Students interested in attending the Premier Dance Academy must complete an online application form

Premier Dance Academy Open House Selection for September, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017
West Vancouver Secondary School Dance Studio – Kay Meek Centre
6:00 – 7:00 pm

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The Premier Dance Academy is another example of the West Vancouver Schools’ commitment to facilitating increased access to athlete and performance development through pathways in education. The Premier Academy programs are a viable pathway to meet numerous educational, societal, and personal objectives.

Overview of Program: Variety and Opportunity

The Premier Dance Academy program consists of a dance curriculum as set by Perform Art Studios-Dance & Performing Arts School and the West Vancouver Secondary Dance Program. Students earn their grade-equivalent Physical Education course credits upon successful completion of the program. Dancers have access to excellent instruction, coaching, training and professional facilities. The program seeks to provide the best possible dance experience for all participants, with training sessions taking place during the school day.

The Premier Dance Academy program offers dance students the opportunity to take their dance training to the next level.

This program offers young dancers the opportunity to complete their academic requirements in the mornings and then the ability for students to participate in professional dance training in the afternoons, every other day (e.g., each Day 2 of the block rotation) all during schools hours.

A professional dance program tailored to the individual dancers, dance students will choose a focus area in dance that most interests them. The focus choices are: #1 Hip Hop & Street Jazz OR #2 Contemporary Jazz.

The Professional Dance Training:

  1. Both focuses will provide students with well-rounded training in Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Latin and Dance Conditioning. These classes will be taught by Gina Castro at West Vancouver Secondary School.
  2. One afternoon per week (e.g., Wednesdays: Week 1 & Tuesdays: Week 2) the students will be transported by bus (one-way drop) to Perform Art Studios to train with an Industry Dance Professional in their focus For example, #1 Hip Hop & Street Jazz students may take a Pop & Lock class with an Industry Dance Professional who is professionally performing with a Hip Hop Crew! Whereas, #2 Contemporary Jazz students may take an Improv Contemporary class from a Professional Contemporary dancer currently dancing in a Vancouver Dance Company.
  3. Solo Performance Awards are awarded by the Royal Academy of Dance. Dance students will perform 3 solos for an Examiner in the spring and with successful completion, they will be awarded a Solo Performance Award accredited through the Royal Academy of Dance.
  4. Premier Dance Academy students will also perform in professional dance performances at the Blueshore Performing Arts Theatre and the Kay Meek Centre twice within the school year.

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Varied Skill Levels Accepted -Tiered Leveling

West Vancouver Schools, in partnership with Perform Art Studios, accept students of all skill levels.

Dance Academy will be tiered into two levels – Academy Level 1 and Academy Level 2.
Students who will be enrolled in Level 1 will have 0-2 years of dance experience.
Students who will be enrolled in Level 2 will have 2+ years dance experience.
Both levels will have the opportunity to touch upon all aforementioned genres of dance and body conditioning.

Premier Dance Academy: Cutting Edge Dance Professionals

Mrs. Gina Castro, Director of Dance at West Vancouver Secondary School and Mrs. Miranda Widgery-Webber, Artistic Director of Perform Art Studios-Dance & Performing Arts School invite students to experience dance in a variety of settings (school, professional studio atmosphere, and theatre spaces) to foster dynamism, technique, and creativity through the collaboration of school and professional spheres of the dance world.

Gina Castro, BA Bed MEd, Director of Dance at West Vancouver Secondary School and professional dancer of more than 25 years will direct the Dance Academy alongside Perform Art Studios, owned by Miranda Widgery-Webber, RAD RTS, a highly respected Artistic Director, studio owner, and North Shore dancer.

Premier Dance Academy students will further their stylistic training as well, given that Perform Art Studios will bring in guest dance professional teachers from around the Lower Mainland to spend time working with students in different genres at the studio.

Students will also have the opportunity to work with Perform Art Studios co-owner and Musical Director Ian Widgery-Webber on vocal training and performance techniques, as he is a master of music production, music editing, and an experienced vocal coach.

