Class Descriptions

There are two phases in the season for our Regular DAS Recreational Program:


Training

Typically occurs from September to December. Students are taught exercises, steps, vocabulary, and overall technique. Sometimes short combinations are developed and practiced. Material is taught in a progressive fashion, but there is no commitment required (drop-in classes available). Student progress is experienced on an individual level with focus placed on training in a safe and consistent way.


Choreography

Typically occurs from January to June. Each class group is taught choreography for a final performance. The performance is completely optional – students are welcome to participate in group choreography without purchasing a costume or appearing on stage. Progress is experienced on a group level, requiring an attendance commitment from each student. Skills are developed in spacing, timing, and synchronicity, which requires all members of the team. Warm-up, conditioning, and technique training are integrated into the classes to support the physical demands of choreography.


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Ballet

Ballet provides a good, solid foundation for many of the other dance styles in the DAS Recreational program, and it’s Caelia‘s personal favourite! We have four levels of recreational adult ballet: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. These classes each have a unique syllabus created by Caelia to suit the needs of the dancers, which loosely follows the curriculum of the Royal Academy of Dance. During the Training portion of the season (Sep to Dec), students will learn barre, port de bras, turns, adage, and allegro exercises. The Choreography phase (Jan to Jun) places less focus on technical exercises, but draws on the training from the first part of the year. Ballet develops strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, stage presence, memory, and cognitive skills, and promotes emotional and artistic expression. It also creates a solid foundation for any other discipline, which makes it a fantastic starting point for your journey into the world of dance.

Beginner — 0-1 years experience; working on posture & placement, students learn simple isolated steps to build vocabulary (introduction to Ballet)

Novice— 2-3 years experience; awareness and control of basic posture is required, students must have basic knowledge of ballet vocabulary, focus is on developing skills to recall and perfect complex combinations (approx. RAD Inter Foundation level)

Intermediate — 4-5 years experience; awareness and control of basic posture is required with ability to apply to more complicated positions, students must be able to combine steps independently into complex combinations have good working knowledge of vocabulary and retain choreography comfortably (approx. RAD Intermediate)

Advanced — 6+ years experience; confident control of posture and alignment in difficult positions (arabesque, body bends, épaulement, etc.), students must have good working knowledge of a wide array of ballet steps and be able to execute complex combinations quickly, reverse enchainements independently, change direction easily, etc. (approx. RAD Advanced Foundation/1 level)

Alumni — lifetime experience; trained seriously to Advanced 1 or 2 level, ex-professional, very little instruction required for posture or new steps, able to pick up or follow complicated and lengthy combinations quickly and easily (approx. Advanced 2, university, or company level)

RAD Exam — Dance Alive offers specialized exam training for the Royal Academy of Dance on a case-by-case basis. Find out more on our Exam Training page.

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Ballet classes!


Pointe

Pointe is the only subsection of ballet that is not included in the Recreational Ballet classes. It requires its own course of strength and balance training and can be quite strenuous on the foot and ankle. Adults are welcome to train in pointe class regardless of their experience, but must be patient about progress – pointe shoes may only be purchased and practiced in once the teacher deems it safe. Besides the prospect of dancing on pointe, this class is a great opportunity to strengthen the knees and ankles, activate the core, and improve body alignment. This makes it a great complement to the ballet class, or a fantastic wellness class on its own.

Pre-Pointe — 0 years experience; working on demi-pointe, improving posture and alignment, with focus on activation and strengthening, students learn simple repetitive exercises to train muscle memory and build strength (typically 6 months of pre-pointe training leads to purchasing pointe shoes – up to instructor discretion)

Beginner — 1 years experience; new to pointe work, applying pre-pointe training to working in pointe shoes, developing more strength and body awareness, mostly rises, relevés, pas de bourrées, and non-weight bearing pointe steps

Novice — 2 years experience; ability to comfortably rise, relevé, and couru en pointe, introduced to centre work with weight transfer and traveling steps, more strength and experience developed on one leg

Intermediate — 3-4 years experience; rises, relevés, courus, and temps liés are all warm-ups and executed with proper technique (no bent knees, secure weight placement, etc.), students learn more difficult turning steps, posés, and relevés to one foot

Advanced — 5+ years experience; comfortable with balancing and moving off and on pointe, able to execute turning steps such as chainés and posé pirouettes, students learn multiple turns and balances in difficult positions

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Pointe classes!


