Are you seeking a non-competitive studio where fun, fitness, and a love of dance are the top priority?
Come and get your hip hop groove on in our full year (September-May) JHop program for ages 3-14. This program follows a progressive curriculum in which students will perform in the recital and also have the opportunity to explore student-led choreography. JHop has been expertly developed by artistic director Jenna Brenan (BEd, AFLCA, PPNF) in collaboration with a variety of dance educators who teach hip hop programming to children of all ages and abilities. All our classes are taught by highly trained instructors who have certified in JDance® (The foundational program for the JHop Curriculum) and have a solid foundation in both dance technique and best teaching practices. Dance to your favourite kid friendly, parent approved music while learning the latest hip hop moves! In JHop, you will explore dance concepts, gain coordination, and increase strength and flexibility.
Our program focuses on Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance research and her teachings on conceptual dance education, providing a foundation for a strong where new dance concepts will be explored monthly where new dance concepts will be explored monthly. Creative dance, imagination, and expression are combined with developmentally appropriate movement, music, and Hip Hop dance skills to create a class that is fun for all! This class is part of the Performance Program and will perform in Recital.
Dance is more than a series of steps. Our programs use a holistic approach that provides our young dancers with a brain compatible learning environment. Our conceptual approach to dance education ensures our students move with purpose on the dance floor and through life. Our goal is to shape each student into a Holistic Dancer who is a:
- Skilled Technician
- Critical Thinker
- Successful Collaborator
- Inventive Creator
New families joining our program will need to complete the Full-Year Placement Recommendation Form to receive a class placement prior to being able to register. You will be notified via email once your class placement has been added to your account.
Levels 1, 2 and 3: Junior JHop for ages 3-7:
Our level 1, 2 and 3 JHop classes have been designed with young children in mind! In these levels our goal is to build confidence and body awareness, inspire creativity and expression, while developing physical literacy skills in our youngest dancers. The program focuses on creative dance with a focus on fundamental dance skills that will be the base of future hip hop technique. Dancers will explore a variety of music genres, images, and props to develop their dance ability. Teachers will also work with young dancers on classroom routine and etiquette, taking turns, and working with others. This program is recommended for children who have already had a positive experience in one of our parent and tot or preschool programs and are ready for a full year dance program.
Level 1: For children who will be 3 by no later than September 30
Level 2: For children who will be 4 or 5 by no later than September 30
Level 3: For children who will be 6 or 7 by no later than September 30
Levels 4 through 7: Senior JHop for ages 8-14 yrs:
Our level 4 through 7 JHop classes are for kids who want the option to explore and create expressively while working on progressive dance technique. Kids in these levels will be challenged to solve movement problems, create dances using a variety choreographic structures and movement concepts, while learning developmentally appropriate hip hop skills. Dancers will explore a variety of music, images and props to develop their dance ability while learning how to collaborate and work with other children. Rather than drilling technique and steps, our teachers focus on helping students develop a deeper understanding of, and an ability to create movement -- based on curricular outcomes. The class activities and exercises have been developed to ensure dancers are able to progress their dance skills in a fun environment that keeps children engaged and excited to dance and learn. This program is recommended for children who are ready to make a full year commitment to a multifaceted dance program.
All children develop in their own time, at their own pace. As such all of our classes are levelled based on a combination of appropriate age groupings and skill level. This ensures all children are in a class where they will be suitably challenged and successful. Returning families will have received a level recommendation at the end of the previous dance season.
Level 4: For children who will be 8 or 9 by no later than September 30
Level 5: For children who will be 10 or 11 by no later than September 30
Level 6: For children who will be 11, 12, or 13 by no later than September 30
Level 7: For children who will be 13 or 14 by no later than September 30
At J’Adore Dance we view our JHop dancers as part of our community. As a community, we expect families who enter our JHop program to be ready to commit to a full year program, including a special theatre recital (Dates listed in Policy Handbook). Our theatre recital allows special friends and family members to view our dancers’ hard work and give your dancer the opportunity to perform on stage! If you are unsure if your family can make a full year commitment we highly recommend registering in one of our sessional preschool or kids programs.
