Dance Courses

Registrations for the 2018-2019 season start in mid June and will continue throughout the summer into the fall. Information on the fall schedule, etc. will be released by June 18 after scheduling and instructors have been confirmed.

Click on Registration Form to fill out an on-line registration for the 2018-2019 season.

Click on Summer Camp Registration Form to fill out an on-line registration for our 2018 summer camps.

Please contact us if you do not recieve a reply regarding your registration within 5 days.


Registrations are accepted as per the following schedule:

Full Season (September to May)

  • Fall Registrations accepted from September to October
  • Mid-season registrations are only accepted based on special arrangement with teachers and student ability

Sessionals

  • Summer Camps - registrations accepted in July/August prior to camps
  • Fall Sessions - registrations accepted from July to early October
  • Spring Sessions - registrations accepted in December/January

Schedules and Support Materials (Downloads)

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Dance Class Descriptions

DANCE XPLORATION - (3 yrs) 45 minutes - Full Session - These creative movement classes focus on developing basic motor skills, independence, and coordination while learning about music and dance through imagination and dance games. The play based classes give the students the basics of their dance training which can be used in any discipline. All our Dance Exploration classes participate in a year-end recital.

TINY DANCERS - (4 yrs) 45 minutes - Full Session - This class continues to develop creative movement and is similar in style to Dance Exploration. Classes focus on developing basic motor skills, independence, and coordination while learning about music and dance through imagination and dance games. Though still play based, these class start to give structure to the students as they continue to develop the basics of their dance training. A preliminary class for students for all dance. All our Tiny Dancer classes participate in a year-end recital.

HOP 'N BOP- (4-5 yrs) 45 minutes - Full Session - This class continues to develop creative movement with a Hip Hop Groove. Children will learn basic hip hop dance as they focus on developing basic motor skills, independence, and coordination. These class start to give structure to the students as they continue to develop the basics of their dance training. This class will participate in a year-end recital.


BALLET

PRE-PRIMARY & PRIMARY BALLET - (5 & 6 yrs) 1 hour - Full Session - The Pre-Ballet Program is designed to give children the technical skills and strength needed in more structured dance classes setting. Using ballet technique, students develop stance, posture, flexibility, strength, and discipline required for all dance forms. All Pre-Ballet classes participate in our year-end recital.

CLASSICAL BALLET - (7 & up) 1 hour - Full Session - Ballet is a classical art form that develops poise, flexibility, strength, discipline, and self confidence. The technique training learned in the Ballet classes encourages precision and agility in all dance forms. Classical Ballet classes participate in our year-end recital

PRE-POINTE/POINTE - (age 12 and up) 1/2 hour - Full Session - Pointe is a specialized technique for female ballerinas where they dance on the very tips of their toes using special pointe shoes. This class demands a specific physical strength and flexibility. It is available to those who are age 12 and older and have been invited by their instructor based on their technique and strength. These classes participate in our year-end recital.


JAZZ AND TAP - A.D.A.P.T SYLLABUS

Dance Courses

JAZZ - (5 yrs and up) 1 hour - Full Session - Jazz is a powerful and dynamic dance discipline which develops coordination and flexibility. Students will learn technique as well as dance combinations in a fast-paced and fun environment. For students who wish to pursue Jazz Examinations DanceWorks' offers opportunity for exam preparation in the ADAPT syllabus. This is only for those whom the instructor feels able to complete an exam in Jazz Junior 1 and up. All Jazz classes participate in our year-end recital.

TAP - (5 yrs and up) 1 hour - Full Session - Students will learn technique as well as dance combinations as students learn the rhythms, motor skills, and concentration skills needed for the discipline of Tap. Students wishing to pursue Tap Examinations, may do so following the ADAPT syllabus. This is only for those whom the instructor feels able to complete an exam in Tap Junior 1 and up. All Tap classes participate in our year-end recital.


Other Dance

BREAK DANCE - (7 & up) 1 Hour - Full Season - Break Dance is similar to hip hop but focuses more on elements as robotic, six step, stalls, and more. It is a hard hitting class with lots of rhythmic movement to exciting music. All Break classes participate in our year-end recital.

CELTIC (7 & up) 1 hour - Full Session - Traditional Irish/Celtic dancing made popular by Riverdance or Lord of the Dance. Celtic dance focuses on keeping the upper body solid and strong while the feet do their magic. This dance style develops coordination and concentration while learning traditional reels combinations. All Celtic classes participate in our year-end recital.

