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Term II, Winter/Spring 2024

Name
Days
Location
Ballet V
BALLET V: Ages 14+ 
Technique for students working at an intermediate-advanced level with intermediate-advanced pointe experience (if applicable).  Two ballet classes per week are required to progress consistently, and three or more are recommended.
Monday
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Pointe II/III
POINTE II/III
Pointe class for students with a minimum of 2 or more years of formal pointe training. Enrolment in Pointe II/III is by permission of the instructor; two weekly ballet technique classes are required. Assessment of pointe readiness is based upon technical strength, physical development, alignment, maturity and consistent class attendance.
 
Monday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Ballet II
BALLET II:  Ages 9-10 
Technique class for youth ballet dancers with 2 or more years continuous ballet training, or beginner class for older youth.  Focus is on consolidating technical foundations to prepare for intermediate work.  Two ballet technique classes per week are recommended to enhance progress.
Monday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Ballet II
YOUTH AND ADULT BALLET I: Ages 13+
Offers teenagers and adults the opportunity to explore the elegance and refinement of the Vaganova style, via true ballet training that develops strength, flexibility, musicality and artistry beyond a barre class. Dancers of all abilities are welcome; modifications and variations of exercises will be given to suit differing skill and experience levels. Youth and Adult Ballet II is recommended for dancers with previous training, and will offer progressively challenging intermediate and advanced work in a 90-minute class. Youth and Adult Ballet II includes traditional barre, centre and across-the-floor, as well as dance conditioning using leading methods such as Progressing Ballet Technique. All Youth and Adult classes offer dancers the opportunity to participate in performances should they wish.
Monday
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Pointe
YOUTH & ADULT POINTE: Ages 13+
Offers dancers with previous pointe training the opportunity to maintain and expand strength and technique via barre, centre and across-the-floor work. Dancers at all levels of pointe training are welcome; exercises will be modified to meet the needs of differing skill and experience levels. Dancers will have the opportunity to explore classical choreography appropriate to their level. Dancers not presently approved for pointe, but who are progressing towards pointe are permitted to take this class in soft shoes .

