The Woodbridge School of Dance

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 Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method). 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 adult classes.

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

Gilly Chaplin

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 tr…

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FOUNDER

Gilly Chaplin

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.

OWNER / DIRECTOR

Deandra Filippo

Deandra Filippo is an Ontario Kinesiologist, CSEP- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and a Yoga and Pilates instructor. She began her early dance training in 1995 with The Woodbridge School of Dance (formerly The Ballet School of Woodbridge) studying in various disciplines of dance …

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OWNER / DIRECTOR

Deandra Filippo

Deandra Filippo is an Ontario Kinesiologist, CSEP- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and a Yoga and Pilates instructor. She began her early dance training in 1995 with The Woodbridge School of Dance (formerly The Ballet School of Woodbridge) studying in various disciplines of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop in the Intensive and Pre-Professional training programs. After graduating Deandra stayed close to the school continuing on as a rehearsal assistant, supply teacher and director of sets and props. Being involved in dance and sport at a young age she quickly developed a passion and curiosity for movement, naturally leading her to pursue an education in the study of human movement.

During her post secondary education at York University in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, some of her course studies included dance Kinesiology, Ballet, and the prevention and care of dance injuries. In addition to her undergraduate studies Deandra was involved with the York University competitive dance team as a dancer and choreographer, performing Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop styles. As a result of her personal experience and education Deandra values the importance of building healthy habits at a young age and encourages youth in adopting healthy, active lifestyles. This further led her to pursue a Certification in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling, and a Masters of Science Degree where she worked with young athletes with Type 1 Diabetes. Along with her being dedicated and immersed in her education, Deandra continued to dance recreationally as well as professionally alongside her sister, Olivia, with TDC Entertainment.

Deandra is an experienced fitness professional having had the opportunity of working with a diverse population. Her professional experience includes working at The Hospital for Sick Children in their Physiological Research Unit, running an exercise rehabilitation program for the North York Family Health Team, as well as working with NHL Professional and Entry Draft Combine athletes, and Ontario First Responders.

Deandra is committed to life-long learning, actively continues to be a student of movement, and recognizes the importance of high quality recreational programs for youth.

OWNER / DIRECTOR

Olivia Filippo-Paternoster

Olivia began her dance career at the young age of four with the Woodbridge School of Dance (formerly The Ballet School of Woodbridge) where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre in their Intensive and Pre-Professional training programs. …

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OWNER / DIRECTOR

Olivia Filippo-Paternoster

Olivia began her dance career at the young age of four with the Woodbridge School of Dance (formerly The Ballet School of Woodbridge) where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre in their Intensive and Pre-Professional training programs. While attending the school she was a Teaching Assistant and also completed her Junior Teacher Certification with The Society of Russian Ballet. After graduating from WSD Olivia continued her passion for dance studying at Concordia University in Montreal and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance.

Throughout her post secondary degree Olivia was involved in a variety of dance creations, workshops, and festivals in the city including Bouge d’ici and Studio 7. The Concordia dance program was heavily focused on choreography and the creative process providing Olivia the opportunity to choreograph and perform in many pieces for the program. While in Montreal she also studied with Ballet Divertimento and École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. To compliment her dance studies Olivia began her personal journey in health and wellness and started studying disciplines in yoga and pilates.

Upon returning to Toronto Olivia continued her dance studies with the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She interned with Ballet Jorgen at George Brown College and went on to work alongside Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark at the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre as their School Administrator. She also began dancing professionally with TDC Entertainment, formerly The Dance Company, where she has performed, rehearsal directed, and choreographed for numerous shows across Toronto and the GTA. She performed in Illuminite, the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Yonge and Dundas Square as well as the 2018 Nu Skin Gala in Niagara Falls. Olivia continues to be a core company dancer with TDC and is also a certified Yoga & Pilates instructor. Her interest in yoga led her to a career at lululemon where she developed into a Key Leader role and had the opportunity to organize multiple community events including Camp Ivivva for young girls.

BALLET & POINTE

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 Foo…

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BALLET & POINTE

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.

