Grand River Academy Of Dance

About Our Studio

At Grand River Academy of Dance, we are proud to offer parents and children a quality experience.

Professional Studio Space

We have a professional studio space at Grand River Academy of Dance including:

  • Clean, organized space with full mirrors, sound systems and Barres in every studio room
  • Large studio rooms with floating floors that absorb shock and reduce injuries.
  • CCTV for parents to view classes from the comfort of our lobby
  • Convenient location in a safe retail plaza close to other services like Oxford Learning Centre and Nail Salons and Restaurants
  • Lots of free parking.
  • Free Dance Bag for every new student

Communication Strategy

Our relationship with you and your child matters to us. We strive to ensure we are communicating with you throughout your experience with us.

  • We have efficient and courteous administrative staff to answer your questions and help you with any concerns.
  • Introductory information packages about the studio and the class your child has signed up for are given out when you register.
  • Regular information about the studio, classes and events are provided to parents through newsletters and blog postings, a website that answers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and in-class announcements.
  • Event notifications are sent out in plenty of time to respond. We send event notifications out by email and we provide a printed notice that is handed out in class. Please check our bulletin board for announcements.
  • In-class observation each year lets you see up close how we interact with your child.

Excellent Technical Instruction

We believe dance classes are an opportunity to teach your child good dance technique. We believe classes should be fun, with a good mix of fitness, technique and artistic expression.

Our teachers are professional members of many dance organizations (R.A.D., C.D.T.A., P.A.C.E, etc.) Professional memberships mean that our teachers are held responsible for professional codes of conduct and ability.
We offer Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D) ballet exams on an annual basis to eligible students. In preparing for an exam the student learns more than just dance, they learn how to study and apply themselves to a specific goal. They learn how to memorize and retain substantial amounts of material and how to perform under pressure. All of these are important life skills to develop.
We support students interested in pursuing recreational and competitive dancing opportunities by offering classes that focus on technique and competitive dancing as separate streams. Dancing competitively is not a requirement at our studio.
We believe in offering our students – recreational students, competitive students, pre-schoolers, and adult – the same attention and high quality instruction.

Professional Year End Show

We have a professional studio space at Grand River Academy of Dance including:

  • Clean, organized space with full mirrors, sound systems and Barres in every studio room
  • Large studio rooms with floating floors that absorb shock and reduce injuries.
  • CCTV for parents to view classes from the comfort of our lobby
  • Convenient location in a safe retail plaza close to other services like Oxford Learning Centre and Nail Salons and Restaurants
  • Lots of free parking.
  • Free Dance Bag for every new student

Reasonable Costume Costs

As we want you and your child to have a positive experience participating in our annual performance, we have created an affordable and simple strategy to manage costumes.

  • Early in the year, we ask for a deposit of $50 and we have our costume department measure your child.
  • We order costumes in standard sizes and when they arrive, we will alter your child’s costume at no charge.
  • The balance (between $0-$45) is due in the Spring when you pick up the costume.
  • We guarantee that costume costs will not exceed $95 for regular classes.
  • Please note that for competitive classes, costume costs may exceed $95
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Acro Classes

Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Students will have fun and be challenged by our experienced Acro teacher, as they learn the strength and flexibility needed to do an Acro trick.

Age: 5+

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Adult Classes

Whether you are new to dance or have years of experience, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the fun, laughter and quality learning that occurs in our adult dance classes. We ensure all levels of experience have fun and are challenged. Ages 21 and older are welcome.

Two class options:

Adult Tap

Adult Jazz

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Ballet Classes

Whether you are new to dance or have years of experience, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the fun, laughter and quality learning that occurs in our adult dance classes. We ensure all levels of experience have fun and are challenged. Ages 21 and older are welcome.

Two class options:

Adult Tap

Adult Jazz

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Miss Carrie-Lyn

Miss Carrie has had a passion for dance and teaching for     as long as she can remember. From her days at McCarthey School of Dance she was trained in many different styles of dance since she was 3 years old. As she got older she began to get amazing opportunities in her community choreographing with many different ages of students. From the strict knowledge of her training she believes in the value of going deep into basic technique to later master big and brighter dance moves. She is so excited to begin her journey at Grand River Academy of Dance and can’t wait to meet her new dance family! Though it may feel different she is up for any challenge this year brings us. With smile and some positivity we can make this year amazing.

The dress code is mandatory. Dance is an aesthetic art and therefor appearance is important and will affect their dancing. Students not in proper dress will not be allowed to participate in class. Please do not wear jewelry to class as it is dangerous in an athletic setting. Hair: Hair should be in a bun for ballet with bobby pins and a hair net. For Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop hair must be work in a ponytail or bun. Students with shorter hair must wear a hairband to keep it off their faces. Please no bangs in your face. Ballet Level 1,2, & 3: Sleeveless pink bodysuit (RAD approved). Pink ballet ankle socks. Pink full sole ballet slippers. Pink chiffon skirt. Please ensure the skirt falls below the child’s fingertips and above their knees. Ballet Level 4&5: Sleeveless navy blue body suit (RAD approved) Pink ankle socks or pink ballet tights. Pink full sole ballet slippers. Black character shoes. Navy blue or black character skirt. Ballet level 6&7: Sleeveless navy blue body suit (RAD approved). Pink ballet tights. Pink full sole ballet slippers. Black character shoes. Navy blue or black character skirt. Students will be advised If they need pointe shoes during their ballet class. Vocational: Sleeveless black body suit (RAD approved). Pink seamed ballet tights. Soft block ballet shoes with ribbons. Pointe shoes. Jazz: Black body suit(any style), black or tan tights or black jazz pants, or black lycra shorts (no logos) black split sole jazz shoes. Tap: Black body suit(any style), black or tan tights, or black jazz pants or black lycra shorts (no logos) black lace up tap shoes. Black patent/Mary Jane style shoes may be worn in Mini Tap only. Lyrical & Contemporary: Black body suit (any style) black or beige footless or convertible tights, foot undies or bare feet. Hip Hop: Jazz pants or athletic pants with a tight top of any colour. Indoor running shoes with non-slip soles or jazz shoes. Please no PJ bottoms or pants with zippers. Acro: Black body suit(any style), black or tan tights or black jazz pants, or black lycra shorts (no logos) bare feet. Musical Theatre: Jazz pants or athletic pants with a tight top of any colour. Jazz shoes. Please no PJ bottoms or pants with zippers.  Jazz Attire is also welcomed.