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Pointe is solely at the discretion of the instructor. Dancers must be a minimum age of 11 years old, and have prior pointe training to join this class.. Dancers joining The Conservatory who have begun pointe training elsewhere will be assessed to determine their level. Dancers enrolled in Pointe must take ballet class prior, to properly prepare for the demands of pointework.
Instructor: Melissa Mahady Wilton
Monday
8:30 PM to 9:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Conservatory Company & Technique
CONSERVATORY COMPANY TECHNIQUE:  
Technique class open to members of Ballet Company Class (including those in Ballet III), and students enrolled in Ballet IV, V, or VI.  Technique at an intermediate-advanced level with pointe experience (if applicable).  Beyond traditional technique, Ballet Company Technique exposes students to the latest knowledge in kinesiology, dance medicine and sports psychology to deepen their understanding of their bodies as physical instruments.  Students learn to apply basic principles of anatomy and physics to enhance performance and prevent injury.  Dance imagery, myofascial release and conditioning methods such as Progressing Ballet Technique are taught to improve strength, alignment and flexibility.  Tools such as slow-motion video are utilized to allow students to dissect and optimize technique.  Concentrated time is spent mastering skills such as jumps, turns, and partnering.  Students are encouraged to bring questions to class for focused study.  This class is strongly recommended for Ballet Company members as a warm-up and preparation for choreography in Ballet Company, and to fulfill one of their required two weekly ballet technique classes. Pointe II/III students may take this class in pointe shoes.  
Tuesday
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Ballet
FOUNDATIONAL BALLET: Ages 9-12
This class is an advanced beginner to intermediate level class, and offers students the opportunity to consolidate the technical and artistic foundations of classical ballet in the Russian Classical Style. This class provides an excellent introduction to ballet for older students, and allows younger students who have completed beginning ballet training the opportunity to prepare for intermediate work by providing a second technique class each week.
Tuesday
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Ballroom and Latin
FOUNDATIONAL BALLROOM & LATIN:
Offers dancers aged 9 to 12 an introduction into ballroom dance in both the standard and Latin forms. Classes will focus on correct ballroom hold and posture, beginning partnering skills and techniques (leading and following), basic steps/movement and musicality. During this session, fundamental (core) steps of the Waltz and Rumba will be introduced as a foundations to other ballroom (Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz) and Latin (Cha-Cha, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble) dances. Dancers will take turns as partners, and will learn short combinations of choreography to have fun and put our new dance skills into practice. Come have fun and dance with friends! NO PARTNER REQUIRED:
Instructor: Kathrin Tyryshkin
Tuesday
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Ballet I
YOUTH AND ADULT BALLET I: Ages 13+
Offers teenagers and adults the opportunity to explore the elegance and refinement of the Vaganova style, via true ballet training that develops strength, flexibility, musicality and artistry beyond a barre class. Dancers of all abilities are welcome; modifications and variations of exercises will be given to suit differing skill and experience levels. Youth and Adult Ballet I is recommended for dancers with no previous ballet training, dancers with limited training or dancers returning to ballet after a long absence. This class will focus on building clean foundational alignment and technique in a 60-minute class. This class is also suitable for experienced dancers looking to build strength and refine their technique (e.g., extensions, turnout, rotations) and can include pre-pointe and pointework where appropriate to dancers' training. Youth and Adult Ballet I includes traditional barre, centre and across-the-floor, as well as dance conditioning using leading methods such as Progressing Ballet Technique. All Youth and Adult classes offer dancers the opportunity to participate in performances should they wish.
Tuesday
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Modern and Contemporary
YOUTH AND ADULT MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY: Ages 13+
Dancers will progress to the exploration of intermediate and advanced Limon (Modern), Contemporary and Contact Improvisation skills and techniques. This class will offer challenging and expansive investigation of movement dynamics, balance, transition, isolations, weight sharing/transfer and partnering. All Modern and Contemporary dance students will engage in monthly goal-setting and reflection to play an interactive role in guiding and supporting their development as dance artists.
Wednesday
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Musical Theatre Jazz
YOUTH AND ADULT MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ:  Ages 13+
Youth and Adult Musical Theatre Jazz offers dancers aged 13+ the opportunity to explore jazz technique and artistry with a musical theatre flair, expanding beyond foundational work.  Class will focus on building dancers' mastery of jazz technique to emphasize safe, strong movement at progressively more challenging levels; including warm up, stretch, barre, traveling steps, jumps and turns. Dancers will also learn samples and excerpts of choreography from the musical theatre canon, so that they can become comfortable with some of the many different styles that theatrical jazz encompasses. Dancers will polish their performance quality, characterization and skills as artists. 
Wednesday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Tap
YOUTH AND ADULT TAP: Ages 13+ Youth and Adult Tap offers teens and adults a chance to learn a new style or refine their tapping abilities!  Do you ever catch yourself tapping your feet to the rhythm in a grocery store? Unable to keep still when a good beat comes on? This class will be open to multiple levels of tappers; including: tap dancers wanting to pursue more advanced work; dancers wanting to pick up a new style, former tappers who have been away from the style and want to return; actors wanting to add a new skill to their resume; etc. Dancers will expand upon foundational technique, counting and rhythms; progressing to more advanced combinations, choreography, and personal styling.  Dancers will learn a variety of dynamics of "colour" and sound, as well as dexterity and clarity. Dancers will also explore the history of tap and its stylistic and performance evolution.
Wednesday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Classical Bellydance Foundations
YOUTH & ADULT CLASSICAL BELLYDANCE FOUNDATIONS: Ages 13+
Bellydancing (also called Raqs Sharqi or Raqs Beledi) is a beautiful and expressive dance from the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, Turkey, and the Levant. In this foundational class, you'll learn about the basic movement vocabulary and musical traditions that give bellydancing it's alluring and addictive quality, practice the percussive isolations and flowing, layered movement that make bellydance look so magical, and discover muscles you didn't know you had! Join us for this joyful class, whether you are new to the style or polishing your skills -- all are welcome!

