Classes

“Dana is more then just a dance teacher. She is a teacher in all aspects of life. Knowing I had her support through and through gave me the confidence to not only achieve in dance, but in whatever I dreamed of.”

-Chloe Meissner, grad 2016

We offer classes for every level, and each class is capped at 15 dancers so everyone can get the individual attention they need. All classes are first-come, first-served, with registration opening May1 for the coming season. So don’t hesitate to get registered. If there is space in a class, registration will be ongoing throughout the season. If a class is full, we are happy to start a waitlist for a second class.

Fees are listed on the registration page.

 

2019/2020 schedule

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Pre-School Dance at Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at Oak Bay Neighbourhood Learning Centre
mornings

We offer Tots Ballet ages 2-3, Musical Mania ages 2-3, Ballet Exploration ages 3-5, Musical Mania 2 ages 3-5, and Jazz and Hip Hop Fun ages 4-6

All registration for Oak Bay classes are through the Oak Bay Recreation Centre contact them at 250-595-7946

Some of these classes are parent participation and others are dancers only in the room. We encourage families to allow their little dancer to focus and learn from the instructor. We will have a mini performance during the final class.

Pre-School Dance at Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Saturdays at Gordon Head Rec Centre
mornings

We offer Ballet/Jazz ages 3-5 and Creative Movement ages 3-5 for the Fall 2019 with more to come January 2020

All registration for Gordon Head classes are through the Gordon Head Recreation Centre contact them at 250-475-7100

Some of these classes are parent participation and others are dancers only in the room. We encourage families to allow their little dancer to focus and learn from the instructor. We will have a mini performance during the final class.

Junior Classes at WAPA

Wednesdays
Ballet/Jazz ages 3-4 9:30-10:15

Jazz/Hip Hop ages 3-5 10:15-11

Saturdays
Junior Ballet ages 3-4 Sat 11-11:30

Junior Jazz ages 3-5 Sat 11:30-12

Primary Ballet ages 5-6 Sat 12-12:45

Gr 1 Modern ages 5-7 Sat 12:45-1:30

Exams: no

These classes are the best foundational start for your little dancers! With fun imagery, themed classes and quality instruction your dancer will get everything they need to shine on stage.

Uniform: hair in a bun, pink bodysuit and white socks for girls bought through the studio; white top, navy shorts and white socks for boys bought through dance shop, all shoes can be purchased through a dance shop in Victoria.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $65 for each level

Ballet 1 & 2

Saturdays
Ballet 1 ages 7-9 Sat 2:30-3:30pm

Ballet 2 ages 10-12 Sat 3:30-4:30pm

Exams: no

These levels are structured to comprehensively train a young dancer in a way that progresses through ballet technique based on age and foundational building blocks. Classes are typically based on age and mix fun with quality training.

Uniform: hair in a bun, navy bodysuit and pink tights for girls bought through the studio; white top, navy shorts and white socks for boys bought through dance shop, all shoes can be purchased through a dance shop in Victoria.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $85 for each level

RAD Graded Ballet

Weeknights
Gr 1 Mon 4-5:15 & Wed 5:15-6:30

Gr 3 Mon 5:15-6:30 & Wed 4-5:15

Gr 5 Mon 6:30-7:45 & Wed 6:30-7:45

Exams: yes

These levels are structured by the RAD to comprehensively train a young dancer in a way that progresses through ballet technique based on age and foundational building blocks. All dancers age 8 and up will need to do an assessment to determine class level. Classes are typically based on ability not age.

Uniform: hair in a bun, navy bodysuit and pink tights for girls bought through the studio; white top, navy shorts and white socks for boys bought through dance shop, all shoes can be purchased through a dance shop in Victoria.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $85 for each level

ISTD Graded Modern/Contemporary Technique

Weeknights
Gr 2 ages 7+ Sat 1:30-2:30pm

Gr 3 Th 5-6pm

Gr 4 Th 6-7pm

Exams: yes

ISTD Modern offers incredibly structured syllabi created to bring a young dancer towards the current modern and contemporary world of dance. With this as your base post-modern, contemporary and lyrical dance styles are easily introduced. You enjoy World of Dance on TV? This is your start.

Uniform: hair in a ponytail, navy bodysuit and tan tights (optional plain black shorts) for girls bought through the studio; white top and navy shorts for boys bought through dance shop, bare feet are required for these classes.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $85 for each level

Jazz

Weeknights

Jazz 1 ages 6-7 Fri 6-7pm

Jazz 2/3 ages 8-11 Fri 7-8pm

Exams: no

Do you like up beat music and want to move it, move it? Jazz is the right dance style for you. These classes are full of fun moves, funky choreography and high energy. Learn the basics and progress while enjoying the fast pace and creative combinations.

Uniform: hair in a ponytail, navy bodysuit and tan tights (optional plain black shorts) for girls bought through the studio; white top and navy shorts for boys bought through dance shop, bare feet are required for these classes.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $85 for each level

Teen Levels

Weeknights
Open Modern/Contemporary ages 12+ Fri 7:30-8:15pm

Open Jazz ages 12+ Fri 8:15-9pm

Exams: no

These classes are specially designed for teen dancers who want to start a new style and challenge themselves outside of pre-professional training. With carefully structured classes our teens will get the most knowledge and technique out of these levels.

