Dance Lessons and Classes
Premiere Dance Academy has been offering dance lessons to Calgary's recreational and competitive dancers for over 30 years. We offer dance programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities in a wide variety of dance styles.
Click on a dance syle below for more information:
- Celtic Dance
- Comp Team Prep Class
- Dance Acro
- Hip Hop
- Lyrical Ballet Combo
- Musical Thaetre
- Musical Theatre Dance
- Pre Pointe and Pointe
- Stretch & Conditioning
- Street Jazz
The focus of our preschool program is to introduce students ages 3-5 to the art of dance. Our preschool faculty will focus on grooming young dancer's listening skills while introducing the foundation of dance. This program is a great beginning for nuturing the love of dance. For more infotmation on the preschool dance program please click here
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Ballet & Ballet Pointe
Ballet is a technique of dance that is strongly rooted in tradition and discipline. Emphasis is placed on lines of the body, precise footwork, and artistically expressive positioning of the arms. In our Ballet Classes, students will improve alignment, strength, flexibility and musicality.
At both the Silver Springs Studio and the Royal Oak Studio We follow the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) syllabus is a well-recognized ballet syllabus taught world-wide (originating in England).RAD is the syllabus used for Graded Levels. ALL our ballet classes work on improving alignment, strength, flexibility and musicality. We also teach the Vaganova Technique and the Cechetti Technique for children 12 years and up. Students who have trained for many years may also register for Ballet Pointe classes.
The Vaganova technique aims at teaching dance with the whole body, acquiring harmonious movements and widening expressive range. It results in more graceful and powerful performances through more lyrical upper body movements and increased strength, precision and agility.
The Cecchetti Method of Ballet is a style of classical, theatrical dance based on the teachings of the great Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928). In this class the dancers will learn the style and technique of the Cecchetti method of ballet. The method seeks to develop the essential skills of dance (e.g., balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, and balloon) in students through a meticulously designed training syllabus. Its goal for students is to learn to express themselves through dance by studying the basic principles, in an effort to become self-reliant rather than imitating the movements executed by their teacher.
In our ballet dance lessons, students will improve alignment, strength, flexibility and musicality. The vocabulary of ballet is written and spoken in French, and we use French terminology from the start. For a descrtion of our classes please click here
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Tap dance lessons focus on rhythm and intricate footwork, with the dancer's feet becoming percussive instruments marking out musical patterns on the floor.
Our classes teach the development and strengthening of tap technique, introduce terminology and build musicality and rhythm within the students. Tap is a great way to introduce these attributes to children. Students are taught a repertoire of technical elements, rhythmic footwork and creative combinations.
Improvisation and a Capella dancing (dancing without musical accompaniment) are also taught. These are a great way for dancers to better hear and understand rhythm.
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Jazz dance is an energetic and physical dance form that focuses on exaggerated movements, unique personal expression and fast, accurate footwork. It's a style that's full of passion and life!
Jazz follows fast-paced choreography set to popular music styles. It can be powerful and percussive, or expressive and lyrical, and is an ever-evolving dance form.
The lessons taught at Premiere Dance Academy cover all of the latest styles of jazz and encourage individual expression! Students will explore rhythm, syncopation, broad stretching movements and the body isolations of the head, shoulders, torso, feet and arms. For more information on our Jazz claass please click here
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This program provides an introduction to the popular style of musical theatre, which combines singing, dancing and stage / theatre performance.
Lessons at Premiere Dance Academy will teach the skills and basic techniques that are necessary for musical theatre. Drama activities will play an essential role, and students may also sing in a group setting. Student must be concurrently taking Jazz as a pre requisite to Musical Theatre dance.
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Hip-Hop Dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
What distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often "freestyle" (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions—colloquially referred to as "battles". Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip-hop dance can be a form of entertainment or a hobby. It can also be a fun and exciting way to stay active.
HIP HOP BEGINNER/LEVEL 1(6-9 Years) 6 Years old by December 31 of program year). HIP HOP BEGINNER (10-12 Years) 9 Years old by December 31 of program year). HIP HOP JUNIOR - LEVEL 1 & 2 7 Years + (BY December 31st of program year)1 year + Hip Hop experience – depending on level. HIP HOP TEEN 13 + (13 Years old by December 31 of program year)
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Comp Team and Prep Class
For the dancer who wishes to pursue more dance training and work towards the PDA Competitive Team, and would like to gain more knowledge and technical abilities.
his class will encompass many facets of Ballet dance and Theatre History. Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary dance techniques will be explored during the season.Stage Training will also be introduced to the dancers to enhance the foundational training and prepare to move into more performance or competition opportunities.
Choreography for Competitive pieces will not be learned in this class but dancers may audition in the Fall (ask at the studio office or check out the website for more info) for placement on the Competitive Team.