Wednesday
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Silk Road Style Group Improvisational and Fusion Bellydance Foundations
YOUTH & ADULT SILK ROAD STYLE GROUP IMPROVISATIONAL AND FUSION BELLYDANCE FOUNDATIONS: Ages 16+
Group Improvisation is a style of Bellydance that uses a common vocabulary of movements and non-verbal, body language cues by a leader to create a unique dance every time. Inspired by foundational folkloric dance styles of the Middle East, North Africa, Spain and India, this style encourages a supportive group environment and there are no choreographies to memorize. Fusion Bellydance was born from the western evolution of Middle Eastern dance. It takes elements of Group Improvisation and pairs it with other styles of dance, including (but not limited to) Hip Hop, Flamenco, classical Indian, and Bollywood. What you get is a unique style that is rooted in traditional Middle Eastern Dance with a modern twist that is open to a world of possibilities.
Wednesday
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Conservatory Choreographic Collective
The Conservatory Choreographic Collective offers intermediate, senior and adult students ages 13 and above the opportunity to develop their skills as emergent dance artists and choreographers in a mentored workshop setting. This class is offered free of charge to any registered Conservatory student in Level 4 classes and above with an account in good standing, as an opportunity to foster and expand their technical skills and artistic voices without the burden of a financial barrier to training. Students in the Collective will collaborate to create and perform original choreography for public performance (such as The Juvenis Festival, Pride, Culture Days, etc.), as well learn iconic works from legendary contemporary dancer Peggy Baker's Choreographic Trust. The Conservatory Choreographic Collective reflects our commitment to sponsoring the excellence, enrichment and engagement of our community's next generation of dance artists.
Thursday
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Modern and Contemporary
FOUNDATIONAL MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY: Ages 7-12
Dancers will be introduced to the foundational skills of Limon (Modern), Contemporary and Contact Improvisation techniques. This class focuses on a combination of movement of breath through the body, the dynamic use of weight in each body part and the fluid succession of one movement into the next. Modern and contemporary dance extend and expand beyond classical techniques, and contact improvisation blends movement partnering through trust, balance and awareness.
Thursday
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Musical Theatre Jazz
FOUNDATIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ: Ages 7+
Foundational Musical Theatre Jazz offers dancers aged 7-12 the opportunity to explore jazz technique with a musical theatre flair. This class will focus on the fundamentals of jazz technique to emphasize safe, strong movement for dancers; including warm up, stretch, barre, traveling steps, jumps and turns. Dancers will also learn combinations and performance choreography to help them get a taste for the musical theatre genre in a fun, age-appropriate environment -- jazz hands, everyone!
Thursday
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Tap
FOUNDATIONAL TAP: Ages 7-12
Offers dancers aged 7+ with happy feet a chance to tap their toes! Foundational Tap is a wonderful way to help young dancers improve their musicality and rhythm, as they explore learning a new style of movement and self-expression. This class will focus on practical tap skills, such as steps, counting, and rhythms. Dancers will also learn short combinations and performance choreography that allow them to have fun and put their new dance skills into practice!
Thursday
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Ballet IV
BALLET IV: Ages 13-14+ 
Class for students with solid technique at the intermediate level of difficulty and beginning pointe experience (based upon student readiness and approval of the instructor).  Two ballet classes per week are required to progress consistently.
Friday
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Pointe I/II
POINTE I/II
Pointe class for students with a minimum of one year of formal pointe training.  
Enrolment in Pointe I/II is by permission of the instructor only; two weekly ballet technique classes are required. Assessment of pointe readiness is based upon technical strength, physical development, alignment, maturity and consistent class attendance.  
Friday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Ballet III and Pre-Pointe
BALLET III:  Ages 11-12 
Technical class for students with solid foundational technique, ready to move to an intermediate level of difficulty and pre-pointe training (based upon student interest and approval of the instructor). Conditioning exercises will be added to the traditional ballet class to build strength and mobility needed in the feet, legs and core for safe pointe work in eligible students.  Students will be required to practice at home to progress.  Pre-pointe is excellent for all dancers to enhance technique and prevent injury, even if the student does not pursue pointe.  Two ballet classes per week are required to progress consistently.
Friday
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Ballroom and Latin
YOUTH & ADULT BALLROOM & LATIN:
Offers dancers aged 13+ an introduction into ballroom dance in both the standard and Latin forms. Classes will focus on correct ballroom hold and posture, beginning partnering skills and techniques (leading and following), basic steps/movement and musicality. Fundamental (core) steps of the Waltz and Rumba will be introduced as a foundations to other ballroom (Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz) and Latin (Cha-Cha, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble) dances. Dancers can attend as singles or couples; all will take turns as partners, and will learn short combinations of choreography to have fun and put our new dance skills into practice. Come have fun and dance with friends! NO PARTNER REQUIRED:
Instructor: Kathrin Tyryshkin
Friday
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
First Steps
FIRST STEPS: Age 3
First Steps introduces pre-schoolers to dance through a 30-minute class that is fun, gentle, and appropriate to their development. Lessons are planned in 5-minute intervals to maximize young attention spans. Children focus and learn faster. First Steps is designed to:
- Introduce preschoolers to the joy of many kinds of music, dance and creative movement;
- Help children develop the social, emotional, language, and motor skills needed for formal dance instruction;
- Provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for children of all abilities.​
Saturday
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Young Dancer I
YOUNG DANCER I AND II:  Ages 4 and 5
