Dance Class Registration IN CRANBROOK, GOLDEN, AND CRESTON  BC

Visit Stages School of Dance, and we’ll show you all of the artistic options available to your child. Our dance class registration in Cranbrook, Golden, and Creston BC, welcomes all ages and offers advanced and beginner classes. Every style teaches something different, yet all of them are a source of fun, exercise, discipline, and inspiration. Ask us about our dance class fees and attire today; we can help your child to get moving fast.

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What Dance Training Has To Offer Children – Sheri Green

Studying and training in the art of dance is an interesting, rewarding experience at many different levels, whether it’s for enjoyment, exercise, or to pursue a dance career. It offers each individual the opportunity to grow both physically and mentally while developing their artistic ability. The obvious benefits of studying dance are poise, posture, and physical fitness. It is a great form of exercise and helps develop muscle strength, flexibility, and increased coordination. The movements required for dancing can also increase your bone mass. Dancing helps maintain proper posture and body alignment and is a great form of overall fitness.

Dance is a tremendous amount of fun and a wonderful confidence builder for all dancers of all ages. Students learn self-discipline, commitment, and integrity through the practice of physical dance training. Personal growth is seen in dance students. It gives them a greater sense of poise and confidence in expressing one’s self through movement and has helped many overcome the fear of making mistakes.

Development of life skills is attained through physical dance training and artistic growth. Many students identify personal insecurities and work on them through dance. They gain self-confidence through achieving personal, physical, and performance goals. Students develop respect for themselves and others while learning to cooperate and work as a group. They develop a great sense of belonging through creative and group choreography as well as a strong sense of comradery and lifelong friends.

These are all areas that enhance and grow during dance training. Students learn to set goals and work toward attaining them. The experience of performing is one that benefits all students throughout their lives. Dance education cultivates the whole person while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of communication and expression.

The creativity involved in dancing provides an emotional outlet through which one can reflect feelings through body movement. Dance is a form of communication and can be used to achieve a multitude of purposes such as presenting issues and ideas, teaching or persuading, entertaining, planning, designing, and beautifying. Perseverance, collaborative spirit, and self-expression are attributes derived from dance that transfer to the rest of life.

Dance Styles

There are plenty of dance types to try. Some of our classes are listed below:

  • Combo Classes (ages 3-5 yrs.) - Ballet / Tap, or Ballet /Accordance, or Ballet/ Jazz
  • Beginner Tap (ages 5-7 yrs.)
  • Beginner Jazz (ages 5-7 yrs.)
  • Ballet (ages 5 yrs. & up) -Pre-Primary, Primary, Grades 1-8, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate 1 & 2, Advanced 1 & 2, Solo Seal
  • Hip-Hop/ Street Jazz (ages 6 to adult)
  • Jazz – (ages 5 to adult) Junior 1-3, Pre-Intermediate 1-3, Intermediate 1-3, Advanced 1-2
  • Tap – (ages 5 to adult) Junior 1-3, Pre-Intermediate 1-3, Intermediate 1-3, Advanced 1-2
  • Contemporary Jazz (ages 9 yrs. to adult)
  • Modern Dance – Students must have at least 4 years training in classical ballet to enroll in Modern
  • Lyrical Jazz – Pre-Intermediate 2-3, Intermediate 1-3, Advanced 1-2
  • Acrodance- 5 yrs. & up
  • Musical Theatre – Ages 6-18 Years
  • Teen Contemporary Jazz- For the teen dancer who does not have previous training
  • Adult variety class –( Jazz, contemporary Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop & Ballet) genre’s changes every four weeks to allow adults to enjoy training in all styles

Classes are designed to provide excellent toning and stretching as well as dance appreciation in a relaxed environment. Build poise, grace, posture, and core strengthening. Tone and lengthen muscles for a leaner, more elegant body, while developing a movement vocabulary in classical ballet technique. Classes enhance coordination, flexibility, and strength. Students learn to dance with confidence at a pace they can manage and enjoy.

Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of ballet skills with an introduction to more advanced techniques and terminology. Ballet is the foundation of all dances. Poise, grace, and technical skill are gained though ballet study and are the basis for all other forms of dance. Examinations through RAD are offered but are not mandatory.

Pointe technique is one of the most iconic elements of ballet. The inspiration for pointe technique is the wish that ballet dancer appears weightless, light footed and graceful and lightweight like defying gravity.

Pointe work in classical ballet is formalized by pointe technique. It is performed in pointe shoes. Pointe technique means that ballet dancer performs on the tips of fully extended feet and in this way ballet dancer supports all body weight.

Ballet dancer must have great strength and good technique to be able to do pointe work, so a lot of practice is required. Dancers must have a number of years of classical ballet training before they can start pointe work. Before beginning pointe training the ballet dancer has to have established proper ballet technique and placement -correct ballet posture, balance, turnout and strength of the whole body not limited to legs, feet and ankles.