Ballet & Pointe

Sonia Franco de Batres

Sonia Franco de Batres has a great amount of experience teaching, choreographing and directing in diverse learning environments. After being trained at the National School of Dance of El Salvador, she went on to teach ballet at San Francisco Conservatory of Ba…

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Ballet & Pointe

Sonia Franco de Batres

Sonia Franco de Batres has a great amount of experience teaching, choreographing and directing in diverse learning environments. After being trained at the National School of Dance of El Salvador, she went on to teach ballet at San Francisco Conservatory of Ballet in California. In 1991, she was appointed Artistic Director of the Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan where she was dedicated to share and inspire students to discover the art of dance. Through her years as a dance teacher, she taught ballet and creative dance for different levels, including teaching the company dancers at the George Brown campus in 2018.

Sonia is deeply motivated by the belief that everybody can enjoy dance. As a dancer she was nominated as the artistic promise of the year in El Salvador, and was invited to the Choreographer’s workshop at the American Dance Festival. She then was invited as a choreographer for the International Women in Dance Festival in Quito, Ecuador.

Sonia has strong mentoring ability and an appropriate disciplinary measure of being kind and empathetic when educating her students. She prides herself on her creative lesson planning and teaching methods and uses her excellent leadership skills. She is self-motivated and holds a positive relationship and passion for the art of dance.

Ballet & Pointe

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia and studied the Vaganova Method at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. In addition, trained in Italy with the late Ballet Master and coach Philip Balmain Beamish.

Ms. Robinson joined The National Ballet…

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Ballet & Pointe

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia and studied the Vaganova Method at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. In addition, trained in Italy with the late Ballet Master and coach Philip Balmain Beamish.

Ms. Robinson joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and became a Soloist in 2003. Ms. Robinson danced featured roles in The Four Temperaments, the second detail, La Sylphide and The Nutcracker. Her repertoire also includes Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Serenade and Swan Lake.

After retiring from the stage in 2010, Ms. Robinson continues to work in the Education and Community Engagement Department for The National Ballet of Canada and is the Senior Manager of Education and Community Engagement. Ms. Robinson is now entering her 24th season with the company.

Ms. Robinson regularly teaches classes for many of the company’s education programmes, as well as teaches competitive dance students in Toronto and surrounding areas as well as teaches master classes, summer intensives, judges and coaches students privately.

Ms. Robinson is very excited to share her knowledge, dedication and love of the art form with the students at The Woodbridge School of Dance.

MUSICAL THEATRE & JAZZ

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 successful…

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MUSICAL THEATRE & JAZZ

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.

ACRO & JAZZ

Taylor Bullock
Acro Department Head

Taylor Bullock is a passionate performer who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. While in Vancouver she had the opportunity to train in various styles of dance and worked under well-known choreographers such as Rachael Poirier and Liz …

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ACRO & JAZZ

Taylor Bullock
Acro Department Head

Taylor Bullock is a passionate performer who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. While in Vancouver she had the opportunity to train in various styles of dance and worked under well-known choreographers such as Rachael Poirier and Liz Tookey to name a couple.

Growing up she competed across Canada and the United States and performed in places such as Las Vegas, San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Portland. Following her time in Vancouver she moved to Toronto, Ontario to further her training with the The Conteur Academy.

While a student of The Conteur Academy, Taylor has had the chance to work with choreographers such as; Eryn Waltman , Dani Matte , Sheona Bell , Julia Cratchley , Ryan Lee , Kelly Shaw , Scott McDonald and Colleen Snell. Her high energy and flexibility have the tendency to grab attention as a performer and she exudes vibrancy. Taylor’s upbeat personality coupled with her honest nature keeps her always focused on details and evolving as a performer and teacher.

Contemporary & Jazz

Raquel Gutierrez
Contemporary Department Head

Raquel is a dedicated educator, choreographer, and creative based in the Greater Toronto Area. Raquel has explored and trained under a variety of disciplines, with a professional focus in contemporary and modern techniques. Raque…

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Contemporary & Jazz

Raquel Gutierrez
Contemporary Department Head

Raquel is a dedicated educator, choreographer, and creative based in the Greater Toronto Area. Raquel has explored and trained under a variety of disciplines, with a professional focus in contemporary and modern techniques. Raquel has also worked and assisted choreographers from across Canada and the United States, including Andrea and Stephanie Viola, Tiffany McLachlan, Eryn Waltman, Julia Cratchley and Peter Chu of “chuthis. dance company.” With a passion for education, Raquel completed a 2-year contemporary training program at The Conteur Academy in 2014, received an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Ryerson University in 2016, and graduated with a Bachelors of Education in early 2022. As a performer, she took part in Conteur Academy’s inaugural school performances (2013 and 2014), Rapidly Descending at “APAP: Peridance” in New York City (2016) choreographed by Blake Krapels (BalletX), and Transcendance Project’s “eve of St. George” (2015, 2016, 2017). Guided by her core values of inclusivity and integrity, Raquel continues to teach and inspire students within the Toronto dance community.

