Programs & Registration
From beginner to advanced dancers of all ages
At Encore, all classes are structured according to age and ability. It is of utmost importance to us that your dancer is placed in a class that is appropriate to encourage success.
We provide Novice, Intermediate, Intensive, Pre-Company* and Company* classes, examinations, as well as Professional Half Day* and EPIC* programs for dancers.
Whatever level you're at, we have a class for you!
* by assessment only
Ballet • Ages 3 and up • Our program uses the Cecchetti Method of Ballet,which teaches the student to think of the movement of the foot, leg, arm, and head, not as something apart, but in its relation to the whole body, to develop a feeling for graceful lines.
Our Creative Movement and Primary classes work with young children (ages 3-5) to develop their imagination, body awareness and co-ordination in an environment that is filled with fun and action! As the children progress they are taught basic dance movements and skills in Ballet and Jazz through dancing, singing, and dance-oriented games.
Ballet pointe classes are available to those students, who, at the discretion of the Ballet instructor, are adequately prepared. These classes generally happen at a level of Cecchetti Grade 5. Dancers may enroll in our Ballet Examination classes. Encore uses the Cecchetti Syllabus for exams. Dancers progress from Primary-Standard 6, Grades 1 through 6; Intermediate; Advanced 1; Advanced 2; Diploma.
Jazz • Ages 5 and up • A physical, energetic, and quick-tempo dance form that emphasizes body line, flexible torso, fast accurate footwork with the feet basically parallel and exaggerated movements of individual body parts, such as the shoulders. We use the CDTA Syllabus, and dancers who are registered in an intensive program may be eligible for the CDTA exam program.
Acrobatics • Ages 5 and up • Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. We teach Acro under the guidelines of the BC Gymnastics Association, and the CDTA.
Hip Hop • Ages 4 and up • Students learn technical elements based on music video styles using the most current Funk/Hip Hop combinations in the media today.
Tap • Ages 5 and up • Students develop a repertoire of technical elements, rhythmic footwork, creative combinations and challenging beats. Tap, as a dance form, is distinguished by percussive footwork that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the floor. We use the CDTA Syllabus, and dancers who are registered in an intensive program may be eligible for the CDTA exam program.
Stage (Musical Theatre) • Ages 8 and up • This program provides an introduction to a popular dance style that combines dance and stage/theatre performance. Jazz prerequisite.
Modern • Ages 12 and up • Modern dance is a more relaxed, free style of dance in which choreographers use emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to ballet's structured code of steps. It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas ballet strives to be light and airy. Ballet and/or Jazz prerequisite.Lyrical • Ages 10 and older • An expressive movement class using combinations of ballet, jazz and modern dance forms. Ballet and Jazz prerequisite.
ZUMBA • Ages 16 and older • A latin-inspired, fitness class that combines dance movements which create a dynamic, exciting, fun fitness system! The class format combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt your body in a truly fun way! Burn up to 1,000 calories per hour. This class is for anyone - beginner to advanced. Age 16 and over only at this time. Taught by certified, experienced and enthusiastic instructors.