Our School

Our Philosophy

Whatever their goal– a professional career or personal enjoyment – each student is offered equal attention and opportunity to perform.

The Woodbridge School of Dance is an Associate Member of The Society of Russian Ballet. The School has a reputation for exceptional training in classical dance under the guidance of a highly qualified faculty. The school offers classes in classical ballet, pointe, pre–ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, contemporary, acro and open ballet-elementary level.

An extensive dance program is offered which consists of classes in the above mentioned areas of study. Whatever their goal– a professional career or personal enjoyment – each student is offered equal attention and opportunity to perform. Students are assigned to classes according to their level of training, their ability, and the effort they are prepared to make. This guarantees steady progress and instills self–confidence in the students. Class advancement is considered on the basis of individual achievement, and classes are not promoted as groups. The benefits of classical dance training soon become apparent to students of all ages, as they gain poise, grace and confidence. Awareness of the arts and physical and mental discipline are of as much value to today’s generation as at anytime in the past.

The Woodbridge School of Dance is dedicated to the development and execution of dance and the enrichment of all our students through education and performance with a spirit that values the diversity, integrity and potential of all individuals.

Faculty

FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Gilly Chaplin S.B.R. Adv.

Gilly Chaplin was born in San Francisco and received her early training at The Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. In 1976, she received a full scholarship to study at the renowned National Academy of Dance in Illinois. By 1980, she moved to New York to…

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FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Gilly Chaplin S.B.R. Adv.

Gilly Chaplin was born in San Francisco and received her early training at The Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. In 1976, she received a full scholarship to study at the renowned National Academy of Dance in Illinois. By 1980, she moved to New York to continue her professional dance training at American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She later returned to Illinois to dance with The National Ballet of Illinois. She has also performed with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet Company.

Her energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit lead to the founding of The Woodbridge School of Dance (WSD) (formerly The Ballet School of Woodbridge) in 1983. The school, now in its 4th decade, is known within the dance and business community for its high standard of excellence in the teaching and training of young people in an array of dance forms. She holds her advanced teacher certificate with the Society of Russian Ballet and is a member of its national executive committee. Ms. Chaplin also serves on the Program Advisory Committee of George Brown Dance and the partnership between George Brown College and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.

Previously, The Woodbridge School of Dance received the Vaughan Business Achievement Award for Product Quality and Quality of Service. As a thriving innovative and core cultural centre in Vaughan, WSD is widely regarded for its commitment and dedication to its students, parents and the art of dance. WSD also takes great pride in its professional and courteous customer services while maintaining a warm and nurturing work environment. The school continues to live up to its promise of excellence in the field of dance training and dance program creation.

BALLET

Desirée Champion
Department Head

As a former professional ballet dancer, Ms. Champion brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching. She began her dance training at the CAPAD Ballet Company in South Africa, moved on to study at the National Ballet School, The Lois Smith School of Dance, Les Grands…

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BALLET

Desirée Champion
Department Head

As a former professional ballet dancer, Ms. Champion brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching. She began her dance training at the CAPAD Ballet Company in South Africa, moved on to study at the National Ballet School, The Lois Smith School of Dance, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Banff School of Fine Arts and Randolph Dance Theatre.

Ms. Champion’s professional career includes performances with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Banff Festival Ballet and as a principal dancer with Saskatchewan Theatre Ballet and The Alberta Ballet Company.

Formerly a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, she has also appeared as a dancer in several of the Canadian Opera Company’s productions. In addition to her career as a professional dancer and teacher, Ms. Champion has an extensive musical background which includes studies as a pianist at the Royal Conservatory of Music where she achieved first class honours, and as a talented ballet accompanist.

Over the years, Ms. Champion has been devoted to teaching dance at Marr MacDance and Theatre Arts, The Dance Studio, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, The Canadian Academy of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts, The Randolph School of the Arts and Dance Teq at the National Ballet of Canada.

In 1995, Ms. Champion joined the faculty at WSD. As Ballet Department Head, Ms. Champion choreographed many ballets including Hansel and Gretal, Pinocchio, Thumbelina, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Cinderalla with 1st soloist Etienne Lavigne of The National Ballet Company, restaged Études and restaged Act 2 of Swan Lake with principal dancers Chan Hon Goh and Guillaume Côté of The National Ballet Company as well as with principal dancers Greta Hodgkinson and Etienne Lavigne of The National Ballet Company.

