Brandon School of Dance is proud to be able to offer a wide range of dance styles to it’s students each year. Please take a moment to read about the various classes that we have to offer to see what style suits you best.
Parent and Me (10 week program)
Parent and Me is all about experiencing fun, music and dance with your toddler. Designed to introduce basic dance steps in a fun way, children are accompanied by a Parent or Guardian who can guide and share in their child’s experience. Your child will work at developing gross and fine motor skills all through song and movement. They will be marching, jumping, learning to follow the leader. They will learn to count, recognize different styles of music and steps all through song, props, stories and games. This class is designed for ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years and is a Sessional Class. There are 3 Sessionals offered during the year.
Tots-on-Tippy-Toes (10 week program for 3-year-olds)
“Children love to dance, because they love to move.” How many times have you seen your child dance freely when no one is watching? So much is to be learned from this experience. In this class we introduce the children to dance with creative movement and encourage imagination, with the goals to learn to take turns, follow directions, develop basic coordination, and experience the joy of moving to music. Class size is limited to 8 students.
Pre-ballet classes, for children ages 4 and 5, awaken the child to music and dance, coordination, spatial and motor skills. Gentle guidance helps the beginner develop rhythm, cooperation, playful creative dance, and basic ballet skills. The classes offer an atmosphere of fun within discipline so the children can gain a sense of accomplishment as well as exploring their love of dance and music.
Together the students and their teachers will integrate their ballet technique and lots of imagination into storytelling dances. A great place for your child to learn, create and dance! Pre-ballet classes are limited to 10 students and a helper is usually present in the class.
Storybook Ballet and Dance
Storybook Ballet and Dance is a combination class for 3 and 4 year olds. The class is designed for the capabilities, creativity and imagination of 3 and 4 year olds. It is the beginning of introducing a more structured class while incorporating Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance and Primary Tap. In class we use many of their favourite songs and moves and it is the introduction of early dance steps and skills including skipping, galloping, hopping on one foot and two, improving gross motor co-ordination. In the Tap portion of the class students experience the sounds and rhythms of tap and learn basic tap steps, shuffles, shuffle step, boogie woogies, gallops and more. This class runs all year and requires pink ballet slippers and beige tap shoes. It’s the perfect class for 3 and 4 year olds to experience dance in it’s various forms.
First Steps is Combination Class for 5 and 6 year olds. It gives students already eager to learn the opportunity to take not just one style of dance but 3. This class exposes students to Grade 1 Tap, Primary Ballet and Pre-Jazz. The class is divided into 3 modules with one dance style taught in each. Primary Ballet is the first gentle introduction to classical ballet. Tap is fun for both the feet and the mind and Pre-Jazz exposes them to more current music and styles and music that spans the the 20th Century. This is the perfect class to experience two classes in one, learning the basics of each.
Little Stars is a Combination Class for 7 – 9 year olds. Similar to First Steps, it includes Tap, Ballet and Jazz and challenges the student in learning 3 styles of dance. Students learn more intricate steps and work on developing their technique and knowledge of dance. Continuing progression, muscle development and muscle memory, will strengthen their technique and skills. Students can move from here into separate classes in each style of dance.
Using the philosophy of the Royal Academy of Dance training method, students will learn a solid foundation of precise, clean ballet technique. To dance classical ballet is to attain a graceful style displaying harmony of movement and clarity of line. This comes with discipline and persistence. Through the use of a levelled curriculum (Primary, Grade 1 – 8 and Foundation), this program is designed to help each individual student strive toward a goal that he or she is capable of. Students will discover that the challenge is rewarding both mentally and physically. We are teaching the elements of RAD ballet necessary for students to successfully participate in exams and complete their levels.
Pointe is for students who have years of experience and sufficient ankle strength. The student’s age is considered to ensure that their bones are strong enough. Only those who are found qualified by the teacher may participate in this class.
Acro dance is a blend of dance and gymnastics focusing on strength, flexibility and tumbling. Through time and progressions, dancers will be able to achieve skills safely and be able to perform them on the floor in routines.