Ballet

Adriana Cecatini

Adriana Cecatini is an emerging dance artist in Toronto, Ontario. She began dancing at the age of four at The Woodbridge School of Dance and graduated from the Advanced Pre-Professional Program. She has trained in numerous dance disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Mu…

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Ballet

Adriana Cecatini

Adriana Cecatini is an emerging dance artist in Toronto, Ontario. She began dancing at the age of four at The Woodbridge School of Dance and graduated from the Advanced Pre-Professional Program. She has trained in numerous dance disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Acrobatics. Adriana has studied both the Cecchetti and Vagonova ballet methods, successfully completing Society of Classical Ballet Major Level examinations, and has been a part of WSD’s Teaching Assistant Program. She has been privileged enough to train under renowned dance educators such as Gilly Chaplin, Desirée Champion, Nancy Greyeyes, Sonia Franco de Batres, and Lisa Robinson. Adriana has performed in a number of classical ballet productions including, Études and as a soloist in Les Sylphides and Who Cares. She has choreographed and performed her own work as part of WSD’s Inaugural Choreographic Workshop. Adriana is continuing her professional training in York University’s dance program. She currently teaches young dancers across the GTA and aspires to continue sharing her passion for dance through choreographing, teaching and performing.

Musical Theatre & Hip Hop

Elizabeth De Luca

Elizabeth began dancing at the Woodbridge School of Dance at the age of 4 and graduated from both the Advanced Pre-Professional Program and Teaching Assistant Program in 2016. Throughout her dance training, she studied in a variety of dance discipline…

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Musical Theatre & Hip Hop

Elizabeth De Luca

Elizabeth began dancing at the Woodbridge School of Dance at the age of 4 and graduated from both the Advanced Pre-Professional Program and Teaching Assistant Program in 2016. Throughout her dance training, she studied in a variety of dance disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Acro. Her Ballet training included both Cecchetti and Vagonava methods, and she has successfully completed Society of Classical Ballet Major Level examinations. Elizabeth attended Masterclasses throughout her years of training, and was awarded a scholarship at The Pulse Dance Convention in 2012 by Cris Judd. Elizabeth has performed in productions such as Michael Jackson, Cats the Musical and Thumbelina. Elizabeth holds a degree from Ryerson University in Marketing Management. While pursuing her University degree, she continued her dance education and guest taught at a number of dance programs in the GTA. As an assistant choreographer to Gina Kim, she has contributed to WSD productions of Jai Ho and Motown. She has lead rehearsals with Katarina Rajkovic in several Hip Hop and Contemporary productions. She continues her administrative role at WSD while teaching weekly classes. Elizabeth aspires to pursue her passion for business, education and dance through the art of teaching.

Ballet & Jazz

Olivia DiBiase

Olivia DiBiase trained at the Woodbridge School of Dance since the age of four, where she studied a range of dance disciplines. Her dance education included Jazz, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre. Olivia is well versed in the Cecchett…

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Ballet & Jazz

Olivia DiBiase

Olivia DiBiase trained at the Woodbridge School of Dance since the age of four, where she studied a range of dance disciplines. Her dance education included Jazz, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre. Olivia is well versed in the Cecchetti and Vagonava ballet methods and has successfully completed Society of Classical Ballet Major Level Examinations. Throughout her time at the Woodbridge School of Dance, Olivia performed leading roles in numerous productions such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Shrek the Musical.

Graduating from the Advanced Pre-Professional Program in 2013, Olivia attended various master classes and dance conventions where she was able to learn from well-known choreographers in a range of styles. Olivia is a graduate student of St. Elizabeth’s Regional Arts program, and holds a degree in Education from York University where she continued to study and take classes in various dance disciplines. Olivia has worked for Arts Express, as an in-school dance teacher to students from kindergarten to grade 8. Olivia hopes to share the love and passion she found dancing at The Woodbridge School of Dance with her students.

Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Contemporary

Colleen Dingeldein

Colleen Dingeldein graduated from York University having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, specializing in Choreography and Performance. Prior to her University dance career, Colleen trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, C…

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Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Contemporary

Colleen Dingeldein

Colleen Dingeldein graduated from York University having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, specializing in Choreography and Performance. Prior to her University dance career, Colleen trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. She has achieved her R.A.D. Ballet examinations and successfully completed her Royal Academy of Dance Tap and Jazz examinations with honors.

During Colleen’s years at York University she co-founded the York Lions Dance Energy Competitive dance team. In addition to performing and choreographing for the York University Department of Dance, productions Colleen has performed in include the Bazaar Dance Showcase, Ray-Dance Choreographer’s Ball and the Ignition Choreographer’s showcase. In the past year, Colleen has worked closely with Echo Dance Company, an upcoming Urban/Contemporary dance company in Toronto as a performer and assistant stage manager for their productions. In the past, Colleen has participated in various master classes and trained with professional dance artists and choreographers such as Linda Garneau, Greta Hodgkinson, Mia Michaels, Abby Lee Miller, Twitch and Alex Wong.

Colleen continues to learn and grow as a dance artist and choreographer and is excited to share and explore her love and passion for the art of dance with her students.

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary & Acro

Madeline Feist

Madeline Feist is a dance artist, instructor and choreographer located in Toronto, Ontario. She began her dance training in Leduc, Alberta where she studied ballet, jazz, Irish, contemporary, hip hop, tap and acrobatics. She followed her passion f…

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Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary & Acro

Madeline Feist

Madeline Feist is a dance artist, instructor and choreographer located in Toronto, Ontario. She began her dance training in Leduc, Alberta where she studied ballet, jazz, Irish, contemporary, hip hop, tap and acrobatics. She followed her passion for dance to York University where she holds a BFA in dance and a second degree in kinesiology. Madeline has been fortunate enough to train throughout Alberta, including the Alberta Ballet School’s Summer Intensive, as well as taking classes in New York and Toronto. She has been privileged enough to learn from dance artists such as Tracey Norman, Syreeta Hector, Jennifer Bolt, John Ottmann, Alyssa Martin (Rock Bottom Movement) and Julia Sasso. Her certifications include Acrobatic Arts and FLX Conditioning. She has performed through York University as well as in emerging choreographer Alexis Burling’s 2019 work 2:14 am at the Winchester Street Theatre. Madeline is passionate about integrating her anatomical and biomechanical knowledge into dance instruction and has extensive training in dance-specific conditioning and technical training. She is passionate about sharing her love of dance with all students and helping them reach their full potential.

Jazz & Tap

Vanessa Lisi

Vanessa Lisi began dancing at the age of three years old, studying many disciplines including tap, jazz, musical theatre, ballet, contemporary, acro and more. Vanessa began her career as a competitive dancer training with numerous dance companies in York Region. She attended St. Eliz…

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Jazz & Tap

Vanessa Lisi

Vanessa Lisi began dancing at the age of three years old, studying many disciplines including tap, jazz, musical theatre, ballet, contemporary, acro and more. Vanessa began her career as a competitive dancer training with numerous dance companies in York Region. She attended St. Elizabeth High School where she graduated as part of the Regional Arts Dance Program. Upon graduating, Vanessa began dancing professionally with Toronto’s leading dance company, TDC Entertainment. With a desire to teach, she went on to receive, with honours, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies as well as a Bachelor of Education. She is an Ontario College Certified Teacher currently working with the York Region District School Board teaching Dance and Physical Education.

Vanessa has a wide range of experience teaching dance. She has worked with the City of Vaughan creating and implementing different dance and arts programs for youth, and directing dance programs that correspond with the Ontario curriculum guide at the elementary level. Throughout her years of teaching, Vanessa has worked with a diverse group of students and has gone on to receive multiple awards for her choreography at competitions.

Vanessa is excited to share her love of dance with WSD students.

