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Interested in Jazz classes for your dancer? Here’s a sneak peak of our Jazz programs at GRAD! For registration information, dates, and to access our online registration, check out our website at http://grandriverdance.com/registrationinfo/

 

 

It's time for another video! Interested in Jazz classes for your dancer? Here's a sneak peak of our Jazz programs at GRAD! For registration information, dates, and to access our online registration, check out our website at www.grandriverdance.com

Posted by Grand River Academy of Dance on Saturday, August 11, 2018

 

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Accomplishing a solid foundation in dance starts with a ballet class.  Ballet training is crucial to becoming an outstanding dancer in any dance form. Ballet is important because in leads to mastery of techniques found in all forms of dance, including hip hop and tap!!!

If you are interested in ballet classes for your dancer, here’s a sneak peak of our ballet programs at GRAD! For registration information, dates, and to access our online registration, check out our Registration Page

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Interested in ballet classes for your dancer? Here's a sneak peak of our ballet programs at GRAD! For registration information, dates, and to access our online registration, check out our website at www.grandriverdance.com

Posted by Grand River Academy of Dance on Sunday, August 5, 2018

 

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Meet Miss Laura L.

 

Miss Laura…or the Other Miss Laura….has been at GRAD forever…she started here as a student when her old studio closed down and she has become an integral part of the GRAD family.  Miss Laura L. is also An ECE with the Waterloo Region District School Board and with that she has the patience of a saint.  Miss Laura L. teachers our younger students and her favourite style to teach is tap, but she also teaches ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop.  Miss Laura’s classroom is a fun and well organized and always moving.

 

Things you will love about Miss Laura’s Class:

 

  • It’s organized and well planned
  • There’s always something going on, the kids are never bored or sitting around doing nothing
  • She plays with them, and uses a lot of imagery with younger kids to teach the fundamentals of dance.
  • She’s patient, she’s kind but she also commands respect from her students, for both herself and the art of dance.

 

Miss Laura is also part of our office staff.  She can help any of our parents and students with any questions they have, from “Can I have a bandaid?” to “Can I make a Payment?” or even “Ok, How does this dance class thing all work?”  She is friendly and knowledgeable and GRAD is lucky to have her on staff.

 

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Meet Miss Whitney

 

Miss Whitney has been a teacher at GRAD for a long time.  She took a short break when she lived out of the country for a few years, but missed us so much, she moved home and picked up where she left off!  Miss Whitney teaches all styles of dance, but her favourite is Lyrical.  Miss Whitney has completed her RAD Ballet exams both Graded and Vocational up to the Advance 2 level.

 

What you will love about Miss Whitney’s Class:

 

  • Lots of experience with all age groups
  • A wonderful role model for children
  • She has a gentle approach to teaching, but has a strong technical foundation.
  • Beautiful, clean and fun choreography
  • Knowledgeable in RAD syllabus and all forms of dance.

 

GRAD is so fortunate to have Miss Whitney on staff!

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Meet Miss Emily

 

Miss Emily started as a student at GRAD at a very young age.  Emily became a strong ballet dancer completing her RAD Exams up to the Advanced Level.  Miss Emily teaches almost all types of dance but her favourite is Jazz.  Miss Emily recently began competitive choreography and her numbers received many awards and special recognition.  Miss Emily is adored by her students and the staff at GRAD.

 

What you will love about Miss Emily’s class:

  • Strong understanding of teaching children from education in Child Youth and Family at the University of Guelph.
  • Patient, kind and full of knowledge.
  • Upbeat and fun classroom that is always moving
  • Strong technique based approach to teaching
  • Creative, age appropriate award winning choreography

 

Watching your students become your staff is a joy for any studio owner!  We are so lucky to have Miss Emily as part of the GRAD Family.

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Meet Miss Carley

 

Miss Carley has been part of the GRAD family for many years….first as a student, then as a student teacher, then as a teacher and choreographer for our competitive team.  Miss Carley brings a fun and upbeat style to the class room.  Her favourite style is Hip Hop, but she also teaches Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Lyrical.  Miss Carley has a killer sense of humour and you can see that in her choreography.  Take a look at our video gallery and watch her Musical Theatre….you will laugh…cause it’s funny.

 

Miss Carley is an award winning choreographer…but what’s more important is that she has won the hearts of her students and their parents.

 

Things you will love about Miss Carley’s Class:

  • It is full of strong technique based teaching
  • It is taught with a strong respectful base with a lighthearted fun approach to the students
  • She is personable and understands how to reach kids on their level
  • She gives all her students equal attention and time to make sure they leave feeling like they have learned something valuable.
  • She keeps her classes moving all the time

Miss Carley is a valuable part of the studio…we are lucky to have her on staff.

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Meet Miss Kristen

Miss Kristen has been a part of the studio for the past 4 years.  Since then she has become a big part of the GRAD family.  Miss Kristen teaches almost everything, with her specialty being Acro.  Miss Kristen is also our Royal Academy of Dance teacher – and will be a full member in the next few months.  We are proud of Miss Kristen for working toward her RAD Membership.  It’s a difficult process and course and she has done so well managing that, her classes and her home life.

Things you will love about Miss Kristen’s class:

  • An extensive knowledge of both RAD ballet syllabus and Acrobatique acro syllabus
  • Passion and knowledge for a variety of dance styles
  • She has an organized and well planned class each week
  • Creative Choreography
  • A dance educator with as strong passion for safe, correct, technique

Miss Kristen is an asset to the studio.  We are lucky to have her on staff.

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Meet Miss Laura!

I am Miss Laura and I am the Owner and Artistic Director at GRAD.  My favourite style of dance to teach is Tap, but I also teach Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical.  I can teach Hip Hop, but since it wasn’t really a thing you could take when I was a kid, I leave that to my staff.

In addition to teaching at GRAD, I run the studio…I oversee everything that happens at the studio, from managing Customer Service and Accounting to making sure the lightbulbs are changed and the toilets are cleaned.  I make it a priority to know all the students and their families and make sure the teachers have all they need to make the studio a fun learning environment for everyone that comes in the door.

I created a vision for GRAD that I follow in everything I do.

I am excited to get the year started and show all our students, both returning and new what a great studio we have and why I’m so proud to be the Owner of GRAD!

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Hello Friends! This spring we are launching another 8 Week session of our Magic in Movement Dance Class. This class is specially designed for children with Special Needs. It runs on Saturdays at 1:15 pm and is open to children age 5-12. Registration is on now. Contact us for details!

 

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Hi Dancers!

Hope you’re well – it’s been about a month since the recital…do you miss Dance yet?  We do…we are itching to get back into the studio and stretch ourselves and dance ourselves back into shape!

We offer dance classes in the summer – but it’s not the same as enrolling in a class for the fall.  These are drop in classes and they are great if you want to come once in a while or if you want a full schedule of classes to keep you dancing all summer long

Take a look at our flyer and see if there are any classes that strike your fancy.  Feel free to bring your friends…dancing is always better when you’re with your friends!

Happy Dancing

GRAD Summer Class Flyer