Ms. Champion continues to motivate our students in the pursuit of excellence.

JAZZ & TAP

Gina Kim
Department Head

Gina Kim has diverse training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, National dance and Korean Traditional Folk dance. Ms. Gina received Honors in numerous C.D.T.A Tap and Jazz exams, Advanced Cecchetti and RAD Ballet exams and Advanced I.S.T.D N…

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JAZZ & TAP

Gina Kim
Department Head

Gina Kim has diverse training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, National dance and Korean Traditional Folk dance. Ms. Gina received Honors in numerous C.D.T.A Tap and Jazz exams, Advanced Cecchetti and RAD Ballet exams and Advanced I.S.T.D National dance exams.

Ms. Gina is now a certified adjudicator in association with I.A.D.A. Greater accomplished credentials include: Teaching Diploma and certificate from Canada’s National Ballet School, Associates in The Cecchetti Society of Canada, Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Dance Masters of America and Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

Ms. Gina has attended master classes and workshops in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Japan, Korea and Winnipeg. Her performing experience includes Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Quinte Ballet School, The Nutcracker with The National Ballet School, Guys N’ Dolls, Bye-Bye Birdie, Grease, Chicago and Westside Story. After graduating with her BFA Honors in Dance from York University, Ms. Gina furthered her education at Canada’s National Ballet School, and joined the teaching staff in the Associates Program in 2006.

Ms. Gina was honoured to join The Woodbridge School of Dance in 2003 and is ecstatic to continue working with the talented staff and students.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Sharon Lindsay
Department Head

Sharon Lindsay has been teaching and choreographing at The Woodbridge School of Dance since 1999. She received her formal dance training in Toronto, studying Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre under the direction of Susan Spring, and has successfully completed…

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MUSICAL THEATRE

Sharon Lindsay
Department Head

Sharon Lindsay has been teaching and choreographing at The Woodbridge School of Dance since 1999. She received her formal dance training in Toronto, studying Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre under the direction of Susan Spring, and has successfully completed both R.A.D and B.A.T.D exams.

Sharon has had the opportunity to compete in many local and North American dance competitions as part of an award winning company, and continues to attend workshops and master classes. Ms. Lindsay holds a teaching membership with the British Association of Teachers of Dance, in which she received the highest distinction on her exam.

Ms. Lindsay is a highly respected choreographer and has prepared such projects as the Canadian production of “Pinkalicious the Musical”, and “Ricky’s Room”, a PBS children’s show. Sharon is the choreographer of the popular “Judy and David Presents” musical productions, which are touring all over Ontario in association with Education Arts Canada. She continues her association with City Youth Players in Vaughan, where she has most notably choreographed “Chicago” and “Into the Woods”. Other favourites have included the smash Broadway hit “A Chorus Line” and “Legally Blonde: The Musical”, which she choreographed with Charactors Theatre Troupe. For WSD, Ms. Lindsay has been responsible for choreographing many well–known and popular stage musicals, among them “Cats”, “Mamma Mia”, “Grease”, “High School Musical” and “Seussical the Musical.”

Sharon continues to strive to share her passion for dance and theatre with each and every one of her students.

SOCIETY OF RUSSIAN BALLET

Nancy Greyeyes
Department Head

Nancy danced with Feld Ballets/NY, The Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, the Alberta Ballet and the Wilkes-Barre Ballet Theatre and is an award winner at the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition (1987). She has performed principal roles in Eliot Feld’s …

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SOCIETY OF RUSSIAN BALLET

Nancy Greyeyes
Department Head

Nancy danced with Feld Ballets/NY, The Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, the Alberta Ballet and the Wilkes-Barre Ballet Theatre and is an award winner at the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition (1987). She has performed principal roles in Eliot Feld’s A Footstep of Air, The Jig Is Up, and Bloom’s Wake, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, The Moor’s Pavane by Jose Limón, Roland Petit’s Carmen and Serenade and Donizetti Variations by George Balanchine.

