Programs Designed for Child-Centred Independent Learning

Opal Program

This is a 2 hour weekly program
for children of Preschool age,
ages 2.5 - 4.
(child must be 2.5 by start of dance season)

It includes three themed classes:
Encouraging Movement
Encouraging Expression
Encouraging Musicality


Classes weekly on:

Thursdays 12 - 2 pm
Onyx Program

This is a 2 hour & 15 minute weekly program
for children in Kindergarten and grade 1,
ages 5 - 6.
(children must be elementary school age)


It includes four themed classes:
Encouraging Movement

Encouraging Expression
Encouraging Musicality
Encouraging Choreography

Classes weekly on:

Fridays 3:15 - 5:30 pm

Our Opal and Onyx Programs are dance programs with scheduled classes once per week. Each week includes themed classes in which children learn 6 styles of dance: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Our programs promotes developing their fine & large motor skills, dance etiquette, theatre expression, and music in relation to dance. Both programs include a snack time each class and party days through out the year. The programs run from September to June with a year end-recital and includes yearly progressions to allow each child to improve to the best of their abilities.

Opal & Onyx Themed Class Descriptions

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Class 1

Encouraging Movement

Jazz / Hip Hop

With the growing body in mind, this class encourages both your child's larger and smaller muscle control and development. Dancers need to be able to run, jump, balance and be ready to move in any direction when necessary. This is developed through our movement play.

In this class we include elements of Jazz and Hip Hop and children have fun learning dance etiquette through games.

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Class 2

Encouraging Expression

Ballet / Acro

It is important to capture and cultivate a child's growing imagination to explore different feelings and expressions they have and use them in a way that they enjoy. Expression and feeling is what makes dance an art form, instead of a sport. 

 

In this class we include elements of Ballet and Acro and your child will learn how to express themselves through games and role play.  

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Class 3

Encouraging Musicality

Tap / Musical Theatre

Music is included in our program as it is such an integral part of dance. Children learn the basics of music in relation to dance and start developing their 'inner ear'. A good dancer visualizes the music and finds the nuances to create a harmonious blend of dancer and music. 

 

In this class we include elements of Tap and Musical Theatre and learn music in relation to dance through instruments, songs and movement.

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Class 4 

Encouraging Choreography

Teacher/Student Choreography

Children instinctively love to create. To link their own steps together with their favourite piece of music.  Creating their own masterpieces or just creating them with their friends. We encourage this as we know this gives a child a sense of pride in their own abilities and boosts self-confidence in their dance skills.

 

In this class we include elements of child and teacher choreography which will be showcased in our year-end recital.

Opal & Onyx Dress Code

Girls Attire:

  • Black, short sleeved leotard: Supplied by                          , used in recital

  • Black, Cartwheel shorts

  • Plain, white socks

  • Pink ballet slippers (leather or plastic, NO nylon gym slippers)

  • Black tap shoes (Tap shoe rental option)

 

Optional for colder months:

  • Black leggings or jogging pants

  • Black long-sleeved shirt, ballet-wrap, bolero-style or tighter-fitted cardigan

 

 Hair:

  • Long Hair: "Teddy Bear Buns" - two high buns at top side of head (where pigtails would sit)

  • Short Hair: (if not able to put into ponytails) clip back bangs from eyes

Boys Attire:

  • Black sport or bicycle shorts  

  • Fitted, black, short sleeved t-shirt

  • White socks

  • White or Black ballet shoes (leather or plastic, NO nylon gym slippers)

  • Black tap shoes (Tap shoe rental option)

 Optional for colder months:

  • Black leggings or jogging pants

  • Black long-sleeved shirt or tighter-fitted cardigan

 Hair:

  • Short Hair: neatly groomed, out of face and eyes  

  • Long Hair: low ponytail