Classes

R.A.D. Ballet (Grades 1-8)
Ages 7 & up (must be 7 by Dec. 31st).  Our graded ballet classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and training. 

Eligible students in Grade 1 are required to attend 10 weeks of Saturday classes in preparation for their spring examination.

Eligible students in Grade 2 are required to attend 18 weeks of Saturday classes in preparation for their spring examination.

Grades 3 & up must attend two ballet classes weekly.

All Graded exam students are required to have character skirts and shoes in addition to their regular ballet attire.

R.A.D. Ballet (Vocational levels)
Ages 11 & up.  Intensive ballet students looking to pursue ballet more seriously will go into the vocational levels.  Vocational levels in order are as follows: Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1, and Advanced 2.   Eligibilty for examinations is based on student's readiness in both ballet & pointe work, and exams often take 2 years to obtain.  Two ballet classes and a pointe class are required.  Additional ballet and/or conditioning is recommended.



Jazz Grades (B.A.T.D. Grades 1- Advanced)
Ages 7 & up.  We follow the British Association of Teachers of Dancing's syllabus and training.  Students in the jazz grades will focus on exercises and technique as well as performance.  Students 10+ that are in Grade 3 & above are eligible to be invited to scholarships in Toronto for the Eastern Ontarion BATD Scholarships based on their spring examination results.

Please note the order of levels: Pre Primary, Primary, Grades 1-5, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.



Jazz Medals (B.A.T.D. Bronze- Annual Award)
Ages 8-up. Students interested in Jazz also have the option of taking a less technically structured class by choosing the BATD Jazz Medals.   Emphasis on performance and style.  Additionally these exams are taken in between graded levels.

Please note the order of levels: Pre Bronze, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Blue Riband, British Medallion, British Award, Premier Award, & Annual Award.



Tap (B.A.T.D. Grades 1-Advanced)
Ages 7-up.  Tap is a fun way for students to gain rhythm, timing and coordination.

An upbeat style for dancers of all ages, our students follow the B.A.T.D. syllabus and training.  Some years the examination will include a 'stage' section incorporating broadway-style jazz movement within the syllabus.

​Please note the order of levels: Pre Primary, Primary, Grades 1-5 (alternating stage & tap exams), Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced (again, alternating stage & tap examinations).

 

​Contemporary (B.A.T.D.)
Ages 8 & up.  Contemporary dance has gained a great deal of popularity in recent years.  A fun and exploratory form of dance whereby students learn to express themselves through movement.  Our contemporary classes follow the BATD Modern Syllabus.

​Please note the order of levels: Grades 1-5, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.




Highland (B.A.T.D.)

Ages 6 & up.   With the studio named after one of Scotland's beautiful islands, we couldn't not offer highland dance training at Cumbrae.   Highland students train under the BATD syllabus, and senior highland students compete at local highland competitions and Highland Games.

Please note the order of exam levels: Pre Bronze, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Blue Riband, British Medallion, British Award, Premier Award, & Annual Award.




Irish 
Ages 7 & up.  Dancers in Advanced Beginner & up are eligible to be entered in local and international Irish Feis.  Our Irish dance classes are now under the instruction of Sue Fay & Jennifer Healy, and we look forward to an exciting year of Irish dance at Cumbrae.

 

Hip Hop (B.A.T.D.)

Ages 7 & up.  A fun & exciting class for all ages, our hip hop teachers incorpoarate today's late music and dance styles to their classes.  Examinations are mandatory to advance to the next level, and are done through the BATD (freestyle).

Please note the order of levels: Pre Bronze, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Blue Riband, British Medallion, British Award, Premier Award, & Annual Award.