Dance Classes, General

School of Dance

Dance Classes General

Jazz, Ballet, Modern & More

Since 1947 The Conservatory School of Dance has been providing exceptional dance education with a focus on classical ballet in both our General and Professional programs. We offer opportunities for a variety of students, from those just beginning their dance training through to aspiring professionals. Our curriculum includes a unique folk dance program and classes in a variety of dance styles. The School of Dance at the Maritime Conservatory also offers a highly respected post-secondary Teacher Training Diploma Program and full time Professional Ballet Program.

In Performance

In addition to our annual end of year recital, the School of Dance at the Maritime Conservatory offers many performance opportunities for students, ranging from community outreach performances to in-house recitals, special events to original full-length children’s ballets.

Dance Classes General

How It Works

The School of Dance provides training to a variety of students, from the youngest children of 4-5 years up through to older adulthood. Many of our students dance for recreation and joy while others are pursuing a professional career – graduates of our Professional Ballet Program can be found dancing in various companies and post secondary dance programs, as well as pursuing academic studies in university programs, throughout the world.

In order to best cater to the wants and desires of all students we have organized our programs into Upper and Lower Schools, each containing myriad age groups and skill levels.

Lower School, Ages 5+

We offer year-round training to create a solid foundation in a variety of dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, modern, character, tap and breakdance. Our curriculum is designed to encourage a child’s natural love of movement and music, helping develop self expression, confidence, and emotional intelligence in a fun, supportive environment.

Upper School

Dancers entering the upper school have achieved a certain level of technical and artistic proficiency and are ready to take their training to a vocational level. Our distinguished faculty will expand upon a dancer’s education and strengths, building artistic potential and refined techniques. Admission to the upper school is by teachers recommendation.

How It Works

The School of Dance provides training to a variety of students, from the youngest children of 4-5 years up through to older adulthood. Many of our students dance for recreation and joy while others are pursuing a professional career – graduates of our Professional Ballet Program can be found dancing in various companies and post secondary dance programs, as well as pursuing academic studies in university programs, throughout the world.

In order to best cater to the wants and desires of all students we have organized our programs into Upper and Lower Schools, each containing myriad age groups and skill levels.

Lower School

We offer year-round training to create a solid foundation in a variety of dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, modern, character, tap and breakdance. Our curriculum is designed to encourage a child’s natural love of movement and music, helping develop self expression, confidence, and emotional intelligence in a fun, supportive environment. For ages 5+.

Upper School

Dancers entering the upper school have achieved a certain level of technical and artistic proficiency and are ready to take their training to a vocational level. Our distinguished faculty will expand upon a dancer’s education and strengths, building artistic potential and refined techniques. Admission to the upper school is by teachers recommendation.

General Programs

Acrobatic Training

Upper and Lower School

Break Dance​

All Ages

Classical Ballet

Upper and Lower School

Eastern European Folk Dance

Upper and Lower School

Modern
Dance

Upper and Lower School

Composition Classes

Upper and Lower School

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Body Basics and Dancer's Conditioning Programs

Upper School

Tap Dancing

Upper and Lower School

Jazz Dancing

Upper and Lower School

Silver Swans Ballet

Ages 55+
Tuesdays, 2pm - 3pm

Body Basics and Dancer's Conditioning Programs

Upper School

Tap Dancing

Upper and Lower School

Jazz Dancing

Upper and Lower School

Silver Swan Ballet

Ages: 55+
Tuesdays, 2-3pm

Registration Policies & Level Guidelines:​

Students enrolling in ballet classes at the Lower School 3 level and higher are required to follow the requirements below:

– Ballet Level Minimum per week
– Ballet Lower School 3 – 7,   2 classes per week
– Ballet Upper School 1- 4,   3 classes per week
– Ballet Upper School 5,   4 classes per week
– To enrol in jazz, tap, acro, modern, breakdance or character classes at the Lower School 3 level or higher, students must be enrolled in ballet classes (following the table above) or a minimum of one body basics or conditioning class per week.
– Enrolment in all levels of pointe classes is by recommendation only. To be considered for enrolment in pointe classes, students are required to participate in a minimum of 3 ballet classes per week, and receive a recommendation from ballet faculty or the Dean of Dance.
– Students enrolling in jazz or modern composition classes must also enrol in a corresponding technique class. Example: Modern Upper School 3/4 may enrol in Modern Composition Upper School 3/4.

Body Basics and Dancer's Conditioning Programs

Dance, is a demanding art form that requires strength. To ensure good movement practices Body basic’s and dancers conditioning classes focus on movement coordination, balance and overall body strength while also preventing improper form and injury.

Energetic form of urban dance, which incorporates intricate body movements, coordination, style, and aesthetics. Break dance classes begins with the proper foundations of basic steps, freezes, stops and transitions from standing to floor and back up again.

Classes are open to students in Lower school 1 and up

Classical Ballet Program

The 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 Early education in Ballet begins with Lower School 1and 2 level’s, roughly age 6 – 8 years of age. Further education of dance is continue with Lower School Levels 3 – 7, roughly 8+ years of age, students at these levels are encouraged to attend two to three times a week to facilitate mental and physical understanding of the technique required at these levels. The foundation of classical ballet technique in the Lower school programs is presented to students through the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.


Upper School

Students studying at the upper school levels have the opportunity to participate in a unique training program.  At these levels students continue with their studies through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and are introduced to the Cecchetti Society of Canada (CSC) syllabus.  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.

Pointe is introduced at faculty’s advisement through our pre-pointe classes.

Students at this level are encouraged to attend ballet level classes a minimum of three to four times a week.

 

Modern and Jazz composition class run in conjunction with Modern technique and Jazz technique classes only. This class is a study of creative process and collaboration. During the dance composition class students explore a movement idea by creating dance movement or selecting steps in some dance genres, students then manipulate these elements and materials of dance into movement modules of various lengths to compose a dance.

Eastern European Folk Dance Program

Eastern European folk dance classes are offered for children ages 8 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. All classes run 60 minutes in length.

Open to students in Lower School 3 and up.

Souvenir Folk Dance Ensemble
This class shapes the Conservatory’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 audition only.

Jazz dance showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. We offer a fun, non-competitive environment with experienced and exceptional teachers. It has its foundation in ballet therefore it is strongly advised; students take jazz in addition to their Ballet classes. Students are promoted according to individual progress throughout each level. Classes run 60 – 90 minutes in length.

Open to students in Lower School 1 and up

The study of contemporary movement utilizing the work of 20century modern dance pioneers.  Classes are split into equal segments; 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.  Developing the student’s versatility to communicate choreographer’s intent and advance their skills as articulate, versatile, artists.

Open to students in Lower school 1 and up

Rhythm-based tap classes provide the fundamentals of tap as well as the opportunity to expand your tap vocabulary and apply technique to different music, tempos and rhythms.

Students will learn basic tap rhythms and combinations which will improve their coordination and musicality. As they advance, dancers will focus on more intricate footwork, syncopation as well as progressions across the floor and combinations.

Acrobatic Training

Using basic tumbling skills in combination with proper body alignment taught through the classical ballet classes, Acrobatic training teaches flexibility, balance, strength, and muscle control. This particular training requires students to develop special awareness as well as important partnering and ensemble work. These classes are strongly encouraged to be taken in conjunction with Classical ballet classes. Students are promoted according to individual progress throughout each level.

Classes run 60 minutes in length.

 

Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s, but whatever your age, if you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active our ballet classes will put a spring in your step. Whether you’ve never danced before or want to get back into the swing of it, our classes have something for everyone.

Dance Classes General