The Young Dancers Program builds upon First Steps to introduce children to a longer (45-minute), more structured dance experience that follows the model of a traditional ballet class.  Students engage in gross motor warm-up, stretches, foundational centre barre and technique exercises (plié, tendu, port de bas, sauté, etc.) and across-the-floor movements (gallops, skips, ballet walks, etc.). Dancers also explore musical concepts, emotional expression, improvisation, beginning performance choreography and the rich cultural history of storybook ballets. **Please Note: For health and safety reasons, this class will be conducted in a family format, with class size strictly limited. Dancers will be asked to attend with a single, trusted adult who can assist them with distancing during class, washroom use, changing and class entrances/exits.**
Saturday
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Young Dancer II
YOUNG DANCER I AND II:  Ages 4 and 5
The Young Dancers Program builds upon First Steps to introduce children to a longer (45-minute), more structured dance experience that follows the model of a traditional ballet class.  Students engage in gross motor warm-up, stretches, foundational centre barre and technique exercises (plié, tendu, port de bas, sauté, etc.) and across-the-floor movements (gallops, skips, ballet walks, etc.). Dancers also explore musical concepts, emotional expression, improvisation, beginning performance choreography and the rich cultural history of storybook ballets. **Please Note: For health and safety reasons, this class will be conducted in a family format, with class size strictly limited. Dancers will be asked to attend with a single, trusted adult who can assist them with distancing during class, washroom use, changing and class entrances/exits.**
Saturday
10:45 AM to 11:30 AM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Ballet I
BALLET I:  Ages 7-8 
For students progressing from Young Dancer I and II or students with minimal experience.  Technique class for younger dancers to emphasize ballet foundational work.
Saturday
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Spanish Classical
FOUNDATIONAL SPANISH CLASSICAL:
Offers dancers aged 7 to 12 the opportunity to expand beyond their ballet training to explore the rich traditions of classical dance in the Spanish style. Spanish classical and ballet co-evolved as dance forms, and share a history and many features that allow dancers to respect and enjoy the contributions of both cultures. Dancers will warm up with a ballet barre and centre, supplemented by current dance science exercises. After warm-up, dancers will be introduced to Spanish classical dance elements such as castanets, shawls, capes, canes, fans, dresses with long trains, and/or the structured improvisation shared with flamenco. Classes will use both Hispanic and contemporary classical music.
Instructor: Anthea Morgan
Saturday
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Repertoire
OPEN BALLET V-VI and REPERTOIRE:  Ages 14+ 
Repertoire offers dancers the opportunity to develop personal artistry and performance quality beyond technique, in a class focused on interpretation and presentation  of the classical canon.  Repertoire offers intermediate, advanced and adult students the opportunity to learn iconic choreography from the ballet canon.  Repertoire students will study corps de ballet formations, and soloist/principal variations from ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, La Esmeralda, La Bayadère, and more. Repertoire students acquire excellent first-hand knowledge of the styles of ballet’s leading schools and choreographers, as well as repertoire for performance, auditions and post-secondary study.  Students are introduced to concepts regarding professional production, including lighting, sound, staging, props, human resources, sustainability, costuming and cultural sensitivity.  Highlights include creating effective communication and storytelling, understanding historical progressions and context, exploring  choreographic intent, finding artistic freedom through individual expression, developing holistic acting and performance strategies, and melding technical clarity and artistry as intrinsic aspects of dance expression.  Rather than conformity to traditions, the aspiration is to introduce and secure the knowledge and experience of fundamental precepts in each piece, in tandem with enhancing each dancer’s own interpretations, and respect for the dignity of their unique and irreplaceable capacity for authentic expression. Enrolment in Repertoire is by permission of the instructor only, and limited to students in Levels V, VI and Adult Ballet, taking a minimum of two weekly ballet technique classes, and former (pre)professional dancers. Students enrolled in Pointe II/II may take Repertoire en pointe with instructor permission . Repertoire is not a technical training class. While Repertoire is complementary and supplemental to technique classes, it is not offered in lieu. Choreography learned will be at the discretion of the instructor, in accordance with what is safe and appropriate for the dancers' age and technical level.
Saturday
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth & Adult Spanish Classical and Flamenco
YOUTH AND ADULT SPANISH CLASSICAL AND FLAMENCO: Ages 13+
Youth and Adult Flamenco builds upon the Spanish dance foundations introduced in Spanish Classical to allow dancers a deeper technical and artistic exploration of the different palos (families) of flamenco. Flamenco is a genre of music, song, and dance that evolved in Spain, particularly, but not exclusively, in Andalucía in southern Spain. It is a cultural crossroads of great diversity, strongly influenced by the migration of the Roma from India to Spain. It encompasses influences from Kathak/Indian, Roma, Middle Eastern, North African, Celtic, Mediterranean, Latin and Central American, and Iberian cultures. Rooted in organic movement, the dance form interprets flamenco’s many rhythms and styles through the use of palmas (hand clapping rhythms), zapateado (percussive footwork), filigrana (graceful arm and hand movements) and marcaje (danced steps). Dancers will also also explore the use of castanuelas (castanets), abanicos (fans), cajon (flamenco drum), mantones (large shawls), bastón (cane) and/or the bata de cola (dress with a long train). Flamenco’s immense malleability, spanning from simple to complex movements and gestures, is conducive to authentic expression for dancers of all levels of experience. Flamenco interprets all facets of human emotionality, the situations eliciting these emotional responses, and the human condition, as both subjective and objective experiences. Flamenco’s aspiration and its essence, which makes it remarkably inclusive, is sincerity. Dancers with different experience levels will be given progressions and variations suitable to their needs. PREREQUISITE: Spanish Classical
Saturday
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main

