Our dance classes are based on an elite curriculum structure which includes the ADAPT, Acrobatic Arts, and Alixa Flexibility syllabi repertoires
Through this classical form, and by promoting a safe, healthy, and body positive approach, dancers will focus on the foundations of ballet technique, musicality, precision, building flexibility and strength. Dancers will develop the understanding of the history and terminology connected to Ballet through fun, innovative and age-appropriate classes.
From barre work, to centre practice and moving across the floor, each class will lead opportunities for individual creative expression and development.
Jazz students are trained through the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), which progresses through a series of graded levels. Each level focuses on a specific set of techniques appropriate to the developing dancer. Jazz dancing offers a high energy dance form incorporating jumps, turns, flexibility and style. This genre encourages development in co-ordination, strength and performance. Dancers will work towards taking their examination in the Spring.
In the Contemporary Program, dancers will connect to their full body through exploring elements of modern dance, floor work, improvisation, developing skills for composition/choreography and more.
Classes will focus on building strength and grounding movement through an athletic and energetic approach. Dancers will continue to create and develop their own artistic voices through a supportive, respectful and empowering atmosphere.
Hip Hop Dance
In the Hip Hop Program, dancers will explore a range of street and social dance forms such as: breaking, footwork, house, waving, and more. This program will engage dancers in understanding the history of hip hop. They will learn about its origin, evolution, instrumental figures and their contributions to the hip hop dance community. Dancers will continue to build their musicality, strength, freestyle skills and sense of community, while being encouraged to explore and celebrate the power of their own voice, creative expression, and style.
Tap students are trained through the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), which progresses through a series of graded levels. Each level focuses on a specific set of techniques appropriate to the developing dancer. Tap dance is a style that focuses on rhythm and musicality.
Our Musical Theatre Program is designed with age-appropriate theatre material and utilizes live vocalization, improvisation and use of movement to create a production piece with an emphasis on storytelling and character development. Two instructors are involved within this class to create the ultimate Musical Theatre experience. All classes will learn to read sheet music, sing, dance, and act their routines for a live audience.
Connect and Condition
This class is the “recipe for success” for our dancers and will build connections with team spirit all while reaching our team fitness and dance goals. In this class, dancers will learn and develop skills within the realm of personal training while promoting a safe, healthy, and body positive approach. Training will focus on the foundations of strength, stretch and cardio training and provide a balanced program to prevent injuries. Dancers will develop the understanding of how to create their own dance based training program for outside of their classes with a professional instructor.
Jumps and Turns
The dancer’s of today are expected to have more ‘tricks’ in their repatriate of dance vocabulary than ever before. In this class, our professional instructors will dive deep into the specific techniques of jazz dancing as it relates to the elements of Jumps, Turns as well as various kicks and extensions. This class is important to the development of a competitive dancer, but also can provide more time in the studio for the recreational dancer who is seeking more out of their dance training.
We are delighted to be able to offer Acro Dance at PDE. Following the Acrobatic Arts Syllabi, Acro classes provide dancers with the opportunity to work on acrobatics training, tricks and balancing skills. Our qualified and certified instructors hold the highest standard of safety for our dancers in this program to ensure that they are following the proper alignment within these classes. Dancers will progress through graded levels and will be offered the opportunity to attend Examinations to progress to the next level of their training.
Parent and Dancer
Our little dancers require consistency and routine when being introduced to the world of dance. Our goal is to create an environment where they feel safe and secure to try new things. At this level, we aim to provide the same class week after week so that dancers and parents alike have clear expectations for the class. Each week we try to introduce a new element to our step vocabulary and continue to introduce new songs and concepts as we feel the group is able to progress together.