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Tot Ballet (3 years old)

This class is 30 minutes in length.  The program is designed to build the basics of dance.  The elements taught are: rhythm, basic ballet movements, coordination, creativity, working as a group and discipline. It is a perfect way to begin ballet training. Our Tot Ballet dancers participate in the year-end recital.

 
Creative Ballet (ages 4-5)

This class is 45 minutes in length.  The program is designed to build upon the skills learnt in the Parent and Tot program.  The knowledge of ballet movements and rhythm is expanded, always maintaining a creative edge. Students in this class will participate in our year-end recital.

 
Ballet (ages 6+)

These classes are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length depending on the level.  Ballet is the base of all dance styles and it is highly encouraged that students partake in a ballet class to better their other disciplines.  The Cecchetti method is taught and exams are an option for students who are eligible.  The skills are first trained at the barre, then carry on to the centre for allegro work, pirouettes, adagios and travelling exercises.  We always complete the class with révérence.

 
Pointe (minimum of 11 years of age)

This class is added to the last 30 minutes or 45 minutes of the regular ballet class.  Only students who have been assessed by Melissa Kelly can partake in this class.  Not every student’s feet are ready for pointe and it is dangerous to do so if the student’s technique is lacking in certain areas.  Posture, ankles, body alignment, balance and strength are all very important components when assessing a student for this style.

 
Jazz (ages 5+)

These classes are 45 minutes to 1.5 hours in length.  Following the CDTA syllabus, jazz is a style of dance that is strong, powerful, high energy and very technical.  The style that best compliments jazz is ballet.  Many technical points from ballet are used in jazz.

 
Tap (ages 5+)

These classes are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.  Following the CDTA syllabus, tap is a style of dance perfect for students who want to learn rhythm, coordination and intricate foot work.  Tap can be compared to drums; it’s like playing drums with your feet, creating sounds and exciting rhythms. Tap shoes are required for this style.

 
Hip Hop (ages 6+)

These classes are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. Hip Hop is a style that focuses on beat, rhythm, freestyle and coordination, incorporating the entire body.  Using funk and your own style, it is a type of dance that came to us from New York City and Los Angeles.  At MKDA, we introduce all types of hip hop forms such as: Krump, House, Old School and Break Dancing.

 
Acrobatics (7+)

These classes are 1 hour in length.  This program is designed to promote excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion, and partner/group stunting for dancers.  Through the Acrobatics Arts syllabus, students will learn countless techniques and movements while using dance to enhance their performance.  It is required that students taking Acrobatics must register for a ballet and/or jazz class, as many components of ballet and jazz are incorporated in Acrobatics.

 
Contemporary

These classes are all 1 hour in length.  Contemporary means NEW MOVEMENT and it embodies twisted lines, use of different levels, exciting movement vocabulary and creativity.

 

Adult Hip Hop

This class is 1 hour in length. -Hip Hop is a style that focuses on beat, rhythm, freestyle and coordination, incorporating the entire body.  Using funk and your own style, it is a type of dance that came to us from New York City and Los Angeles.  At MKDA, we also incorporate House dancing in all hip hop classes that are Intermediate and above.

 
Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is a form of theatre that combines songs, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of the piece are communicated through the music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Students will be expected to learn lines from a song by heart and coordinate the acting, dance and lip syncing in the choreography.

Aerial Silks (ages 9+)

NOTE! Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, we are unable to offer aerial silks for the 2021-2022 dance season.

Silks is a graceful art of challenging climbs, wraps and poses while hanging from long, flowing pieces of fabric. This artistic form of dance will give dancers concrete knowledge in timing, precision and aerial awareness. Applying these circus skills to your child’s silks training, will teach them how their dance abilities can transition into aerial performances.

Adult Lyrical
This class is 1 hour in length. Fusion of Ballet and Jazz techniques. An interpretation of lyrics and the ability to tell a story through dance.