RECREATIONAL DANCE

The Oakville Academy for the Arts Recreational Dance Program has become one of the most respected and largest in Canada.

This is a testimonial that we have established a new standard of excellence and commitment to our Dancers that is unique within the dance community. Our 6 studios and over 175 weekly classes in a multitude of disciplines are available at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and held at many convenient times for busy families (daytime, evenings, Saturdays and Sundays). Our Instructors are University trained to introduce and develop dancers to a high level of technical and creative expertise. The recreational programs are designed specifically for the enjoyment of the students wishing to explore some or all of the various dance forms. Students are evaluated and placed into the appropriate skill levels and perform annually at The Oakville Academy’s Recital at an age appropriate venue. Students will perform in one show at our year end celebration out of respect for academic culmination and your family’s busy life style.

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The Oakville Academy recognizes that while we have the most beautiful facilities in the GTA and incredible programming, the quality of the teaching and those personalities responsible for your child’s experience are the key element to a rewarding learning journey. The Academy has focused on selecting teachers who have excelled in their disciplines and have the technical expertise for instruction. Their exceptional energy, enthusiasm, professionalism and proven success with children differentiate them from others in their industry. All teachers are committed to offering quality instruction with an emphasis on ensuring student enjoyment. Teachers at The Academy choose the age groups they wish to work with, their skills best suited to and those they are most passionate about, guaranteeing a fulfilling experience for all students.

RECREATIONAL JAZZ

This fun class invites students of all ages to develop their personal style. Jazz is an energetic dance form that combines current dance and music trends. The classes consist of a warm-up, across the floor progressions and a stylized combination. Students will enjoy letting loose to the energizing rhythms of pop music as they broaden their technical vocabulary and explore a range of dynamics particular to various styles of jazz.

Jazz | Ages 7-9

Monday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 7-9

Tuesday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 7-9

Wednesday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 7-9

Friday

4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages 7-9

Saturday

11:30am-12:30pm

Ages 7-9

Sunday

9:15am-10:15pm

Ages 7-9

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Jazz | Ages 9-12

Tuesday

6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages 9-12

Wednesday

3:30pm-4:30pm

Ages 9-12

Friday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 9-12

Saturday

1:00pm-2:00pm

Ages 9-12

Sunday

11:00am-12:00pm

Ages 9-12

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Jazz | Ages 9-14

Saturday

2:30pm-3:30pm

Ages 9-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Jazz | Ages 10-14

Wednesday

8:30pm-9:30pm

Ages 10-14

Thursday

7:30pm-8:30pm

Ages 10-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Open Senior Jazz

Wednesday

8:30pm-9:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL TAP

Tap develops precision, coordination and rhythmic appreciation as it uses the body as an instrument. Classical, Funk and Hoofin styles are covered with particular emphasis put on the quality of sound and technique.

Tap | Ages 7-9

Tuesday

4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages 7-9

Wednesday

4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages 7-9

Friday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 7-9

Saturday

1:30pm-2:30pm

Ages 7-9

Sunday

11:15am-12:15pm

Ages 7-9

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Tap | Ages 9-12

Tuesday

7:30pm-8:30pm

Ages 9-12

Sunday

12:00pm-1:00pm

Ages 9-12

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Tap | Ages 10-14

Friday

7:30pm-8:30pm

Ages 10-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Tap | Open Senior

Thursday

8:30pm-9:30pm

Ages 10+

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL LYRICAL

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz techniques. Usually inspired by slow music, lyrical reflects the actual lyrics of the songs, and allows dancers to express their inner emotion. Dancers gain fluidity of movement, grace, control, and individual expression. Lyrical is offered to students ages 10 and up.

Lyrical | Ages 9-12

Tuesday

8:30pm-9:30pm

Ages 9-12

Wednesday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 9-12

Friday

4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages 9-12

Sunday

10:00am-11:00am

Ages 9-12

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Lyrical | Ages 9-14

Saturday

3:30pm-4:30pm

Ages 9-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Lyrical | Ages 10-14

Friday

6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages 10-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Lyrical | Open Senior

Tuesday

8:30pm-9:30pm

Thursday

8:30pm-9:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL HIP HOP

Hip Hop is the newest dance craze. A fun high energy dance form, which combines jazz with street style dance, made famous through music videos. Hip Hop reflects North American urban culture and allows dancers to express their individualism like no other dance form. Hip Hop is perfect for those without dance experience who want exercise, the opportunity to meet new friends and to have a blast. Levels range from beginner to competitive.

Hip Hop | Ages 7-9

Wednesday

6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages 7-9

Friday

4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages 7-9

Saturday

2:45pm-3:45pm

Ages 7-9

Sunday

12:15pm-1:15pm

Ages 7-9

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Hip Hop | Ages 8-10

Thursday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 8-10

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Hip Hop | Ages 9-12

Wednesday

4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages 9-12

Friday

3:30pm-4:30pm

Ages 9-12

Friday

6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages 9-12

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Hip Hop | Ages 9-14

Saturday

4:45pm-5:45pm

Ages 9-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Hip Hop | Open Senior

Tuesday

8:30pm-9:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Hip Hop | Ages 10-14

Thursday

8:30pm-9:30pm

Ages 10-14

Friday

7:30pm-8:30pm

Ages 10-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary dance class is designed for students who like to move, take risks and be expressive. A simple and effective warm-up to build strength is followed by phrase work focusing on musicality, movement and balance through oppositional forces of energy that we consciously direct physically by using our imagination and not being afraid to play. unitard – Foot soles are ok but must be flesh coloured.

