We are still accepting registration FOR 2017-2018 DANCE YEAR

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baby-and-young-dancerMiss Paula will place students in classes according to ability and/or age and will make assessments regularly to ensure the child is benefiting to the fullest.

NOTE: It is recommended that serious students include Ballet in their dance curriculum.

Tiny Tots (Age 3-4 Years)
First year is a special introduction to dance, which includes simple ballet, tap and jazz steps, floor work, music and mime with emphasis on coordination and imagination.

Pre-Dance (Age 4-5 Years)
It is designed to introduce the language and style of ballet, tap and jazz.  We take wonderful advantage of their great flexibility at this age to have them learn the concepts of pointing toes, standing tall, enjoying music and rhythm and developing motor skills.  This will include simple ballet. tap and jazz steps and combinations, floor work, music interpretation and basic ballet technique.

Tap-Jazz Combination (Age 4 to 7 )
This class is a wonderful class meant for students to get 20 min of tap training and 20 min of jazz. 

Classical Ballet (Age 5 & up)
It is a classic dance form with specific terminology, technique and choreography, The benefits gained by Ballet is Alignment, Posture and Placement, discipline of the mind and body, co-ordination, grace and poise and muscle toning.
 It is an essential element in building future dancers, eventually affecting all other aspects of their training. It is the on-going development of technique and strength to build strong bodies both mentally and physically through discipline.  It’s the core of all dance disciplines and develops balance, strength, control and co-ordination.

Pointe (Age 11 & up)
Classical ballet class is required in addition to Pointe class
Much depends upon the physique of the dancer. Strength of technique, alignment of the body, structure of feet, it is the end result of slow gradual training of the whole body, back, hips, thighs, legs, feet with straight knees and perfect balance.  Students must have at least 3 years of consistent study, at least 11 years of age and the required technical strength to be eligible.
Students are invited to take Ponte when their strength and technical achievements reaches a level where the additional challenge would benefit their classical ballet training.

Tap (Age 5 & up)
Tap dancing uses a variety of music types with our counting technique, students gain a knowledge and understanding of music, rhythm and physical co-ordination.  Training enhances rhythmic dynamics, speed and agility.  Tap instils in the dancer an awareness of the music; its timing, rhythm and changes in energy.  Focus on total body movement, technical correctness, and performance quality, important history steps, progressions and rhythm technique.

Jazz (Age 5 & up)
It reflects the trends of the time.  It develops student’s flexibility, centre placement, clean lines and knowledge of steps and introduces leaps, turns and combinations to reinforce these elements. It is recommended to develop style, strength, and versatility.  The importance of ballet training continues to be stressed, as it provides a solid understanding of dance principles knowledge of dance vocabulary, and promotes the proper execution of related dance technique.  Classes are structured around proper warm up, barre technique, combinations of jumps and turns and performance skills and routines.  Jazz comes from various dance techniques which make it beneficial in expanding the range of movement and development in the dancer.

Hip Hop (Age 5 & up)
Hip hop uses sharp, energetic, multi layered isolations and would facilitate the range of motion and dynamics of jazz isolations and movement
It is today’s generations.  It is highly stylized, fast paced, athletic and expressive form of jazz dance.  Our classes stress jazz techniques and discipline; yet encourage individual style, energy and interpretation. It’s a fun, funky, energetic dance workout.

Musical Theatre (Age 8 & up)
It is a dance that utilizes all forms of dance dependent upon time and place and script needs.  It is not only “danced” but also “acted”.  This is an extremely fun class that allows students to really “ham it up”

Acrobatics (Acro) Age 5 & up

This class consits of gymnastics, balancing, tumbling and basic contortion combined with jazz and ballet dance technique.  It is a popular dance style and used in circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil.  In class you will be working on flexiblity, musicality, endurance, rhythm and strength and will learn Acro tricks such as handstands, carwheels, chest stands, elbow stands and walkovers.  Movements are usually executed slowly to emphasize gracefulness, body lines and picturesque extensions.

Competitive Classes
Dancers who study Ballet, Tap and Jazz will be eligible for this class. Dancers must be of a required level to work on routines for competition.
We encourage to always putting forth their best effort, we stress that one must compete in a spirit of good sportsmanship and graceful acceptance of the outcome.  Winning is not everything.
Students who wish to further their dance training often seek to test their ability in competitive dance.  Many students from the Paula Davey Dance School have competed throughout Ontario, winning numerous awards and scholarships.  Due to the intensity level of the team, I am often asked to give reference or recommendations for my students.  These referrals help them get jobs or gain acceptance in high school or university programs.

CLASS LEVELS

Each level does not indicate a time frame but rather a development of specific skills.  I try to stress upon my students, that the name of their class (either Beginner-Grade I- Junior) does not matter; it is what they learn in the class and how they personally progress that matters.

1.    Tiny Tots
2.    Pre Dance
3.    Pre Primary
4.    Beginner I
5.    Beginner II
6.    Grade I
7.    Grade II
8.    Junior
9.    Intermediate
10.    Elementary
11.    Senior
12.    Advance

Purpose of young classes

  • It introduce young child to dance through the following disciplines
  • Following instructions
  • Matching movement to music
  • Learn to use eyes, ears to follow dance movement
  • Use their bodies to express feelings
  • Class offers a great variety of activities within the class

Progress for all levels is determined by

  • Age of the student
  • Physical ability of the dancer
  • The ability to comprehend
  • The students focus, concentration and determination
  • Experience with other dance forms
  • These are all important factors in the learning development of the student.

The “time” for dancers to move into each class is not measured in years but in development of skill level.


GOALS OF A DANCE CLASS

  • develop performance qualities, style and ability to communicate the meaning of movement
  • develop dance technique, alignment and centering
  • develop neuromuscular coordination
  • enhance rhythm and musicality
  • improve movement memory
  • improve dance fitness, strength, flexibility and endurance
  • develop focus, concentration and stamina
  • motivate and inspire love for the creative process


Typical Expectations for Pre-School Dancers

  • Children will learn the structure of a dance class.
  • How to wait for their turn patently, respectfully and quietly.
  • How to take turns graciously, appreciate and respect each other’s efforts.
  • Listen and implement information effectively, engage in an activity, independent of their parent.
  • Begin to refine co-ordination and cognitive reasoning abilities.