Ballet is the foundation from which all other dance forms are fed. It encourages grace of movement, strength, muscle control, precision, body awareness, and performance quality. Beginning with the pre-school student we use ISTD ballet techniques together with Vaganova ballet techniques to mold our students into beautiful technical dancers.
Not all students wish to enter exams, nor are all students suited to exams, but Quantum Leap Dance offers ISTD examinations to students expressing interest in achieving this certification. There will be opportunity to further their dance education through ISTD teaching examinations.
The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today. Since 1904 the ISTD has provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling teachers to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and spread the joy of dance. The ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques for our members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards.
(Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)
Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. The term jazz dance was first used in World War 1 as a popular social dance but developed over the next 30 years into a form that required trained dancers. Strength and flexibility are key components of jazz combined with high energy and fast paced movements. QLD students will be exposed to various styles of jazz throughout the dance year to include various jumps, turns and combinations.
Lyrical and Contemporary are dance styles that blends ballet and jazz, using movement to express strong emotions. The music usually contains lyrics that serves as inspiration for movements and expressions of fluidity and grace. Dancers flow seamlessly from one move to another, with leaps being exceptionally high and soaring, and turns being fluid and continuous.
Highland dancing is the national dance from Scotland. It is a highly technical dance form and requires extreme precision and flawless technique. It combines artistry, stamina, strength and concentration to execute the movements required. Competitions at the local, provincial, Canadian and world championship level are options open to students wishing to compete in Highland dancing. Exams are also offered twice a year bringing examiners over from Scotland to test dancers as well as numerous opportunities to perform in a concert or performance setting.
Irish dancing is a group of traditional dance forms originating in Ireland. It is known for its rapid leg and foot movements, with the body and arms being kept stationary. It takes strength, stamina and grace to execute the movements effortlessly. QLD dancers can perform and compete locally, nationally or internationally including competing at the world championships in Ireland.
refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music. It was created in the 1970’s and gained popularity through films and music videos. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio-based version of hip-hop in which classically trained dancers developed studio styles in order to create choreography from the dances that were performed on the street. Experienced teachers at QLD will teach the various styles of hip-hop culminating in choreography to be performed at competitions, concerts and our year-end performance.
Tap dance is a form of step dance tapped out audibly by using shoes with hard soles and metal taps attached. Tap originated in the United States drawing from African, Scottish and Irish dancing and has developed over the last hundred or so years into what we see today. There are still many styles of tap dance including formal techniques such as, Al Gilbert and ISTD in which you can be examined. Examinations will be offered to those students wishing to challenge themselves.
Also known as the "Triple Threat", Musical Theatre combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story is communicated through words, music, and movement. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it is distinguished by equal weight being given to singing, dancing and acting. Quantum Leap Dance encourages their dancers to take the musical theatre class as it opens up new career paths not solely dance related. A ballet or jazz class is required to be eligible for this class.
Contemporary dance is the exploration of the total movement potential of the body. Unlike other forms of dance, it is not bound by set standards or defined styles, instead seeking to express a personalized vision. Contemporary dance is offered at Quantum Leap Dance to higher level dancers currently taking jazz and ballet to enhance their overall dance training.