The Harbour Dance Studios daytime academic program is entering it’s eighth year for the 2017/2018 season! As one of the first and longest running programs in the province we are very excited for our next season! Our dancers have gone on to professional schools including the National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, School of Contemporary Dancers, the Joffrey Ballet, Arts Umbrella, and others.
Our education program is provided by Navigate. Navigate is an award winning distance education school based in Courtenay BC and is part of SD71. Access to the academic program is free to all students and is funded by SD71. The classroom also includes students who are not enrolled in the dance program. Navigate has a distributed learning teacher onsite for a couple hours each morning to guide and facilitate student learning and the students work independently at the same time. Navigate continues to be a leader in the educational community in BC and is continually improving their academic services. We have been very proud to partner with such a high quality educational partner and our dancers have excelled academically.
During the daytime Studio C transforms into an active learning classroom with mobile furniture and workstations. The teacher works with students individually and in groups to meet the goals in their learning plans. With direct supervision and integrated academic management students have excellent learning support and are able to move rapidly and effectively through the course material.
After lunch the students work with our certified dance teachers to improve their skills in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical jazz, acro and progressions. Given the rapid skills progression in this program, there is an active competitive element and the students attend multiple competitions throughout the year for both group and individual work. The students form a close social group that is supportive and makes this program a great place to learn and grow as a dancer.
There are four groupings in the program that are based on a combination of age and skill level. These groupings help to ensure that everyone progresses at a fast but sustainable pace. Following are some examples of the accomplishments / grades needed for entry into each group, but other factor enter into the decision as well.
The Emerging Program – Grade 4 Ballet.
The Intensive Program – Grade 6 and Intermediate Foundations in Ballet.
The Accelerated Program- Grade 7 and Intermediate Ballet.
The Pre-Professional Program – Advanced 1, 2, and solo seal.
Entrance into the Program
Entrance to the dance portion program is by audition. Dancers must exhibit an appropriate degree of skill for their age, be interested in dance as a career, and work well with others. For the audition, dancers will need to be prepared for a two-part class that will showcase their abilities in ballet and jazz. Dancers will be required to supply a dance resume detailing their levels and accomplishments and prepare an essay explaining why they would like to enter the program.
Auditions have occurred for the 2017/2018 season but we are still accepting applications and will evaluate dancers on an individual basis for entry.