For all dress code information, please read the following document: Dress Code. Before going out and purchasing the listed attire, please check with the CSD office to see what we have in stock, as we sell many of the required bodywear and footwear needed for classes.
All CSD Ballet classes are based on the prestigious 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 recreational and competitive dancers in all of our programs.
The graded examination process for our Part-Time and Full-Time competitive dancers typically begins in Grade 1 Ballet (Grade 2 in school), with students generally progressing through the exam levels yearly or bi-yearly until graduation. The highest RAD Ballet exam level to attain is Advanced II, and if passed with Distinction (the highest passing grade level), dancers may prepare for a Solo Seal exam. The Solo Seal exam is a pass or fail performance graded at a professional level. To be invited to participate in any Ballet exam, dancers are required to take at least 2-4 Ballet classes per week for the duration of the school year, with the number of classes required depending on the exam level they are striving for.
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.
Part-Time and Full-Time competitive students may be invited to participate in an ADAPT Tap exam, at their teacher’s discretion.
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
Part-Time and Full-Time competitive students may be invited to participate in an ADAPT Jazz exam, at their teacher’s discretion.
NOTE: Ages 11+ Jazz classes may also incorporate contemporary and lyrical movements into the Jazz class structure.
Hip Hop dance is a versatile style of dance that often encompasses movements with punch and style. It is deeply influenced by elements of Hip Hop culture, including DJing, rapping, and breakdancing. The use of rhythmic heavy beats and rap music are used to encourage students to loosen up and express their inner-selves! Hitting accents with force and abandonment make for a great physical workout while having fun!
NOTE: There are BOYS ONLY hip hop classes available pending interest.
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.
Acro (a.k.a. acro dance or acrobatic dance) is a cutting-edge style of dance that 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 du Soleil. Acro combines unique choreography, classical dance, and distinctive acrobatic elements. You may find Acro dance looks similar to the floor apparatus of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics; however, it has several differences, in both approach and execution. We work primarily on strength, flexibility, and acrobatic elements in our Acro classes, so we highly encourage all dancers taking an Acro class to also take one or more classes in other dance disciplines. This will make it easier for dancers to understand the Acro technique and also help develop their artistry and basic dance skills. All of our Acro classes are based on the Acrobatic Arts syllabus and taught by Certified Acrobatic Arts teachers.
NOTE: The only class that we offer recreationally that is not always organized by age is Acro. Due to the nature of acrobatics, we have some level-based classes and some age-based classes. Below is the breakdown of our Acro levels:
ACRO 1 – FOR BEGINNER ACRO DANCERS, AGES 5-8
Students will learn the fundamentals of Acro, including skills such as forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and bridges. At this level, building up strength, flexibility and the teaching of proper alignment is prioritized to prepare dancers for more advanced tricks later on.
ACRO 2 – FOR ACRO DANCERS WITH SOME EXPERIENCE, AGES 7-10
Students must already consistently perform a clean handstand, cartwheel, and bridge for this class. Strength and flexibility exercises get more challenging in Acro 2, and students begin to expand on their basic Acro foundation. Examples of skills that are worked on in this level are front and back walkovers, hand balancing drills, and one-handed cartwheels.
ACRO 3 – FOR INTERMEDIATE ACRO DANCERS WITH EXPERIENCE, AGES 9+
Students must be comfortable performing either the front or back walkovers, confidently hold a handstand against a wall for at least 30 seconds, and perform several cartwheel variations. At this level, students are working on more advanced limbering and balancing. Tumbling also gets more advanced in Acro 3, with dancers working towards aerials and handsprings.
ACRO 4 – FOR ADVANCED ACRO DANCERS WITH SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE, AGES 12+ (OR AT THE TEACHER’S DISCRETION)
At this level, dancers must show exemplary strength and flexibility, be comfortable performing several walkover variations (front and back), hold a controlled handstand and be comfortable doing either side aerials or back handsprings. At this level, dancers work at an advanced level of limbering, balancing and tumbling and connecting advanced skills in a sequence.
PRE-TEEN ACRO – FOR BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE ACRO DANCERS, AGES 9-12
This class is for Pre-Teen Acro dancers with little or some experience. In this class, dancers will learn foundational Acro skills and work both together and at their own pace to develop strength, flexibility, and various Acro tricks.
TEEN ACRO – FOR ALL LEVELS OF ACRO DANCERS, AGES 13+
This class is for teenagers who want to learn Acro and build on the skills they have already learned in a positive and encouraging environment with other teenagers. In this class, dancers work on the fundamentals of Acro but are given many options for their training. They are encouraged to work at an appropriate pace for their skill set.
Jazz Funk is fierce, is cute, and is a powerful dance style. It is a combination of Hip Hop and Jazz. In this class, we focus on technique while learning to groove at the same time. This genre of dance gives you the chance to release energy and dance fiercely – check out this video from the International Dance Centre!
JAB is a pre-school and kinder dance class where students will learn the fundamentals of Jazz, Acro and Ballet in a fun and educational environment. Students will be introduced to basic flexibility and strength, Ballet and Jazz elements such as gallops, skips, and proper technical form, as well as learn fundamental Acro skills. It is a fantastic way to expose young dancers to multiple disciplines within a one-hour class, all of which are related to one another and will prepare students to take multiple single-discipline classes as they get older.
Tap/Ballet combo is a pre-school and kinder dance class where young students will learn the basics of both Ballet and Tap dance in an exciting 45-minute class. In the Ballet portion, students will dance to classical music and learn simple Ballet elements, proper posture, and begin learning how to gracefully move through space. In the Tap portion, dancers will learn how to count music and create basic rhythmic sequences with their feet. This class is excellent for young children who love to both dance and make noise!
BOYS MAKING NOISE
Boys Making Noise is a pre-school and kinder dance class that is strictly for the boys! Here, young boys will practice physical literacy by learning large motor skills, such as galloping, marching, hopping, and balancing. They will also develop a basic understanding of rhythm, a skill that every dancer uses on a day-to-day basis. Participants will also learn social literacy such as recognizing and identifying their moods and emotions, managing their emotions and learning to control their impulsive behaviour by working as a group and waiting their turn. They will learn how to problem solve and learn how to engage in communication with their teacher and their fellow dancers. In this 45-minute class, young dancers will make friends and get all their sillies out, all while learning the fundamentals of dance. This class is great for kids who love to make noise, in a safe, educational, and super fun environment!