BALLET

Simona Todaro

Simona Todaro is an emerging dance artist in Toronto, Ontario. She began her early dance training at the age of two with The Woodbridge School of Dance, where she studied multiple disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. During her time at the sch…

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BALLET

Simona Todaro

Simona Todaro is an emerging dance artist in Toronto, Ontario. She began her early dance training at the age of two with The Woodbridge School of Dance, where she studied multiple disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. During her time at the school, Simona was a dedicated Teaching Assistant, joining the program in 2014. She graduated from the Advanced Pre-Professional Program, studying both the Cechetti and Vagonova ballet methods, and successfully completed Society of Classical Ballet Major Level examinations. She has been privileged enough to learn from educators such as Gilly Chaplin, Desirée Champion, Nancy Greyeyes, Sonia Franco de Batres, Lisa Robinson, and Chan Hon Goh. Simona has performed in a number of classical ballet productions including Études, and as a soloist in Les Sylphides and Who Cares. She has also had the unique opportunity of performing in the productions of Red’s in the Hood & Beanstalk with Education Arts Canada for young audiences across the country. She has choreographed and performed her own work as part of WSD’s Inaugural Choreographic Workshop. Simona is continuing her professional training in York University’s dance program. She is passionate about expressing herself through the art of dance and strives to share that passion with her students.

Ballet & Jazz

Sierra Vallescura

Sierra Vallescura received her dance training at the Woodbridge School of Dance, beginning at the age of four and graduating from the Advanced Pre-Professional Program in 2017. She studied many different disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Ho…

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Ballet & Jazz

Sierra Vallescura

Sierra Vallescura received her dance training at the Woodbridge School of Dance, beginning at the age of four and graduating from the Advanced Pre-Professional Program in 2017. She studied many different disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. During her time at WSD, she performed in productions such as Cats the Musical and Newsies. Sierra is a graduate student of St. Elizabeth’s Regional Arts Program, and since then has received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University. She is currently studying Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy at Humber College. Sierra has been teaching and choreographing for five years with experience teaching students pre- kindergarten to adults. Sierra could not be more excited to join the team of wonderful teachers at WSD and share her love for dance with her students.

BALLET

Portia Wade

​Portia Wade graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts (1990) and is an alumna of Canada’s National Ballet School teacher training program (1990-93). Ms. Wade has taught RAD ballet classes at many schools in Toronto including Randolph Academy, Interplay Ballet, TDSB, H…

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BALLET

Portia Wade

​Portia Wade graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts (1990) and is an alumna of Canada’s National Ballet School teacher training program (1990-93). Ms. Wade has taught RAD ballet classes at many schools in Toronto including Randolph Academy, Interplay Ballet, TDSB, Havergal College, BSS, Branksome Hall and Bialik Hebrew School.

Ms. Wade is a certified ABT™ teacher who has successfully completed the ABT™ Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through level 5 of the National Training Curriculum.

Currently teaching at the Woodbridge School of Dance, Ms. Wade has both guest taught and substituted at NBOC In Studio and Sean Boutillier School of Ballet.

Portia has taught/toured in Nairobi, Malaga and Shenzhen. She attends ABT workshops annually in New York to further her professional development and expertise.

Hip Hop

Shenel Williams

Shenel Williams began exploring dance at the age of six in numerous styles including Hip-Hop, Ballroom, African/Afro, Dancehall, Ballet and more. Growing up she was an active member of Downsview Secondary School’s Art…

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Hip Hop

Shenel Williams

Shenel Williams began exploring dance at the age of six in numerous styles including Hip-Hop, Ballroom, African/Afro, Dancehall, Ballet and more. Growing up she was an active member of Downsview Secondary School’s Arts Advantage Program in dance, music, and drama where she took on choreographic and leadership roles. As co-captain of the Downsview Dance Company in her senior years, she performed at various events including tdsbCREATES and was involved in collaborations with JustBGraphic. Through JustBGraphic, Shenel was featured in the Unplugged festival: Middle School Tour in 2015 with artists such as Mike Black and Danny Fernandes.

Shenel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at York University. She is an active choreographer and performer in the Toronto dance community. Shenel recently choreographed for “ArtstartTO,” which debuted at Scarborough Civic Centre. She was recently invited to perform at Jean Augustine’s Black History Month Celebration at the Assembly Hall. Shenel continues to inspire others with her movement and passion for dance.

Administrative Faculty

Elizabeth De Luca
Administrative Associate

Louise Filippo
Administrative Associate

Alessia L’Europa
Administrative Associate

Rosa Mandatori
Administrative Associate

Adriana Cecatini
Administrative Assistant

Simona Todaro
Administrative Assistant

Administrative Faculty

Elizabeth De Luca
Administrative Associate

Louise Filippo
Administrative Associate

Alessia L’Europa
Administrative Associate

Rosa Mandatori
Administrative Associate

Adriana Cecatini
Administrative Assistant

Simona Todaro
Administrative Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

What Types of classes do you offer?