Nancy danced the Sugar Plum Fairy and Maria in The Nutcracker and the title role in Birgit Cullberg’s Miss Julie, among many others. Ms. Greyeyes holds a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from York University, Society of Russian Ballet Associate Teacher Certification and is the Artistic Associate of Signal Theatre. Ms. Greyeyes has taught children of all ages in both Canada and the United States and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.

HIP HOP & CONTEMPORARY

Katarina Rajkovic-Corbic
Department Head

Katarina Rajkovic is considered at the forefront of Hip Hop dance training in Canada. A master in creative movement, she is Founder and Director of Dance Kraze Productions, DKOC Dance Kraze Open Classes and the Artistic Director/Choreographer of The Hone…

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HIP HOP & CONTEMPORARY

Katarina Rajkovic-Corbic
Department Head

Katarina Rajkovic is considered at the forefront of Hip Hop dance training in Canada. A master in creative movement, she is Founder and Director of Dance Kraze Productions, DKOC Dance Kraze Open Classes and the Artistic Director/Choreographer of The HoneyKats performing Dance Company.

A graduate of York University with an honours degree in Fine Arts Dance, Ms. Rajkovic is a leading authority on modern dance, kinesiology, production and choreography. She has instructed hip hop and jazz classes at various workshops across North America and in Europe, and now in Toronto. DKOC recently hosted L.A.’s Finest Dancers’ Master Hip Hop and Jazz Funk Classes. The group has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world, including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Usher and Beyonce.

Among her performance credits are: FIDA International Dance Festival Toronto, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend at the Premiere Dance Theatre and Casino Rama.

ACRO

Alesandra Soltani
Department Head

Alesandra holds a B.A from York University, (majoring in dance) and a Diploma in Dance Performance Studies, with Honours from George Brown College. She also holds her ADAPT certification in Tap and Jazz.

Alesandra is professionally trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, modern, lyri…

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ACRO

Alesandra Soltani
Department Head

Alesandra holds a B.A from York University, (majoring in dance) and a Diploma in Dance Performance Studies, with Honours from George Brown College. She also holds her ADAPT certification in Tap and Jazz.

Alesandra is professionally trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre and swing. She began dancing at the young age for three. She has competed throughout the world for fourteen years and has trained in multiple dance forms for over twenty years.

As a sought after performer, choreographer and dance teacher, Alesandra’s dance resume speaks for itself. She has trained with renowned dance teachers such as Kelly and Dorie Konno, Marty Kudelka, Brian Friedman, Tyce Fiorio and Wayde Robson. She has also trained under the direction of Mavis Stains at the National Ballet of Canada. Her professional work includes Dance Captain for The Toronto Argonauts, CFL, NFL, guest choreographer for the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders, dancer for singer and artist Addictiv, Virgin Mobile, dancer for Nicole Arbour, the W Network, OMNI Television, The HoneyKats Dance Company, LG Electronics, Casino Rama, The Comedy Network, a Production dancer and Magic show assistant for Carnival Cruise Lines, TSN Sports Celebrity Gala, Club Med Bahamas, backup dancer for The Philosopher Kings, a Sarah Brightman Harem dancer for Fashion Cares, The Carlu Theater Grand Opening, Kick up your Heels at the Harbourfront Centre, Dancers for Life 2000 and Showstoppers Dance Championships on ABC and much more. Alesandra has also been in two Independent Films, Starbaby and Teenage Fever.

Alesandra is also the Artistic Director and Founder of her own dance company, Stilleto Girls Dance Company.

Alesandra shares her love of dance and performance with her students throughout the GTA.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Types of classes do you offer?

At WSD our Student Dance Curriculum includes: Classical Ballet, Russian Ballet Examination Classes, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. Our Adult Curriculum offers Open Ballet-Elementary level.

What is the difference between Ballet and Jazz?

Both Ballet and Jazz are dance forms that balance freedom of movement and expression with attention to technical detail. However, the specific technical requirements and class structure are different between the two disciplines. Ballet is a classical art form practiced to classical music and Jazz is a contemporary art form practiced to contemporary music.

What method of Ballet do you teach?

At WSD we teach Vaganova method and follow the syllabus outlined by the Society of Russian Ballet for exam purposes. We also have our own in house syllabus for all levels and disciplines within the School.

What do I need to wear?

