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Term II, Winter/Spring 2021

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
6:15 PM to 7:15 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 5:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Conservatory Company
CONSERVATORY COMPANY
Conservatory Company offers intermediate and advanced students a performance-oriented class designed as a youth ballet company experience.  As part of The Conservatory Ballet, company members will learn choreography for original ballets designed to be shared with our region’s community. Conservatory Company is guided by the “all-star, no star” philosophy, so all students have the equal opportunity to learn corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles.  Classes will focus solely on working as cohesive company members, developing individual artistry, rapidly mastering advanced choreography and preparing as professional, mature performers.

To ensure safety and dancer comfort with working at a rapid pace, Conservatory Company members must be:
Enrolled in at least two ballet technique classes per week;
Studying Pre-pointe or Pointe (or be eligible to do so);
Working at a minimum of a Ballet III level with clean and consistent technique — students may need up to two consecutive years at this level before they are ready to be invited;
At least 11 years of age (or turning 11 during the year); and 
Mature, prepared, focused and responsible team players. 

Enrolment in Conservatory Company is by invitation of the instructor; two weekly ballet technique classes required.
Tuesday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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.
Tuesday
6:15 PM to 7:15 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.
Wednesday
3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and 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
4:15 PM to 5:45 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.
Wednesday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Tap
TAP: Ages 9 +
Building on the basics of tap movements, 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, systematically progressing from technical foundations and to current rhythmic and STOMP-styling. Working within the traditions of classical jazz and tap technique, Tap students will learn the signature styles of legends such as Ziegfeld, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Michelle Dorrance.
Wednesday
7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Theatrical Jazz
THEATRICAL JAZZ: Ages 9 +
Dancers new to Theatrical Jazz will concentrate on foundational jazz technique, including travelling steps, small jumps and turns, as well as the interpretation of age-appropriate choreography and characters. More experienced dancers will learn intermediate and advanced techniques, including extension, multiple turns and leaps. As they progress, dancers will explore excerpts of iconic Broadway choreography, including the characterization of sophisticated roles. From West Side Story, to Mary Poppins, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Annie, Grease and more, dancers will polish their performance quality, characterization and technical skills -- jazz hands, everyone!
Thursday
4:00 PM to 5:00 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.
Thursday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and Adult Ballet
YOUTH AND ADULT BALLET: 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. Beginning dancers will focus on foundational technique, whereas intermediate and advanced dancers will be given progressively challenging work. Class includes traditional barre, centre and across-the-floor, as well as dance conditioning using leading methods such as Progressing Ballet Technique.
Thursday
6:15 PM to 7:45 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
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).  Two ballet classes per week are required to progress consistently.
Friday
6:15 PM to 7:45 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Pre-Pointe
PRE-POINTE:
Conditioning class to build strength and mobility needed in the feet, legs and core for safe pointe work.  Students will be required to train in class and practice at home.  Pre-pointe is excellent for all dancers to enhance technique and prevent injury, even if the student does not pursue pointe.  Two weekly ballet technique classes are required.  
Friday
7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
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
9:00 AM to 9:45 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
10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Young Dancer Designated Cohort
YOUNG DANCER I AND II:  Ages 4-6, This Class is for a designated cohort of families who are socially "bubbled"together
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.**
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Saturday
11:25 AM to 12:10 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Open Ballet IV-VI and Repertoire
OPEN BALLET IV-VI and REPERTOIRE:  Ages 14+ 
Technique for students working at an advanced level with advanced pointe experience (if applicable). Two ballet classes per week are required to progress consistently, and three or more are recommended. Open Ballet IV-VI and Repertoire offers intermediate and advanced students a combined technique and repertoire class, with a focus on technical refinement and artistry. Dancers learn iconic choreography from the ballet canon, and 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 many more.  Open Ballet IV-VI and Repertoire students acquire excellent first-hand knowledge of the styles of ballet’s leading schools and choreographers, as well as a personal repertoire for performance, auditions and post-secondary study.  Students are also introduced to concepts regarding professional production, including lighting, sounds, staging, labour issues and props. Enrolment is limited to students in Ballet levels IV, V, VI and Adult Ballet.  Students enrolled in Pointe II/II may take Repertoire en pointe after warming up during the barre portion of class.
Saturday
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Youth and Adult Flamenco
YOUTH AND ADULT FLAMENCO: This class features the unique rhythms, styles, and structured improvisation characteristic of the dances of southern Spain. Dancers will focus on palmas (hand clapping rhythms), zapateado (percussive footwork), filigrana (circling arm and hand movements) and marking or danced steps; including sevillanas (the social dances of southern Spain, danced solo, paired, or in groups). Youth and Adult Flamenco builds upon foundations to introduce and refine more advanced work, including exploring the families of flamenco, learning to play and dance with castanets, abanicos (fans), mantones (shawls), canes and/or the bata de cola dress (long train).  Dancers with different experience levels will be given progressions and variations suitable to their needs.
Saturday
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main
Spanish Classical
SPANISH CLASSICAL: Ages 13+
An introduction to a beautiful form of classical dance for teens and adults. Spanish Classical developed concurrently with ballet culture, and that evolved into a unique form distinguished by use of castanets, shawls (mantones), fans (abanicos and pericons) and dresses with long trains (bata de cola). Spanish Classical is danced to Spanish classical music and utilizes steps that are grounded in ballet, flamenco and Spanish folk dance traditions.
Saturday
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
H'art Centre BOX Theatre
Main


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