Goals

  • To develop students’ knowledge, skills and abilities in the discipline of dance.
  • To give each student-dancer the opportunity to reach full potential as both a dancer and a student.
  • To work in partnership with Perform Art Studios -Dance & Performing Arts School to provide students with dance skill development training in outstanding facilities, performance opportunities with access to excellent instruction, coaching and training.
  • Students earn their grade-equivalent Physical Education (8-12) course credits upon successful completion of the program.
  • To provide the opportunity for a Solo Dance Award (certificate, results form & bar) facilitated by the Royal Academy of Dance.
  • To promote a philosophy of sound practice and long-term participation, performance and enjoyment of the art of dance.
  • To emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, cooperative learning, and respect for fellow dancers, instructors, guest faculty and coaches.
  • To provide opportunities for increased self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • To encourage students to have lifelong involvement in dance, albeit as a dancer, instructor or dance enthusiast.
  • To provide awareness of opportunities in the art of dance around the world.
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The Program Concept

This program offers young dancers the opportunity to complete their academic requirements in the mornings and to participate in dance training in the afternoons, every other day (e.g., Day 2 only) all during schools hours (1:45 – 3:00).

The Premier Dance Academy’s tiered levelling is a choice program offered to both boys and girls, Grades 8-12, who are registered at any one of West Vancouver Schools’ three secondary schools: Rockridge, Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary.

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Fact Sheet

This program:

  • Designed for boys and girls, Grades 8-12, who are registered as full time students at Rockridge, Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary Schools
  • Conducive to scheduling students’ full academic requirements in the mornings in order to allow students the ability to participate in dance training every other day (e.g., Day 2 only) in the afternoons
  • Provides Physical Education (8, 9, 10, 11 or 12) course at each grade level
  • Focused on academic achievement, individual skill improvement, physical fitness and overall character development
  • Partnership with Perform Art Studios-Dance & Performing Arts School
  • Curriculum provides an integrated framework to facilitate the development of dancers at all levels of participation and experiences
  • Provides students the opportunity to complete the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Performance Award (certificate, results sheet and bar)
  • Strictly supplementary to the existing programs run by various outside dance programs

The Premier Dance Academy students will further their stylistic training as well, given that Perform Art Studios will bring in guest dance professional teachers from around the Lower Mainland to spend time working with students in different genres at the studio.

Tuition

2700 per year: $275 per month x 10 months (September – June)
Clothing Kit approximately $150
Solo Performance Awards (Grades 8-12) approximately $80

There is a mandatory Dance Academy clothing kit for parents to order. Once students have the kit, they do not need to purchase this kit each year. Students only purchase items that may be required to be replaced as they continue in the program. Parents will be informed of the process required for students to be sized and orders placed.

Bus Transportation

Students are provided with bus transportation from Rockridge Secondary & Sentinel Secondary TO West Vancouver Secondary School’s Dance studio.

Students are also provided with bus transportation from all three secondary schools TO Perform Art Studios- Dance & Performing Arts School one after per week.

Parents are responsible for picking up the students at the conclusion of the sessions (3:00 pm).

Requirements & Registration

A student selected to participate in the Premier Dance Academy Program must provide a copy of their most recent report card, indicating good progress in academic subject areas, as well as evidence of socially responsible behaviour, an excellent work ethic, and an overall positive attitude.

The Premier Academy is a wonderful program for students who want to develop their potential as a high performance dancer or for those who simply want to learn and enjoy dance. Students registered full time at West Vancouver Secondary, Sentinel Secondary or Rockridge Secondary have the opportunity to pursue their interest in dance while continuing to receive an excellent education. For the ‘dance passionate’ student, we are very excited to offer this very unique and excellent quality program.

Contact Information

PLEASE DIRECT INQUIRIES TO:
Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575
Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca

Students interested in attending the Premier Dance Academy must complete an online application form