WSD has an exclusive school uniform which can be purchased on the premises at The Boutique. The uniform consists of a leotard, tights, optional skirts and sweaters. Members of Open Ballet are encouraged to wear form fitting clothing that is easy to move in. All classes require footwear specific to the dance discipline. Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop shoes are also available at The Boutique.

At what age do you accept students?

At WSD we accept students aged 3 to 103. Students must turn three years old by December 31st of the current year. For more information and to register, simply telephone us at 905–851–5511 or drop by and see us. No appointment is necessary.

Are there any prerequisites to take dance classes?

No. At WSD we believe that the discipline, physicality, and artistry of dance can benefit all people regardless of prepossessed skills or abilities.

How is the school year set up?

Similar to academic schools, our classes run from September to May. Thus, the curriculum for each level is based on 9 months of study. Late registration is considered on an individual basis. Summer classes and workshops are available.

How do I know what level to attend?

Students are assigned to levels according to their ability, age, prior dance training, and individual assessment by a qualified WSD faculty member.

Do you participate in competitions or performances?

At WSD we do not participate in dance competitions as we choose to focus our time and energy on the values of personal enjoyment, individual achievement, and artistic integrity. We do believe, however, that performance is a valuable and essential part of a dancer’s training and so in the Spring we put on Gala Performances where our students have the opportunity to show their talents and achievements.

How much does it cost?

For payment purposes, the year is divided up into three terms – fall, winter, and spring. The fees per term are dependent on several factors including: number of classes registered in per week, duration of the class, and program of study. There may be additional costume and exam fees if applicable.

 

WSD Scholarship

Graduating students at The Woodbridge School of Dance, who are continuing on to study dance full-time at a recognized post-secondary institution, may be eligible to receive The Woodbridge School of Dance Scholarship. Supporting the education of dance, the recipient of this award will receive five hundred dollars which will be used towards tuition payment. Students interested in applying for The Woodbridge School of Dance Scholarship must complete an application form (posted in the link below). The recipient of this award is based on a review of their application form as well as their outstanding and consistent commitment to dance.

Testimonials

“My daughter loves going to dance. The school is disciplined and fun at the same time.”

“If you are not interested in competition but still want a quality dance education this is the place.”

“With ITP/PP, my girls have the chance to strive for high standards and goals without the competitive nature.”

“The teachers that have been with the studio for many years and are a wonderful group who worked very well together.”

“Great learning environment; professional yet empathetic and understanding; wonderful performances.”

“High Standards and discipline, and dedicated teachers.”

“Very professional, excellent technique, beautiful recitals, I enjoy the non competitive environment.”

 

Disciplines

Acro

Cirque Du Soleil exemplifies the acrobatic finesse of dancer and gymnast in a seemingly effortless series of lifts, aerials, air steps, somersaults, knee–drops, splits, butterflies, cartwheels, flips and spins. From its Italian roots in Adagio, Acro reaches beyond the traditional combination o...

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Acro

Cirque Du Soleil exemplifies the acrobatic finesse of dancer and gymnast in a seemingly effortless series of lifts, aerials, air steps, somersaults, knee–drops, splits, butterflies, cartwheels, flips and spins. From its Italian roots in Adagio, Acro reaches beyond the traditional combination of steps done to slow music.

Today, this thrilling performing art form requires extensive training in proper technique, but is one of the most entertaining to watch.

A combination of dance and gymnastics, The Woodbridge School of Dance’s Acro lessons target the artistic and controlled use of movement, strength, agility, balance and flexibility. Students will learn the key techniques to execute accurate movements and assure safety. It is highly recommended students in the Primary and Junior levels of Acro enroll in a Ballet and/or Jazz class to keep up with the dance requirements of this program, as it is a requirement in the Intermediate, Senior and Advanced Acro levels.

Age Requirement: 6 years and older.

Classical Ballet

The earliest known ballets were lavish costumed and masked events performed in Italy’s renaissance courts. From here, France gave birth to its own brand of ballet in 1581 with the first complete score that survived. Ten years later, Louis XIV opened the Academie Royale de Danse, the first reco...