Summer 2024

Name
Days
Location
Open Flamenco and Spanish Classical
OPEN FLAMENCO AND SPANISH CLASSICAL:
Offers dancers and families  aged 7+ an introduction to the foundations of flamenco and Spanish classical dance. Dancers will explore a style that is shared by both genres, the farruca.  The farruca is an iconic style, in which clear, percussive footwork combines with formal posturing to create a look that has become emblematic of  Spanish dance. Classes will also focus on the first Sevillana, a community social dance complimented by castanets and traditional shawls.  The entire community, as families, partners, siblings, friends and new acquaintances all dance together, making dance accessible to, and welcoming for, intergenerational learners as a community.
Instructor: Anthea Morgan
Tuesday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and Adult Ballet
YOUTH AND ADULT BALLET:
Offers dancers aged 13+ the opportunity to explore the elegance and refinement of the Russian Classical style, via true ballet training that develops strength, flexibility, musicality and artistry beyond a barre class. Dancers of all abilities are welcome; modifications and variations of exercises will be given to suit all skill levels. Less experienced dancers will focus on foundational technique, whereas intermediate and advanced dancers will be given more challenging technical work. Class includes traditional barre, centre and across-the-floor with supplemental conditioning work using methods such as PBT. Dancers may explore classical variations and/or choreography appropriate to their level.
Instructor: Anthea Morgan
Tuesday
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and Adult Pointe
YOUTH & ADULT POINTE:
Offers dancers with previous pointe training the opportunity to maintain and expand strength and technique via barre, centre and across-the-floor work. Dancers at all levels of pointe training are welcome; exercises will be modified to meet the needs of differing skill and experience levels. Dancers will have the opportunity to explore classical choreography appropriate to their level. Dancers not presently approved for pointe, but who are progressing towards pointe are permitted to take this class in soft shoes .

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Pointe is solely at the discretion of the instructor. Dancers must be a minimum age of 11 years old, and have prior pointe training to join this class.. Dancers joining The Conservatory who have begun pointe training elsewhere will be assessed to determine their level. Dancers enrolled in Pointe must take ballet class prior, to properly prepare for the demands of pointework.
Instructor: Anthea Morgan
Tuesday
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Ballroom and Latin
FOUNDATIONAL BALLROOM & LATIN:
Offers dancers aged 9 to 12 years an introduction into ballroom dance in both the Standard and Latin forms. Classes will focus on correct ballroom hold and posture, beginning partnering skills and techniques (leading and following), basic steps/movement and musicality. During this four-week session, core steps of the Samba and Rumba will be introduced as a foundations to other ballroom (Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz) and Latin (Cha-Cha, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble) dances. Dancers will take turns as partners, and will learn short combinations of choreography to have fun and put your new dance moves into practice.  
NO PARTNER REQUIRED:
Come have fun and dance with friends!
Instructor: Kathrin Tyryshkin
Wednesday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and Adult Bellydance: Workshop Series
YOUTH AND  ADULT  BELLYDANCE:
Offers dancers aged 13+ the chance to have fun and explore the perfect summer session of bellydance! These workshops can either be taken as a progressive package (recommended), or individually. No experience is necessary - each class is designed for all levels to enjoy, whether you've tried bellydance before or not!

