Kids & Teens Programs

JAZZ – TAP – BALLET – POINTE – MODERN – LYRICAL – HIPHOP – MUSICAL THEATRE – FLAMENCO – WEEBOP – HIGHLAND – & MORE!

“First and foremost, I love that my daughter comes out of every class excited about dance, brimming with confidence…”

“I am a successful dancer and person because of the foundations laid by Free House Dance.”

“…I have to admit that I have tried to steer both my daughters away from dance for as long as I could. I used to be a competitive dancer, and was turned off dance for a long time…I didn’t want to subject my daughters to any of that, but in my prior experience, there was no middle ground in dance — either one had to go all the way to the dark side in competitive dance, or choose a recreational program with no rigour whatsoever, and no progression. That is, until I came across FHDP, which combines the best of both worlds…. You guys have the rigour, the passion for dance, and accountability, but at the same time, you are friendly, relaxed and accepting. We love your philosophy. Thank you for a great year — we can’t wait to be back in September!”

Building life-skills, confidence, teamwork, quick thinking, on top of a strong foundation in dance, in a non-competitive, inclusive and loving environment.

 

  • Registration for 2019/20 is open. Our website reflects the 2019/20 Schedule.

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Classes:

AcroDance
Is your child an avid cartwheeler? Do they love to be upside down? AcroDance is a physically demanding activity that combines dance technique with acrobatic elements and is great for FHDP students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength. AcroDance is meant to be a complimentary activity to our dance training rather than a tumbling or gymnastics class. Warning: They might want to run away and join the circus!

    • Junior 1 AcroDance: Age 7-9. Saturday 2:15-3:15 pm
    • Junior 2 AcroDance: Age 9-11. Friday 4:30-5:30 pm
    • Preintermediate AcroDance: Age 11+. Saturday 3:15-4:15 pm

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Ballet
Whether your child gracefully twirls around the room and says the word “tutu” 20 times a day or talks non-stop about what they have to do to get that “killer hard split jump” in their jazz class, Ballet provides a strong and dependable dance foundation. Learn to stand with confidence, move with precision and develop accurate posture and alignment gaining poise, grace, confidence and strength. Ballet also teaches commitment, determination and body awareness. Studies include syllabus and free work that reflect the needs and progress of each class level. Because of the physical demands and expectations at higher levels, PreIntermediate, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Senior classes attend twice weekly. Additional classes are recommended and sometimes required to strengthen and build technique. See each individual level for details.

  • PrePrimary: age 6 with no previous structured dance experience; age 5 with 1-2 full years of structured dance experience. Either Wednesday 3:45-4:30 pm or Saturday 9:30-10:15 am
  • Primary: ages 7-8 with no previous structured dance experience; age 6 if moving up from PrePrimary Ballet. Either Tuesday 3:30-4:15 pm or Saturday 11:30-12:15 pm
  • Junior 1: age 9-10 with no previous structured Ballet experience; ages 7-9 moving up from Primary Ballet. Either Monday 6:30-7:30 pm or Saturday 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Junior 2: ages 9-11 moving up from Junior 1 Ballet. Either Tuesday 5:30-6:30 pm or Saturday 1:15-2:15 pm
  • PreIntermediate: ages 11+ moving up from Junior 2 Ballet.  Twice weekly class; Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm. Students at this level are not required to take additional support classes, but Int 1 Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS) and/or Prepointe are recommended.
  • Intermediate 1: age 13+, subject to teacher recommendation. Twice weekly class; Monday & Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm. One additional technical class is required for a minimum of 3 classes weekly. Options include: a) Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS) or b) PrePointe.
  • Intermediate 2: age 14+, subject to teacher recommendation. Twice weekly class; Monday & Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm. Two additional technical classes are required, for a minimum of 4 classes weekly, and can include Open Ballet, DSS, Pointe, Modern, Jazz. Students who only take Intermediate 2 Ballet are required to take Open Ballet on Friday 3:00-4:15 pm plus 1 or both of the following: a) Inter 2/Senior Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS),  or b) Pointe.
  • Senior: age 15+, subject to teacher recommendation. Twice weekly class; Tuesday & Thursday 4:15-5:30 pm. Two additional technical classes are required, for a minimum of 4 classes weekly, and can include Open Ballet, DSS, Pointe, Modern, Jazz. Students who only take Senior Ballet are required to take Open Ballet on Friday 3:00-4:15 pm plus 1 or both of the following: a) Inter 2/Senior Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS),  or b) Pointe.
  • PreTeen: For dancers age 10-12 with little or no ballet training.  Friday 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Teen 1: For dancers age 13+ with little or no ballet training. Friday 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Teen 2: For dancers age 14+ with a minimum of 1 year of Teen 1 Ballet experience. Wednesday 7:30-8:30 pm. Students at this level are not required to take additional support classes, but Preint/Int 1 Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS) and/or Prepointe are recommended.