Jazz classes are for students 7 years of age and up. Jazz dance emphasizes individual style, expression and improvisation as noted in the many dancers today. Jazz technique develops flexibility and co-ordination of the total body. Explore different jazz styles, rhythms and techniques in this energetic, fun, quick tempo dance discipline. Students in Jazz must be taking a minimum of one ballet class per week.
Lyrical classes are for students 7 years of age and up. Lyrical is a specific style of jazz performed to slower lyrical music or a classic ballad. It is a jazz style with more interpretive and emotional elements; it also incorporates elements of ballet and modern. Students in Lyrical must be taking a minimum of one ballet class per week.
Flamenco classes are for students 7 years of age and up. Flamenco dance (baile) is a highly expressive, and passionate Spanish dance form involving hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements. Students learn to express themselves with dramatic movements and skillful footwork as they come to understand the exciting rhythms and soulful songs of gypsy music. Flamenco offers a rich experience of discovery, challenge and development.
Tap classes are for students 4 years of age and up. Tap dance is a great way for dancers to develop their musicality, sense of rhythm, and style. Classes are upbeat and energetic, and focus on building individual dancers’ fundamentals as well as group precision. In no time students will be amazed with how fast their feet can fly!
We promote Highland Dance as a means of sharing and preserving cultural dance, providing entertainment, exercise and fitness, enjoyment and achievement, and as a competitive sport if this is where the dancer’s interest lies.
We offer instruction in Highland Dance and Scottish National Dance, following the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance (SDTA) syllabus and the regulations set out by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance and ScotDance Canada. Dances taught include the traditional Highland and National dances, as well as choreographed pieces based on the traditional movements and steps.
Exams (medals tests) can be taken through the SDTA, and dancers can be registered and prepared for competitive dancing if they wish.
Hip Hop classes are offered to ages 6 and up. The classes incorporate elements of modern Hip Hop, Dancehall, and Reggaeton. The focus of Hip Hop classes is to develop rhythm and strength in all movements as well as creative improvisation. It is also important to develop a strong group dynamic and create an environment of teamwork.
Designed to develop a Triple Threat, Musical Theatre combines singing, dancing and acting. Students learn to support their voices with proper breathing techniques, practise scales to develop pitch and do exercises to help voice control. They work on enunciation, projection, breathe control and more. In acting, students explore different characters, dialects, accents and learn to develop confidence and stage presence. In our non production years, students build and develop skills in festival and in house performances. We carefully select challenging and age appropriate Musical Theatre excerpts and performance pieces.
Adult Exercise Class
Exercise Class will be a combination of stretches at the barre, isolation exercises, STOTT Pilates® and yoga. It will be geared towards building core strength and improving flexibility. People interested in this class should contact us at email@example.com
American ballroom has 3 levels, bronze, silver, and gold with each level is broken into 3 stages. For ease of progression we present our ballroom levels 1 through 5. In level 1 couples will learn the basics of two different dances in a 5 week session. Level 2 will be more advanced steps in the dances from level 1. Level 3 will be the final stage where students learn even more advanced steps in the same dances. The level 4/5 is for the advanced dancers following the 3 levels of Bronze and students will be introduced to Viennese waltz and samba. Gold level is offered only on a private lesson basis, will be the most demanding and is for serious or competitive dancers.
Our Ballroom schedule for 2020/2021 will be posted soon:
Beginner Belly Dance Workout
This is a class for everyone! It doesn’t matter if you’re tall, short, young, old, rhythmic or have two left feet! Everyone can belly dance. Beginner belly dance will focus on teaching technique and drilling what we’ve learned. Each week there will be more moves added to your dance vocabulary and you will get a good workout while at the same time. All levels welcome.
Belly Dance – Continuing Technique
This is a class for those dancers who have completed at least one full year of beginner belly dance. The focus will be on building up your dance vocabulary, becoming more confident in your abilities and working your shimmies! Combos and layering will be of central focus.
Please note: All students are expected to arrive early for their classes, to warm up and are also expected to review previously learned material prior to each class.