At WSD our Student Dance Curriculum includes: Classical Ballet, Classical Ballet Examinations, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. Our Adult Curriculum offers Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop.

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 Classical 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 adult classes 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 and up. 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 tuition purposes, the year is divided up into four payment terms – fall 1, fall 2, 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.

 

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/PPP, 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, students 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.

It is highly recommended students in the Elementary level of Contemporary enrol in a ballet and/or jazz class to keep up with the dance requirements of the Contemporary program, as it is a requirement in Intermediate, Senior, and Advanced levels.

Age Requirement: 10 years and older.

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. Students 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 6-12

Classes are specifically designed for the needs and development of children six years to twelve 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, students will learn the primary basics of technique in foot, arm and body movements.

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SENIOR DIVISION
AGES 10-18

For students 10 to 18 years old, at Levels five to eight and Senior/Advanced Dance classes, the Senior Division offers weekly classes with a focus on fun and physical fitness. As students 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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ADULT DANCE
AGES 16+

This Division offers the best of both worlds – as a complete workout and a one–of–a–kind forum for learning ballet, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. For the beginner or seasoned veteran, the Adult 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 7-12

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. Students study comprehensive dance training as they work toward the annual Classical 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, students 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.

Society of Classical Ballet Examinations

The Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method) was founded in Canada in 1975 to preserve and promote Vaganova style training in classical ballet. The Woodbridge School of Dance offers students from six years old the rare opportunity to take the Society of Classical 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 Classical 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.

Applicants must be 11 years or older.

School Calendar

Class Calendar

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Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
4:30-5:30 9:00-10:00
A
Prim Musical Th.
Jr. Ballet 1 9:15-10:00
B
Pre-Ballet 4:45-5:30
Inter Hip Hop
Pre-Ballet 9:15-10:00
C
Junior Acro
Ballet 1
D
Advanced Tap
Jr. Ballet 1-2 4:45-5:30
5:30-6:30 10:00-11:00
A
Primary ITP Ballet / Level 2 Exam
Jazz 1-2 5:00-6:00
Jazz 7
Pointe A
Primary Hip Hop
Pre-Jazz 1 10:15-10:00
B
Acro Tech
Primary ITP Jazz
Senior ITP Jazz
PPP Elem Ballet / Level 8 Exam 5:00-6:30
Inter Musical Th.
Ballet 2
C
El Contemp 10-13
Junior ITP Ballet / Level 4 Exam
Advanced Acro
PPP Adv Jazz 5:00-6:30
Junior Hip Hop
Jazz 1
D
Junior ITP Ballet / Level 4 Exam
Pre-Jazz 1-2 5:30-6:15
6:30-7:30 11:00-12:00
A
PPP Inter Ballet / Pre-Elem Exam
Ballet 1-2 6:00-7:00
Ballet 7
PPP Inter Jazz
Adv Hip Hop
Jr. Ballet 2 11:15-12:00
B
Acro Fundamentals
Senior ITP Ballet / Level 6 Exam
Senior ITP Ballet / Level 6 Exam
PPP Elem Pointe
Junior Musical Th.
Jazz 2
C
Inter Contemp
Junior ITP Jazz
Junior ITP Jazz
PPP Adv Ballet / Elem Exam
Senior Musical Th.
Primary Acro
D
Primary ITP Ballet / Level 2
Exam Senior Tap.
7:30-8:30 12:00-1:00
A
Advanced Ballet
Advanced Contemp 7:00-8:30
PPP Elem Ballet / Level 8 Exam
PPP Inter Ballet / Pre-Elem Exam 7:30-9:00
Adult Hip Hop
Pre-Jazz 2 12:15-1:00
B
Senior Contemp
Senior ITP Jazz
Elementary Tap
PPP Elem Jazz
Senior Hip Hop
Primary Tap
C
PPP Elem Jazz
Senior Ballet
Intermediate Acro
Adv Pointe
Adv. Musical Th.
Primary Acro
D
Ballet 8
Intermediate Tap
8:30-9:30 1:00-2:00
A
Advanced Jazz
PPP Advanced Ballet / El Exam to 10:00
Adult Ballet to 9:45
Pointe C 9:00-10:00
Jazz 3
B
PPP Inter Jazz
Jazz 8
El Contemp 14+
Pointe B
Junior Tap
C
Senior Jazz
Senior Acro
Adult Tap
D
Adult Contemporary
2:00-3:00
A
Ballet 3
B
Ballet Tech / Pointe Prep
C
Jazz 4
D
3:00-4:00
A
Jazz 5
B
Ballet 6
C
D
Ballet 4
4:00-5:00
A
Ballet 5
B
Jazz 6
C
D

