Classes

Attire

Students must have appropriate dancewear by the end of September. All dance shoes should be fitted properly by a professional dance shoe supplier to ensure proper fit and safety. For information on where to buy dancewear,
please click here.

Hair must be secured off the face and neck for all classes (including hip hop). Students not dressed properly will not be allowed to participate in class.

  1. Girls

    Ballet
    Leotard and tights, skirt required for Pre Ballet and Primary Ballet classes, pink ballet slippers for all levels.

    Jazz
    Dance skirt or dance shorts (optional).

    Tap and Preschool
    Dance skirt or dance shorts (optional).

    Hip Hop
    T-shirt, track pants, jogging pants, jazz pants or shorts are allowed. No jeans!. All dance attire must be considered appropriate. Black jazz slippers, black jazz shoes, or black Hip Hop shoes.

  2. Boys

    Form fitting t-shirt (white is preferred), dance pants, or shorts. Black tap shoes for tap, black ballet slippers for ballet and black jazz slippers or black jazz shoes for Jazz and Hip Hop.

Pre School Ages 3-5

This class is an introduction to dance designed for ages 3-5. This class is a combination of ballet, tap, and jazz taught through creative movement. All students must be fully “potty-trained” and must be able to listen and follow directions in a classroom environment. Not all three and four year olds are ready for a structured program. Certain students may be asked to wait another year before continuing classes at the teacher’s discretion. Since there are so many different songs and activities, it is highly recommended that younger students spend two years in our Pre School program before moving to the next level, which is pretap. In this class, students will be taught the very basic tap movements, with a slight introduction to ballet and jazz also. The preschool program is designed so that the children can “sing along” with the music to make their experience more enjoyable.

Tap & Jazz Classes Ages 5+

We follow the Al Gilbert Graded Tap and Jazz Dancing Method. Each grade usually takes at least 2 years to complete. It is not uncommon for a student to spend 3-4 years in a certain level before moving to the next level. These grades are based on ability, not by age, so there are various ages in each class. Tap students must be able to demonstrate the tap steps of the grade one at a time with crisp clear sounds, correct rhythm and timing, proper posture, use of arms and head, and have a full understanding of the theory of that grade before being considered for the next level. Jazz students must memorize and demonstrate all stretches and combinations with proper posture and technique, along with having a full understanding of theory before continuing to the next level. Examinations are optional but highly recommended to give the student a sense of accomplishment for each grade. You will be notified in writing when it is felt that your child is ready to be examined for a particular grade.

Ballet Classes Ages 5+

At Nancy Pattison’s Dance World, we educate our ballet students in the syllabus set by the Cecchetti Council of America. The Cecchetti style of ballet is very beautiful, but requires a serious and dedicated student. Once a student has completed our program of Pre Ballet, and Primary 1, 2 & 3 Ballet, they will begin their classical ballet training. All students in Cecchetti classes should be studying a minimum of 2 classical ballet classes per week. You will be notified in writing if your child is ready to be examined in the Cecchetti Method.

Pointe Classes

Pointe classes are for the serious dedicated classical ballet student. Students who are in Cecchetti 1 and are at least 12 years of age will be invited to take pre-pointe classes. In this class, students will learn about pointe shoes, their history, and their care. Students will also learn certain strengthening and technique exercises. Dancers attending a minimum of 2 classical ballet classes and a pre pointe class will be evaluated by their teacher in aspects of strength, posture, weight distribution, technique, and maturity of bones and muscles. Qualified students will be instructed when and where to buy pointe shoes. Pointe work is an exciting part of classical ballet training, but must be taken very seriously in order to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for all involved.

Lyrical Classes

Lyrical dance is style created from the fusion of Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary. Lyrical dance is expressive, dynamic, subtle, and intricate. A song’s lyrics are the driving force and inspiration for the movements and steps. Lyrical dancing is for the passionate dancer who want to combine technique with musicality, expression, and emotion. A solid, ballet-based technique is essential to this style of dance, therefore we require all lyrical students to be registered in Ballet and Pre Pointe/Pointe.

Hip Hop Classes Ages 6+

Looking for the latest, funky street moves? How about showing off that celebrity’s move in your favourite music video? Join our Hip Hop classes!