SUPPORT CLASSES: Designed to enhance our syllabus & only open to students of Free House Dance Plus.

PrePointe: PreIntermediate, Intermediate 1, and Teen 2 levels of ballet can benefit from this class. Students work through basic skills in order to strengthen technique and alignment, specifically towards going up “en pointe”. Physical development, maturity, physiology, good technique, hard work and the teachers evaluation of preparedness factor in to make this exciting decision. Wednesday 6:30-7:15 pm.

Pointe: For Intermediate 2 & Senior level students with teacher recommendation. Includes barre and centre work to strengthen the feet and ankles, learn placement, and increase flexibility as they develop pointe work skills. (Note: Students must be assessed by a doctor and approved by the teacher before going up “en pointe”.) Thursday 5:30-6:15 pm.

Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS): A supplementary class for Free House Dance students. Two levels are offered, one for Inter 1 students (Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm) and one for Inter 2/Senior students (Tuesday 5:30-6:30 pm).

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Dancers' Stretch & Strength
A class designed to strengthen the body, foster the development of flexibility, improve alignment and further support the students’ dance training. Two levels are offered, one for Inter 1 students and one for Inter 2/Senior students.
Intermediate 1 DSS: Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm
Intermediate 2/Senior DSS: Tuesday 5:30-6:30 pm

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Flamenco
Is your child intense, loud, and fiery? Harness that energy, stick a rose between their teeth and come discover Flamenco, the dance of Southern Spain, with its passion, intricate rhythms, beautiful body movement and percussive footwork that express the soul of Flamenco. Olé!
Junior Flamenco: Age 7+; Saturday 2:15-3:15 pm
Teen Flamenco: Age 12+; Saturday 3:15-4:15 pm

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Highland
Whether your family history traces back to the Scottish highlands or your child loves the idea of bagpipes and tartan, Highland dance gives a heartfelt and magical connection to the tradition of a great country. Students will put on their ghillies, join their classmates and learn traditional dances performed in public events, before and after battles and at family celebrations. Och Wheesht and Get Own Wae It!
Intro Highland: Age 6+, with 0 to 1 year Highland training. Tuesday 5:30-6:30 pm
Junior Highland: Age 8+, with 1-2 years Highland training. Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm
Intermediate Highland: Ages 11+ with 3 or more years Highland training. Tuesday 7:30-8:30 pm

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Hip Hop
Is your child dying to rock the floor and show off their mad style? Hip Hop dance is powerful and electrifying. Students will learn about the history, music, culture, technique, and styles that make Hip Hop one of the most popular genres of today. Hip Hop dance cultivates individuality, allowing each student the opportunity to exhibit their uniqueness and personal style. They are encouraged to let their voice be heard, groove wholeheartedly to the beat and bring pride and confidence into their dancing. Ain’t no half steppin’ here!

  • Primary: ages 6-8 with no structured hiphop experience. Either Wednesday 4:45-5:30 pm or Friday 5:45-6:30 pm.
  • Junior 1: age 9 with no structured hiphop experience; ages 7-9 moving up from Primary Hip Hop. Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm.
  • Junior 2: ages 10-12 with no structured hiphop experience; ages 9-11 moving up from Junior 1 Hip Hop. Either Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm or Friday 3:30-4:30 pm.
  • PreIntermediate: ages 11+ moving up from Junior 2 Hip Hop. Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Intermediate 1: ages 13+ moving up from Preintermediate Hip Hop. Wednesday 7:30-8:30 pm.
  • Intermediate 2/Senior: ages 14+ moving up from Intermediate 1 Hip Hop. Saturday 1:15-2:15 pm.
  • Teen: For dancers age 13+ with no structured Hip Hop training. Tuesday 7:30-8:30 pm.

