In 1984, Linda Erickson, Heather Myers, and Hazel-Ann Stark saw a need for a dance studio where all dance disciplines were taught with equal strength. Their partnership was natural, as each director is adept in her own form of dance. This allows the Directors to teach all three forms, each focused in their own discipline, leading to a better student experience and overall stronger studio.
La Danse offers a high standard of training in R.A.D Classical Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical, C.D.T.A Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Modern. The strength of La Danse’s training lies in the consistency of teachers for all dance levels. The Directors teach classes at the Beginner level, all through to Advanced. Their years of experience will ensure your child’s introduction to dance is both fun and a valuable learning experience. They want to emphasize the importance of the relationship developed between the student and teacher, as it will last for many years. A dance teacher is more than just an educator, she is a positive influence in your child’s life that will be there for many years and experiences.
Linda Erickson C.D.T.A. Stage Division [Lifetime Membership]
Heather Myers C.D.T.A. Stage Division [Lifetime Membership]
Hazel-Ann Stark Licentiate R.A.D., Advanced R.A.D., C.D.T.A. Stage Division [Lifetime Membership]
Shannon Menon LRAD, ARAD, ISTD
La Danse offers the opportunity to take exams in ballet and tap. Although exams are not compulsory, the Directors feel that they do provide a goal and sense of accomplishment for the students. We also involve some of the students in competition work. This additional experience helps to build confidence and promotes good sportsmanship and teamwork.
PRE-PRIMARY/PRIMARY BALLET -Develops good posture and coordination through an introduction to ballet foundations. This class instills imagination, creativity, and musicality through a structured class taught by a certified and experienced instructor. Based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.
Gr. 1 - 4 BALLET - Based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, this program forms the foundation for all dance training. Classes focus on the development of technique, strength, balance, artistry, and musicality. Graded examinations are offered through the Royal Academy of Dance.
TAP - A fun, expressive class that develops musicality through rhythmic footwork. As the dancers become more advanced, so do their skills in syncopation and percussion. Exams are offered through the Canadian Dance Teacher's Association.
JAZZ - An upbeat class for those that are energetic and like to move to popular music. This class offers a wide variety of styles that incorporate jumps, turns, isolations, elaborate footwork, and imaginative improv.
HIP HOP - A dance style that is performed to hip hop music and is part of hip hop culture. A great compliment to jazz and a good introduction to dance for the interested teen.
MUSICAL THEATRE - A form of theatre that combines character with voice and dance to build confidence and performance quality, developing a triple threat dancer. Must be already enrolled at La Danse in 2 hours of other dance forms per week.
LYRICAL - Lyrical dance has its primary basis in ballet. It is a fusion of jazz, contemporary, and ballet and therefore the student must have a certain level of ballet and experience in jazz to join.
MODERN - A broad genre of dance based on an expression of rebellion against classical ballet. Dancers at La Danse are chosen to join the modern program.
ACRO DANCE - This style combines dance technique with athletic character. It develops flexibility, muscle strength, balance, and confidence. Dancers must be enrolled in ballet or jazz to participate in this class.
All fees must be paid on the FIRST of each month. After February 1, 2021 dance fees are non-refundable. At La Danse, we believe we are building a team, one that requires commitment. If paying by cheque, the full year must be pre-paid with post-dated cheques in order to participate in classes. September fees are non-refundable. Please note that a credit card is required to be on file, regardless of fee payment method.
NSF cheques are charged a $25 fee for the first cheque, $35 for the second, and $50 for the third. If we have not received all of the post-dated cheques for the full year by October 1, 2019, there will be a late fee of $25 per month until all of the remaining cheques have been submitted. Late fees will be charged directly to the credit card on file.
1. Credit card
2. Preauthorized withdrawal*
Monthly post-dated cheques, dated for the 1st of every month
*If you choose to pay by automatic withdrawal or credit card, this payment will be subject to transaction fees.
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1020 Louise Ave
16-23rd Street East