Class Descriptions & Levels

DanceWorks Kenora offers classes for all ages, from kids to adults to seniors. No matter your age, experience, or skill level dance can provide many benefits including improved strength, coordination, flexibility, and the ability to express yourself through movement.

Class Levels

Classes at DanceWorks Kenora are based on a combination of dance experience and age. Please contact the studio if you are unsure which level you should register for. Previous students will be given a class placement which can be viewed within the family’s portal account.

Age Based Classes

  • Parent & Tot – Age 18 months to 3 years (must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Creative Movement – Age 3.5 to 5
  • Creative Movement & Tap – Age 5 to 7
  • Dance Foundations – Age 6 to 9
  • Adult – Age 18+ – Open level classes. The class will work to the general level of the class with mixed level exercises being given where needed to accommodate different abilities.
  • Gentle – Age 18+ – Classes for older adults or anyone wanting a somewhat slower-paced and more “gentle” dance class. The class will work to the general level of the class with mixed level exercises being given where needed to accommodate different abilities.

Level Classes

Registrations in these classes may be adjusted based on teacher’s discretion. Students in these classes are grouped more by dance experience, maturity, and commitment than they are by age.

  • Primary – 1 to 3 years of dance experience
    Approximately ages 8 to 12 – No dance experience required for age 10 and up. Age 8 should have previously completed Dance Foundations prior to registering at this level. Registration may be adjusted based on teacher’s discretion.
  • Junior – 3 to 6 years of dance experience
    Approximately age 10 to 18 – Registration may be adjusted based on teacher’s evaluation of skill level, maturity, and commitment to class.
  • Senior – 5+ years dance experience
    Approximately age 13 to 18 – Registration at this level requires approval from the teacher.

Class Styles

Class styles offered at DanceWorks Kenora include parent and tot, creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern/lyrical, as well as pilates and dance conditioning. We also offer a Primary and a Junior/Senior Performance Ensemble for dancers ready for the extra commitment and performance opportunities.

Parent & Tot
Class provides an opportunity for parents (or any caregiver) and children (age 18 months to 3 years) to move and explore together. This creative movement based class will use imaginative exercises, games, and creative play to help build basic motor skills and coordination.

Creative Movement
A class for 3.5 to 5 year olds to explore movement through imaginative exercises, games, and creative play.  Children will develop their motor and listening skills while improving their spatial awareness and self-confidence.

Creative Movement & Tap
A class for 5 to 7 year olds to explore movement through imaginative exercises, games, and creative play and explore basic tap technique.  Children will develop their motor and listening skills while improving their spatial awareness and self-confidence.

Dance Foundations
This inter-disciplinary class, for kids age 6 to 9, will cover introductory ballet, jazz, or tap technique while also building students’ focus and discipline in preparation for future dance classes. Students will learn how their bodies move and begin to develop the posture, balance, strength and flexibility necessary to all forms of dance. *Dancers will typically take this level for 2 years before progressing to the Primary level.

Ballet
Classes, available for age 6 to adult, will focus on classical technique, alignment and body awareness through barre and centre work. Students will gain poise, grace, strength, flexibility, discipline, and self-confidence.  *Ballet is recommended for all dancers due to the crossover benefits from its focus on technique and alignment.

Pointe/Pre-pointe
Students work through basic skills in order to strengthen technique and alignment, specifically towards going up “en pointe”. Physical development, maturity, physiology, good technique, hard work and the teachers evaluation of preparedness factor in to make this exciting decision. Includes barre and center work to strengthen the feet and ankles, learn placement, and increase flexibility as they develop pointe work skills. *Teacher approval is required before going “en pointe”. Students must take two ballet classes per week plus the pointe/pre-pointe class in order to be considered for pointe work.

Gentle Ballet
A ballet class for seniors, or adults who want a slower paced ballet class, focused on basic technique, musicality, and fluidity of movement. Students will notice an increase in balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, and grace.

Jazz
Classes, available for age 6 to adult, will cover the various genres of jazz dance with a focus on technique and expression. This energetic and dynamic style develops coordination and flexibility. *Jazz dancers who also train in ballet will often progress at a faster pace due to the posture, strength, and body awareness developed in ballet.

Tap
Classes, available for age 7 to adult, will cover essential steps and footwork as we explore the percussive nature of tap. Students will enjoy this exciting style of dance as they develop coordination and rhythm. *Tap dancers who also train in jazz or ballet will often progress at a faster pace due to the posture, strength, and body awareness developed in the additional technique class.

Gentle Jazz/Tap
A combined jazz and tap class for adults and seniors focused on basic technique, musicality, and rhythm. Students will notice an increase in balance, strength, rhythm, and coordination.

Hip Hop
Classes will explore this groove-based style. Hip Hop encourages finding your own personal style and showing a little attitude within the steps and is a more casual class without formal attire.

Modern/Lyrical
This open level class, for age 13 to adult, will explore both modern and lyrical forms of dance. Modern dance goes beyond the limitations of classical ballet and explores the expression of movement through space, weight, breath, and release.  Lyrical is a performance focused style that incorporates ballet and jazz technique in order to interpret music and express emotions. *This class is only available to students enrolled in at least one ballet class. It is recommended that dancers have a minimum of one year of dance training before enrolling for Modern/Lyrical. The style and technique of modern/lyrical can only properly be explored after establishing a solid base of ballet technique.

Pilates
Pilates is a blend of strength and flexibility training which improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. The Pilates (+Cardio) will include a dynamic full body warm-up and bursts of cardio mixed with classic Pilates mat exercises.

Dance Conditioning
A recommended class for any serious dancer or for those looking for dance specific strength and stretching exercises. Students will gain strength and flexibility to assist them in their technical classes.

DWK Performance Ensemble
For students who are passionate about dance and performance. Performance Ensemble will provide an opportunity to develop talent and performance skills while learning choreography and preparing for performance opportunities in the community or at competitions.

The tuition fee covers class only and additional fees will apply for attending workshops, conventions, or competitions. All interested students can register for the Ensemble but registration is not finalized until studio approval is granted. Dancers will be evaluated throughout the year on their attendance, effort, focus, and positive attitude. Ensemble dancers will also be expected to act as role models within the studio. Dancers that are also involved in other activities should be prepared to make dance their priority.

*DWK Junior Ensemble is open to Primary or Junior level students (age 9+) who are taking a ballet class and at least one other class per week at DWK. Junior Ensemble students are strongly encouraged to take Dance Conditioning.

*DWK Senior Ensemble is open to Junior or Senior level students who are taking a ballet class and at least two other classes per week at DWK. Senior Ensemble students must also enroll in Dance Conditioning.