Bottom: Athletic Pants, leggings, or dance pants
Top: T-shirt or tank top (no crop tops please)
Shoes: Non-marking WHITE indoor athletic shoes
Hair: Long hair must be tied back so as not to impede the dancer's vision
Class Fees for the 2023-2024 Season:
Your program fee is now an all-inclusive fee, there will no longer be additional fees attached at checkout. Your all-inclusive fee includes your weekly class instruction, program administration, year end assessment, recital costume, recital portraits, and a digital video of recital. For new clients only: Prop bags can be added to your order for an additional $30+GST fee.
Class fee payments can be made in full at the time of registration, or can be made using our recurring credit card payment plan. There is an additional $20 fee for the payment plan to cover the transaction and administrative fees associated with recurring payments. Recurring payment plan fees will be charged on August 15, September 15, October 15, and November 15. Please note: J'Adore Dance reserves the right to deny access to the payment plan. The administration fee and payment plan fee must be received at the time of registration.
Level 1 (age 3) 45min/week: $879.80 (+payment plan fee*)
Level 2 (ages 4-5) 45min/week: $879.80 (+payment plan fee*)
Level 3 (ages 6-7) 60min/week: $942.81 (+payment plan fee*)
Level 4 (ages 8-9) 60min/week: $942.81 (+payment plan fee*)
Level 5 (ages 10-11) 60min/week: $942.81 (+payment plan fee*)
Level 6 (ages 11-13) 60min/week: $942.81 (+payment plan fee*)
Level 7 (ages 13-14) 60min/week: $942.81 (+payment plan fee*)
Please note: If the class you are interested in is listed as full, please click on the waitlist button to be placed on a waitlist. We do often add additional classes if we have enough demand.
Cancellation and Policy Handbook
Cancellations received prior to August 1st of the current dance year will be charged a $75+GST cancellation fee. Cancellations received prior to September 16th of the current dance year will be charged the $200+GST administration/cancellation fee. Cancellations received prior to October 31st of the current dance year will be refunded one half of the total annual class fees (not including the $200+GST administration/Cancellation fee). Cancellations received between November 1 and November 30th of the current dance year will receive studio credit for one half of the class cost (not including the $200+GST administration/Cancellation fee). No refunds or credits will be issued for ANY cancellations received after November 30th of the current dance year. If you are unsure if your child is ready for a full year dance commitment, please consider one of our sessional programs.
Class switches will not be considered after the second week of full year programming. Class switches are subject to availability, teacher and administrative approval.
***Click here for the 2023-2024 Policy Handbook***
Maria is a student at the University of Alberta working towards a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Sociology. Maria loved to perform from a very young age and never missed an opportunity to take the stage, whether it was to sing at family events or dance in school productions in her home country India. She started formal training at the age of seven in various forms of Indian dance, including Bharatanatyam, semi-classical, and cinematic dance. This gave her many opportunities to perform for various events throughout Edmonton. In Junior High, Maria became involved in various fine arts programs within her school including musical theatre, choir, and school band, and she joined the ECSD Junior All-City band. At this time, Maria began dancing hip-hop at Edmonton Dance Factory with Richard Andries. In High School, Maria continued her involvement in the fine arts as she joined her school's honour band, improv team, and drama productions. Maria is now part of the Bollywood Dance Club at the University of Alberta. Maria is so excited to continue meeting friends at the front desk, interning with Miss Jenna, and teaching her own classes! Maria is so grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with the J'adore Dance family!
Mari discovered her love for dance at age ten and began her journey at 3rd Street Beat dance school before moving on to J’adore. She has been trained mainly in hiphop but has recently discovered the world of contemporary dance and is excited to continue her training in both styles. Her teachers at J’adore thus far have been Mr Trung and Ms Jeannie. When not dancing, Mari enjoys baking, horseback riding, and crafting. Mari is very excited to be joining the amazing team at J’adore dance as a junior assistant for the 2023-24 dance season!