The Centre for All Canadians

Dance Umbrella

We believe in the value of dance as an enriching art form.

Registration Info
Please note that the registrations for all classes for the 2017-2018 dance umbrella year are now full. Registration will begin in August 2018 for classes starting in September.

REGistration and Schedule  

Upcoming Dates:
Saturday, March 10 – Senior Musical Theatre class’ performance of The Nifty Fifties at The Mack, 7pm. Snow Date: Monday, March 12.
Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, April 1 March Break – no classes
Saturday, April 14 – Beginner, Elementary & Intermediate Musical Theatre Classes’ Performance of All the World’s a Stage at The Mack, 7pm
Saturday, May 5 – Dance It Out! Our annual dance umbrella end-of-year showcase in the Homburg Theatre at 2:30pm and 7:30pm


Adult Dance Workshop

This weekly workshop is a class promoting both the physical benefits and the joy of dance. Each week, we will have a rigorous warm-up that will activate our breath and heart rate, and move into some contemporary dance combinations as well as exploring a variety of other dance styles, linked to the interests of the class participants! This class is designed for adult dancers with some previous dance experience, however adults with experience in other movement forms such as yoga, tai chi, etc. are welcome to try out the class in the first few weeks to see if it is a fit.


Join SoPA graduate Dawn Ward for a lively experience of African-inspired, Caribbean-flavoured Jazz dance. Held Sunday afternoons from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, this class is open to ages 14 to adult, with some previous dance experience required.


Ballet levels beginner through senior is a program for ages 6 to adult, with placement based on previous training and natural ability. Beginning students will be introduced to the basic elements of Ballet with focus on posture, correct use of muscles, and grace of movement. This theme is carried through the program as steps become increasingly complex and more emphasis is placed on performance and presentation qualities.

Conditioning/ Turns and Jumps

The first 45 minutes of this class focuses on intensive conditioning for the dancer, with targeted strength and flexibility exercises. The second half deals with mastering the technique of turns and jumps and exploring some of the “tricks” of current dance practice. For those who wish to only take the conditioning aspect, the fee is half the regular class price.
Participation is restricted to students at the Senior Jazz level and up, and at least 13 years old, with instructor permission.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance levels beginner through senior is designed for students from 11 years of age. Emphasis is on the expressive nature of dance, as well as technique and performance values. Students will incorporate an emotional element with total body awareness.

Creative Movement

Creative Movement is for pre-schoolers aged 3-5. These classes enable students to experience movement to music through songs, games, stories and a variety of musical rhythms and introductory dance patterns. Children must have turned 3 by June 1 for a September program.

Dance Basics

Dance Basics is a program where children aged 6-7 will continue to explore movement, music and creative expression while being introduced to technical elements of a variety of dance forms in a fun and upbeat setting.

Dance For the Health of It

Dance for the Health of It is a fun fusion of various dance styles, warm-up rhythms and stretch exercises designed for adults to get the body moving. Participants will develop awareness of their bodies as they learn the “hows” and “whys” of dance as a form of exercise.


Jazz is a progressive program for students from 8 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 Bollywood, funk to classical jazz, and many moves in between

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre, a course for students ages 9 and up, explores technical and expressive elements of drama, voice and dance used in musical theatre productions. Each year students of the Elementary through Senior classes present a complete musical production at The Mack. All students new to the programme will start in the Beginner class (all ages), and will move on through Elementary, Intermediate and Senior classes as their skills develop.

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