Tap

Tap is a vigorous and upbeat dance style based on rhythm and sound. It owes its roots to Black America as a way to create music with the body and connect with deities in the ground. Tap requires a unique way of moving when compared to the Ballet-based styles (Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary). Ankle mobility, weight placement, and glute activation are key components. Tyneal approaches Tap from a fundamental movement approach with proper conditioning and biomechanical techniques, while weaving in the history and rhythm of the steps.

Beginner — 0-1 years experience; working on posture & placement, students learn simple isolated steps to build vocabulary 

Novice — 2 years experience; knowledge of the mechanics and posture of tap dancing, students build vocabulary and work on combining simple rhythms in more complicated ways, incorporating turns and pick ups

Intermediate — 3-4 years experience;  knowledge of the basic posture and steps is required, students learn more complicated rhythms and footwork with greater focus on arm and body placement & speed

Advanced — 5+ years experience; students are adept in posture and ankle/leg control, able to perform complex rhythms and movements including turns, toe stands, and steps with pick ups

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Tap classes!


Jazz

Jazz is a powerful, fast-moving style filled with isolation and drama. It also originated from Black people in America, and has been turned more away from its roots in Canada into the Theatrical Jazz most of us think of from Broadway. Basic Jazz technique – posture control, weight placement, core strength – is very similar to Ballet, so Ballet training is often helpful for the Jazz dancer. Jumps and turns are prominent in Jazz training, and dances are usually performed to upbeat music with style. Not all Jazz is the same, and Caelia, Tyneal, and Kersten work to provide a wider experience of Jazz choreography with strong foundations in technique.

Beginner — 0-1 years experience; working on posture & placement, students learn arm and foot positions with simple steps to build vocabulary

Novice — 2 years experience; can perform single pirouettes, tuck jumps, and split jumps, students develop more strength and stamina to connect difficult movements together and improve speed and power, more style is developed, introduction to floor work

Intermediate — 3-4 years experience; knowledge of all basic moves, working on double pirouettes and some basic turning jumps (double attitude), greater focus on mobility and isolation in movement with more mature style, more floor work is included with simple transitions

Advanced — 5+ years experience; knowledge and mastery of posture and simple kicks, turns and jumps, students are working on triple pirouettes and complex turns, as well as more challenging jumps like single attitudes and switch splits, transitions to floor are quick and complex, style is expected in all movements

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see day and time of our Jazz classes!


Lyrical

Lyrical tells a story. It can has movement elements from Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary. It is free expression with the body in an attempt to connect with the audience. The technical foundation has a similarity to Ballet, but training in Jazz as well is an asset for strength and flexibility. Our Lyrical program focuses on expression and musicality more than physical technique to allow students the opportunity to really feel the music and connect to the audience. Students are encouraged to feel each other’s movement style and timing and to develop a sense of synchronicity with the group. Kersten & Caelia are working together to develop a unique Lyrical experience that really fosters the emotional and artistic expression of music through dance.

Beginner — 0-1 years experience; working on some posture & placement, heavy focus on musicality and performance, students learn simple movements that can be performed with feeling to tell a story

Novice — 2 years experience; better awareness of body placement and core engagement, able to move confidently and fluidly with music, students will start to learn more technical poses and transitions while maintaining feeling and emotion

Intermediate — 3-4 years experience; mastery of body awareness in simple expressive movement, more focus on technically challenging moves like turns, balances, extensions and floor work, a greater ability to adapt to group energy and move to subtle music cues

Advanced — 5+ years experience; knowledge and mastery of body awareness, musicality, and group sense, Jazz & Ballet-like movements are often incorporated, students must have to ability to shift out of other training styles to create more modern and contemporary shapes and movements, dancers have ability to emotionally tell a story through facial expression, movement, breath, and group connection

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see day and time of our Lyrical classes!


