Ages & and up

Ages 7 Years Old And Up

Tap: (3/4 - 1hr/per week)
This form of dance is becoming increasingly popular. These are non-syllabus classes concentrating on rhythms and combinations incorporating every style of tap. Dancers will perform 1 routine in the year end production and will require one costume. Pre-requisite- 7 years of age and up.


Jazz: (3/4 - 1hr/per week)
Jazz is a popular dance form, as the Top 40 music is often used in class. A combination of different styles and funk moves, as well as technique is covered in class. Ballet class enhances jazz technique. Dancers will perform 1 routine in the year end production and will require one costume. Pre-requisite- 7 years of age and up.


Street Jazz & Hip-Hop classes: (3/4 - 1hr/per week)
STREET JAZZ
: Fancy something a bit more hip and trendy? Want to get down and funky? Then our street dance & Hip-Hop classes are probably more your thing! Street Jazz dancing (or street dance, as it is also known) is the most commercial style of modern dance; used mostly in music videos, on tours and by backing dancers. This unique style of dance is taken from the classical elements of Jazz, but placed in the modern environment. HIP-HOP classes will focus on various styles of hip hop, i.e. popping, locking, breaking, krump, house, stomp, freestyle, animation, and many more. Hip hop moves and technique have inspired the youth today in regards to music, fashion, and TV shows. Never done Street dance or hip-hop before? Come along and give it a go. Every move is broken down slowly and you’ll soon get the hang of it. Dancers will perform 1 routine in the year end production and will require one costume. Pre-requisite- students must be 7 years of age and currently enrolled in a jazz technique class.


Acrobatic Dance & Dancers Conditioning Class: (1hr/per week)
The ACROBATIC program is designed to promote excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion, and partner/group stunting for dancers. Through this program, students will receive valuable instruction in developing the muscle groups, flexibility, and technique required to perform tumbling and partner/group tricks on stage as part of a complete dance routine. Dancers will be inspired to excel! NEW THIS SEASON: Dancers will perform 1 routine in the year end production and will require one costume. ACRO Pre-requisite - 7 years of age and up and enrolled in a dance technique class of their choice. For more info please watch video below.

Our new DANCERS CONDITIONING class will only be available to our Competitive Dance Team Members this season. It is absolutely imperative that dancers are strong, physically fit, and able to endure the rigors of dance performance. A conditioning regime allows dancers the opportunity to strengthen their bodies to compliment their technical and stylistic dance training and prevent injuries.Conditioning typically includes:Cardiovascular Exercises ,Flexibility Exercises, Strength Exercises, Core/Abdominal Work, Arm/ Back/Leg Work. At our studio, we have found it optimal to offer conditioning classes separate from technique classes so that we can dedicate time solely towards these exercises. CONDITIONING CLASS Pre-requisite - 9 years of age and up and currently a member of THE Hive Competitive Dance Team.

ACRO DEMO VIDEO: Developed by a successful studio owner and acrobatics teacher with decades of experience, the acrobatic syllabus takes students through thoughtful progressions, beginning with the simple Forward Roll, and culminating with tricks such as Front Aerial (Walkover) and Back Layout.


Classical Ballet: (3/4 - 1hr/per week)

Ballet is a fundamental dance form. It develops grace, coordination, and correct posture. Classes embrace elements from the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabus (R.A.D.) including character work (national folk dance adapted for the stage), as well as many other methods of training the classical dancer, with consideration to the once-a-week student. Dancers will perform 1 routine in the year end production and will require one costume. Pre-requisite- 7 years of age and up.


Pre-Pointe and Pointe: (3/4 hr/per week)
Pointe work demands a good understanding of the foundations of classical technique and posture. Strong feet and ankles are a must. New students will begin by taking class on demi-pointe and will only be allowed on pointe when the instructor deems the student ready. During the first three classes, all students will participate en demi-pointe. The last 15 minutes will be dedicated to understanding pointe shoes, pointe shoe care, foot care, and expected responsibilities of the dancer. Year end performance will be decided upon by the instructor at a later date. Pre-requisite- 9 years of age and currently enrolled in a classical ballet technique class.


Lyrical/Contemporary: (3/4 - 1hr/per week)
Lyrical/Contemporary dance borrows from jazz, ballet, funk, social dance styles and many modern dance styles of the 20th century. This dance forms encourages natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. Expression from inner emotions is a primary factor in choreographing and interpreting this art form. Lyrical/contemporary dance interprets music and words, showing the emotion of the contents of the music.Dancers will perform 1 routine in the year end production and will require one costume. Pre-requisite- 7 years of age and up and currently enrolled in either a classical ballet technique class or jazz technique class.


Modern:(1hr/per week)
Modern dance was initially developed by classical dancers rebelling against the rigid demands of classical technique. The movement gives the appearances of being a relaxed, free style of dance. Modern dance explores the rise and fall, and the contraction and release in movement. Furthermore, modern dance explores the use of weight and gravity whereas classical ballet defies weight and gravity. Dancers will perform 1 routine in the year end production and will require one costume. Pre-requisite- 9 years of age and up and currently enrolled in either a classical ballet technique class or jazz technique class.

About Kootenay Dance Academy

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Kootenay Dance Academy, formerly known as Kimberley Dance Academy, has provided qualified dance instruction in the East Kootenays since 1991. Moving into our 29th season, we look forward to offering all students another fun and rewarding year. Classes run Sept-May with a year end production held at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, BC.

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