General Program

School of Dance

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.

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.

Break Dance

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.

Composition Classes

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 Program

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

Modern Dance Program

The study of contemporary movement utilizing the work of 20th century 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. Classes run 60 – 90 minutes in length.

Open to students in Lower school 1 and up

Tap

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.

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.