JR. COMP TEAM PREP CLASS (7 – 11 years), COMP TEAM PREP CLASS (12 YEARS & UP)
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Musical Theatre Dance Combo (6-9 YEARS)
Musical Theatre Dance Combo (6-9 YEARS) is a combo class to include Drama Activities, Musical Theatre, Singing, Lip Syncing, Performance Techniques/Activities and Jazz dance technique.
It is a fun and energetic class for the musical theatre dancers.
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Lyrical dance is a style created from the fusion of ballet together with jazz and contemporary dance techniques. The Lyrical dance style has its primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance.It is typically considered a sub-category of jazz and/or contemporary dance, the latter itself being an emerging category. Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves.
Ballet/Lyrical Dance Combo 9-12 years…no experience necessary. Ballet/Lyrical Dance Combo Teen 13 years+…no experience necessary. Pre Jr./ Junior Lyrical (must be taking ballet as a second class)
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The hip hop dance style b-boying and the funk styles popping and locking are some of the most popular street dance styles in Western and African American culture. Thus, those forms of hip hop dance are the most prominently practiced street dances. These street dance styles are so common that commercialized versions have been professionally developed and choreographed for dance routines in pop, hip hop, electronic, and R&B music videos.
Our street jazz class incorporates the jazz style as well and is a high paced, high technical level of the "hip hop" genre.
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Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century and integrates methods found in modern and post-modern dance and classical ballet. However, it gets its roots in the rebellion against ballet's rigid styles and techniques.
It is a departure from classical dance techniques and their structured form and movement, and instead draws on modern dance techniques and newer philosophies of movement. It focuses on broader, heavier movements than ballet and works with the natural alignment of the body, allowing for a wide range and fluidity of movement.
One of the most notable pioneers of contemporary dance is Martha Graham.
This is a dance style that combines elements of ballet, jazz and modern dance forms. It is an expressive movement class that's commonly set to popular music with or without vocals. Students draw inspiration from the music to create movements and show expression, "painting the words" with movement.
Lyrical is a beautiful and expressive style of dance that appeals to many teenagers with or without a background in ballet. It demands intermediate to advanced technical skills and emotional focus, though it doesn't possess the exactness of other forms like ballet, jazz and modern. Dancers are taught and also require great strength, stamina, control and ease in their movements. Students must be concurrently taking Ballet as a pre requisite to Lyrical and Contemporary dance.
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Bollywood dance comes from the soul. Bollywood showcases dancers in a very free form. Energy and expression is what sets this dance style apart from the others. Bollywood focuses on expressing the message as well as the technique. Through these classes, students are taught these values and they are welcome to be free and energetic. Dancers will grow in this dance form while still giving them the freedom to dance.
Bollywood Beginner/Level 1 6 Yrs and up Bollywood Beginner 7-10 Yrs Bollyeood Level 1 - 11 Yrs and up
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Acro –will teach dancers and non-dancers’ flexibility and gymnastic/acro tricks that they can incorporate into routines or just do for fun and enjoyment as well!! Core Strength and Flexibility are also incorporated into this class.
Students will develop basic coordination, body awareness, general flexibility and improve their strength while progressing from basic to advanced techniques.
Acro 4-6 Yrs Beg, Acro Level 1A Acro Intro – 5 & 6 Yrs - 1 Yr, Acro Level 1B Acro Beg 7-9 Yrs, Acro Level 2 Acro Beg 10 Yrs + Acro Level 2 & 3
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3 Year Old Programs
AND WE R 3
Must be 3 by the first date of class, and potty trained. Your 3 year old will love this program filled with action, songs, movement, activities, coordination skills, and introduction to basic movement, which coincides with dance!
30 minutes, once per week, for the 10 week program
Stretch & Conditioning
6-9 years & 10+ years. This class works on a dancer’s flexibility as well as their core strength with use of many facets of strength training and body conditioning exercises. Class focus is to build flexibility and to ensure each dancer has more stamina and strength for jumps and turns etc… A fabulous and very popular class for Dancer’s, Skater’s gymnastics etc… NOTE: This class will not be performing in the Spring Recital
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BEGINNER CELTIC, CELTIC 1 & CELTIC 2. Celtic classes are designed to elicit and nurture in our students, a love of dance and music. Irish dance students range from age 4 through adult with interests varying from recreational dance, to performance opportunities. It is important that a strong technical base be established in every dancer and, to that end, our focus is dedicated on helping our students grow as dancers, performers and individuals. We strive to give every student a sense of confidence and accomplishment in a structured yet fun environment. Ballet Class(es) strongly encourage as well.
Age as of December 31 of program year Celtic classes are designed to instill a love of dance and music. It is important that a strong technical base be established in every dancer and, to that end, our focus is dedicated on helping our students grow as dancers, performers and individuals. We strive to give every student a sense of confidence and accomplishment in a structured yet fun environment. Ballet Class(es) strongly encourage as well.