News & Events

All recent news related to DAS classes, schedules, workshops, etc. will be posted here. Feel free to leave comments on any of the posts if you have questions or concerns. Subscribe at the bottom of this page if you wish to receive email notifications of new posts!



Studio Update – Exciting News!

We are coming to the end of our 6-Week Sessions that have helped us get back on our feet from our forced shut-down in March. What a year! Due to the generous support from our DAS friends, we have been holding class on Wednesday and Friday evenings at Piper Rose Studios and having a blast. We have ONE MORE SESSION starting on the week of September 28. Check out our webpage on 6 Week Sessions for schedule, pricing, and the link to register (at the bottom of the page).

This final session will end on November 6, after which we will have a week off of dance coinciding with the November Reading Week. By this point, we are hoping…..

…to start our new season at
our BRAND NEW STUDIO!!

Our new home will have two studios, one large and one medium-sized, multiple bathrooms, and sprung floor with dancer-tested vinyl mats. We have lots of work ahead of us as far as building and preparing, but we hope to be finished in time to run classes on November 15, 2020.

If you’d like to be a part of building our new home, please send us an email. We are so excited to have a place to call our own, and we’ll appreciate all the help we can get in terms of building, taping, cleaning, preparing, and fundraising. It takes a village!

Can’t wait to see you in the studio 🙂



Keep Dance ALIVE – Summer Plans

Our teachers are tired, our season is over, and the weather is gorgeous. It’s time to give the online classes a break and ENJOY our summer! However, we still want to give you an opportunity to support the studio that is worthwhile to YOU. Check out our new program for the summer – Keep Dance ALIVE, Sponsor the Studio. You can stay connected and make sure there’s a studio to come back to while still having all the freedom and rest you deserve in your summer.

Online Offerings are still available for purchase. Check out the entire Summer 2020 page in our Studio Info section for all the June/July/August details you might need.

Otherwise, stay tuned to this page for more events and activities popping up this summer!



Live Zoom Classes in May

We’ve had some time to think, and now we want to try some live classes for you all! We have the following schedule planned out for May:

Date
Time
Class
(Teacher)
Mon, May 11
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Pointe Conditioning
(Caelia)
Thu, May 14
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Experienced Ballet
(Maddi)
Tue, May 19
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Pilates & Conditioning
(Maddi)
Wed, May 20
6:00 – 7:00 pm
GUEST BALLET – All Levels
(Mrs. Stephen)
Mon, May 25
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Stretch & Release
(Caelia)
Wed, May 27
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Beginner Ballet
(Caelia)

More details about the classes:

  • Times are negotiable! Let us know if it’s too early.
  • Hosted on Zoom – video participation is optional
  • All live classes will be recorded and uploaded to the regular class program
  • Live attendance or recorded access is $25 if you’re not already subscribed to the class – otherwise it’s free! (but you must still sign up)
  • Minimum of 5 people per class in order to go ahead with each.

Please register for any of the events using the link below:

We can’t wait to see you there!



1st DAS Informal Lecture!

We are so excited to present our first DAS EXTRA online video for you, which is also the first in our DAS Informal Lecture Series!! Our first talk will be given by Caelia Gardiner and will focus on Motivation and Trauma Responses.

What this lecture will cover:

  • Different types of motivation (intrinsic & extrinsic)
  • Executive dysfunction and its relationship with motivation
  • How stress and trauma play with each other
  • WHY YOU FEEL A LACK OF MOTIVATION RIGHT NOW
  • How you can help yourself through this time healthily and sustainably!

This will be a LIVE ZOOM EVENT happening on Friday, April 24th at 7:00 pm. Access to DAS Extras are $25 per class, live or recorded. Please sign up with the link below if you want to join for the live event!

If you know you cannot attend the live event, but you’d like access to the recorded video, please submit a Drop-In Registration Form with the title of the video (DIL#1 or Motivation & Trauma Responses):

**NOTE: All students who attend the live event will be given access to the recorded video. Those with Unlimited Access still need to register for the Live Event but do not need to pay, and will automatically have access to the recorded video. Visit our Registration Page for more information on Unlimited Access Subscription!

We can’t wait to see you there!



Studio Update

It’s been about 2 weeks since we launched our brand new DAS Online Program, and things are going well! But we want to check with you otherwise. We hope you’re doing well, and we want to let you know how things are going with us! Please stay up-to-date while watching the video below:

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Important points from the video update:

  • Don’t be nervous to ask about the studio’s plans in the future!
  • Online classes are going well, consistency is a struggle – thank you for your continued patience
  • We have 25 subscriptions so far, which is awesome – thank you!
  • Drop-In Access is still available too (see Online Previews), you don’t need to only choose subscription
  • Weekly Workouts are a new thing added – cardio & fitness indoors & outdoors run by Lauren Gardiner
  • Scheduled LIVE Zoom classes are a maybe – stay tuned, they may be announced in the future
  • Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser was super successful – sold almost $2000 in chocolates, 4 times our minimum required amount!
  • We may have a Gift Card Fundraiser coming soon, if anyone is interested.
  • Fundraising money can be donated to the studio if you wish, but not necessary at all – your fundraising account can be applied to anything you wish and it will go towards the studio anyway.
  • Costume balances will be calculated at some point in the next month.
  • Guessing that we will not be in the studio until late summer/fall – just a guess! Don’t know for sure.
  • The plan for now is to take a breather, relax with our time off, engage in online classes if you want – we are NOT expecting you to maintain your training!
  • If we don’t get back until September, we’ll just start the season over again with training from Sep-Dec and choreography starting in January.
  • We can plan to recycle our choreography and costumes from this season, re-space as we need to and re-learn the whole things!
  • No stress, no pressure, no expectations – let’s focus on gently getting back into the groove of things.
  • Small group Zoom Social Calls are being organized to keep you all in touch with me and each other, just to maintain contact.
  • The studio is doing fine! All teachers have an outside source of income, and Caelia has supplemental income through school, so all people are taken care of.
  • Our goal right now is transparency, support, and consistency – we are trying to support other small businesses through paying rent and professional fees, we have minor operating costs for our online platform, and we will continue to provide video content.
  • Remember that we have Compassionate Pricing and Karma Payments – pay what you can, or trade us services!
  • Engage with us, even if it has nothing to do with dance! Join us on Zoom calls, share with us your past-times, shoot us an email.
  • Make sure to suggest new ideas if you have any!

