Jazz / Contemporary / Character Dance


Jazz Classes

Jazz dance is a common form of dance used in musical theatre and the commercial and entertainment industries. It has its roots in social dance and is heavily influenced by African-American traditions. Jazz dance technique is based on elements of ballet and modern dance and incorporates syncopation and isolations of the body.

Students of all levels work on gaining strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, musicality, and performance skills. Classes include a warm-up, technique exercises, across-the-floor exercises, choreography, and stretches. Various styles are covered throughout the term: Broadway, funky, lyrical, contemporary, thrash, and everything


Contemporary Dance Girls and Boys

A rich, diverse, and unique movement form that supports individual expression while developing a solid technical base. Classes focus on alignment, kinetic awareness and placement of the body, encouraging freedom of movement, coordination, and inner creativity. Skills of improvisation, partnering work, and creative process are developed in these classes.

Contemporary is offered at the Elementary level for 50 minutes once a week, and at the Intermediate/Intermediate Advanced level for 60 minutes once a week.


Character Dance Girls and Boys

Character dance is integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire and used in many of the great classic ballets such as Swan Lake and Don Quixote. The class includes a series of advanced Character barre and centre exercises that are dynamic and expressive. Dances include folk traditions from many countries and nationalities incorporating a broad range of technical learning and expertise.

Character Dance is being offered for the Elementary for 60 minutes, and for Intermediate Advanced levels for 90 minutes.