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Classical Ballet

The earliest known ballets were lavish costumed and masked events performed in Italy’s renaissance courts. From here, France gave birth to its own brand of ballet in 1581 with the first complete score that survived. Ten years later, Louis XIV opened the Academie Royale de Danse, the first recorded school of ballet. It is here where the masters were born and where the court ballet opened the doors to professional dancing. Ballet is at the core of The Woodbridge School of Dance’s curriculum; it is the place from where all dance forms were born. To master ballet is to master all dance and our programs are among the most comprehensive in Canada.

Our classical ballet teachers are highly skilled and trained dancing professionals. Beginner students will receive a rewarding and exciting experience in the technique of classical ballet, from the study of basic feet, arm and body positions to the introduction of the “barre”. Here, the fundamentals – ballet exercises, centre practice and dance step combinations – reinforce traditional classical ballet. In the senior level, pupils will develop the technical, artistic and performance skills of the adagio, pirouette and allegro, the prerequisites for eligibility into WSD’s advanced pointe classes.

Age Requirement: 6 years and older.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham searched for ease of movement using the body's natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conve...

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Contemporary

Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham searched for ease of movement using the body’s natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques.

Contemporary dance differs from ballet, jazz dance, and modern in that it is concerned not with a defined style but with the development of new, more individualized approaches to the moving body and choreographic possibilities. Contemporary dance can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement.

Contemporary dance is a name given to a group or mix of Modern 20th century theatre dance styles, thus is not characterized or limited to one specific dance technique per se. The study of movement as it relates to the human body and body/mind inter-relationships will be explored. It is a non-story dance, which means it is open to interpretation. It’s fresh, stimulating and risk-taking.

Age Requirement: 11 years and over who are currently registered in or have completed Level 7 dance.

Hip Hop

In the summer of 1983, New York City was abuzz with a fad that would become an art form and a revolution in dance. Its name was Rap and it took America by storm. Today Rap is just one component of a larger pop culture called Hip Hop, a street world that embraces break dancing, attitude, baggy cl...

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Hip Hop

In the summer of 1983, New York City was abuzz with a fad that would become an art form and a revolution in dance. Its name was Rap and it took America by storm. Today Rap is just one component of a larger pop culture called Hip Hop, a street world that embraces break dancing, attitude, baggy clothes, graffiti and its own “speak”. DJs like DJ Blaze brought hip hop to the forefront in the early ’90s, culled from the cult classic Beat Street.

Contemporary and distinct, hip hop is high energy attitude on the dance floor. The Woodbridge School of Dance offers hip hop training to a strong beat, helping to build stamina, improve physical fitness and coordination. With its emphasis on body isolations, freestyle movement and rhythm, hip hop combines today’s best music with the movements of the hottest music videos. Although it is not a prerequisite, students would benefit from enrolling in an additional ballet or Jazz class to keep up with the physical demands of this class.

Age Requirement: 6 years and older

Jazz

Bob Fosse made it a household name on Broadway and in the movies. And even though jazz has its roots in the ballet technique, it is a forever–changing genre of creative movement that exploded in the 1920s after World War 1. From the days of the "flapper" to the "lost generation" of young soldi...

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Jazz

Bob Fosse made it a household name on Broadway and in the movies. And even though jazz has its roots in the ballet technique, it is a forever–changing genre of creative movement that exploded in the 1920s after World War 1. From the days of the “flapper” to the “lost generation” of young soldiers returning home from the battlefields to New Orleans, St. Louis and Memphis, jazz became the dance of choice. It was and is the vehicle for dancing the shimmy, the rag, the Charleston and the fox–trot. Jazz is the dance of the “Big Band” era, and today it is more popular than ever.

The Woodbridge School of Dance is proud to present a jazz program that is spirited, contemporary and comprehensive, designed to give students the technique, rhythm and style basics to progress to advanced combinations and explore different jazz styles. From warm–ups to traveling steps and combinations, jazz is most enjoyable if students also study ballet.

Age Requirement: 6 years and older

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is a unique form of entertainment that integrates words, music and dance to communicate the emotional and story content of a stage piece. Hob on the Wall, the first full–length stage musical, debuted in colonial America in 1735, a time when musical theatre was usually accompani...

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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is a unique form of entertainment that integrates words, music and dance to communicate the emotional and story content of a stage piece. Hob on the Wall, the first full–length stage musical, debuted in colonial America in 1735, a time when musical theatre was usually accompanied by a pint of ale.

