Classes

  • BALLET

    All CSD ballet classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) graded syllabus. The RAD promotes a strong understanding of ballet technique and is the largest examination and teacher training syllabus in the world. This method offers training for both the recreational and the pre-professional dancer in the vocational or graded examination process where, by the age of 10, children are streamlined accordingly.

    The RAD journey begins at the Pre-Primary level (approximately age 5) and continues through Advanced I and II and into the professional stream of Solo Seal.

    DRESS CODE

    Girls – All Levels

    Black Sleeveless Bodysuit, Tights – Mondor 319 or 316-E6 Ballerina, Ballet Shoe – Split Sole Canvas/pink/peach  | Grades 1 through 8 ONLY – Character Shoe (Bloch 315 or 314 or So Danca R001 or R042)  |  *Grades 1 and 2 Low Heel *Grades 3 through 8 Cuban Heel  |  Character Skirt with ribbon ( see office to place order).

    Boys – All levels

    White short-sleeve dance t-shirt, black tights, black ballet shoes with black elastic across instep. Dance belt required.

  • TAP

    The CSD Tap program is technically based on the ADAPT dance syllabus. While learning basic tap sounds through graded levels, students will learn to identify basic rhythmic sequences and eventually more intricate syncopation within a variety of musical phrases. Steps tend to build on each other, therefore adding one or two simple movements to an existing step creates something new and challenging for students to master.

    The exam process begins at the Pre-Junior level and continues through to the Advanced level.

    DRESS CODE

    Girls – All levels

    Black Sleeveless Bodysuit, Tights in Suntan ( Mondor 319 or 316), Tap Shoe Angelo Luzio 301A (Beige), Tap Shoes Capezio CG19 (by permission only).

    Boys –All levels

    Black dance pant (straight-leg), white short-sleeve dance t-shirt, black tap shoes (Bloch SO313 or Capezio CG19). Dance belt required.

  • JAZZ

    Following the structure of the ADAPT dance syllabus, CSD’s Jazz program offers a range of styles from “Broadway style” kicks and precision movements, to more advanced jumps and turns. With upbeat and popular music, dancers are lead through a barre or centre warm up to increase strength and flexibility followed by foundation jazz steps across the floor in varying degrees of difficulty

    The Jazz exam process ranges from the Pre-Junior to the Advanced level.

    NOTE: Intermediate and Advanced levels as well as Elementary 3 and 4 incorporate contemporary and lyrical movements into the Jazz class structure.

    DRESS CODE

    Girls – All levels

    Black Sleeveless Bodysuit, Tights in Suntan (Mondor 319 or 316), Bloch Phantom Stretch Canvas split sole in Tan.

    Boys – All levels

    Black dance pant (straight-leg), white short-sleeve dance t-shirt. Bloch Phantom Stretch Canvas split sole in Black. Dance belt required.

  • HIP-HOP

    With its roots in inner city street dancing, Hip Hop encompasses movement with punch and style. Often very rhythmic heavy beats and rap style music are used to encourage students to loosen up – and explore their “inner swag”! Hitting accents with force and abandonment make for a very good physical workout while having fun and releasing that inner “Diva” or “Gangsta” that likes to dance around the house when no one is watching!

    NOTE: There are BOYS ONLY hip hop classes available pending interest.

    DRESS CODE

    Boys and Girls – All levels

    Comfortable clothing, white running shoes (non-marking soles) – shoes may have some colour but should be predominantly white.

  • LYRICAL

    Lyrical dance typically displays slower moving sequences. With its foundation firmly placed in the Ballet world, a variety of Jazz-like movements are used to show strength and control while the dancer interprets the music with motion and storytelling. It is a “free-er” moving discipline with emphasis on strong technique. Students are encouraged to create an emotional connection from body to song as the more advanced dancer progresses.

    DRESS CODE

    Girls – All levels

    Black Sleeveless Bodysuit, Tights in Suntan (Mondor 319 or 316), Bloch Phantom Stretch Canvas split sole in Tan.

    Boys – All levels

    Black dance pant (straight-leg), white short-sleeve dance t-shirt, Bloch Phantom Stretch Canvas split sole in Black. Dance belt required.

  • ACRO DANCE

    Acro (a.k.a. acro dance or acrobatic dance) is a cutting-edge style of dance that probably looks very familiar. Acro dance has gained popularity over the last while as international audiences and dancers alike become familiar with its presence at competitions, as well as on stage in productions like Cirque de Soleil. Acro combines unique choreography, classical dance, and distinctive acrobatic elements.

    DRESS CODE

    Girls – All levels

    Black sleeveless bodysuit, black spandex shorts OR  tights in Suntan (Mondor 316).

    Boys – All levels

    Black dance pant (straight-leg), white short-sleeve dance t-shirt. Dance belt required.