What is the Studio Intensive Program?
This program is for dancers between the ages of 8-18 years who want to challenge themselves and push their boundaries in the art of dance.
The Studio Intensive Program allows dancers to take their training to the next level. Within the program dancers may choose to compete in addition to training in a minimum of 5 hours of technique classes per week. The weekly classes include 2 Ballet, 1 Jazz, 1 Lyrical/Contemporary and your choice of Tap and/or Hip Hop. Intensive Dancers attend classes a minimum of 2 days per week with additional rehearsals for learning competitive choreography. Dancers train to be all-round dancers but may not compete in every style they take. Competitive choreography is cast by the instructors and choreographers within the program. Families are able to set a limit of dances their child may participate in helping to make it affordable to the individual family. Intensive Dancers should expect to participate in weekend rehearsals and/or classes. Competitive choreography is performed in our showcase as well as at 3 to 4 competitions in the GTA in the spring.
The Studio Intensive Program is a very dedicated program, and is not for everyone as it requires almost perfect attendance year-round and improvement must be shown on a weekly basis. Dancers who are looking to challenge themselves, have a passion for dance and a love of learning will greatly enjoy this program. We are not focused on “trophies” but rather creating self confident humans with excellent time management who also happen to be well rounded dancers. Our program encourages personal bests and working together as a cohesive group. We recommend dancers be a minimum of 8 years of age when entering the program with at least 2 years dance experience.
A dancer does not have to excel in every area of dance. However, they must be proficient in most styles and have above average skills in at least one discipline. Younger dancers do not have years of training behind them so instructors look at ability and potential based on flexibility, strength, retention, effort and maturity. There are various levels of the Intensive Program for those dancers just starting out in the program and/or those that display great potential, as well as for those dancers who are ready to jump in at a more challenging level. Dancers must be open to learning new styles of dance and accept and apply corrections immediately. The Intensive Program is a fantastic opportunity to develop the skills required for a successful adult life even if dance is not a part of it. Participants will learn discipline, focus, goal setting, overcoming personal obstacles, working with a group, and developing the skills to work alone as well as a member of a team.
The Studio requires that all members audition yearly in a group audition. The audition consists of an application form, a warm up, and a few combinations taught in various styles of dance. There is an audition fee of $25. If you are unable to attend the audition, arrangements may be able to be made at a later date.