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Jazz
Is your child full of personality and a little on the bold side, or looking for help coming out of their shell? Students can expect to strut their stuff in Jazz class. Jazz dance is a stylized movement form that has developed in parallel to American popular music. It promotes individuality and performance. Seen on TV, advertising campaigns, on stage and in musicals, Jazz dance is the leader of the entertainment biz. Students will improve musicality, move with power, and learn to attack movement with a vigour that is Jazz. Students in PreIntermediate or higher levels take 2 classes weekly. Because of the demands at higher levels, Intermediate and Senior level students must also take ballet.

  • Jazz/Tap Combo: age 6 beginners; age 5 with 1-2 full years of structured dance experience. Either Thursday 2:45-3:45 pm or Saturday 1:15-2:15 pm.
  • Primary: age 7-8 with no structured dance experience; age 6 with 1-2 years structured dance training. Either Thursday 4:45-5:30 pm or Saturday 10:30-11:15 am.
  • Junior 1: age 9-10 with no structured Jazz experience; age 7-9 moving up from Primary Jazz. Either Thursday 5:30-6:30 pm or Saturday 11:15-12:15 pm.
  • Junior 2: age 11-12 with no structured Jazz experience; age 9-12 moving up from Junior 1 Jazz. Either Tuesday 4:30-5:30, Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm or Saturday 12:15-1:15 pm.
  • PreIntermediate: age 11+ moving up from Junior 2 Jazz. Twice weekly class; Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm.
  • Intermediate 1: age 13+, subject to teacher recommendation. Twice weekly class; Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:30 pm. Students at this level are required to take at least one ballet class. Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS) is also recommended.
  • Intermediate 2/Senior: age 14+, subject to teacher recommendation. Twice weekly class; Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm. Students at this level are required to take ballet plus least 1 additional technical class, either a) DSS or b) Modern, for a minimum of 4 classes weekly.
  • Teen: For dancers age 13+ with little or no structured Jazz training. Saturday 3:15-4:15 pm.

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Lyrical
Got drama and angst? This choreography-based class is for Intermediate and Senior level dancers who want to give voice to their feelings, passion and emotion. Lyrical dance incorporates Jazz, Ballet and Modern dance techniques and is known for its expressiveness and musicality.

Intermediate/Senior: Age 13+ with strong dance vernacular through previous Ballet &/or Modern training. For Free House dancers also enrolled in Ballet, Modern, and/or Jazz. Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm.

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Modern
Is your child a pioneer of new ideas, an explorer extraordinaire, or a tad on the rebellious side? Modern dance is the “wild child” of the formalized dance techniques. Modern dance promotes open-mindedness and supports self-expression. It is highly permissive and very creative. In Modern class, students will become best friends with the floor, improvise, and discover their limitless movement potential, all while developing technical skills. Classes follow an updated syllabus of studies along with open work, designed to allow for flexibility and creativity in instruction. Because of the demands at higher levels, Intermediate and Senior level students must also take Ballet.

  • Primary: ages 7-8 beginners; age 6 with 1-2 years structured dance training. Monday 3:45-4:30 pm.
  • Junior 1: ages 9-10 beginners; ages 7-8 if moving up from Primary Modern. Either Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm or Saturday 10:15-11:15 am.
  • Junior 2: ages 11-12 beginners; ages 9-11 moving up from Junior 1 Modern. Either Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm or Saturday 11:15-12:15 pm.
  • PreIntermediate: ages 11+ moving up from Junior 2 Modern. Twice weekly class; Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Students at this level are not required to take additional classes, but DSS &/or Ballet are recommended.
  • Intermediate 1: age 13+, subject to teacher recommendation. Twice weekly class; Monday & Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm. Students at this level are required to take at least one ballet class. Dancers’ Stretch & Strength (DSS) is also recommended.
  • Intermediate 2/Senior: age 14+, subject to teacher recommendation. Twice weekly class; Monday & Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm. Students at this level must be dancing in a minimum of 2 additional technical classes weekly, at least one of which must be Ballet. Additional class options are DSS and Jazz.
  • Teen: age 13+ with little or no Modern training. Saturday 2:15-3:15 pm.