From the long–running Fantasticks to The Sound of Music, Cats, Rent, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Oklahoma! and Phantom of the Opera, musicals continue to delight audiences on the stages of Broadway in New York and London’s West End.

For everyone who loves to sing, dance and act, The Woodbridge School of Dance offers one of the best musical theatre programs in Canada. Students will learn to develop their performance skills and nurture the unique relationship between performer and audience as they study the choreography of many popular musical productions like Annie, Chicago and High School Musical. It is highly recommended students in the Primary and Junior levels of Musical Theatre enroll in a Ballet and/or Jazz class to keep up with the dance requirements of this program, as it is a requirement in the Intermediate, Senior and Advanced Musical Theatre levels.

Age Requirement: 6 years and older

Pointe

Pointe is the crown jewel of ballet, a very difficult but exquisite part of this classical dance form. In pre–World War 1 Europe, it was Russia’s young Anna Pavlova who turned the dance world on its heels in the early 1900’s, revolutionizing the genre forever and transformed herself from b...

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Pointe

Pointe is the crown jewel of ballet, a very difficult but exquisite part of this classical dance form. In pre–World War 1 Europe, it was Russia’s young Anna Pavlova who turned the dance world on its heels in the early 1900’s, revolutionizing the genre forever and transformed herself from ballet dancer to prima ballerina with a single curved arch of the foot and toes. In elevating the pointe dance form, she defined the beauty of the ballet and the strength and extension behind effortless pointe work. Like her contemporary, Isadora Duncan, Pavlova reached beyond ballet’s confinements into ballet’s innovations.

Pointe is the most highly disciplined and physically challenging extension of ballet. Only technically proficient senior level ballet students who have mastered the skills of basic and advanced movement and positions will be selected to study pointe work. Physicality, stamina, stability and coordination will all be considered criteria. Pointe students must attend a minimum of two ballet classes per week in order to keep up with the technical demands.

Age Requirement: 11 years and older, by recommendation only

Tap

Street Swing – urban and raw – is tap dance’s middle name. Popularized by the greats like Bill Robinson, Bo Jangles, Gregory Hines and King Rastus Brown, tap is a step dance tapped out loud with hard–soled shoes or shoes with taps added to the heels. For African Americans in the U.S., it...

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Tap

Street Swing – urban and raw – is tap dance’s middle name. Popularized by the greats like Bill Robinson, Bo Jangles, Gregory Hines and King Rastus Brown, tap is a step dance tapped out loud with hard–soled shoes or shoes with taps added to the heels. For African Americans in the U.S., it replaced the drums as the rhythmic and traditional code of physical expression. It is subtle, intricate and fast. From its first reference in 1928, modern tap grew from the “buck and wing” style of British and Irish clog dancing to spawn the famous Shuffle Dance.

The Woodbridge School of Dance offers a detailed and exciting tap dance curriculum that teaches students how to use the body as a rhythm instrument. Emphasizing footwork and sound, our tap classes help to develop agility, musicality and stylized movement. Each lesson includes all the basic exercises, movements, time steps and razzmatazz, making tap an ideal dance choice. Pupils are encouraged to also study ballet and/or jazz as they make perfect companions to tap.

Age Requirement: 6 years and over.

Programs

Divisions

PRE-SCHOOL DIVISION
AGES 3-5

For three to five year–olds, this Division introduces young children to the joys of dance in a nurturing and encouraging setting where they participate in creative movement, drama and music. Gaining a true appreciation for the art of dance, students will learn rhythm, flexibility, musicality and muscle coordination.

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JUNIOR DIVISION
AGES 6-9

Classes are specifically designed for the needs and development of children six years to nine years old and at Levels one to four. In an environment that fosters friendship, teamwork and dance appreciation, young children are registered as recreational students, and attend weekly classes with a focus on fun and physical fitness. In their first experiences with the dance form, pupils will learn the primary basics of technique in foot, arm and body movements.

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SENIOR DIVISION
AGES 10-19

For students 10 to 19 years old, at Levels five to eight and Open Senior and Senior/Advanced Dance classes, the Senior Division offers weekly classes with a focus on fun and physical fitness. As pupils learn more advanced steps and combinations, fundamental skills emerge in a polished and enhanced training regimen. Senior ballet students are afforded the opportunity to study pointe upon recommendation.

