VDA Pre-Professional Program
The VDA Pre-Professional Program offers dancers the opportunity to train virtually with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen year-round. Dancers will take class with CBJ faculty to develop strong technique and artistry through a variety of dance styles which is supported by stretch, conditioning, and yoga classes to build strength and prevent injury. All classes will take place via Zoom through which participants will participate from their own locations.
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Summer Session 2021
Keep dancing and stay in shape this summer! The summer session will run with drop-in classes only, giving dancers the chance to build a schedule that works best for them. These classes can work in conjunction with our Summer Dance Intensive programs, but separate registration is required. All drop-in classes are open to dancers ages 10+, except Modern which is only open to those ages 13+.
Session Dates: July 5-September 3, 2021
Please scroll down for tuition fees and registration details.
This schedule is subject to change. Please note that classes will require four students to run. If the class does not have sufficient registration by 7:00pm EDT the previous day, the class will be cancelled so be sure to register early!
All classes will be chaperoned by CBJ staff who are there for administrative support.
Private Lessons are available. Please reach out to Nina Milanovski, firstname.lastname@example.org, for details.
Dancers will be taken through a ballet barre and some center work which will focus on developing strong ballet technique.
Mondays – 5:20-6:30pm EDT
Teacher: Daniel Da Silva
Wednesdays – 6:00-7:15pm EDT
Teacher: Erina Tanaka
Dancers will focus on pointe work at the barre to build and maintain the strength and technique required for pointe work. Students who have not started on pointe are welcome to register and take class in their flat shoes in order to prepare for starting on pointe.
Mondays – 6:30-7:00pm EDT
Teacher: Momoka Matsui
Wednesdays – 7:20-7:50pm EDT
Teacher: Erina Tanaka
Modern classes, taught by Nicola Pantin, will engage a variety of contemporary and modern dance techniques while going through exercises and combos. Nicola approaches her classes with a healthy mix of discipline and passion. Students are encouraged to dance every exercise as if it were a performance. Nicola builds a strong class connection by spending a portion of class discussing dance and the positive aspects of each others’ work.
Please note that Modern is only open to students ages 13+.
Tuesdays – 6:00-7:15pm EDT
Teacher: Nicola Pantin
These classes will focus on solidifying jazz technique through warmups and progressions to advance alignment, flexibility and strength to improve turns, jumps, and transitions. Choreography will explore styles such as broadway/theatre jazz, latin, contemporary. Classes will all have an improvisational component that will allow students to delve into movement dynamics, and develop personal artistry.
Thursdays – 5:30-6:45pm
Teacher: Jennifer Robichaud
In Lindsay Aquin’s Hip Hop classes, students will experience a warm up that sets a vibe for the class. This allows them to get in the Hip Hop mindset, stretch and warm up the body, and break down simple grooves and isolations. Every class, students will learn a short combination. We explore and meld different street styles and set a direction and setting where this choreography could possibly be performed in the professional world. This class is designed to be encouraging and boost student’s confidence. We take time to watch and learn from each other and create a safe space for improvisation and freestyle.
Fridays – 5:30-6:45pm EDT
Teacher: Lindsay Aquin
This class is designed for people of all ages who are looking to add a little more movement into their lives. Debbie Wilson will lead participants through a gentle class to create mobility in your muscles and joints, offering various adaptations for those at different stages in their practice. Participants are welcome to keep their cameras on or off during class.
Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm EDT
Teacher: Debbie Wilson
Fridays, 7:00-8:00pm EDT
Teacher: Debbie Wilson
SUB ALERT! Sarahi Cardenas will be teaching for Debbie on August 6 & 9.
Private Lessons are available to all VDA students who currently hold an unlimited weekly pass or a 5-class pass. These lessons are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Private lessons are available as 20, 30, and 45 minute options.
Tuition is paid through an Unlimited Weekly Pass or a 5-Class Pass, offering students the flexibility to build their own schedule over the summer. Private lessons are paid separately.
Unlimited Weekly Pass – $85.00 +HST
*This pass gives you access to as many classes as you would like for one week. The pass will expire 7 days from the date of purchase.
5-Class Pass – $75.00 +HST
*This pass gives you access to any five classes. Please note that as the pointe classes are only half an hour, you can participate in two pointe classes but will only use up one class on your pass. This pass expires three months from the date of purchase.
20 minutes = $25.00 +HST
30 minutes = $38.50 +HST
45 minutes = $57.00 +HST
All new students to the VDA Pre-Professional Program must complete a registration form. Please click the New Students – Apply Here button below. Once completed and if accepted to the program, you will receive an email with details on how to register and sign-in for classes.
All students participating in Summer Session classes must sign-in for the classes they wish to attend.
Please note that classes will require four students to run. If the class does not have sufficient registration by 7:00pm EDT the previous day, the class will be cancelled so be sure to register early!
If you do not sign-in for class, you will not receive the Zoom link.
Questions, didn’t get the zoom link, or having tech trouble during your class? Please reach out to email@example.com.
For program information, please contact Elise Tigges, firstname.lastname@example.org