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Youth Training Program

DJD’s Youth Training Program (YTP) at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) has been designed to provide weekly instruction to students in a supportive, professional, and creative environment for dancers ages 6-13 years. With over 30 years experience in professional performance and instruction, DJD is known for providing audiences and students alike with dance experiences that speak to the integrity that the company was founded upon.

ballet-shoesThe YTP showcases the talents of dedicated instructors who share a passion for dance and believe that a well-rounded dancer is given the opportunity to excel in a variety of dance forms. Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance are the core styles taught within the Youth Training Program and we believe that training outside of the confines of a set syllabus allow for increased exploration, artistry, and inquiry within the traditional dance class setting.

If you have questions or require more information about the YTP please email Dance School Principal Joanne Baker at jobaker@decidedlyjazz.com.

LEVELS

YTP LEVEL AGE BALLET LEVEL CLASSES PER WEEK
LEVEL 1 6/7 Training at ballet 1 level 2 CLASSES
LEVEL 2 8/9 Training at ballet 2 or 3 level 2 OR 3 CLASSES
LEVEL 3 8-10 Training at ballet 3 level 3-5 CLASSES
LEVEL 4* 10/11 Training at ballet 4 level
*this level will not be offered for the 17/18 season
N/A
LEVEL 5 11+ YRS Training at ballet 5 level 3-6 CLASSES

 

2017/2018 SEASON CLASS SCHEDULE

Tuesday

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

MODERN
LEVEL 3
4:30-5:30 PM
Jessalyn Britton
BALLET
LEVEL 5
4:30-5:30 PM
Joanne Baker
BALLET
LEVEL 1
4:15-5:00 PM
Leanne Kidd
WEST AFRICAN/JAZZ
LEVEL 2
4:15-5:00 PM
Jen Mahood
BALLET
LEVEL 3
4:30-5:30 PM
Kate Kaupas
JAZZ
LEVEL 5
4:30-5:30 PM
Janelle Schiffner
MODERN
LEVEL 5
5:30-6:30 PM
Jessalyn Britton
BALLET
LEVEL 3
5:30-6:30 PM
Joanne Baker
BALLET
LEVEL 2
5:00-6:00 PM
Leanne Kidd
WEST AFRICAN/JAZZ
LEVEL 5
5:00-6:00 PM
Jen Mahood
MODERN/JAZZ
LEVEL 1
5:00-5:45 PM
Valentia Dimitriou
BALLET
LEVEL 5
5:30-6:30 PM
Kate Kaupas
JAZZ
LEVEL 3
5:30-6:30 PM
Janelle Schiffner
STRETCH & STRENGTH
6:30-7:00 PM
Jessalyn Britton
BALLET
LEVEL 5
6:00-7:00 PM
Valentia Dimitriou
POINTE
6:30-7:00 PM
Kate Kaupas

LEVEL LEGEND

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 5 MULTI-LEVEL

 

important dates

June 15: Registration opens
August 5: Early Bird tuition deadline
September 5: Classes begin
December TBA: Holiday celebration
December 22 – January 8: Winter break
March 27-29: Spring break
April 22: Ballet mock exams
June 1: YTP final showing
June 3: Lilac Festival performance (TBC)
June 5-7: Last week of classes

tuition

Tuition includes a year end showing and a holiday celebration in December.

Early Bird Pricing

(until August 15)

Regular Pricing

 

2 classes/week*  $1250  $1290
3 classes/week*  $1870 $1935
4 classes/week*  $2490  $2580
5 classes/week*  $3110  $3225
6 classes/week*  $3730  $3870
Weekday 30 minutes class add-on  $312  $322.50
Saturday class add-on Please Contact
Dance School Administrator

*Payment plans are available; please contact Salla Carson, Dance School Administrator, for more information. 403-245-3533


REGisration:

CONTACT salla carson AT 403-245-3533, between monday-friday 9am-4pm, TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION

 
Class Descriptions

Ballet

Youth Ballet at DJD will provide solid technical training that inspires whole dancers, not just future ballerinas. Quality training with the freedom of teacher and student creativity, classes will be based in R.A.D syllabus. Level 1 and 2 classes may also explore creative dance and character work. Please have hair in proper ballet bun. Dress code: Level 1: ballet slippers, RAD pink bodysuit, white socks. Level 2: ballet slippers pink tights (footless), navy bodysuit with waist band. Level 3 & 5: ballet slippers, pink tights (footless), navy or black bodysuit.

