Creative Ballet A & B
The Creative Ballet program is designed for our 3-6 year old dancers. It is grounded in creating a nurturing and creative atmosphere to allow young dancers to explore their artistic abilities. The focus of the program is imagination and the development of both gross and fine motor skills.
These classes have options for both weekday and weekend classes.
Our Recreational Program is open to all dancers ages 7 and up. Rothesay Ballet School follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and offers ballet from the Grade 1 to Grade 8 levels. These classes provide a broad practical dance education, developing the technical, musical and performance skills of students. Classes focus on Classical ballet, free movement and traditional character styles of dance. All students at this level perform in our end of year Recital at Imperial Theatre.
RAD Vocational Program
Rothesay Ballet School offers a rich vocational program. Students are able to take classes in the Royal Academy of Dance's Intermediate Foundation to Advanced program. These classes are designed to challenge dancers to expand their abilities and knowledge of classical ballet and pointe work. Students are able to participate in the RAD Exam program in these levels. The RAD Vocational Program prepares dancers for a career in dance in both the performing and teaching areas.
Royal Academy of Dance - Exam Program
This pre-professional program is offered at the Grade 1-Advanced Levels in the RAD Programs. Exam students study a more intense program of dance, taking 2-6 classes per week. These classes include training in Classical Ballet, Free Movement, Character dance, Pointe and body conditioning. This program is offered by invitation to those students wishing to pursue a more in-depth study of classical ballet. Students enrolled in the exam program are eligible to audition for Gala Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker each December.
Contemporary dance is based in ballet and has its roots in modern technique. Its aesthetics are influenced by modern dance icons such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Lester Horton to name a few. The form also borrows from other genres, such as African dance, jazz, hip hop and martial arts. Some of the cross features are the use of parallel legs, contraction and release, spiral and tilting of the spine, embracing gravity and floor work, and grounding. Contemporary dance encourages the use of expression to enhance performance skills. Classes also offer opportunities for students to develop creation and choreography skills. Ranging from pre-contemporary, where the emphasis is on play that encourages body awareness and control, to Advanced classes that prepare students for their post-secondary dance education, contemporary is the perfect complement to a student's ballet training.
Jazz classes are typically fast paced. Class begins with a solid warm-up, followed by some work in the center, some stretching and finishing with work across the floor. They are often performed to popular, up beat music, and can also include musical theatre numbers, and everything in between. This energetic style of dance is full of interesting isolations, big jumps, long leaps, and quick turns.
It is an ideal dance form for all ages and programs at Rothesay Ballet School start at age 6-adult.
Tap dance was developed in the United States during the nineteenth century, and is popular today in many parts of the world. Tap dance is a way for students to explore rhythms and become percussive musicians. In this class students will study the tap technique which includes: barre work, centre floor and across the floor combinations. Students will also be taught proper tap warm-ups and work on tap improvisation. Anyone who loves rhythms will love to tap dance!
Irish tap dance draws inspiration from Irish step dance which can be seen in such shows as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. This type of dance requires a stiff upper body with quick and precise foot work. Students in Irish Tap must be enrolled in regular tap classes
Adult Classes - Pilates, Tap and Ballet
Pilates - Enhance your flexibility, increase core strength and develop overall muscle tone with our adult Pilates class. This low impact, mat-based fitness class is a fusion of Pilates, yoga, barre and conditioning that can be modified for any level, beginner to advanced. Themed classes change regularly and allow for regular or intermittent attendance, depending on what best suits your schedule and fitness goals. On its own, or as a complement to other fitness regimes, Pilates is a superb way to strengthen, lengthen and tone legs, arms, abs and butt. Join us for fun and functional movement that benefits everyday life activities.
Tap -This class is designed to get you moving and shaking, all while working up a sweat. Designed for all levels, come and join us for some toe tapping fun!
Ballet Barre - This class is designed for all skill levels and will focus on core strength, flexibility and balance. A great work out and wonderful way to de-stress in the middle of the week.