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are eternally grateful for your support <3



DAS Online Launches!

We have been WORKING HARD this past week to bring you the all-new DAS ONLINE PROGRAM! A complete description of how it works is available under the Studio Info webpage or click the button below:

If you don’t want to click through the website to explore, I’ve explained everything you need to know in this video below:

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Also, for our current loyal members of Dance Alive, I have a few general studio updates that don’t necessarily have to do with the Online Program, which I filmed in a second video here:

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Important points from the video update:

  • The studio is still closed to in-person classes – but we have exciting new DAS ONLINE offerings!
  • DAS Team is working hard – most videos will come from Caelia, Maddi & Kersten, Christine is very busy with her day job, Tyneal is working behind the scenes.
  • Scheduled Zoom live classes are not in the plan just yet but we are open to the idea if you want that!
  • If you paid for April already, Caelia will get in touch with you about future plans.
  • DAS Online will be the main program throughout April, but we would like to continue it in May, whether we get back in the studio or not.
  • If you want any refunds or credits for March, PLEASE reach out to Caelia via email, text, phone call, etc.
  • Do you have anything you’d like to film and contribute to our DAS Online platform, please let me know!
  • Stay tuned for group social calls and activities!

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are eternally grateful for your support <3



One-Week Update

One week after our studio shut-down, we have further updates. Online materials are still being supplied under the DAS Online page in the Student Centre:

Another video update is provided:

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Important points from the video update:

  • The studio is still closed to in-person classes.
  • Online materials are provided in the Student Centre above as well as on our DAS Dancers & Friends Facebook page and our Instagram stories.
  • It is looking likely that all competitions will be postponed, but hopefully rescheduled for summer.
  • Studio updates will continue to be made on a weekly basis.
  • Announcements to come about a new online program hopefully to launch in April.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Hang in there!



Studio Shut-Down

As of March 16, 2020, all in-person classes at Dance Alive Studios have been cancelled until further notice. Online materials are being supplied under the DAS Online page in the Student Centre:

I’ve recorded a video message to you all explaining the current status of the studio:

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Important points from the video update:

  • The situation will be monitored as the week progresses and an update will be provided this weekend.
  • Online materials are provided in the Student Centre above as well as on our DAS Dancers & Friends Facebook page and our Instagram stories.
  • Our first priority is to the immediate safety of our dancers, and our second priority is to your sustainable wellness over the long-term.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Hang in there!



DASwear Merchandise Order

We are opening up another DASwear merchandise order! We have the following items available (last season’s designs, click the links of each to see images):

    • Jogger-style sweat pants ($60) – available in grey & black
    • Zip-up fleece hoodies ($80) – Custom lettering on back; available in black, grey, and grey/black
    • Mint flowy tank top ($40) – “Dance for body/mind/soul, Dance Alive” slogan on front
    • White RISE UP shirts ($40) – “RISE UP – A Second Chance to Dance” on the front; available in flowy tank, fitted tank, flowy long sleeve and unisex long sleeve)
    • Black duffle bag ($45) with embroidered logo & custom initials
    • DAS logo stickers ($3 each, 4 for $10)
    • Cable-knit leg warmers ($35) with embroidered “DAS” (available in black & white)
    • Green fitted leg warmers ($45) with screen printed “Dance Alive Studios” down calf

We are working hard to create an online store for easier ordering in the future, but for now, please fill out the following Google Form to order:

The tentative order deadline is February 22, 2020. Sample sizes will be brought to the studios for dancers to try on items, or you can view this sizing chart online.

*PLEASE NOTE*

    • Pants, shirts, and bunnyhugs require a minimum order of 12 items for each style. If there are not enough orders for an item, you will be added to a wait list for it to be ordered once we have enough. 
    • There are limited amounts of black hoodies in stock at a reduced price. If you order the correct size, you will be given the option to order a new one or buy an in-stock item. 
    • All leg warmers are limited quantity and experimental items. We may not have the exact same style again, but we are trying to design a studio leg warmer for regular order. 
    • More items will be designed this year in the next few months – more shirts with the new show title on them, and some competition gear as well. Please let us know if you have any requests for new items. 
    • If you are interested in items but need more time to pay for an order, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can work out together!

As always, please contact us with any questions or ideas you might have for our studio attire!


For simplicity, we also have links to our other two clothing orders (DAS Comp Gear 2020, and tights/earrings) happening here:



DAS Holiday Party

Our holiday party is a time to get together and celebrate the first few months of our season with food, drinks, games, and dance! All are welcome, but please RSVP as the space has a limited capacity. Details are listed below:

Date:Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time:5:00 – 10:00 pm (Come & go!)
Place:Living Sky Café (245 3 Ave S)
Cost:
OPTIONAL $15 donation
(to help with venue rental)
Details:


* Food & drinks ordered off menu
* Automatic 18% gratuity charged
* Board games welcome!
* DAS Show viewing throughout evening
RSVP:Google Form RSVP Link

We look forward to seeing you there!