YARMOUTH                 ACADEMY

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Come dance with us... here's why!

We offer a variety of classes for all ages at Yarmouth Dance Academy.  Classes can range from once a week to five times a week with our Senior Intensive Program. New this year we are excited offer Tap classes!  

Whether you dance recreationally or wish to continue to study dance after high school, Yarmouth Dance Academy is the school for you.  Our instructors are educators who have also studied their dance styles at post-secondary institutions with professional standards and continue to do so on a yearly basis.  This keeps us on the forefront of dance education, enabling us to bring fresh, new and up-to-date material to the school, while maintaining ballet traditions.  Dancers training at Yarmouth Dance Academy are therefore instructed by these techniques which will keep our dancers strong, healthy and help prevent short and long term injuries.  

Classes at YDA

Creative Movement (CM)                    1 class/week

Beginner dance classes are designed to teach young children ages 3 - 4 the basics in dance through games, music, and creative exploration. 

Instructor: N. Sweeney

Inspiring Movement (IM)  1 class/week

Dancers ages 4 - 5 will explore the basics in dance through games, music, and creative exploration. Technical basics and foundations will be introduced with focus on musicality and spacial awareness. The Inspiring Movement class does not perform in the Nutcracker but will take part in YDA’s annual Spring Recital. Opportunities for performing are available outside of class. Classes are once a week.

Instructor: N. Sweeney

Inspiring Ballet (Pre-Ballet) 1 class/week

An introductory class to ballet. This class is designed to teach dancers the basics in ballet. Classes are structured as a standard ballet class, consisting of stretch, barre, centre, adagio and allegros. The Ballet Technique class does not perform in the Nutcracker but will take part in YDA’s annual Spring Recital. Opportunities for performing are available outside of class. Classes are once a week.

Instructor: N. Sweeney

Ballet Technique          1 class/week

These are once a week ballet classes for dancers new to ballet, looking to add additional dance styles to your resume, or part of a healthy lifestyle. This class will follow classical Russian technique and class structure. The Ballet Technique class does not perform in the Nutcracker.

Instructor: N. Sweeney 

Ballet Technique 1 (2012)

Ballet Technique 2 (2010/2011)

Ballet Technique 3 (2005 - 2009)

Ballet Technique 4 (2004 and older)

Performing Ballet Program

Performing Ballet 2 (PB2) - dancers born in 2011                   2 classes/week

Performing Ballet 3 (PB3) - dancers born in 2009/2010          2 classes/week

Performing Ballet 4 (PB4) - dancers born in 2008/2007          2 classes/week

Performing Ballet 5 (PB5) - dancers born in 2005/2006          3 classes/week

Performing Ballet 6 (PB6) - dancers born 2004 and older        3 classes/week

***Pointe Technique - dancers born in 2009 and older registered in either Performing Ballet 3, 4.  The class is once a week in addition to their PB class and is required if dancer wishes to advanced to pointe.  


Dancers enrolled in the Full Ballet Program will have ballet classes at least twice a week. This program is designed to properly train a dancer for the demands of Classical Ballet guided by the Vaganova syllabus. When deemed appropriate by instructors dancers will begin pre-pointe training , working towards full pointe shoes (Pre-Pointe/Pointe Technique class). 

Dancers enrolled in the program will study, learn and perform classical variations, with the opportunity to earn a solo classical variation when graduating. Dancers in the Performing Ballet Program will have class repertoire for each of YDA’s Nutcracker and Annual Spring Recital. Attendance and commitment are taken seriously.

Instructor: N. Sweeney & E. Arnett

Jazz 1 (dancers born in 2011 - 2009)                   1 class/week

Jazz 2 (dancers born 2008 and older)                  1 class/week

Jazz classes will provide an opportunity for dancers to learn the technical foundations in Jazz. Classes are high energy, fast passed and upbeat, focusing on musicality, styles and characteristics found in Jazz’s complex history. The class will be a great in providing cross curicular training for dancers, improving upon their cardio and muscular fitness! Classes are once a week and will take part in YDA’s annual Spring Recital.

Contemporary                        1 class/week

Contemporary dance class will focus on the fundamentals to this style, which pulls from a variety of styles of dance. Dancers will learn to express themselves through movement that is both technical and physical. Classes are once a week. Contemporary does not participate in the Nutcracker, but will take part in YDA’s annual Spring Recital. 

Instructor: M. Fitzgerald

Inspiring Contemporary (dancers born in 2013/2012)

Contemporary 2 (2008 - 2011)

Contemporary 3 (2005-2007)

Contemporary 4 (2004 and older)

Tap                                          1 class/week

New to Yarmouth Dance Academy, classes will be offered for tap! . Classes are fun and upbeat teaching dancers the basics and foundations of rhythm and musicality in Tap.  

Instructor: J. Aucoin-LeBlanc

Inspiring Tap (dancers born in 2010-2012)

Tap 2 (dancers born 2007-2009)

Tap 3 (2006 and older)

Adult Dance Classes

Classes will be fast paced, high energy and provide participants with a full body work out.  The class will draw on a variety of dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Barre, Dance Fitness and more! 

Intensive Program

Junior Intensive Program - Dancer born 2011 - 2007

Senior Intensive Program - Dancers born 2006 and older

The Intensive Program is designed with the serious dance student in mind. Students who are thinking of dance after high school are strongly recommended to participate in this program. The Intensive Program provides dancers with the opportunity to more dance classes, extra performances and much more.

To register for the Intensive Program, dancers will be enrolled in the Performing Ballet Program and all age appropriate classes offered at Yarmouth Dance Academy. Dancer’s in the Junior or Senior Intensive Program are able to attend additional ballet classes with instructors permission for technique and conditioning.

Participants in the Junior and Senior Intensive Program are expected to attend all regular classes.  Attendance in these programs is taken seriously and will follow a 3 strike rule; 3 or more classes missed may result in dancer being asked to reconsider the Intensive Program, or loss of privileges.

Intensive Program Contract:

- Dancers are expected to work at 110%

- Positive attitudes

- Attendance is mandatory for all classes and rehearsals.  A three strike rule is followed.

- Dancers are to arrive on time for class

- They must be in proper attire (uniform and hair are done according to class)

- Show respect to classmates, peers, instructors, and studio

- All IP dancers are expected to make every IP Repertoire class/rehearsal when required.

- There will also be opportunities for community performances/events, travel for auditions, master classes and viewing professional dance company performances.

- Priority for casting in shows/recitals.

- Opportunity to become YDA teaching assistant.

- Act as positive role models and ambassadors for their art, program and YDA. 

- Commitment.  Commitment or conflict with programs outside of YDA may be cause for reconsideration of enrolment and participation with no refund.