Commitment 4 - 5+ Hours/Week
Our Pre-Competitive Program is designed for students who wish to explore competitive dance opportunities without the additional time commitment required for the full competitive program. Pre-Competitive students must be enrolled in twice weekly ballet and one jazz class. Students will have the opportunity to participate in dance examinations, will attend 1-2 local festivals/competitions and 1 out of town festival/competition and will share in the thrill of our Christmas Show and the Year End Recital.
Pre-Competitive Program Perks
As a part of the Ark Dance Academy Competitive Program, you will receive the following benefits:
- Bi-Monthly Mental Skill Training with Lauren Ritchie!
- 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 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 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.