students through the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

Students enrolled in Lower School 3 to 5 levels are required to enroll in a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week. It is recommended for Lower School 6 and 7 and all Upper School levels to enroll in a minimum of 3 ballet classes per week.  Beginner ballet students after the age of 8 must start in a Body Basic technique class.

Pointe is introduced at faculty’s advisement through our Pre-Pointe classes. 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. Note: classes during March Break may be required for exam participation.

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

Lower School 3 (Age 8)
Lower School 4 (Age 9)
Lower School 5 (Age 10)
Lower School 6 (Age 11+)
Lower School 7 (Teachers discretion)
Pre-Pointe 1 (Age 11+)
Pre-Pointe 2 (Teacher’s discretion)

Vocational Levels
Formal ballet training begins in the Upper School levels. Enrollment into all levels of Pointe require students to be attending a minimum of 2 technique ballet classes a week. Students at the Vocational levels are introduced to both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Cecchetti Society of Canada (CSC) syllabi in a unique training program. This program is designed to give the student versatility within their dance training. Students also have the opportunity to participate in both RAD and Cecchetti examinations. Upper School students are encouraged to attend ballet technique classes a minimum of three times a week. Students interested in participating in exams at the Vocational exam levels are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 3 dance classes a week.

Upper Level 1
Upper Level 2
Upper Level 3
Upper Level 4
Upper Level 5
Pointe 1
Pointe 2
Pointe 3
Pointe 4
Pointe 5

The Stage Program is a fun, non-competitive environment with experienced and exceptional teachers. Within this program we offer a unique Boy’s Movin’ 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 class 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 6 to 8 years of age who love to move. Through energetic instruction, boys are challenged to explore coordination, flexibility, special orientation and musicality development within 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 upbeat 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. Pre-Jazz is 45 minutes in length, Levels 1-3 run for 60 minutes, Level’s 4 and 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 discretion)
Jazz 5 (Teachers discretion)
Jazz 6 (Teachers discretion)
Jazz Composition 5 and 6 (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 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)

Modern dance is the study of contemporary movement utilizing the work of 20th century modern dance pioneers. Classes are split into equal segments of floor work, standing centre work, and traveling combinations. As the students work progresses basic skills develop with a focus on multiple movement vocabularies, styles, technique, and performance skills. Students develop 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 discretion)
Modern 5 (Teachers discretion)
Modern 6 (Teachers discretion)
Modern Composition 4, 5 and 6 (Professional program only)

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. Character 1 runs for 1 hour, Character 2 and 3 are both 1.25 hours in length, and the Souvenir Dance Ensemble runs for 1.5 hours.

Character 1 (Ages 7-9)
Character 2 (Ages 10-12)
Character 3 (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**

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 students 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 ages 10 and up. This 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.

The junior and senior certificate programs offer an opportunity for students in our general division to challenge themselves to realize their potential in the art of dance. These programs provide a rich experience allowing dancers to both intensify their ballet training and broaden their dance education. Entrance into the certificate programs is by invitation; if interested please discuss with your teacher.

Junior Certificate (10+ years of age)

Required curriculum: 2 ballet classes weekly, 1 character class weekly, 1 jazz or modern class weekly, 1 unit of comprehensive dancer’s theory (vocabulary, history, anatomy, and music. To be scheduled based on participant’s schedules.)

To receive the junior certificate, students must have; been enrolled in the program for a minimum of two years, completed the theory classes, passed the RAD grade 4 exam or an equivalency, and received positive teacher evaluations.

Senior Certificate (12+ years of age)

Required curriculum: 4 ballet classes weekly, 1 character class weekly, 1 modern or jazz class weekly, 1 pointe class weekly, 1 unit of comprehensive dancer’s theory (vocabulary, history, anatomy, and music. To be scheduled based on participant’s schedules.)

To receive the senior certificate, students must have; been enrolled in the program for a minimum of two years, passed an RAD intermediate foundation exam or an equivalency, completed the theory classes, received positive teacher evaluations, and performed a classical or contemporary piece in the recital.

*Students enrolled in a certificate program will receive a 20% discount on regular class tuition.

Adult Division

Part of the general 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 $234* for 45 minute class or $273* for 60 minute class *plus $35 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 18 weeks.

2018/19
Adult Ballet Barre                   Monday  1:00 to 2:00
Adult Ballet Level 1                 Thursday 7:30 to 8:30
Adult Ballet Level 2                Thursday 1:00 to 2:00

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 18 weeks.

2018/19
Tuesday 11:00 to 12:00

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 runs for 18 weeks.

Thursday 2:00 to 3:00

Professional Program

This program is for the serious student looking for full time dance training at a professional level. Dancers must be committed and motivated. The focus will be on ballet, but may include the following: conditioning, modern, character, jazz, composition, and repertoire, dependent on the program determined and level of study. This program is under the direction of Diana Rutherford, Dean of Dance.

For out of town students, billeting and/or boarding arrangements can be made available upon request. Please inquire for more information.

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

Required 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.

Fees: $4100 per year + $65 registration fee + $825 Summer session (Exam and uniform fees are separate)

Entrance is by audition or by progression from Level 1. Students will be assessed annually for continuation in the program.

Required Curriculum:

7 Ballet classes weekly
2 of each of the following classes: Modern, Dancer’s Conditioning
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.

Fees: $5100 + $65 registration fee +$825 Summer session (Exam fees are separate).
Other additional costs include: uniform, textbooks, exams with CDTA, RAD, Cecchetti Society, and workshops.

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

The Professional Program Diploma can also be pursued by students who have graduated from high school. Entrance is by audition, unless continuing from Level 2. Please inquire for more information.

Teacher Training Program

At the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts School of Dance we hold the art of teaching in the highest regard and aim to cultivate that high level of education in future generations. The Maritime Conservatory School of Dance- Teacher Training diploma program is a two year course of study. The Maritime Conservatory is a registered private career college with the Labour and Advanced Education department of Nova Scotia. The School of Dance- Teacher Training Program is an approved diploma program under the Private Career College Act, 2018.

Within the two year program students can expect to explore and expand their knowledge in areas such as teaching pedagogy and methodology, human anatomy, dance history, as well as music theory and its application. Teaching dance is explored through all ages and levels of dance. All teacher training students are required to participate in the summer dance intensive, which traditionally runs for two weeks at the end of August.

Entry into the two year Teacher Training Diploma Program is by audition only. Auditions are scheduled throughout the year beginning in the early fall, and in the spring and summer months. We also accept video format. Candidates are required to have a high school Diploma, and a background in dance at a minimum Intermediate level. All candidates will be asked for two letters of reference and a written entrance essay of 500 words.

Students enrolled in the Maritime Conservatory Teacher Training diploma program are eligible to apply to Nova Scotia Student Assistance for financial aid.

Upon successful completion of the program graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Pathway to Registered Teacher Status (RTS) program.

Successful graduates of the program are also recognized by Ballet Jorgen’s George Brown Dance program with advance standing upon acceptance into the Dance Performance Diploma Program. This is reciprocated by the Conservatory towards graduates of George Brown’s Dance Performance Diploma Program. Please inquire for further information.

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

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Upcoming events:

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018

    Junior General Recitals

    1:30 PM
  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Senior General Recitals

    2:00 PM
  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Seton Conservatory Choir Concert

    7:00 PM