Ballet Victoria Conservatory Information
Ballet Victoria 2016-2017 classes begin September 6, 2016. Your $20 deposit (later applied to the class fees) and completion of the pre-registration form below will secure a spot in the desired class. You may also complete the pre-registration form without the deposit to obtain feedback from the instructor before formally registering for the class.
Unsurpassed Dance Education
The Ballet Victoria Conservatory is committed to excellence in dance education. The classical curriculum, based on the Vaganova Method, includes lessons in ballet technique and other dance genres, which includes pointe, contemporary, jazz/hip hop, tap as well as repertoire. This method combined with a well-rounded education produces versatile dancers of the highest caliber. Since its inception, in 2014 the Ballet Victoria Conservatory is preparing many young aspiring dancers to dance professionally and has given them the opportunity to perform on the Royal Theatre stage with its professional company in two programs bringing them a unique and invaluable experience. Emerging professionals that have trained with the Ballet Victoria professional company over the last few years have moved on to join prestigious companies such as Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Alberta Ballet, San Jose Ballet, Oklahoma City ballet and Alonzo King Lines Ballet to name a few.
Students are accepted and placed into their appropriate level according to age, drive, talent and musicality. Careful attention is given to introduce all students to the discipline, physical demands and standards of the classical ballet.
Emphasis on Performance
Ballet Victoria includes selected students in some of their annual shows to increase the performance and education opportunities available to students. The students also have their own performance as well as participate in yearly local and provincial festivals.
Benefits of Dance
- Improves coordination, balance, endurance, flexibility and strength
- Strengthen bones and boosts cardiovascular health
- Increases energy, builds confidence and reduces stress
- Develops creativity and artistry
- Increases mental capacity by exercising our cognitive process
- Promotes dynamic and rapid fire decision making creating new neural paths
Why choose Ballet Victoria Conservatory?
If most dance studios seem to have friendly qualified teachers, convenient class times, and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter, which school you enroll your child at? The answer is yes! There are four main things that can make a huge difference in the instruction your child receives and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved in a dance program.
1. What type of dance floor is used?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a great deal of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning, so the impact of dance movements can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back. The best way to assure a safe dance environment for your child is to choose a school that has a professional sprung “floating floor”. A sprung floor is a dance floor that rests on a base of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density rubber-based floor is superior to a simple wood sprung floor built over a regular floor. The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite “Marley floor” is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational and professional dance. Facilities such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The National Ballet School all use Marley floors. Few studios use Marley floors because of the expense involved and usually opt for a regular floor or other linoleum multi-use surface. Ballet Victoria studios are equipped with floating floors and professional Marley surface. Our state of the art floors help reduce the risk of injuries, and allow our students to dance longer without getting fatigued.
2. What is the size of the class?
If a dance class has fewer students in it, each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more, and have more fun. In a small class of younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. A smaller class size also allows teachers to ensure that students are developing proper technique. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are missed. Our school limits all of our classes to 12 students per class. Our children classes also have a teacher’s assistant present to help with any issues.
3. What about foot wear?
Proper fitting footwear for dance, particularly for ballet is of the utmost importance. Having the right fit allows for better performance, increased comfort, and can protect a dancer from potential foot injuries. Fitting a ballet shoe too big can cause blisters, and give the dancer a sloppy appearance. Fitting too small can cause bunions, foot cramps, and hammer toes. The fit must be “just right” for the dancer to feel confident to execute steps and to be comfortable wearing them for extended periods of time. Ballet Victoria offers complimentary assistance for professional pointe shoe fittings and is happy to recommend dance shoes for all levels. Please refer to the appropriate dancewear for class uniform.
4. Does the school follow a syllabus?
Choosing a dance school that uses a clear syllabus will help your child learn, understand, and ultimately develop a better appreciation for dance. Schools that use a syllabus typically produce dancers that go on to university dance programs, professional dance careers, or become dance teachers. Our teachers are selected for their extensive professional dance training and their professional stage experience as well as their commitment to providing quality instruction. They give individual corrections and encouragement during class. Our syllabus is based on the Vaganova method, which is the leading method used for educating classical dancers. Not only does this method produce exceptionally strong dancers, it also encourages self-discipline, respect, and excellence through teamwork.