Classes
Highland, Ballet (Cecchetti Syllabus), Creative Movement, Preschool Creative
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Patricia MacKenzie is qualified and experienced, having taught dance in the Alberni Valley for decades.   Small classes, with lots of individual attention in a family oriented environment are hallmarks of the studio.  Dancers have the option to pursue dance recreationally or more seriously.  The focus has always been on the  development of sound technique and performance skills rather than competitions and festivals (except for highland).  Dancers are encouraged to audition and have been accepted and performed with the renowned youth repertory dance company Dancestreams.  Serious students are encouraged to venture out in the dance community to broaden their experiences by attending master classes, workshops and summer intensives. Highland dance could almost be described as an artistic sport and thus competition is an important facet of the training.  Our highland dancers have attended and excelled at competitions and championships throughout North America.

Our Classes Types

PreSchool Creative

Fun, positive learning experiences for children age 3-5 focussing on music interpretation, fundamental, age appropriate dance moves, coordination and strength.

Ballet

Ballet, based on the internationally recognized Cecchetti method. Dancers have the option to pursue exams offered by Cecchetti Canada.

Highland

Traditional Scottish dance. Students have the options to pursue medal tests and theory exams with Scottish Dance Teachers' Alliance and to compete in meets throughout Vancouver Island, BC, Canada & further afield

Teacher Training

Many dancers from the school have progressed to the professional level, completing their Associate Teachers qualifications with the SDTA.

Celtic Choreography

We do more than just competitive highland dance! Choreographed groups & solos are created for recital & burns performances

Creative Movement

Dancers explore movement possibilites, music interpretation and styles to create their own dance for recital

National Dances

Our students are introduced to dances from many different countries and cultures

Ceilidh

Ceilidh is our year-end recital- every year a different theme- and always loads of fun, not just for the dancers but the audience as well