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

Important Upcoming Dates

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 6 – December 23, 2022
Second Term (Winter): January 9 – March 11, 2023
Third Term (Spring): March 20 – May 19, 2023

Tuition fees are quarterly based and are processed on September 6, November 1, January 16, and March 20. Extra fees apply for SCB Examinations and Costumes.

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

Policies and Procedures

FEES

  • TUITION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • Tuition fees for the school year must be submitted in full at the time of registration with either a full year payment or 4 post-dated/pre-authorized term payments (September 6, November 1, January 16, March 20). Alternate methods of payment may be accepted. Please inquire in the Admissions Office.
  • An annual non-refundable Administrative Fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00 + HST) per student is payable upon registration. A separate payment must be submitted and dated at registration.
  • All fees are subject to 13% HST.
  • A 5% late charge will be applied to payments overdue by thirty (30) days. If a tuition payment is overdue in excess of sixty days, a student will not be allowed to attend classes until the balance is paid in full.
  • If your Woodbridge School of Dance (WSD) account is pre-authorized, please notify The Admissions Office in advance of any changes to your credit card number or expiry date. Please notify The Admissions Office five (5) days prior to the payment date if a change in method of payment is preferred or required.
  • A $25.00 (+HST) Administration Charge will be applied to your account for any pre-authorized credit card transaction declined by the issuing institution, regardless of circumstances, or for any dishonoured cheque returned from your banking institution.

DISCOUNTS

  • A 5% Sibling Discount is offered to all siblings belonging to the same immediate family, upon submission of a complete and regular tuition fee payment for the first child. If the tuition fees differ, the discount will be applied to the lower amount(s).
  • A 5% Full Year Payment Discount is offered to students paying for the full year in advance.
  • A discount is offered to all students registering in more than one class per week.

PERFORMANCE COSTUME FEES AND SCHEDULING

  • A non-refundable pre-authorized year-end performance costume(s) payment dated November 1st must be submitted at registration, at the Junior or Senior rate. After November 1st, performance costume fees are non-refundable.
  • A winter performance costume rental fee of $50 + HST will be charged to all Sr. & Adv. Ballet students and all levels of ITP & PPP.
  • One additional performance costume, payable at the senior rate, will be required for all students enrolled in the Intensive Training and Pre-Professional Programs (if applicable).
  • In order for a student’s request for performance rescheduling to be considered, written notice must be submitted to The Admissions Office prior to November 1st. However, due to the complexity of performance scheduling, WSD cannot guarantee your request will be accommodated.

SOCIETY OF CLASSICAL BALLET EXAMINATION FEES

  • A pre-authorized payment must be submitted upon registration according to the fees set out by The Society of Classical Ballet.
  • In order for a student’s request for a specific examination date to be considered, written notice must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to December 1st. We will do our best to accommodate your situation, unfortunately however, there are no guarantees.

CANCELLATIONS & WITHDRAWALS

  • Tuition fees are non-refundable.
  • Payment will not be processed  in the event of a cancellation provided written notice has been submitted to the Admissions Office five (5) business days prior to the cheque processing date.
  • No refund will be given for the unused portion of a partially completed term. In the event of a cancellation in the Fall Term, a tuition credit may be issued if cancellation occurs prior to November 15th. No credit will be issued after November 15th.
  • A $25.00 (+HST) Administration Charge will be applied in the event of a cancellation.
  • Written notice must be submitted to the Admissions Office in the event of a withdrawal. NON-ATTENDANCE IS NOT ACCEPTED AS A CANCELLATION NOTICE FROM ANY CLASS OR PROGRAM. REFUNDS OR CREDITS WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR MISSED CLASSES.