Week 1 - Bellydance 101: The Real Deal
New to Bellydance, or brushing up on your skills? This workshop is a perfect overview of the art of Bellydance! Get a taste of the history, skills, and tradition from a professional Bellydancer in this appetizer-sized overview of "the oldest dance"!

Week 2 - Hip Check: Shimmies & Hip Work
What do most people think of when they hear the word "bellydance"? Earth-shaking hips, of course! Learn to shimmy & shake with speed & precision in this percussive, energetic class.

Week 3 - Snakecharmer: Slow & Sultry Moves
Bellydancers create the illusion of liquid movements in their dance, but it takes practice! Join us for slinky, serpentine bellydance movement for the whole body, and discover muscles you didn't know you had!

Week 4 - Showtime: Learn A Mini Bellydance Routine
Our professional Bellydancer has created a short & sweet version of a classic bellydance routine for you to learn & feel like the star you are. No costume necessary for this accessible, just-for-fun routine!
Instructor: Angelina Thorne
Wednesday
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Improvisation
FOUNDATIONAL IMPROVISATION:
Offers dancers aged 7-12 the unique opportunity to enrich and expand their dance artistry via guided discovery. A variety of prompts and music will be used to inspire dancers to explore new movements, expressions, and musicality. The freedom to move without structure allows dancers to explore their own creativity while developing their personal movement vocabulary and signatures, confidence and authentic, artistic expression. Dancers will learn by dancing on their own, observing others, and working/dancing together. This relaxed, playful class is suitable for dancers with a broad range of experience levels, including beginners. Dancers will grow as storytellers and artists.
Instructor: Jen Rees
Thursday
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Foundational Musical Theatre Jazz and Tap
FOUNDATIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE & TAP
Offers dancers aged 7-12 the opportunity to explore both jazz and tap technique with a musical theatre flair! This class will focus on the fundamentals of jazz and tap technique to emphasize safe, strong movement for dancers; including warm up, stretch, traveling steps, jumps and turns. Dancers will learn excerpts of choreography from the musical theatre canon, so that they become comfortable with the different styles that theatrical jazz and tap encompass in a fun, age-appropriate environment. For aspirational "triple threats," or dancers looking to try new styles, this class is an easy way to explore  these related arts -- jazz hands, everyone!
Instructor:  Jen Rees
Thursday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and Adult Musical Theatre
YOUTH & ADULT MUSICAL THEATRE:
Offers dancers aged 13+ the opportunity to explore musical theatre technique and artistry expanding beyond foundational work.  Class will focus on building  safe, strong movement at progressively more challenging levels; including warm up, stretch, barre, traveling steps, jumps and turns. Dancers will also learn samples and excerpts of choreography from the musical theatre canon, so that they can become comfortable with the different styles that musical theatre encompasses. Dancers will polish their performance quality, artistry, characterization, expression and dramatic storytelling through movement. A great class for aspiring triple threats. Places everyone --the stagelights are calling!
Instructor:  Jen Rees

Thursday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and Adult Modern, Contemporary and Improvisation
YOUTH & ADULT MODERN, CONTEMPORARY & IMPROVISATION
Offers dancers aged 13+ the opportunity to explore Limón and Contemporary technique for warm-up, stretch and traveling steps. Centre work will provide dancers with the chance to enrich and expand their dance artistry via guided discovery. A variety of prompts and music will be used to inspire dancers to explore new movements, expressions, and musicality. The freedom to move without structure allows dancers to explore their own creativity while developing their personal movement vocabulary and signatures, confidence and authentic, artistic expression. Dancers will learn by dancing on their own, observing others, and working together. This relaxed, playful class is suitable for dancers with a broad range of experience levels, including beginners. Dancers will grow as storytellers and artists.
Instructor: Jen Rees
Thursday
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main