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Our Programs

About Us

At Shift Dance Academy, we offer students of all ages and levels, the opportunity to experiment with different styles of dance. We recognize that while some students find a love for all dance forms, others will dedicate their time to one discipline. We are happy to offer each student the opportunity to find their passion.

Shift Dance Academy offers instruction in the following styles of dance:

  • RAD Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Unset Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Musical Theatre
  • Stretch and Strength
  • Aerial Acrobatics
  • Tap
  • Stage
  • Pointe
  • Lyrical
  • Acro
  • Yoga for Dancers
  • Combination classes
  • Ballroom (Guest teachers)
  • Voice Lessons (by appointment only)

Exam Based Programs

Ballet

The ballet program at Shift Dance Academy will be taught using the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. The Royal Academy of Dance program is an internationally recognized program where students are trained in classical ballet dance and examined to reward their efforts. RAD ballet is acknowledged by the Ministry of Education  and specific exams can be counted toward school credits.

Exam Based Classes require students to attend a minimum of 2 classes each week in their designated exam level. It is important to note that RAD grade level does not necessarily correspond with academic grade level. Exams will occur at least once over the course of the dance year, with some exam levels having multiple dates to choose from.

The idea of an exam based class is to teach students of all ages the importance of working hard to achieve something. With the end goal in mind, students work all year to prepare themselves for the exam. Each student is graded individually and exam results are 100% confidential. Exams are available in all levels for both the Graded and Vocational syllabuses.

Competitive Programs

The Competitive Program at Shift Dance Academy is available for students looking to take their dancing to the next level. Competitive classes offer a greater challenge and require more dedication than a recreational class; and students absolutely love it!

Our competitive classes require that each student attend a minimum of two ballet classes each week to maintain their technique and continue their development of dance fundamentals.

Performance Opportunities

Each competitive class will be invited to compete in 3 different dance competitions over the course of the year, and in some cases more. These groups may also be asked to perform at various community events such as Community Days, the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, etc.

Competitive classes include:

  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Musical Theatre
  • Stage
  • Acro
  • Pointe

Recreational Programs

Shift Dance Academy offers a wide range of recreational classes for dancers to choose from. Recreational classes run once a week, offering young dancers the chance to try out various styles of dance.

Performance Opportunities

Each recreational class will be invited to participate in our year end recital. The dancers will work throughout the year on a routine which will be performed in front of a live audience. It is a great time for friends and family to see how much they have learned.

Ages

Recreational Programs are available for dancers between the ages of 3 and 19 years old. Dancers will be put into classes based on their age and level.

 

Classes:

  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Musical Theatre
  • Acro
  • Hip Hop
  • Lyrical
  • Aerial Acrobatics
  • Ballet
  • Acrobatic Technique
  • Contemporary
  • Stretch and Strength

Half Day Program

X-CELERATOR – Shift’s Half Day Program

Shift’s Half Day or Day Programs are available for students in grades 7 through 12 who have reached a high degree of athletic ability and are looking to dedicate more time to their sport of choice. These programs allow students to leave school early each day to accommodate additional hours of intensive training. Some of the North Shore schools currently recognizing these types of programs are Sentinel Secondary, Rockridge Secondary, and Carson Graham Secondary, to name a few.

What is X-CELERATOR?

X-CELERATOR is a training intensive program for dancers in Grades 7 through 12 who have reached a high degree of athletic ability and are looking to dedicate more time to their sport of choice. X-Celerator students finish school at lunch time each day allowing them access to day-time dance classes, dependant on their personal schedules. Many of the North Shore schools recognize these types of advanced athletic programs including Sentinel Secondary, Rockridge Secondary, Windsor and Carson Graham Secondary, to name a few.

Why X-CELERATOR?

X-CELERATOR requires dedication and determination, as every class will offer new challenges and unparalleled rewards. Our program provides dancers classes which are only available to day time students, as well as to diverse cross training activities available around the city.  The X-Celerator program allows students more one on one attention as class sizes are much smaller allowing for more refined attention to detail. Faculty members and guest teacher’s work together to help each dancer recognize their strengths and opportunities for improvement. We can’t wait to show you our dancers’ progression as the year moves forward!

 

When is X-CELERATOR?

X-CELERATOR runs Monday through Friday from 1:30- 3:30pm. The students will be divided into groups based on age and level which will determine which week days their set classes will be held on.

What X-CELERATOR schedule could I expect?

X-CELERATOR students are required by the Ministry of Education to be working at an advanced Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinable level.  In our day program, students will take a minimum of two hours of RAD ballet classes, and two hours of jazz technique, which frees time up in their evening schedules.  Additional hours will be determined based on recommendations from teachers and suggestions from dancers on which areas of dance they want to focus on.

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