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Musical Theatre
Whether your child is inclined to jump up and belt out the tunes, or are the shy, quiet type, in Musical Theatre class they gain confidence and self esteem as they learn performance skills, accomplish basic dance steps and practice projecting their voice. Your child will connect meaningfully with their classmates as they work to learn famous Broadway show tunes. Practice, practice, practice…parents are encouraged to get earplugs now!

Junior 1: age 7-12 with 0-1 year training in Musical Theatre. Monday 4:30-5:30 pm.
Junior 2: age 9-12 moving up from Junior 1 Musical Theatre. Monday 5:30-6:30 pm.
Teen: age 13+ with 0-3 years training in Musical Theatre. Saturday 1:15-2:15 pm.

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Performance Division
Is the recital your child’s favourite time of year? Do they shine on stage, making you burst with pride? The Performance Division gives serious dancers the opportunity to develop their talent, performance skills and deepen their passion for dance while learning choreography and preparing for performance. Placement is by audition.

There are 2 Divisions:

  • HALF YEAR: September to December. For FHDP dancers, ages 8-17. This division is all about producing our Christmas Show.
  • FULL YEAR: September to June. For PreIntermediate to Senior level FHDP students age 13+ who are registered in a minimum of four classes a week, including Ballet. This division puts on their own show in the spring as well as being highlighted in our Christmas and Year End shows.

Auditions: for the 2019/20 year were May 25, 2019.

For more info please contact the office at info@freehousedance.com

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Summer Programs
Tired of hearing “Mom, I’m bored!”? Need to get your kids away from the electronic devices? Register them in one of our week-long dance camps and give them a chance to shake their sillies out. We promise they’ll sleep like a baby when they get home!
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Tap
Be-bop. Tip-tip-tap-tap. Bam wham zoo! Tap dance has the transformative power to make the body a dynamic sound machine. Each week when your child puts on their tap shoes they will feel a lively beat bubble up and boil within them. As tap dancers, they will live, breathe, feel, and experience the playfulness, creativity, and wonder that comes from making music. Students will develop a deep understanding of phrasing and musical form, improve rhythm and co-ordination, and have a tremendously loud amount of fun. Classes follow a syllabus of studies that is routinely updated. Ba-dum-boom!

  • Jazz/Tap Combo: age 6 beginners; age 5 with 1-2 years of structured dance experience. Either Thursday 2:45-3:45 pm or Saturday 1:15-2:15 pm.
  • Primary: ages 7-8 beginners; age 6 if moving up from PrePrimary Tap. Either Thursday 3:45-4:30 pm or Saturday 9:30-10:15 am.
  • Junior 1: age 9 beginners; ages 7-8 if moving up from Primary Tap. Either Monday 5:30-6:30 pm or Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm.
  • Junior 2: ages 9-11 moving up from Junior 1 Tap. Either Monday 4:30-5:30 pm or Saturday 10:15-11:15 am.
  • PreIntermediate: ages 11+ moving up from Junior 2 Tap. Thursday 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Intermediate 1: age 13+, subject to teacher recommendation. Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm.
  • Intermediate 2/Senior: age 14+, subject to teacher recommendation. Saturday 12:15-1:15 pm. Taking other styles at this level is strongly recommended.
  • Teen: For dancers age 13+ with little or no Tap training. Saturday 2:15-3:15 pm.

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WeeBop™ (Preschool Dance)
Your child will gallop, skip, spin and jump with a huge smile on their face in WeeBop™! Every class is a journey brimming with excitement, exploration, and learning. Along the way, our dancers improve co-ordination and musicality, develop new skills, gain strength and endurance, in an environment that encourages creative expression.

  • Level 1: age 3-4 with no structured dance experience. Either Monday 1:00-1:45 pm, Tuesday 9:15-10:00 am, Thursday 2:00-2:45 pm or Saturday 12:15-1:00 pm.
  • Level 2: age 5 beginners; age 4 with 1 year structured dance experience. Either Monday 1:45-2:30 pm, Tuesday 10:00-10:45 am, Thursday 3:30-4:15 pm, or Saturday 9:30-10:15 am.

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