Class Descriptions

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YBCS Dance Instructors

Our Program

We believe that dance classes offer any young child the opportunity to grow in self-confidence, grace, co-ordination, flexibility, strength, musicality, artistry and creativity. As the children advance through the school, they may choose to dance recreationally or to commit to intensive training to reach their full potential. YBCS offers classes in Rhythm and Movement for preschoolers, Adapted Dance for special needs children, Ballet, Modern Dance and Jazz. Students range from age 3 to adult, with levels of instruction ranging from beginner to advanced.

Small Class Sizes

We are committed to smaller class sizes of 10 to 15 students for our rhythm and movement and pre-ballet students. This means more individualized instruction for the youngest students, and a family atmosphere develops between the students and the instructors. Although our classes for the older students can be larger, we are committed to limiting overcrowding and maintaining each student’s right to individualized attention.

Rhythm and Movement

This program, designed for students aged three to five, encourages children to have fun with movement, rhythm, and creativity, while developing co-ordination, balance, flexibility, musicality as well as some pre-ballet steps and skills.

Pre-Ballet. Primary and Ballet Program

Ballet is the basis for all dance taught at YBCS. We believe that a good education in ballet can benefit dancers in all forms of dance.  Our Pre-Ballet Program starts at age 5 and includes both creative and technical elements. Our ballet program is based on a combination of methods and syllabi, including the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. The curriculum is developmentally sound, and adaptable to various levels of ability.

Intermediate Foundation Intensive Program

2014-15 is our first year to offer this unique program.  This intensive program is designed for those students at the Intermediate level and who are eager to improve technique and discipline.  Five classes per week are recommended, 3 ballet and 2 modern.  In order to take the Pointe Class at this level, the student must be enrolled in two additional ballet classes.

Intensive Day Program

This program is for Intermediate and Advanced Level students who are committed to the art of dance and desire to see a marked improvement in technique and discipline.  All dancers in this program must take all 5 days of courses, which include two classes Monday thru Friday.

Royal Academy of Dance Exam Program

All RAD grades are offered from Grade 1 to Advanced. This is an optional program with RAD classes being held at special times within the schedule. The Royal Academy of Dance is a global organization with a mandate to advance the worldwide standards of teaching in classical ballet. RAD exams give dancers a measurable goal to work toward as well as recognition from the world’s largest ballet examining body.

Company and Ensemble

A distinguishing feature of YBCS is its pre-professional performing Company.  Dancers are admitted into the Company on an audition basis and is for dancers 13 years and up.  Audition dates are posted in the Fall of each year.  The Ensemble program regularly joins the Company in performances and is for Level 4 to Intermediate Foundation dancers who desire more performing opportunities.  There are no auditions at the Ensemble Level.

Adapted Dance

This program, designed for special needs students, utilizes the joy of dance and music to improve strength, muscle tone, co-ordination, flexibility and other skills.

Modern Dance

Our modern program utilizes a variety of movements technique including, but not limited to; Limon Technique, Laban Movement Analysis, and Bartennieff Fundamentals. The movement principles that dancers will become aware of are: time, space, weight, and flow, and how those relate to all dance technique. Classes consist of floor work, centre work, travelling, improvisation, and composition. Modern dance and ballet complement each other greatly, and will give dancers the edge they need to excel in dance in Canada.

Jazz Program

Combining strength and flexibility, jazz employs movements which are angular and percussive. Emphasis is on quick, clean, precise movements to jazz and popular music. Many jazz styles are taught.

Yoga, Pilates and Conditioning for Dance

The Yoga and Pilates classes are offered for both the experienced dancer and the non-dancer alike to provide overall exercise and health improvement.  The Conditioning for Dance classes are offered for the Level 5 and up dancer to provide non-dance physical conditioning to provide overall health.

Post-Secondary Level Classes

This program is offered to emerging dancers at the Advance level and up. Three specialized courses are offered in ballet, modern and voice to provide well-rounded training for the serious artist.

Adult Programs

YBCS offers classes for adults in ballet, modern dance and jazz. No experience is required. Yoga and Pilates classes are also offered for adults.