Classes

Here is a breakdown of the classes offered here at The Bisland Dance Centre:

Kinder Dance

For ages 3-4

This high-energy 30-minute class focuses on creative movement as a precursor to dance, and is based in basic ballet and jazz technique fundamentals using imagery, song, props and story to develop movement skills at a cognitive level suitable to children at this age.

Ballet

For ages 5 and up

Ballet is the foundation of all dance disciplines and not only is a beautiful discipline on its own, but also helps students to reach full potential in all other styles of dance. Ballet forms a solid understanding in how to utilize muscles in the legs, arms, back and centre in order to create clean fluid technique. Ballet fosters the creation of strong yet graceful dancers who understand how their body works together to support the application of proper technique. The Bisland Dance Centre follows the Society of Russian Ballet Syllabus for both class and ballet examinations.

Jazz

For ages 5 and up, taught as a combination class with Tap

Originated as an extension of ballet, jazz blends barre work, centre stretch, travelling and centre combinations to develop body awareness and movement confidence, as well as to increase flexibility and build core strength. Working with contemporary, upbeat music, this course takes a more stylized approach to movement quality. Jazz is taught in combination with tap at The Bisland Dance Centre at for all regular program division dancers – two classes for the price of one! A performance piece in both jazz and tap will be learned and performed at the annual recital.

Tap

For ages 5 and up, taught as a combination class with Jazz

Designed to develop co-ordination, musicality, strength and rhythm, Tap is based in counting and recreating beats found in music. Tap uses specialized counting exercises to help students learn to create tones, accents and eventually make music using their feet! Tap is taught in combination with tap at The Bisland Dance Centre at for all regular program division dancers – two classes for the price of one! A performance piece in both jazz and tap will be learned and performed at the annual recital.

Acro

For ages 5 and up

Incorporating elements of tumbling from gymnastics, blanaces and flexibility from Cirque du Soleil and jazz dance technique, acro develops a good foundation of strength and flexibility to perform acrobatic tricks such as cartwheels, walkovers, elbow stands to more advance tumbling such as handsprings, ariels, back tucks etc. A great class for the child with tons of energy!. BDC follows the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus.

Contemporary

For ages 7 and up

Contemporary is the fusion of jazz, modern and ballet into an exciting dance discipline that encourages an understanding of intent in movement, thus enhancing performance quality within each student. Unique movement phrases based in jazz, modern and ballet fundamentals form the foundation of this class with unique choreographic twists to inspire the mind and the dancer. Barre, improvisation and partnering exercises are all incorporated into the contemporary classroom experience.

Hip Hop

For ages 5 and up

Hip Hop is an upbeat, fast-paced class based in development of strength and co-ordination between upper and lower body movement. Detail oriented choreography fosters an understanding of how to perform cleanly and sharply, promoting a strong sense of stage presence in each student. Hip Hop at The Bisland Dance Centre fuses break dancing, step, lyrical and traditional movement/technique to create confident students with swagger. Each class focuses on choreography performed to current hip hop, urban and R & B music.

Musical Theatre

For ages 5 and up

Musical Theatre blends dance with performance enhancing skills to help students become self-aware and promote self esteem and stage presence. Based in jazz and drama, musical theatre utilizes drama games and music from Broadway musicals to help develop inspiration within its students. It combines the physical interpretation of lyrics with facial expression, emotional intent and movement to create strong confident performers.