Street Dance

Previously called “Hip Hop”, our classes are now called Street Dance to show respect toward Hip Hop culture (includes dance, community, music, clothing, and more). Our new Street Dance program is based out of an online dance studio with BIPOC artists for whom Hip Hop culture is a lived thing. We learn different styles of Street dance, such as Dancehall, House, Krump, and Voguing, as well as the history and culture that is involved with each. The focus on Street dance training is to feel the music and feel your classmates – it is a social dance after all! In Street class we have fun, we groove, we let our bodies move the way THEY want to, and we pay homage to the cultures and people that created these dance styles for us to enjoy.

Beginner — 0-2 years experience; develop awareness of body, style, connection to music and other dancers, become comfortable picking up simple steps and movements

Intermediate — 3-4 years experience; comfortable with different movement styles and music, students are easily able to recognize new footwork patterns and pairing body isolations with steps, quality of movement is developed (sharp, soft, pop/lock, fluidity in body rolls, etc.), confidence in freestyle with encouragement and support

Advanced — 5+ years experience; ease and confidence in freestyle, different movement patterns based on music, complex particular movements of feet, body, and arms, ability to isolate body parts and movement styles like sharpness with smoothness, students are comfortable in their self-awareness and self-expression and have a fitness level that supports more strenuous dance styles (breaking, krump, etc.)

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Street classes!


Acro

Our Acro program is based in good foundation gymnastics conditioning and incorporates elements from the Acrobatic Arts dance program. As adults, it can be difficult and even scary to develop the skills necessary to safely perform acrobatic tricks. We have many props and training exercises available to create a safe environment to train safely in-studio, as well as some opportunities for class field trips to a proper gym! Students are encouraged to develop at their own pace with their specific strengths supported – not everyone can do a back bend or a handstand the same way. Kersten‘s design of this program is a fantastic supplement to our other dance styles to help develop core awareness and upper body strength, as well as a confidence for trusting yourself to do scary things!

Beginner — 0-2 years experience; develop strength and mobility to help support simple moves, develop core awareness, introduction to forwards rolls, backwards rolls, bridges, handstands, and cartwheels, introduce transitions and combinations of elements

Intermediate — 3-4 years experience; increase strength and mobility, increase power and speed of tumbling elements, next level of tricks introduced like one-handed cartwheels, round offs, back walk-overs, and handstand roll-outs, stronger technique developed for simple tricks

Advanced — 5+ years experience; adequate strength and mobility for elements, back and front walk overs, working toward aerials, handsprings, and combination tricks, fewer props and less spotting used, students are required to have strong body awareness and good skills of landing or falling safely

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Acro classes!


Embodied Movement

This class is a part of our one-of-a-kind and revolutionary Embodiment Program at Dance Alive, designed by Caelia. The full program consists of three courses: Embodied Movement, Embodied Strength, and Embodied Mind. Together, these three courses help our members create a sense of awareness, freedom, and resilience in their minds and bodies. Students in these classes also begin to learn a language and mentality that promotes empowerment of the individual, instead of continuing the narrative that people don’t know enough to take care of their own bodies or to move toward their wellness/fitness goals. These classes form the foundation of our entire dance program at Dance Alive. We believe strongly that our teachings through these classes help to create a safe, loving, and powerful community that can work to change the current paradigm of toxic fitness and dance training in our society. 