CONTEMPORARY- (Child / Pre-Teen / Teen) 1 Hour - Full Season - This class develops your technique, musicality, and soul by mixing ballet, jazz, ethnic, and modern styles to create dance deep and rich with flavour. Danced to modern music, the class uses smooth moving techniques that emphasize the lyrics. Pre-Teen and Teen classes require students to either take an additional dance class or the Stretch class. All lyrical classes participate in our year-end recital.

HIP HOP - (5 & up) 1 Hour - Full Season - Learn the newest dance trends, like the dancing you see in popular T.V. shows like "So You Think You Can Dance". This class is fast-paced and features techniques such as locking and popping. All hip hop classes participate in our year-end recital.

SWING (Pre-Teen / Teen) 1 hour - Full Session - Its an opportunity for dancers to learn some quick and fun dance styles orgininating from the first half of the 20th century. Dancers will learn styles such as the Charleston, Jive, Collegiate Shag, and more. The styles are fun, active, and will keep dancers hopping. The class will participate in our year-end recital.


Music & Theatre

  • MUSICAL THEATRE - (8 yrs and up) 1 1/4 Hour - Full Season - Musical Theatre combines the triple threat of dancing, singing, and acting into a class designed to introduce the student to the world of musicals. The class will develop vocal skills as well as learn basic choreography, using excerpts from various musicals for rehearsal and performance. It is strongly recommended that musical theatre students take a minimum of 1 dance technique or theatre class in addition to their musical theatre class. All Musical Theatre classes will participate in a year-end recital as well a full musical presentation.

  • XPLOR DRAMA

    • Xplor Drama 1 - Child (Grades 1 - 3) 45 minute
    • Xplor Drama 2 - Elementary (Grades 4 - 6) 1 hour
    • Xplor Drama 3 - Junior (Grades 6 - 8) 1 hour
    • Xplor Drama 4 - Senior (Grades 9-12) 1 1/4 hour

    All classes run from September to end of November and then from January to their final performances in Spring. Discover acting in a safe and dynamic environment filled with theatre games and performance rehearsals. Students study acting technique, character development, improv, stage movement, memorization, stagecraft, and more. Classes also have opportunity to be involved with productions throughout the season such as: Fall Manitou Production; DanceWorks Studio Fall Family Classic Production (Morden); Candlewick & Prairie Spirit SD Spring Musical (Manitou); Spring Productions in Manitou & Morden; and Spring recitals. The Xplor Drama program is available for various ages in Manitou and Morden. Please note additional rehearsals are often a part of the program nearing performance season.

    PERFORMANCE - Opportunity for students to take specialized actor's coaching (particularly with Fall Family Classic & Recital in mind) Emphasis given on auditioning, character preparation, performance etiquette, and stage confidence.

    PERFORMANCE TROUPE - This auditioned team prepares for performance at special events, youth groups, community events, church requests, etc. The team meets regularly throughout the year to learn performance dynamics, and rehearse choreography, drama, mime, and illusion skills. The students must adhere to strict guidelines, code of conduct, and must show leadership in other dance or theatre classes they are taking with the studio. Students are required to take at least 2 other classes with the studio.


    ADULT CLASSES

    BALLROOM PRIVATES - Do you have a special function or event coming up? Wedding, Anniversary, Grad? You can book private Ballroom sessions to learn the basics, or to build on your favorite dance. Call the office for info or booking.

    Optional Courses available for Privates or future consideration - please contact us about interest and options. Classes can be added if there is enough interest and available instructor.


    ADVANCED CLASSES/OPPORTUNITIES

    TEACHER TRAINING - Opportunity for aspiring teachers in dance and drama to study the techniques of teaching in the arts. Students will discover class design & prep, class structure, teaching effectiveness, coaching students, refining skills, leading disciplined classes and more. Students must be a part of the Teacher Training Program.

    THEATRE / DANCE INTERNSHIPS - (College Students Only) Semester or Yearly Session - Interested in pursuing a year of theatre / dance / production. Experience the world of arts particularly in a rural setting - option for college course credit available.

    Interested in a class or discipline not offered here? Let us know - contact the office for possibilities in the future. Studio rentals also available for privates school groups, and other functions.