CLASSES

  • Payment must accompany registration to confirm class placement.
  • Students who are not fully registered (outstanding accounts) and not appearing on the attendance list will not be permitted to participate in class.
  • Registration is based on a first come, first served basis. Registrations cannot be accepted for classes that have reached capacity. Late registrations are accepted only at the discretion of the teaching faculty.
  • WSD reserves the right to combine or cancel classes in the event of low attendance. Class schedules are subject to change.
  • The 2022/23 school year consists of 34 weeks, divided into 4 payment terms:
    • Fall Term Payment 1 (Tuesday, September 6 – Monday, October 31, 2022)
    • Fall Term Payment 2 (Tuesday, November 1 – Saturday, January 14, 2023)
    • Winter Term Payment (Monday, January 16 – Saturday, March 11, 2023)
    • Spring Term Payment (Monday, March 20 – Friday, May 19, 2023)
  • Classes will not be held on the following holidays:
    • Thanksgiving (Monday, October 10, 2022)
    • Winter Break (Monday, December 26, 2022 – Friday, January 6, 2023)
    • Family Day (Monday, February 20, 2023)
    • Good Friday (Friday, April 7, 2023)
  • Classes missed due to illness may be made up in a comparable class within the current term. In the event of inclement weather, it is the responsibility of the parent/student to check our social media posts, WSD’s website or to contact the school directly, weekdays after 2:00pm, 8:30am on weekends, on the day in question to determine the status of classes for that day. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather conditions, classes missed will not be made up.

TRIAL CLASSES

  • All students wishing to participate in a trial class must first register through The Admissions Office prior to the start of the class. Students must subsequently register in order to continue attending that particular class (providing the class is not full or upon discretion of the teacher).

CLASS CHANGES

  • All students currently registered in a class and wishing to change classes must first check with The Admissions Office before participating in the new class. Students may not be able to switch classes if the class is full or upon discretion of the teacher.

UNIFORM DRESS CODE

  • All dance students are required to wear The Woodbridge School of Dance uniform to all classes. Students registered for SCB Examinations are required to wear the designated WSD tank leotard to all classes, rehearsals and examinations as well as leather ballet slippers for the examination.
  • Students are to have their hair up in a secure bun (with a WSD headband, if appropriate) for all ballet classes, and up off their face and neck for all other dance classes.
  • A teacher may deny a student’s entry into class if the student is not properly dressed in WSD uniform or their hair is not properly secured.
  • Uniforms may be purchased on the premises at The Boutique.

GENERAL WSD GUIDELINES & EXPECTATIONS

  • WSD respects the safety of all its students, therefore all nuts and nut-related products are strictly prohibited on WSD premises and at all functions where WSD students are in attendance, e.g. Dress and Technical Rehearsals and Performances.
  • All students are asked to arrive to their class 5-10 minutes prior to their specified class time, in proper uniform and prepared for class. For the purpose of injury prevention and out of respect for your fellow dancers and teacher, students who arrive late may be asked to observe class only.
  • Please do not bring valuables to the School. Regretfully, WSD cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items or for items left on our premises.
  • Please inform the office of a change of home or email address, phone /cell number or a change of emergency contact information.
  • It is imperative that all WSD students and parents respect WSD’s Code of Conduct. WSD reserves the right to expel any parent or student for disruptive, disrespectful or illegal behavior. Students who are expelled from classes are not eligible for tuition or costume credit or refund.

 

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 visible undergarments with their uniform. 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

November 24, 2022

Choreographic Workshop (January-March 2023)

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Choreographic Workshop (January-March 2023)

WSD is thrilled to announce The Choreographic Workshop!

Join WSD’s Contemporary Department Head, Raquel Gutierrez, for this unique program that invites senior students ages 12+ to become the choreographers.

Students will have the opportunity to create works in collaboration with each other, WSD faculty, and guest artists, and present their work in a student-run production.

This program will challenge students to test their limits, introduce them to choreographic methods and processes, and begin to discover the artist within.

The Choreographic Workshop intends to nurture and inspire the next generation of dance artists in a learning environment that embraces an inclusive artistic relationship between mentor and student.

For more information, click here. To register, please contact the Admissions Office by December 23rd 2022. 

November 24, 2022

Gala Performance 2023 Themes Revealed!

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October 12, 2022

WSD Fall News 2022

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March 12, 2022

We've Been Featured!

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March 6, 2021

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January 1, 2020

How to Make the Perfect Bun!

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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

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