ADULT DANCE CLASSES
Advanced Adult Ballet
This class is designed to meet the needs of adults with significant ballet experience. The class will meet once a week, allowing busy adults to fully participate in a class which will challenge them at an appropriate level.
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.
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.
YOUTH DANCE CLASSES
Join SoPA graduate Dawn Ward for a lively experience of African-inspired, Caribbean-flavoured Jazz dance. This high-energy 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. The turns and jumps section is restricted to students in Intermediate Jazz IV or higher. Participation in the conditioning aspect is open to anyone at least 13 years of age, and the fee is half the regular class price.
Contemporary Dance levels beginner through senior is designed for students from 10 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 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 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.
Hip Hop will be taught by Joe Dames, and will focus on Street Dance and Interpretation. Joe’s style is both American and Caribbean based, and the class will be working towards Intermediate and Advanced choreography. Open to ages 12 and up.
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, a course for students ages 8 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, which are then highlighted in musical productions at The Mack. Students in grades 3 – 6 who are new to the program will start in the Beginner class, and older beginning students will enter the program in the Teen level.
Tap is an introductory level course, focusing on classical Tap technique. Students will develop the technique and performance skills required for this style of dance, with music chosen from a wide range of genres. Open to ages 12 and up.