The Creative Outlet is home to the Footsteps Dance Program, offering a variety of program options that will suit every family budget and schedule. Choose recreational classes in the 10 month dance program and perform as part of our year end recital… or dabble in different styles with our Little Steps workshop series that run 6 week sessions in the fall, winter, spring and summer.

The Creative Outlet is proud to follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet program. Students study a set curriculum under the guidance of certified RAD Ballet teachers, and can undertake exams to gauge their development. The ballet program does not compete, but the class does include choreography and participates in the year end recital.

Dancers wanting more intensified training and rehearsals can audition to participate at competitions and festivals as part of the CO Dance Team. Solos, duos, trios and group work in all disciplines.

Classes are for dancers 2year to adults, boys and girls.

Dance Styles

RAD or Open Ballet
Ballet training program that follows strict guidelines and syllabus as set out by the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England Dancers study in class twice a week under certified RAD teachers and may be recommended for annual graded exams. Syllabus includes Classical, Free Movement and Character work. More information is available in a separate RAD pamphlet.

A unique blending of jazz and ballet with acrobatics and gymnastics. In addition to dance turns, leaps and kicks, dancers also learn and incorporate somersaults, back arches, walkovers and more into their routines.

Discover Dance
An introductory dance program for our 2yr, 3yr and 4yr old dancers. Little feet, bodies and minds are introduced to movement and rhythm and the most basic elements of ballet, jazz and tap through imagination and music. Classes learn choreography and perform on stage as part of the year-end recital.

A technical form of dance characterized by jumps, kicks, leaps and turns. Often a fast-paced song with high energy choreography.

When your feet make the music. Rhythm and timing is especially important. Taps on the heels and toes are used in various combinations and ways on the floor to create sounds and rhythms.

Faster than ballet, slower than jazz. A smooth flowing dance with grace and emotion. Typically, movements are used to interpret a song’s lyrics.

Musical Theatre or Stage
Usually a jazz-style dance routine, but with lip-syncing or definite characterization from the dancers. Often songs from Broadway musicals.

Required as standard training for all competitive dance team members. No routine is performed at the recital. Concentration is on developing and strengthening flexibility and technical ability.

An element of hip hop dance said to have originated from New York during the early 70’s, breakdance is always evolving. B-boys and b-girls use toprock, uprock, footwork and power moves like freezes and stalls to create new and exciting moves and develop their style, sometimes influenced by acro, martial arts and gymnastics.

Hip Hop
Born in the streets of New York. Characterized by moves that accentuate the beat of the music. May sub-forms have developed, including break dancing, popping, locking, etc.

An expressive form of ballet where the dancer is free from “restrictions” of classical ballet and able to use more movement to express thoughts and ideas. Dancers move with the music, rather than with the lyrics as  in lyrical.

Dress Code

Dress code for all competitive level dancers is mandatory. Hair must always be up. Bodysuit for ballet; unitard or bodysuit with dance shorts for acro; sweatpants and runners for hip hop; tight fitting clothing for all other classes. No bare mid-rifs, no socked feet. Refer to parent handbook for more information.

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