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OPEN DANCE (ELEMENTARY LEVEL)
AGES 12+

This Division offers the best of both worlds – as a complete workout and a one–of–a–kind forum for learning ballet and pointe. For the seasoned veteran or professional, the Open Dance and Fitness Program is designed to keep up peak motivation. In each class, students will expand their sense of rhythm, style, flexibility and coordination in a non–competitive setting.

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Intensive Training Program: Ages 7-11

An exciting feature of The Woodbridge School of Dance’s Curriculum, the Intensive Training Program (ITP) is created for selected children from seven years of age to 11 and at levels designated as Primary, Junior and Senior. Students with an interest in ITP must meet and maintain the core qualifications of suitability, adaptability and commitment. The course offers a minimum of three classes a week and often more. Pupils study comprehensive dance training as they work toward the annual Russian Ballet Examinations.

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Pre-Professional Program: Ages 12-18

For tweens and teens aged 12 to 18 and at levels designated as Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced, the Pre–Professional Program is the first step to a career as a professional dancer or teacher. Students must be graduates of the Intensive Training Program or successfully audition for placement. To advance through PPP, pupils must demonstrate continuing improvement and dedication to dance. In this course, students are offered rigorous and comprehensive dance training and are encouraged to attend Master Classes, Dance Workshops and the Summer Program at WSD or elsewhere.

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We believe in classical, non-competitive instruction focused on perfecting technique and developing an appreciation for the art of dance.

Russian Ballet Examinations

The Society of Russian Ballet was founded in Canada in 1975 to preserve and promote Russian style training in classical ballet. The Woodbridge School of Dance offers students from six years old the rare opportunity to take the Society of Russian Ballet certified examinations, an important prerequisite for a professional career in the art form. Pupils must attain and maintain high standards in their levels in order to qualify for certified examinations through the Society of Russian Ballet. Each year, examiners from the Society visit the school to mark and grade students on their dancing skills, and WSD attendees continue to receive high grades and worthy recognition that are acknowledged around the world. The school also offers certified teaching certifications, and many WSD graduates who have attained these high scores teach at WSD today.

Teaching Assistant Program

For students who enjoy working with young people, WSD’s Teaching Assistant Program provides a wonderful opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in teaching and/or wishing to broaden their own dance education. Students’ acceptance into the T.A. Program is based on a review of their application, general enthusiasm and demeanour demonstrated in all dealings related to WSD, plus overall dance ability and technique. Students interested in applying for a volunteer T.A. position must complete an application form (available on our website, woodbridgedance.com) and are required to attend an Orientation Meeting at the commencement of the school year. Participation in the Program may also offer students the opportunity to acquire community involvement hours necessary for the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