The classes will be divided by age and ability at the discretion of the teacher. Due to the various ages and abilities at each location, hip hop classes are named by a letter of the alphabet. These are just arbitrary names relevant to the students dancing on that day or at that location. A “B” class on one day may not be exactly equivalent to a “B” class on another day or at another location. Placement in hip hop classes will be at the teacher’s discretion. It is highly recommended that any student in hip hop also take jazz to supplement. Minimum hip hop age is 6 years old, but 10 is actually recommended.

Adult Classes

We offer classes for our adults at our Main studio in tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Classes are available for both the beginning dancer and the experienced dancer. Moms and Dads, get some friends together and get ready to have a great time! Prices for adult classes are the same as children’s classes and family rates are available. Give them a try!

Please email Becky Jenner regarding class information.

Dance Exams

  1. What is an exam?

    An exam is an opportunity for a student to demonstrate their proficiency and knowledge of a certain level of dance.

  2. Why should a student take an exam?

    Exams give students something to strive for and a sense of accomplishment when a level is completed. Exams ensure that all elements of a certain level are properly learned so that the student may be successful in the next level.

  3. Does a student have to take an exam to move into the next level?

    If the teacher feels that the student has properly learned and can demonstrate all elements of a certain grade (including all required theory), they may choose to transfer the student up to the next level without an examination.

  4. How often are exams held?

    Exams are usually held in late February or early March. A student will usually spend 2-3 years in each level before being examined.

  5. What is the difference between the different types of exams?

    Junior Exams include Tap 1, Tap 2, Tap 3, Primary Jazz, Jazz 1, Jazz 2, Primary Ballet 1, Primary Ballet 2, and Primary Ballet 3.

    Advanced Exams include Tap 4 – 9, and Jazz 3 – 4.

    Cecchetti Exams include all Cecchetti Ballet Grades including Professional Grades.

  6. Why should advanced and Cecchetti students be studying twice a week in order to take an exam?

    The advanced and Cecchetti levels are very physically and mentally demanding. In order to properly condition the dancer’s body and cover all material that needs to be demonstrated, 2 classes per week are required to properly prepare students for these exams.

    Special enrichment classes are scheduled for Fridays at the Main Studio for this purpose.

    Sometimes younger students may choose to take more than one class a week in order to improve their dancing and prepare for exams.

  7. What happens in an exam?

    Students usually enter the exam 4 to 8 dancers at a time. They will be required to demonstrate all work they that have been practicing in class. Tap students will dance one at a time so that the examiner can hear how precise their tap sounds are. Jazz and Ballet students will demonstrate the exercises as a class or in small groups. Advanced jazz dancers will be given unseen combinations to show their proficiency in technique and ability to “think on their feet.”

    Theory questions will be asked one dancer at a time and student may be required to answer verbally, answer physically or both.

    The dance will be performed in small groups (advanced dancers may be asked to perform it as a solo) while the students not dancing will be asked to quietly face the wall. The examiner may also ask to see other steps from the grade to ensure that the entire grade is learned.

    It is very important for students (even the youngest ones) to conduct themselves in a very professional manner during exams. All students are to be dressed properly, and neatly groomed. There shall be no talking or fidgeting between dance steps. Students must stay patient while waiting for their turn to dance but must pay attention so they do not miss their cue. For these reasons some students may be asked to wait until they are older to take an exam so that the experience is a successful one.

  8. What happens after the exam?

    The examiner will forward the report cards to the teacher who will hand them out in class. Successful students will be placed into the next level when classes begin in September. Junior Exam students who do well on their exam may be presented with a medal and certificate to show their accomplishments.

  9. How are Junior and Advanced Exams marked?

    There are 5 sections each worth 20 marks which include:
    Technique, Rhythm and Timing, Posture and Use of Arms and Head, Theory, and Required Dance.

    Students must attain at least 80 marks in order to pass the exam.

  10. How are Cecchetti Exams marked?

    Each Cecchetti grade has various sections which may include Barre, Port De Bras, Centre Practice, Adage, Pirouettes, Allegro, Unseen Combinations, Additional Steps and Theory.

    Examiner will comment on many exercises and then give an overall mark for that section (Excellent, Good, Fair, Unsatisfactory). An overall mark will be given for technique and for style.

    A final grade will be awarded of one of the following: Retake, Conditional Pass, Pass, Pass Plus, Pass Commended and Pass Highly Commended.