Jazz

Keeping a connection to the history of jazz dance, the DJD Youth jazz program places strong emphasis on common dance techniques and skills within the jazz context along with vernacular (social) dance steps from the early days of jazz dance. Emphasis is placed on joy of dance and accuracy of movement in an encouraging and non-threatening atmosphere. Dress code: jazz shoes (black or beige), dance/jazz pants or shorts, bodysuit of choice.

Modern

Modern dance class will explore elements from Limon, Horton and Graham techniques, as well as current contemporary and release forms. This class will challenge the dancers range of dynamics and self-expression, and students will learn improvisation, floor work, inversions and age appropriate partnering skills. We will explore concepts such as weight, energy, breath and space, all while developing solid, grounded technique. Dress code: bare feet, dance/jazz pants or shorts and bodysuit of choice.

WEST AFRICAN/JAZZ
Students will be introduced to the many rhythms and dances that make up several West African cultures. Time will also be spent exploring the ties between West African and Jazz. Dress Code: Black or Blue bodysuit, footless tights, and a colourful lapa (Sarong). Please bring jazz shoes to each class.

STRETCH & STRENGTH

Using thoughtful and age appropriate stretching and strengthening techniques, this class is the perfect suppement to YTP classes – Open to Level 2 and up.

POINTE

For dancers who have at least 1 year experience working at a pre-pointe level. Increased awareness of foot placement, efficient effort, and complexity of skills will be a part of this class. Dancers who are not yet ready for pointe are encouraged to attend on demi-pointe

 

faculty Bios

Joanne Baker
DJD Dance School Principal & BALLET INSTRUCTOR

Joanne is a Calgary based dance artist who, after graduating with an Honours BA from the University of Waterloo’s Dance Program in 1992, danced and toured nationally and internationally with Calgary’s DJD until 1999. In 2001 she moved behind the scenes with DJD and became Dance School Principal and Arts in Education Coordinator, two roles she has maintained to this day. Teaching has been a passion since 1993. Inspired by her DJD mentors, Joanne’s skills as a dance educator has taken her across Canada conducting workshops and intensives at Halifax Dance (Halifax), Ryerson University and Metro Movement (Toronto), Harbour Dance Centre (Vancouver), Dance Manitoba (Winnipeg), World Dance Alliance – America’s (Vancouver Conference), and at home with DJD’s Jazz Immersions, June Jazz Intensives, and Professional Training Program. Joanne is currently a Sessional instructor for the University of Calgary’s Dance Department. In addition to studio /festival instruction, Joanne has lead several artist in residence programs to students in Calgary and Lethbridge for Grades K – 12.

Jessalyn Britton
Modern Instructor

Jessalyn is a contemporary and jazz dancer/choreographer/teacher involved in both independent and collaborative performance and creation. She is co-artistic director and producer of CrossCurrents, and has produced two shows since its inception. Jessalyn has worked with dance theatre company kloetzel&co. for several seasons where she performed in Professional Series 2014, Toronto’s Dusk Dances, and in the full length work “The Alice Odyssey.” This past year, Jessalyn was a company member in Corps Bara Dance Theatre, which produced the collaborative show “Absence” alongside Fire Exit Theatre. Independently, she has had the opportunity to perform and choreograph in: Alberta Dance Festival, Feats Festival, Fluid Festival’s Physical Therapy Cabaret and ContainR, Ignite! Festival, Soulocentric Fesitval, Shoes Off Cabaret, and Vancouver’s Tangents. Jessalyn holds a B.A. in Contemporary Dance with distinction from the University of Calgary. Post graduation, Britton was drawn into the jazz world and danced with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program for three seasons.  Jessalyn loves sharing her passion for dance with children and adults. She has been teaching dance for 11 years and is currently a teacher at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Counterpoint Dance Academy Marda Loop. Jessalyn specializes in teaching jazz and contemporary/modern , but has also studied in ballet, contact improvisation, musical theatre, tap and West African.  She studied ballet up to ISTD Adv 1 and also has her Junior Cecchetti Teachers Certification.  Jessalyn will be attending the Acrobatic Arts Level 1-5 Certification course the summer of 2015.

