Ballet Technique

Ballet (Levels IV-Company) Students begin with level IV focusing on executing a basic ballet class with both barre and center exercises. As they progress, dancers will learn to coordinate arms, legs, and head as barre exercises change from facing the barre to one handed barre exercises. Dancers will expand their movement vocabulary and technique, learn to execute longer -more involved - combinations, and improve placement, strength, and flexibility.

Progressing Ballet Technique

Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. Progressing ballet technique is a unique and essential approach to the art form that is ballet. This is offered to Levels II-Company during the year and summer camp. The workshop will go through, in detail, the different stages of student's development and what exercises to introduce and accelerate as the student becomes stronger. Development of a progression will be extended to the more advanced levels of ballet training.

Natalie has been certified by Marie Walton-Mahon as a Progressing Ballet Technique instructor.

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Outcomes of learning Progressing Ballet Technique include an understanding of:

  • the activation of muscle memory to activate "turn out" and "batterie," to enhance "adage movements," to accelerate "allegro" and for controlled landings

  • how to breakdown the exercies

  • how to build the exercies

  • the appropriate age relevant to each exercises

  • the correct muscle groups that assist each movement

Pre-Pointe is offered as a means for students to strengthen feet, ankles, legs, and upper body in preparation for later pointe work.These students have progressed to soft-toe pre-pointe shoes and will continue barre and center work.

Prepointe and pointe

Jazz Technique

Our jazz dance program is based on a variety of jazz styles: Broadway, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-hop. Jazz, as a dance form, is the product of the cultural melting pot that is America. It is based on social dance styles from the early twentieth century to present. Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Prior to the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance “modern jazz dance” emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins.

Tap Dancers begin learning a series of regulated and controlled rhythmical movements of the feet and body. As students progress they will learn syncopated and acapella steps.

Tap Technique

Hip HOp

We offer hip hop for boys and girls at the beginning and intermediate level. Students practice dance technique skills focusing on syncopation, isolations and break dancing. Dancers will also practice the latest popular hip hop dances in this class.

Movement to music and use of props offer a fun and imaginative introduction to dance. Students will learn to recognize rhythm, shape and dynamic while learning to move and count. Each class is a valuable experience of self expression and interaction with others in a classroom setting. Classes are forty-five minutes in length. Performance opportunites are available for The Nutcracker and spring show. Performance is not mandatory for advancement.


Little Leapers

Little Leapers promotes development of coordination, musicality, fine and gross motor skills, balance and appreciation for movement and exercise. This introductory program of dance and tumbling is a great preparatory program for intermediate and advanced training at our school, The Ballet & Performing Arts Centre. This class is open to children in 3 yr old classes and older who are potty trained.

St. Paul’s will be hosting Little Leapers classes on Thursdays from 12:20-12:50pm.  If you would like to add the Little Leapers to your preschool program, please contact Natalie


The Ballet & Performing Arts Centre has a reputation for exceptional performers and creating technically sound dancers. We are dedicated to nurturing a team as well as boosting individual dancers to their highest potential. All Competition team dancers must audition each year. Each dancer is required to sign a contract that binds them for the full season to ensure that all team members are dedicated and fully committed to the studio. The information below may answer a few questions concerning the competitive team.

When are auditions? Auditions were held Tuesday, May 28th. If you are unable to attend, please contact us for a make up audition.

Is there anyway to prepare my dancer for auditions? Attending summer camp at BPAC! If you feel you that you would like to work on technique individually, you can schedule a private.

How many hours can we expect our dancer to be involved weekly? It varies depending on what level you make and how many dances you are in. Some of our dancers have one extra rehearsal per week and some have 3-4.

What is the Competition Registration Fee? The Competition Registration fee is to help off set the costs for props, additional items needed for the competition & teacher time & travel.

How many competitions do the dancers attend per year? Approximately 2-3 mandatory competitions. Younger groups may have 2.

What classes will my dancer take? Dancers participating in the competition teams are required to take ballet, jazz & tap & dance for at least 4 hours a week depending on level. Competition students are encouraged to take 2 ballet classes, pointe (if old enough). Nutcracker & Competition students must take 25 hours at BPAC in the summer months. We can not make any exceptions to the above rules.

Who can do solos? Solos are open to ANY of our dancers.