Freestyle combines a variety of dance styles including jazz, contemporary and lyrical. In class we focus on foundational technique, strength and flexibility, in addition to performance skills. We use upbeat chart-topping music and encourage our students develop their own unique style through our classes. Our students also have the opportunity to take part in the I.S.T.D. (International Society of Teachers of Dance) Freestyle exams every year.
Island Dance offers ballet classes for students ages 18 months to 18 years. For classes with students up to 5 years, we focus on imagination, creativity and different ways of moving and developing an appreciation for music. For our very little ones, we ask for parent participation which is a great bonding experience and it helps encourage our budding ballerinas. For ages 5 and above, we teach the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus in which we focus on various exercises, technique and musicality. Our students have the opportunity to take part in the R.A.D. exam which assesses the student’s abilities and encourages them to progress and achieve. At Island Dance we offer RAD Exams and Class Awards.
Hip Hop dance includes a wide range of street dance styles that allows students to showcase strong and limber movements while expressing individuality. We offer fun and energetic Hip Hop classes that engage students with the classic old-school tracks along with today’s popular songs. Our classes combine different styles like breaking, popping, locking, groove, and jazz funk. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the I.S.T.D. (International Society of Teachers of Dance) Hip Hop exams every year.
We offer tap dance classes to ages 3 years and up. Combining classical tap dance with modern music and stylization, our classes are fit for students who want to learn the basics as well as those who are looking to continue their training in a fun and unique way!
We offer dance classes catered for Special Needs students at both the Down Syndrome Association and The Nesbitt Centre. These classes focus on teaching basic dance movement and technique using current and upbeat music. Our instructors also encourage students to use dance as a form of self-expression through free movement and improvisation. Our students are also given the opportunity to perform at the annual Island Dance end of year show which not only furthers their confidence, but allows them to shine on stage!