Cameron Dance Academy offers dance classes from ages two and up and we are excited to provide students a RAD-approved facility
Students learn to execute acrobatic tricks and develop gymnastic skills. Improve strength, flexibility, and physical control in a safe and fun environment. Acro dance emboldens dancers to be physically fit, flexible, strong, and to contort their bodies in ways. This, on top of being completely disciplined in the technical aspects of the dance form, makes it a rewarding form of dance that can take dancers to a whole new level
Agility, rhythm, coordination and technique, skills that are thoroughly integrated in the tap dance classes. Using the feet to create rhythms and sounds with the dancer’s feet. These rhythm based Tap classes provide the fundamentals of tap as well as the opportunity to expand your tap vocabulary and apply techniques to different music, tempos and rhythms. Tap dancing requires learning a number of steps, such as the “shuffle ball change,” the “New Yorkers,” and the “flap”. These steps are easy to learn but take practice, something tap dance studios will make the time for. We also provide our students with the best surface for learning to tap dance on.
Modern is a combination of modern, ballet and jazz based steps to emphasize emotional portrayal of a story or event. This supports the modern dance movement used in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, where the exploration of movement is based on letting emotion lead. It also uses the opposite qualities of suspension and gravity in interpreting the music.
Modern is based on many styles, including the Contemporary styles of Jose Limon, Paul Taylor and Martha Graham.
Today’s Companies including “Ballet BC” and TV shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” performances are based on a mixture of Ballet and Modern as the story or feeling of the pieces appeal to general audiences.
In our Dance Academy the students are introduced to important current choreographers as they develop this very important genre of Modern Dance.
The students that are in the competitive level will participate in three to four competitions over the course of the dance season showcasing their performance in the studio year-end show.
Cameron Dance Academy offers Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet syllabus and exams for all ages. The Royal Academy of Dance is internationally recognized and acknowledged by the Ministry of Education. Students will develop their skills of ballet through discipline, strength, flexibility, expressivity, and technical facility through classical lines and movements.
Students must attend each designated exam class in order to be considered for RAD Examinations. It is important to understand RAD Grades do not correspond with academic grade level.
Vocational Graded Examination Levels for Boys and Girls:
RAD Vocational Ballet is for students who wish to pursue a career in Ballet teaching or dance, or who love the challenges of pointe work; this is the path to take. Once again, a successful completion of the Intermediate Foundation examination, enables a student membership to the Royal Academy of Dance. With the successful result of the Intermediate examination, the student is entitled to become a full member of the RAD. The Intermediate level is the entry level for aspiring teachers to enrol in the CBTS qualification program.
Advanced Foundation, Advance 1 and Advance 2 are the stepping stones to a Profession in Dance. These are the levels that challenge the dancer to reach their potential to pursue a career in Professional Dance Companies. The syllabi are performance driven incorporating traditional Classical style with today’s Modern styles.
Royal Academy of Dance Graded Examinations Levels for Boys and Girls: (GE) Grade 1 to Grade 5 -The new syllabus follows in line with the delightful Pre-Primary and Primary work. The syllabi are exciting, stimulating and creative with a strong awareness of performance lead by excellent musical choices. A truly up to date approach to teaching today’s students. It provides a steady progression of Syllabus material of the RAD, where performances of examinations reward the confidence gained by the students from their love of dance, hard work and dedication to the art. Each grade stimulates the student with training in ballet, lyrical (free movement) and national character. Students are rewarded with an accreditation mark, certificate and Medal.
Pre-School Dance Ages 2 – 5
First Steps Ages 2 -3
Twinkle Toes dance classes for kids are 45-minute sessions for children from 2 to 3 years of age. This energetic 45 minute dance class focuses on balance, rhythm and creative movement while incorporating the use of props such as bears, pom poms and hula hoops to encourage creativity and build a sense of high-energy fun for the children.
Cameron Dance Academy provides a positive and safe setting enabling the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun!
Twinkle Toes Program Ages 3 – 4, 4 – 5
Twinkle Tots Dance is an age-specific 1 hour class, containing ballet, tap, jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one. The use of fun, age-appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies.
A fast paced class designed to increase flexibility, core strength and the progressive skills required for jazz choreography. Student’s will perform a warm-up featuring stretching and strengthening exercises and culminate in across the floor/and centre practice of technical elements including leaps, kicks jumps and turns.
Theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance.The Musical Theatre program involves combining drama, dance, and singing. The emphasis is on teaching the student how to use their voice and facial expression to add to their dance repertoire, creating a more diverse and complete performer.
Classes will be focusing on show tunes, character development, improvisation, mime and combining song and dance.
Lyrical dance is a style that combines ballet and jazz dancing techniques. It is performed to music with lyrics so that it inspires expression of strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics of the song. This style concentrates on an individual approach and expressiveness of such emotions as love, joy, hurt, or anger. It does not concentrate on the dancer’s precision of movement. To understand what Lyrical dance is, we need to understand some of the lyrical background and why dancers choose to use Lyrical dance.