Information Evening
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 6:00-6:30 PM
West Vancouver Secondary School – Room C302

If you are interested in this program, please complete the Student Information Form.  The Academy Office will contact you to complete the registration process.

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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 Shift Dance Academy. Students earn their Physical & Health Education course credits (grades 8-10) and Physical Education course credits (grades 11 & 12) 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.

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 Day1 of the block rotation) all during schools hours.

Curriculum will be completed through the study of a variety of genres within the dance spectrum, those including:

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Acro, Musical Theatre, Stretch & Strength

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Varied Skill Levels Accepted -Tiered Leveling

West Vancouver Schools, in partnership with Shift Dance Academy, accept students of all skill levels.  Dancers will be assessed based on prior experience and ability and will be put into levels accordingly.

  1. Students will train with an Industry Dance Professional in their genre of focus for that month. For example, in September dancers will be starting the program off learning hip hop!
  2. Between September and February, dancers will be exposed to a new style of dance each month. From March until June dancers will spend their time focusing on a class selected genre of preference and working to prepare a routine in that style.
  3. Dancers will be outfitted in costumes and participate in a dress rehearsal at Centennial Theatre where they will join the other students of Shift Dance Academy and perform live in the Shift Dance Academy year end Recital in May.


  • 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 Shift Dance Academy 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 & Health Education (8-10) and Physical Education (11 & 12) course credits upon successful completion of the program.
  • 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 1) 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 1) in the afternoons
  • Provides Physical & Health Education (Grades 8-10)  and Fitness & Conditioning (Grades 11-12)
  • Focused on academic achievement, individual skill improvement, physical fitness and overall character development
  • Partnership with Shift Dance Academy
  • Curriculum provides an integrated framework to facilitate the development of dancers at all levels of participation and experiences
  • Strictly supplementary to the existing programs run by various outside dance programs


2500 per year: $250 per month x 10 months (September – June)

Appropriate dance clothing will be discussed during the first week of classes that is inline with the dress code at Shift Dance Academy.

Bus Transportation

Students are provided with one-way bus transportation from Rockridge Secondary, West Vancouver Secondary and Sentinel Secondary TO Shift Dance Academy.

Parents are responsible for picking up the students from Shift Dance Academy at the conclusion of the sessions.

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


Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575


Students interested in the Premier Dance Academy must submit the Student Information Form.

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