The Sunset Dance Academy offers both classes and dance company opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Our affordable and inviting classes offer professional instruction in all styles of dance, and help guide the way for students to have fun, gain confidence, learn social skills, and expand their creativity.
Ballet levels are determined by age or invitation.
Mommy & Me Ages 18-29 months
In this class, tots will be guided through dance and creative movement/play with a parental figure. Tots need dance attire, adults need comfortable clothing.
Tiny Toes / Pre-Ballet Ages 2.5-6 yrs
Tiny Toes and Pre-Ballet classes introduce simple ballet movements and terminology through fun music, choreography, and props. Pre-Ballet 2 prepares four- to six-year-old dancers for Beginning Ballet.
Ballet Ages 4+ yrs
Learn the fundamentals of classical ballet. Classes will focus on technique, proper body alignment, coordination, and rhythm. Students will be introduced to barre, center work combinations, and routines.
Allegro*: Dancers 4-7 by invitation only, who have mastered their age appropriate level requirements. Students will learn dance styles at a quicker (allegro) pace, and will study multiple styles of dance.
Ballet 1: Dancers who progress to more advanced barre and centre combinations, choreography, and terminology.
Ballet 2*: Dancers aged 9+ who have mastered the requirements for Ballet 1 progress to a more advanced barre and centre combinations, choreography, and terminology.
*Instructor approval needed for Allegro and Ballet 2.
Combo Classes Ages 5+ yrs
Combo classes give dancers an introduction to different dance styles each week. Please note that both types of shoes are required for these classes. For example, if the class is Ballet/Jazz, the dancer needs both ballet AND jazz shoes. Level 2 of combo classes are by invitation only once the child has progressed through the original combo class.
Other Styles of Dance
Dance and gymnastics in one class! Acro will be beneficial for both art forms! Learn and perfect gymnastics skills, tumbling moves, leaps, turns and tricks. This class will also incorporate different styles of dance to complement gymnastics, including lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. All levels and experience are welcome.
Hip Hop dancing emulates steps created by hip-hop culture, seen everywhere from music videos to dance teams.
Lyrical is a combination of ballet techniques and fluid jazz movements. Dancers will learn to dance with emotion and connectivity in their movements.
Musical Theatre and Jazz
In Musical Theatre, dancers learn about famous choreographers, dances, and styles from classic and current musicals. Jazz dance introduces participants to new rhythms, steps, and movements in a fun and exciting atmosphere that will increase flexibility and strength.
Tap develops coordination, rhythm, and timing. Participants learn technique with barre, centre work, and combinations.
Combo classes give dancers an introduction to different dance styles each week. Please note that both types of shoes are required for these classes. For example, if the class is Ballet/Jazz, the dancer needs ballet AND jazz shoes. Level 2 of combo classes are by invitation only once the child has progressed through the original combo class.
Sunset Dance Company
For dancers who wish to study dance more seriously, we encourage joining one of our dance companies. Sunset Dance Companies foster creativity, confidence, and communication in a friendly, no-cut environment. The Sunset Dance Companies provide participants with the opportunity to experience various disciplines of dance at a high standard of teaching.
The Sunset Dance Companies perform at a variety of events throughout the year. A full-year commitment is required to participate in the Sunset Dance Companies.
Looking to join the Sunset Dance Company? For more information, please email Miss Ryan.
Available Dance Companies
Performance Company Ages 5+ yrs
Performance Company members receive an introduction to our dance company experience by participating in recitals and performances, without the intensity of competitions. All Level 1 students and above may join the Performance Company; auditions are not required. Performance Company members must take two classes per week (one technique class and one Performance Company class).
Sunset Dance Company (Competitive) Ages 5+ yrs
Competitive Company members study and perform at a higher level of commitment, taking three or more classes per week (two technique classes and one Competition Company class). Participants will learn in a supportive environment, and be encouraged to bring forth their best effort. Competitive Company members will compete at two competitions each season, and have the opportunity to perform at a variety of local events.
Level 1 or 2 students may join the Competitive Company. At the beginning of each season, company members will be divided into levels, as well as being given the opportunity to experience different dance styles and choose the ones in which they would like to compete. Note: If the dancer wants to compete in more than one dance style, they will be required to take that additional company class (i.e. Lyrical Company class or Finale Company class)
Appropriate dance attire is required for all dance classes.
Ballet and Lyrical
Up to Level 1 = pink leotard
Level 1+ = black leotard (royal blue for company members)
All levels = pink tights, ballet shoes, ballet skirts
Hair in a bun
Form fitting athletic clothes
Jazz and Musical Theatre
Form fitting top and jazz pants, bike shorts, or capris