Uniform: hair in a ponytail, navy or black bodysuit, tan tights or black shorts for girls bought through the studio; white top and navy shorts for boys bought through dance shop, bare feet are required for these classes.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $100 for each level.

RAD Higher Grades Ballet

Weeknights
Gr 6 Tu 4-5:30 & Sat 9:30-11

Gr 6 Pointe Tu 5:30-6pm

PBT conditioning Tu 6-7pm

Gr 7 Tu 7-8:30 & Wed 7:45-9

Gr 7 Pointe Tu 8:30-9

Exams: yes

The Higher Grades syllabi offered through the RAD is a romantic era style complimented with free movement and character exercises. Students following this branch of the RAD syllabus will enjoy the choreographic exercises and expressive movements. These levels are a great stepping stone into the vocational work and offer many unique learning experiences. Students will need to be assessed in order to be placed into these levels.

Uniform: hair in a bun, black bodysuit and pink tights for girls bought through the studio; white top, black shorts and white socks for boys bought through dance shop, all shoes can be purchased through a dance shop in Victoria.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $100 for each level

Higher Grades Program

4 Weeknights per week
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs every week

Exams; yes

This program is structured like a pre-professional program and gives students the opportunity to dive into dance training more seriously. Students must audition for this program and should have completed RAD Gr 5 or the equivalent. With two RAD ballet classes at either the Gr 6,7,or 8 levels, pointe class, program specific modern/contemporary and jazz classes, conditioning and festival/competition rehearsals this program is an offers lots of opportunity to grow and enjoy all that dance has to offer.

Uniform: hair in a bun, black bodysuit and pink tights for girls bought through the studio; white top, black shorts and white socks for boys bought through dance shop, all shoes can be purchased through a dance shop in Victoria. Pointe shoes should be purchased after instructor's approval.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $200

Evening En Avant Program

6 Days per week
Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sat

Exams: yes

Pre-professional training for the aspiring Ballet and Modern/Contemporary dancer at it’s best! With instructors who can’t be compared in Victoria BC this course includes: RAD Ballet vocational levels, Cecchetti Ballet, Horton Modern, Limon Modern, Progressing Ballet Technique, Conditioning, Open Ballet & Pointe classes, Jazz and Festival/Competition rehearsals. Our dancers have consistently proven their extensive ability and knowledge of dance technique by receiving numerous awards and fabulous exam marks. You want to get serious about dance? Audition for this program! Auditions can be done in person or by video.

Uniform: hair in a bun, black bodysuit and pink tights for girls bought through the studio; white top, dance belt, black tights and white socks for boys bought through dance shop, all shoes can be purchased through a dance shop in Victoria. Pointe shoes should be purchased after instructor’s approval.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $200

Half Day En Avant Program

6 Days & 20 hours per week at Studio 2
Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri 1-6pm & Saturdays

Exams: yes

The ultimate focused pre-professional training program. Dancers who have completed this program are apprentice/post-grad ready with auditions and acceptances set up before graduation. This program includes: RAD Ballet vocational levels, Cecchetti Ballet exams, Open Ballet & Pointe classes, Conditioning, Progressing Ballet Technique, Pilates, Choreography Composition, Career Prep class, Pas De Deux and Festival/Competition rehearsals. Each year we create video auditions for desired global summer intensives with a special focus on company and post-grad program auditions in your final season. This program has produced results, are you ready to achieve your goals?

Uniform: hair in a bun, black bodysuit and pink tights for girls bought through the studio; white top, dance belt, black tights and white socks for boys bought through dance shop, all shoes can be purchased through a dance shop in Victoria. Pointe should be purchased after instructors approval.

Costume Fee due Nov 1: $200

Teacher Training

Arranged on an individual basis

RAD CBTS mentorship

ISTD Modern Associates

Cecchetti Ballet Associates

Contact us with your aspirations and we can help you get there. With RAD Examiner and National Ballet of Canada trained instructors you are sure to get the best results. Each program is set up to train teachers to the highest standard. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a qualified teacher. Contact us for a meeting.

Uniforms

We do expect dancers to be properly dressed for classes. These uniforms allow instructors to properly correct and guide dancers in their growing technique. That includes have girls hair in a proper bun for all ballet classes. Girls bodysuits, socks and tights can be purchased through the studio. Boys uniforms and all dance shoes should be purchased at a dance shop here in Victoria.

Auditions

Are usually held in June for all of our programs but individual in person auditions and video auditions are accepted. Contact us by email, info@wapa.dance, to arrange an in person audition.

Video Auditions: should demonstrate barre, centre work, pirouettes, adage, allegro and pointe work and be no longer then 15 min. Please send the video link to our email address at info@wapa.dance

Withdrawal Policy

Students under the age of 6 can withdraw from classes with one months written notice, students ages 7+ are expected to complete the dance season registered for and change class styles/teachers if needed or work in coordination with the WAPA faculty on any issues that may have arisen.