Between the ages of 8 to 14 the bones in the foot begin to harden, so pointe technique should not be practiced before that age of 11 to avoid deformed feet. Before 11 years of age bones in the feet are too soft. So young ballet dancers should not begin with pointe technique too early. Physicians can allow young ballet dancers from the age of 10 and up to start with pointe technique training if their feet have finished ossified. Dancers should be taken off pointe when they grow and may restart pointe work approximately 3 months after the growth period

Have fun and stay fit while participating in a fast-paced, high-energy jazz dance class. With emphasis on jazz styles and rhythms, instructors help students develop grace, strength, stamina, technique, and control while encouraging confidence. They develop coordination, flexibility, and endurance while dancing to popular music. Steps and movements learned are used in combinations. Jazz is a stylistic, energetic form of dance. Its roots come from ballet and modern techniques in addition to the jazz music of the 1920's.

Jazz styles vary with modern times and are adapted to current popular music. Classes are comprised of a warm-up (bar work) and center floor exercises and stretches. Progressions, including turns and jumps, technique, and style through choreography are emphasized. Exams through ADAPT are offered but are not mandatory.

Make rhythm with your feet! Tap offers a fun way to express tunes. Upbeat tap classes teach students rhythm, timing, balance, speed, agility, and strength. Students are exposed to classical and progressive tap styles, as well as learning a strong base of technique through example and terminology. Tap dance is a complex, exciting, and challenging art form.

Tap developed from the blend of African polyrhythms and European step dancing, drawing from North American folk dance as well. Jazz music and North American tap dance have traded measures since the beginning, with each of these art forms, in turn, assimilating twists of time, phrasing, and rhythm. Exams through ADAPT are offered but are not mandatory.

Lyrical jazz is an emotional and contemporary form of dance, which has become popular, combining the grace and beauty of ballet with the strength and flexibility of jazz and modern to create this fluid style of dance. Lyrical jazz has continued to evolve with various ethnic and cultural influences since its origin in the late 1950's. Lyrical jazz is an interpretation of the music or lyrics with a classical technique while incorporating a soft jazz style. This is only available for advanced students.

Musical theatre is a combination of dance, singing, and acting. Routines are often inspired by musicals and movies. Students take part in vocal and dance instruction while learning characterization and basic acting and stage skills. Complete with terminology and fun choreography, students learn the basics of the theatre industry. This is a great way to showcase theatrical abilities. This class is active in local festivals and competitions.

Ballet /Tap -Beginner tap is designed to get little feet tapping, fingers snapping, and hands clapping in a fun and creative atmosphere while introducing young dancers to basic rhythms. Ballet encourages free expression while teaching basic elements of ballet, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness, and shape. The child's imagination and self-esteem are encouraged and strengthened through dance.

Ballet /Accordance - Ballet encourages free expression while teaching basic elements of ballet, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness, and shape. The child's imagination and self-esteem are encouraged and strengthened through dance. Acro-dance is a genre that incorporates elements of gymnastics, jazz, tumbling, and basic contortion. Students learn the basics in tumbling and acrodance.

Ballet/ Jazz - Ballet encourages free expression while teaching basic elements of ballet, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness, and shape. The child's imagination and self-esteem are encouraged and strengthened through dance. Jazz- Have fun and stay fit while participating in a fast-paced, high-energy jazz dance class. With emphasis on jazz styles and rhythms, instructors help students develop jazz introductory technique and steps while encouraging confidence, develop coordination & flexibility.

Modern dance classes emphasize technique, body placement and alignment, strength, and flexibility. They increase range of motion and coordination, performance quality, and creative expression. Dancers learn to manipulate the elements of dance for their compositions consciously. Classes incorporate ballet technique while exploring different movement qualities and spatial and body awareness, particularly using weight, line, balance, and energy actions. Modern dance incorporates a variety of methods from various schools of modern. Students must have at least 4 years training in classical ballet before they begin.

They learn to describe and relate their dance experiences to the world using expanded dance vocabulary and terminology. Dancers explore basic modern principles of movement and develop the complex rhythmical structure. Modern dance classes may include creative improvisation and encourage students to develop the "dancer from within." ADAPT is available for advanced students.

With fresh streetwise hip-hop dance lessons, funky modern dance routines based on street dance, and the best of urban dance, hip-hop is a blend of today's high-energy "street style" movement. Typically performed to "popular rap music," the style boasts that everyone is capable of taking part and having fun. Moves are taught in such a way that they are easy to follow and help improve fitness at the same time. Hip-Hop challenges your fitness and creativity level as you move and groove to the latest dance music.

Acro-dance is a genre that incorporates elements of gymnastics, jazz, tumbling, and basic contortion. Students learn acrobatic tricks such as handstands, cartwheels, chest rolls, elbow stands, walkovers, and aerials. Trick movements are usually executed slowly to emphasize gracefulness, body lines, and picturesque extension.

Acro-dance affords more depth and variety to the choreography and creates a much more versatile dancer. To master an acrobatic skill, students must develop a good foundation of strength and flexibility. Thus, emphasis is placed on extensive conditioning and stretch and strength training. When students are learning new skills, the instructor utilizes professional spotting techniques, which is necessary to ensure safety and build confidence.

Contact Stages School of Dance to give your child the opportunity to learn these techniques. They’ll receive exercise and arts education simultaneously.