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Contemporary dance asks the students to safely let go and enjoy the journey through their bodies. Core strengthening exercises inspired by Graham technique, Cunningham technique, Limon technique, Ballet, Jazz, Pilates, Yoga, and even Hip Hop help the students find support from their center of gravity. Using these grounding tools from various techniques, class builds along with the challenge- mentally and physically, ending with full bodied movement phrases that remind the students to let go in order to find the flow.

Contemporary dance encourages students to find confidence and joy in their own creative and physical potential while challenging them to find greater range of expression through dynamic physicality and specificity. Find play, joy and ease as you practice modern dance which takes you upside down, in and out of the floor, and through more traditional aspects of line, extension, placement and classic technique.

Attire: bare feet, solid coloured leotard, solid coloured tights or bare feet, solid coloured unitard – Foot soles are ok but must be flesh coloured.

Contemporary | Ages 9-12

Wednesday

6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages 9-12

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Contemporary | Ages 10-14

Thursday

6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages 10-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Contemporary | Open Senior

Monday

8:30pm-9:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL ACRO

Oakville Academy for the arts acrobatic arts certified

Acrobatics combines flexibility and strength of the entire body. Artistic illusions are created by incorporating tricks, balance work and tumbling in addition to dance steps to link each acro element together.

Beginner Acro JR | Ages 6-9

Wednesday

3:30pm-4:30pm

Ages 6-9

Saturday

8:45am-9:45am

Ages 6-9

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro | Ages 7-9

Sunday

12:15pm-1:15pm

Ages 7-9

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Beginner Acro SR | Ages 10-15

Tuesday

8:30pm-9:30pm

Ages 10-15

Saturday

2:30pm-3:30pm

Ages 10-15

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Level 1

Saturday

9:00am-10:00am

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Level 1/2

Friday

3:30pm-4:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Level 2

Tuesday

5:30pm-6:30pm

Saturday

10:00am-11:00am

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Level 3

Saturday

11:00am-12:00pm

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Level 4

Monday

4:30pm-5:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Level 4/5

Saturday

3:45pm-4:45pm

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Level 5/6

Tuesday

4:30pm-5:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Acro Select

Saturday

12:00pm-1:00pm

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL BREAK DANCE

Break dance is a street-based style of dance that incorporates intricate body movements, coordination, style, and aesthetics. Break dancing uses different body movements, spins, freezes and free styling, all of which are done to hip hop music. This type of dance helps build arm strength, core strength, coordination and rhythm. Many of the moves are inspired by gymnastic-like steps and tricks. You’ll also find some martial arts influences in the movement. Break dancing allows the performer to play with improvisation and is high energy.

Break Dance | Ages 7-9

Saturday

3:45pm-4:45pm

Ages 7-9

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Break Dance | Ages 9-14

Saturday

5:45pm-6:45pm

Ages 9-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL BALLET

Ballet is the most elementary and important of all dance instruction. Ballet is considered to be the foundation of all dance forms. All Ballet students will follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

Ballet (no exam) | Ages 7-9

Wednesday

3:30pm-4:30pm

Ages 7-9

Friday

3:30pm-4:30pm

Ages 7-9

Saturday

12:30pm-1:30pm

Ages 7-9

Sunday

9:15am-10:15am

Ages 7-9

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Ballet (no exam) | Ages 10-14

Wednesday

7:30pm-8:30pm

Ages 10-14

Thursday

8:30pm-9:30pm

Ages 10-14

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

RECREATIONAL ADULT DANCE

The Oakville Academy for the Arts is excited to offer Adult Dance Classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet and Tap. These classes are open to all experience levels and are taught by our highly qualified, University Educated and enthusiastic Dance Faculty. Adult Dance Classes are a great way to meet new people, stay active, and work on your moves!

Adult Hip Hop

Wednesday

8:30pm-9:30pm

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

YEAR END RECITALS

Our programs conclude with a Year End Celebration to mark the exceptional learning and progress of our students in their performance art. Our youngest dancers (Pre Dance 2 1/2 to 3 years of age) perform in the Oakville Academy Theatre in a show celebrating not only their first time in a formal performance setting, but the developmental accomplishments of their year. This is followed by an in-house tea party.

Our Six and Younger dancers have a unique Junior Recital in a small, safe and local theatre generating special memories for both child and parents. The show is approximately one hour in length and perfect for their attention span and provides an exceptional way for our young dancers to share their accomplishments with a warm and intimate audience. This contributes to these first formal recitals being a positive and self-confidence building experiences.

Our age Seven and older Dancers perform at the spectacular and world class Living Arts Centre in a show that integrates our Music Department and Dance Programme resulting in a truly unique, quintessentially professional experience for our dancers and audience. Each show runs under 3 hours in length and Dancers will perform in 1 show. These shows receive rave reviews year after year.

Come in and see where we can take you or your child this year

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