Commitment 6 - 7+ Hours/Week
Our Competitive Program is for the more serious dancer wanting to take their training to the next level. They must be self-motivating, hardworking and have a desire to grow as a dancer, teammate, and an individual. Competitive students will be enrolled in twice weekly ballet classes, one jazz class, one technique & progressions class, and are required to participate in a large competitive group number. Students will take part in dance examinations, experience the excitement of performance at 1-2 local festivals/competitions and 2-3 out of town festivals/competitions and will share in the thrill of our Christmas Show and the Year End Recital. To enroll in the Competitive Program you must have had at least one year of both Ballet and Jazz training.
Competitive Program Perks!
As a part of the Ark Dance Academy Competitive Program, you will receive the following benefits:
- Monthly Mental Skill Training with Lauren Ritchie! (12 and up).
- Bi-Monthly Mental Skill Training with Lauren Ritchie! (8 – 11).
- Information/Assessment sessions with Kinesis Physical Therapy!
- Information sessions with a sports dietician!
- Information and in studio training sessions with a personal trainer!
- Team bonding events!
For Students 3 and up
Ballet has been around for centuries. Its technically driven movements and performance evoke a feeling, theme, or tell a story. Many different variations and styles have developed within the ballet genre including classical ballet, romantic ballet, neoclassical ballet, and contemporary ballet. Our studio’s core focus is with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi and developing choreography that spans romantic to contemporary ballet styles.
For Students 6 and up
Jazz dance has been ever evolving and one of the most popular genres of dance today! Our jazz classes layer jazz style over traditional ballet in a fun, upbeat, and dynamic class. Our studio focuses on the roots and technique of jazz dance with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association Jazz Syllabus. Class will always begin with a warm-up of strengthening, stretching, and conditioning, followed by across-the-floor exercises and center exercises focusing on various steps, jumps, turns, and combinations.
For Students 3 and up
Tap dance is a high-energy style of dance where rhythm, style and technique are combined to let your feet make the music. Tap dance helps to develop excellent coordination skills and musicality that carry over to all other dance styles. Our studio focuses on the Canadian Dance Teachers Association Tap Syllabus to guide you through tap history, technique, and percussive based combinations.
For students 8 and up (must be enrolled in Ballet)
Created from European and American styles of ballet, folk, and religious dance, Modern dance pioneers went against the conforms of ballet and developed a freedom of expression not available through ballet. Our studio follows the CDTA Modern syllabus that incorporates techniques from some of the foundational modern dance leaders.
For students 3-5 (Combo Class) and 6 and up (6+ must be enrolled in Ballet AND Jazz, or a Ballet/Jazz combo class)
Acrobatic dance combines dance techniques with acrobatic elements, fusing them together choreographically so they are artistically intertwined and seamlessly executed. Our studio utilizes the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus to train the five key elements of Acrobatic Dance, Strength, Balance, Flexibility, Limbering, and Tumbling. The main focus of our acro class is to build strength, increase flexibility and balance, and to safely work through acro progressions. Acrobatic Dance is highly advantageous for increasing technique level for all other dance disciplines.
For Students 10 and up (must be enrolled in Ballet AND Progressions & Technique)
Contemporary dance is a blend of ballet and modern movement with components of acro and jazz strength and agility. Its abstract telling of a story or theme can be accomplished with or without lyrics of a song and has become one of the most popular genres in dance today
For students 6 and up
Hip hop is an upbeat style of street dance that focuses on a number of grooves, freestyle and choreography. Hip Hop has its own set of foundations and techniques that makes this style its own and carries with it a vast historical background involving many different cultural influences.
For Students 8 and up (must be enrolled in Ballet AND Jazz and have 1 year previous ballet training)
Lyrical is a blend of ballet and jazz technique with components of acro and modern dance. Our lyrical choreography is an emotional style that illustrates the lyrics or theme of a song through dance movement.
Technique and Progression
Ages 8 and up (must be enrolled in twice a week ballet AND jazz)
Technique and Progressions will focus on overall postural alignment and core stability. The class will consist of strengthening, conditioning, progressions, jumping, and turning.
Ages 7 and up
Stretch Academy will focus on flexibility, mobility and postural alignment. The class will consist of yoga and pilates based movement utilizing the mUvmethod Stretch Academy program.