Educate. Collaborate. Create.

So, what is unique about our programs? Well, these are not your typical competition or recital school dance classes. Our dance classes explore the styles and performance skills involved in dance for the stage. Along with the continuing study and advancement of dance technique, classes break down and explore the unique styles of iconic choreographers, and delve into the role that choreography plays in shaping a character and telling a story on stage.

It’s not all about the costumes, but there is costuming – it’s not all about the recital, but our students do perform – and it’s certainly not all about competition. Our focus is on the personal growth and artistic development of each dancer along with safe dance practices so that our dancers will want to, and will be able to, dance for their entire life. We seek to train well-rounded, versatile dancers who are prepared to participate in a variety of performance settings and who are able to communicate and collaborate with other performing artists.

We also seek to instill in our students a sense of pride and passion for their work and for their potential to contribute creatively to their communities and beyond. We encourage artistic expression and work to help each individual find their own ‘voice’. It’s not only about what happens in the classroom, but how students can transition this knowledge and creative experience into the rest of their lives.

While Music & Play Inc. has other programs, including Music Pups and Music Cats that can help to build a love of music and movement at an earlier age, we start formal dance classes at age 5. We know that there are a lot of studios out there who start earlier – and we’re more than happy to discuss the differences with you.  Classes are grouped by age and utilize a split-class teaching method to address any level discrepancies within the class.

With a faculty featuring decades of experience in teaching and performing, our dance students get the attention and training they deserve!

We look forward to dancing with you!

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Dance Class Descriptions

Dance Class Descriptions

Jazz  Students explore the many styles of jazz and the performance skills involved in dance for the stage. Along with the continuing study and advancement of dance technique, classes break down and explore the unique styles of iconic choreographers, and delve into the role that choreography plays in shaping a character and telling a story on stage.

Tap  Tap is a form of Jazz dance where you become your own percussionist! Students explore the world of Tap and the performance skills involved in dance for the stage. Along with the continuing study and advancement of dance technique, classes break down and explore the unique styles of iconic choreographers, and delve into the role that choreography plays in shaping a character and telling a story on stage.

Hip Hop  is expressive, challenging, urban and athletic. Class warm-ups consist of cardio, strength, isolation and basic groove exercises. Throughout the season, students explore different styles including popping & locking, break dance, old school, funk, and house; each with its respected genre of music. Students will learn and rehearse choreography in addition to working on developing their own personal style through improvisation. Classes also involve learning the history and culture of Hip Hop and its emphasis on strong community and positive expression – to ensure an uplifting atmosphere where students can truly express themselves. Be prepared to focus, sweat, and of course have fun! Music consists only of age appropriate material.

Creative Dance Ensemble – This class takes students beyond the basics of their usual dance class. Through a contemporary/lyrical approach to dance, students will learn the basics of composition, choreography, and creativity. They will also learn improvisation techniques and collaborate with the teacher in creating a dance for the Year-End Showcase. Students MUST be enrolled in at least 1 dance technique class at a dance studio.

Please see Dance Class Levels for specific age requirements

Dance Class Levels

Dance Class Levels

Our Dance for Theatre classes use a split class teaching approach and feature a blend of technique and choreography in each class that help each dancer advance appropriately.

Should Teachers feel a dancer may work better in a different class, this will be discussed with the student and parents.

Introductory  classes are for beginner dancers aged 5 – 7.

Junior  classes are suitable for dancers aged 7-10.

Intermediate  classes are suitable for dancers aged 10 – 14.

Senior  classes are suitable for dancers aged 14 – 18.

Dance Attire

Dance Attire

Jazz – Black Jazz shoes. Black leggings or Jazz pants, bodysuit/fitted tee/fitted tank.

Tap – Black Tap shoes. Black leggings or Jazz pants, bodysuit/fitted tee/fitted tank.

Hip Hop – Clean non-marking indoor shoes. Loose fitting pants, t-shirt or tank, NO JEANS.

Creative Dance Ensemble – Bare feet (bring socks). Black leggings or Jazz pants, bodysuit/fitted tee/fitted tank, No Sweatpants or Jeans.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Only dance or indoor shoes may be worn in the studios.

Hair should be up and off your face (short hair-headband, long hair -ponytail/braid/bun).

A black bodysuit is preferred for Junior levels and above (as it may be a part of the December and June recital costuming).

No street clothes, watches, dangly earrings, necklaces or bracelets (other than medical alert), no cell phones (unless given permission by teacher due to importance of situation or adult medical professional on call).

Dance Etiquette

Dance Etiquette

Attendance  Regular attendance is encouraged for maintaining group quality and personal technical advancement. If a class must be missed (emergency, illness) please call in absences and we will notify the instructor. If a student is consistently absent a call home will be made to discuss the situation. Attendance for students is crucial during rehearsal periods for performances.

Students may be asked to attend a free trial class to assist with selection of a suitable level and discipline.

Punctuality and Preparation  Dancers should arrive on time for class, properly attired and warmed up. Dancers should keep a supply of elastics, hairpins, hairspray or gel, needle and thread (if applicable), Band-Aids and safety pins on hand.

Corrections  While in class, students are expected to pay close attention to all instruction, including corrections of others, and to join in relevant discussion.

Classroom  As the Dojo is respected in martial arts, dance students are expected to respect their instructor, their classmates, themselves and the studio spaces they are in. At Music and Play, we aim to encourage a safe and harmonious atmosphere. Please report any harmful or offensive behavior to your instructor. If a student is consistently disruptive they will be asked to leave the class.  Food, gum and pop are not allowed in the studios (water/ juice are allowed only with a sealed top).

Late Arrivals  Late arrival policies for each class will be reviewed by your Teacher at the beginning of each term.

Injuries and Health Concerns  Please notify your instructor at the beginning of class if you have an injury or are recovering from an injury so that they are aware. Also please be sure to notify the Studio of any health concerns, relevant medical conditions, allergies or illnesses. Our instructors strive to avoid injuries by demonstrating proper alignment and injury prevention.  In the event that an accident or injury occurs, our instructors and Staff have been trained in emergency first aid response.

Observation  Due to limited space we do not have an open door policy. During the first class parents are invited in to meet the teacher and parent observation classes may be held during the year.

Make-up Classes  Due to the nature of our dance programming, there are no makeups available. Please discuss with your teacher how best to catch up on the material you missed.

Cancellations & Refunds – Cancellations by the student must be received by the end of the first week of the fall term. In the case of student cancellation there is a small cancellation fee ($35) and any remaining fees will be refunded. In the case of student cancellation after the first week window, only a credit to the student’s account will be provided. Credits are valid for one year from date of issue. Exceptions can be made with medical documentation. Absence (non-attendance) from class is not considered notification of withdrawal.

As with all our schedules, there is the potential for changes once final student numbers are known. In the event of insufficient registration, we reserve the right to cancel classes and place the student in another suitable class. In the event that an alternate placement is not possible, any unused prorated tuition will be refunded.

Holidays  Programming will run as usual on statutory holidays with the exception of those noted in our annual calendar.

Regular programming is suspended during February Break and Spring Break. The school is also closed for the Holiday Season. See the Annual Calendar for exact dates.

Click here to access all Dance information in the printable Policy Letter. (NOTE: 2017/18 Information will be available soon)