EMBODIED MOVEMENT is a mobility-based class that teaches breath work, proper core activation, and intuitive movement. The exercises are based in Pilates fundamentals, with Progressive Ballet Technique, Yoga, NeuroKinetic Therapy, and the Roll Model Method also used throughout. Learn to feel your body as you move and increase your range and fluidity of movement. 

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Embodied Movement classes!


Embodied Strength

This class is a part of our one-of-a-kind and revolutionary Embodiment Program at Dance Alive, designed by Caelia. The full program consists of three courses: Embodied Movement, Embodied Strength, and Embodied Mind. Together, these three courses help our members create a sense of awareness, freedom, and resilience in their minds and bodies. Students in these classes also begin to learn a language and mentality that promotes empowerment of the individual, instead of continuing the narrative that people don’t know enough to take care of their own bodies or to move toward their wellness/fitness goals. These classes form the foundation of our entire dance program at Dance Alive. We believe strongly that our teachings through these classes help to create a safe, loving, and powerful community that can work to change the current paradigm of toxic fitness and dance training in our society. 

EMBODIED STRENGTH is a more intense class that focuses on developing power, strength, cardiovascular fitness and stamina. Work with Lauren to develop fitness plans to meet your individual goals that you can continue on your own at home or in the gym. This class focuses on educating and empowering the students to be able to meet their own fitness goals without fancy equipment. Develop community while meeting your strength and stamina goals!

*Note*: We don’t always have room in the schedule or enough interest to hold all levels of classes as stated above. If you don’t see your desired level on the schedule, please let us know!

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Embodied Strength classes!


Embodied Mind

This class is a part of our one-of-a-kind and revolutionary Embodiment Program at Dance Alive, designed by Caelia. The full program consists of three courses: Embodied Movement, Embodied Strength, and Embodied Mind. Together, these three courses help our members create a sense of awareness, freedom, and resilience in their minds and bodies. Students in these classes also begin to learn a language and mentality that promotes empowerment of the individual, instead of continuing the narrative that people don’t know enough to take care of their own bodies or to move toward their wellness/fitness goals. These classes form the foundation of our entire dance program at Dance Alive. We believe strongly that our teachings through these classes help to create a safe, loving, and powerful community that can work to change the current paradigm of toxic fitness and dance training in our society. 

EMBODIED MIND is currently offered as a hybrid class, where students can join in-person or through Zoom from home. This class focuses on understanding the emotional anatomy of the body through the language of energy polarities and the chakra system. It also teaches students Dance Alive’s own DAS Method, a widely applicable technique that can be used to lend structure and guidance to career, academic, or personal goals & challengaes. A physical practice is incorporated to connect body and mind, and sharing and discussion is encouraged in class as well. External recordings are available to those who are not a part of the weekly group.

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Embodied Mind classes!


Tiny Dancers

There is no person too young to dance! Our Tiny Dancer Program is designed to help children and their caregivers learn, play, grow, and move together with music and freedom. Very young children will experience movement in a group with cues and external stimulation, developing strength and awareness in a safe and educational environment. Older children will be given instruction and learn to develop their connection between body and mind by thinking about their movement. Everybody involved will have a fun time developing community and moving in novel ways with lots of props and guidance. Perfect for children who want to explore movement and for caregivers who want to get out of the house and meet new friends!

Level 0 — 0-1 years old; children are not quite walking yet, engagement with environment is intuitive and sensory based, class focus is all on getting caregivers to move with their children; *caregivers should be prepared for an adult-focused fitness class that includes holding their baby!*

Level 1 — 1-2 years old; children are exploring walking but still developing balance, strength, and awareness, children are engaging with environment with a bit more curiosity and are given more prompts and opportunities to explore without much expectation for following instruction, class focus still on caregivers

Level 2 — 2-3 years old; children are walking, taking instruction, able to distinguish between shapes and images, thinking and playing, able to understand rules of games and social interactions, class focus is more on children with guidance on how caregivers can best support the experience

Check out the Weekly Schedule to see days and times of our Tiny Dancer classes!