VALENTIA DIMITRIOU
BALLET & MODERN/JAZZ INSTRUCTOR

Born and raised in Calgary, Valentia Dimitriou is a dance professional who has been training in Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Physical Theatre. Dimitriou is a 2014 BA Alumni of the University of Calgary, Department of Dance, Concentration in Choreography & Performance with Distinction. Dimitriou has studied at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Toronto Dance Theatre, Transformations Danse Montreal and ImpulsTanz International Dans Festival Vienna. Valentia has most recently appeared in Coming of Age (SeSol Dance Projects), Exoskeletal (Kyrsten Blair – Crosscurrents), Human APPlication (Tina Guthrie – Crosscurrents), Collide (Rufino Rodriguez – Project Oswald), BZed Series Phase 4 (J-SIK Movements), Microscopic Stage (Sylvie Moquin) and Fear (DSW Dance Action Lab). She has successfully completed her Advanced 2 RAD ballet examination through the International School of Ballet, and most recently received her CDTA Full Membership teaching certificate. Eager to continue performing and learning about this art form, Valentia is looking forward another year of teaching, and is excited to share her knowledge and experiences with her students.

Kate Kaupas
Ballet & POINTE Instructor

Kate Kaupas began dancing at the age of three in Calgary, Alberta. She began her training at International School of Ballet under Umran Sumen, and was accepted into the full year program at the National Ballet School of Canada at age 12. After three years, Kate returned to Calgary to train at International School of Ballet where she received distinction in her R.A.D Advanced 1 examination. Kate was later accepted into the professional graduate program at the School of Alberta Ballet, where she had to the opportunity to perform with the Alberta Ballet Company. Upon graduation, Kate received a contract to dance professionally with Ballet Tucson. She danced in Tucson for 3 years where she performed many corps de ballet and soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. She then returned to Calgary and began as rehearsal mistress at Jeunesse Classique Ballet Company and most recently started teaching at Infinite Creations.

LEANNE KIDD
BALLET Instructor

Leanne Kidd (nee McIndoe) is a Calgarian dance artist, teacher and choreographer. She trained at The International School of Ballet and performed many leading roles with their Jeunesse Classique Ballet Company.  Leanne attended a number of summer schools at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Banff School of Fine Arts, The American Academy of Ballet and the School of Alberta Ballet.  In 1997, she was accepted into London England’s Royal Ballet School.  After three intense years, Leanne graduated as Head Girl, receiving her R.B.S.T.C. Diploma along with several teaching certifications such as: ARAD, AISTD Cecchetti, AISTD National Folk Dance and Benesh Movement Notation Certification. Since returning to Canada, Leanne has taught in numerous studios and schools in Vancouver and Calgary.  She choreographed & staged a full-length production of GLORIA for Jeunesse Classique Ballet Co., performed in Dance Montage, Calgary Cares, Three Left Feet and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks school show, Live And In Sync. Leanne also began immersing herself in training at DJD, first as a Scholarship Student and later in the Pre-Professional Program. In 2005, Leanne received two grants to study dance in West Africa, a life-changing experience. Calgary Arts Academy opened their doors in 2003 where Leanne soon became the first full time artist hired in a school in Alberta. She continues to be dedicated to this innovative K – Year 9 charter school, both as an Arts Immersion Dance Artist and Choreographer. Leanne is excited to be returning to the teaching staff at DJD, September 2016, to become a part of the Youth Training Program!

jennifer mahood
JAZZ & west african INSTRUCTOR

Jennifer Mahood is an active member of the Calgary dance community through her work as a choreographer, performer, instructor and DanceFilm enthusiast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in dance, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Creation and Performance from the University of Calgary. Mahood’s choreography has been seen in Canada, the United States and Poland. Her cinematography has been seen at several DanceFilm festivals around the world. Jennifer has over 20 years experience teaching dance to all ages, specializing in Creative Dance, Contemporary, Jazz, West-African and arts-based learning. She has worked extensively in schools delivering Alberta curriculum through dance, and has taught at the university level as a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary. Jennifer is the Artistic Director of Alberta Dance Theatre, a creative dance company that provides children with an opportunity to express their creativity through dance in a professional production of quality artistic accomplishment and pride.

JANELLE SCHIFFNER
JAZZ INSTRUCTOR

Janelle has been dancing for over 16 years, training at various schools around Calgary. A recent graduate from the University of Calgary, receiving a Bachelor’s of Art in Contemporary Dance with a Concentration in Choreography and Performance. Janelle has participated in dance travel studies around the world, including New York City, Cuba, and Amsterdam. Janelle studied jazz at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks with their Professional Training Program and continues to share her love of jazz dance with students at DJD and around the city. Janelle also loves sharing her knowledge by teaching dance and piano.