Dance Ages 6 – Teens
Our vision is simple. We believe in the value of dance as an enriching art form. For the past 30+ years, dance umbrella has provided high-quality dance and movement classes. An alternative form of self-expression, dance helps build self-confidence, create healthy bodies and minds, and develop creativity. Thousands of students have gone through our training programmes, many of whom have successful careers in the performing arts.
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Musical Theatre, a course for students ages 6 and up, explores technical and expressive elements of drama, voice, and dance used in musical theatre productions. The emphasis of the program is on skills development, culminating in a Musical Theatre performance each spring. Musical Theatre Students also participate in dance umbrella’s annual showcase each May. New students are asked to contact us for class placement recommendations.
Supported by John & Brenda Steinsky
Ballet is offered to beginner through senior levels and is a program for ages 6 to adult, with placement based on previous training and natural ability. Beginner students will be introduced to the basic elements of Ballet with focus on posture, correct use of muscles, and grace of movement through activities, games, and storytelling. This theme is carried through the program as steps become increasingly complex and more emphasis is placed on performance and presentation qualities. Students attend ballet twice per week at the intermediate, senior, and ITP levels.
Jazz is a progressive program for students from 6 years of age, exploring a variety of commercial dance styles. The classes build on the basic technique which applies to all genres of dance, with a focus on rhythm, coordination, strength, and flexibility. Styles covered range from Broadway to pop, funk to classical jazz, and many moves in between.
Contemporary Dance levels beginner through senior is designed for students ages 9+, and incorporates elements of dance styles including lyrical and modern. Emphasis is on the expressive nature of dance, technique and performance values, and improvisation. Students will incorporate an emotional element with total body awareness.
This weekly workshop is a class promoting both the physical benefits and the joy of dance. In the first term students will complete a module each in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, building on the basic technique which applies to all genres of dance, with a focus on rhythm, coordination, strength, and flexibility. In the second term students will have a more in-depth experience of one of these styles, based on the students’ interest. This class is designed as a foundational class for teens 11 and up who are newly looking to join dance with little to no previous experience.
The inclusive dance series is a safe and welcoming space for dancers of all abilities. Inspired by Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program, Inclusive Dance is breaking down barriers to make dance accessible to students with disabilities. This program enables students to explore dance and movement patterns while allowing their creativity to soar. Please contact us for more information on this new and exciting program.
Acro/conditioning is for students 9+ who are taking technique classes such as jazz, ballet, or contemporary. Students will practice proper stretching and strengthening techniques to build important muscle groups before beginning to learn acrobatic tricks. Students ages 9-12 should register for Junior Acro, and ages 13+ should register for Senior Acro.
Pointe work is offered to students ages 12 and up, who attend ballet twice per week and have been recommended to the class by their instructor. As a child’s feet continue to grow rapidly until age 12, at which pointe the growth rate begins to slow naturally, Dance Umbrella students do not begin pointe until age 12 in order to maintain the long-term health of the dancer’s feet.
Intensive Training Program
The Intensive Training Program (ITP) is for dedicated dancers who wish to pursue an advanced level of dance education. ITP students attend a minimum of four classes per week, two ballet, one contemporary, and one jazz, with other optional dance styles available. Students must be recommended to ITP by our instructors. The Intensive Training Program is a recognized external credit program for PEI high school students in collaboration with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
We are excited to announce that the 2022-2023 Performance Group will have the opportunity to participate in Disney World’s Dance the Magic! program in July, 2023. Performance Group is an audition-based dance group that focuses on the artistic and performative aspects of dance. Students in Performance Group have additional performance and workshop opportunities throughout the year, past highlights have included: music videos, The Nutcracker, workshops with national dance companies including: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Ballet Kelowna, Danny Grossman Company, community performances, and more.