AD is predominately a non-competitive studio we believe in quality pre-professional group training with the option to compete for individual's if they should choose to. Here are some reasons why you might decide that a non-competitive environment is right for your child.
1. Students can focus on individual development.
Dancers develop at different rates and come into the studio with certain inherent skill sets and other things on which they need to work. In a non-competitive environment, students can focus on their areas of weakness and revel in their strengths without the added pressure of perfecting specific skills for the sake of choreography. When the focus is not on perfecting choreography under tight deadlines, dancers can relax and enjoy their art.
2. It is less expensive.
Competitions can be costly. There are entrance fees, studio fees and costume fees. There can also be travel costs and missed time at work and school. All of this can add up quickly.
3. Less drama and stress.
When students are divided into groups and teams there are bound to be ruffled feathers and hurt feelings. When the stakes are high, an honest mistake or error on stage can mean the cold shoulder after the performance. A non-competitive environment lessens these factors allowing dancers to bond over a shared love of their passion. Performances can be about self-expression and sharing an art form without the added stressors of scores and trophies.
4. More time to be well-rounded.
Dancers in a non-competitive environment are less likely to be subjected to attendance policies. While consistent attendance is imperative for a quality dance education, having allowances for family vacations, special events and other activities is a luxury that a non-competitive studio can offer. With less time spent in rehearsal for specific choreography, non-competitive dancers will have more time for additional activities, sports and enrichment programs.
5. Kids can be kids.
The dance scene has changed in the past decade. With more shows on television highlighting dancing and competition, the industry has become commercialized and sensationalized. The pressure is on for every turn to be a triple and every battement to touch the sky. Costumes are flashier and show more skin than ever before. Choreography can be disturbingly mature. Sometimes the line between age-appropriate and inappropriate gets blurry. Competition companies and dancers must be more careful than ever to fight back against this trend. In a non-competitive environment, it is easier for kids to just be kids who like to dance.
We have dance classes for as young as 18 months of age.This class is Wednesday mornings from 9:30am-10am and is called Monkey See Monkey Do. It is a 7 week session. We also have pre-school ballet, pre-school jazz, pre-school hip hop and YOUniue Creative Movement for ages 3-5 which is also a great place to start. However, dancers can start at any age, it is never too late to enjoy the art of dance.
Registration is quick and easy! Just click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of that page for our registration form.
Offering flexible Fall sessions (September-December) or join AD for the full season (September-April).
Registration is ongoing until October 31st and your tuition will be prorated to the day you start. On November 1st we will open registration again for our winter term for classes that are not at capacity and for new classes to our schedule (new fees may apply).
YES! We will be performing at Christmas for two retirement residences within the Camrose Community. As well as our recital in April 25 2023. There is also an opportunity to perform at Jaywalkers, Canada Day and be a part of the Big Valley Jamboree Parade. Solos, duets and trios as well as The Youth Company have the option to go to 1-5 competitions this season between March and June 2023. Four competitions will be local within Camrose and one will be outside of Camrose. You can choose how many to attend and which best suits you with guidance from your teacher.
Enrolled dancers pay a tuition rate for their fall or full year programming. We do not have a registration fee. There is a costume fee per dance class for dancers registered for the full year. Please visit our policies page as well as our registration page for more information.
When Miss Shannon invites you to watch through the visitation window during quieter studio hours, or during parent viewing classes set out through out the year. In general parents are kindly asked to wait in the designated waiting area.
We will be offering pop-up adult classes throughout the season. They are posted to our instagram and facebook pages.
Yes we do! Miss Shannon does bachelorette parties, birthday parties, wedding dance choreography, private lessons and more! Send us a message with your inquiry!