School Calendar

Class Calendar

2017/18 Class Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
4:30-5:30 9:00-10:00
A
Junior 2 - Ballet 4:30-5:15
Level 2 - Jazz
Level 1 - Ballet
Intermediate - Hip Hop
Pre-School - Jazz
B
Senior - Ballet
Level 7 - Russian
Pre-School - Ballet to 5:15pm
Junior - Hip Hop
Level 1 - Ballet
C
Junior - Hip Hop
Level A - Pointe
Intermediate - Tap
Junior 1 - Ballet
Primary - Muscial Theatre
Pre-School - Ballet
5:30-6:30 10:00-11:00
A
Pre-Jazz 2 - Jazz 5:15-6:00
Level 2 - Ballet
Level 1 - Jazz
Senior - Hip Hop
Junior 1 - Ballet
B
Level 3 - Russian
ITP - Junior - Ballet
Level 5 - Russian
ITP - Primary - Ballet
Junior - Muscial Theatre
Level 2 - Ballet
C
Basic - Contemporary
ITP - Senior - Jazz
ITP - Senior - Jazz
PPP - Elementary - Jazz 5:15 - 6:30
Intermediate - Muscial Theatre
Level 1 - Jazz
6:30-7:30 11:00-12:00
A
Level A - Pointe 6:00-7:00
Level 7 - Ballet
Advanced - Acro
Junior - Acro
Advanced - Hip Hop
Junior 2 - Ballet
B
Level 8 - Russian
ITP - Senior - Ballet
Level 7 - Russian
Advanced - Pointe
Junior - Acro
Level 2 - Jazz
C
Intermediate - Contemporary
ITP - Junior - Jazz
ITP - Junior - Jazz
ITP - Primary - Jazz
Senior - Muscial Theatre
Primary - Hip Hop
7:30-8:30 12:00-1:00
A
PPP Advanced - Ballet 7:00-8:30
Level 7 - Jazz
Senior - Acro
Senior - Jazz
Pre-School - Jazz
B
Pre-Elementary - Russian Year 2 to 8:45
PPP - Elementary - Ballet to 9pm
Elementary - Russian Year 2 to 8:45
Advanced - Ballet
Learn-to [B] - Tap
C
Elementary - Contemporary
PPP - Intermediate - Ballet to 9pm
Advanced - Tap
PPP Advanced - Jazz to 9pm
Advanced - Muscial Theatre
Learn-to [C] - Tap
8:30-9:30 1:00-2:00
A
Level 8 - Ballet
Level 8 - Jazz
Advanced - Jazz
Primary - Acro
B
Elementary - Open Ballet to 10pm
Level 3 - Ballet
C
Advanced - Contemporary
PPP - Intermediate - Jazz to 10pm
Level 4 - Jazz
9:00-10:00 2:00-3:00
A
Primary - Acro
B
Level C - Pointe
Level 4 - Ballet
C
Level B - Pointe
Level 3 - Jazz
3:00-4:00
A
Junior - Tap
B
Level 5 - Ballet
C
Level 6 - Jazz
4:00-5:00
A
Elementary - Tap
B
Level 6 - Ballet
C
Level 5 - Jazz

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

Enrollment

Enrollment

The Woodbridge School of Dance school year runs parallel to the academic year and is structured into 3 terms:

First Term (Fall): September 5 – December 22, 2017
Second Term (Winter): January 8 – March 10, 2018
Third Term (Spring): March 19 – May 25, 2018

Tuition fees are based per term (3 month period). Extra fees apply for Russian Examinations and Costumes.

To register or for more information about enrollment and tuition please contact the Admissions office at 905.851.5511.

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Code of Conduct

The Woodbridge School of Dance recognizes that in order to achieve its vision, the environment it provides must be one which demonstrates respect, tolerance, dignity, equity and safety for all members of the WSD community. WSD promotes responsibility, respect, civility and dance excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.

Every WSD Student and Parent is expected to behave in a respectful and professional manner in all dealings related to their enrollment. Any form of discrimination or harassment is strictly prohibited and the School considers all complaints seriously. Behaviour that is disrespectful, offensive, intimidating or humiliating, either intentional or otherwise, will not be tolerated.

Uniform Policy

Proper dance attire must be neat and form fitted so that proper body alignment can be observed. Students are expected to attend ALL classes in full WSD uniform. Proper footwear (in good condition) is required in each class. Jewellery is not allowed, except for small pierced earrings. Students are not permitted to wear undergarments with their uniform, with the exception of bras. Bra straps must be clear or concealed and match the colour of the uniform. Students who arrive wearing clothing that does not adhere to the outlined specifications may be asked to change or observe class on that day.

All WSD uniform attire, with the exception of pointe shoes, is available at The Boutique located next to the Admissions office.

Please note: Students may be required to purchase an alternate colour or style of dance tights for Performance purposes.

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Latest News & Updates

July 19, 2017

Gala Performance 2017 - Order DVD

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Gala Performance 2017 - Order DVD

On May 22, 23 and 24, 2017, WSD held their annual Gala Performance. You can view short clips here and you can also order a DVD of the full performance.

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October 12, 2017

WSD Newsletter Fall 2017

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WSD Newsletter Fall 2017

WSD Newsletter Fall 2017

November 24, 2017

2017-18 SRB Exam Schedule

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2017-18 SRB Exam Schedule

WSD SRB Exam Schedule

November 24, 2017

2017-18 SRB Rehearsal Schedule

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2017-18 SRB Rehearsal Schedule

2018 Pre El & El Rehearsal Schedule

Contact

Contact Us

Woodbridge School of Dance
Market Lane
140 Woodbridge Ave
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 4K9

PHONE: 905.851.5511
EMAIL: info@woodbridgedance.com
FAX: 905.851.3510