Are you seeking a non-competitive studio where fun, rhythm, and a love of dance are the top priority?
JTap is designed for children who have previously taken a tap sessional class (with the exception of our 3-5 year old class). JTap has been expertly developed by artistic directors Jenna Brenan and Chantel Sampson, dance educators with many years of experience teaching dance programming to children of all ages and abilities. All our classes are taught by highly trained instructors who have a solid foundation in both dance technique and best teaching practices.
Our program focuses on combining the Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus with Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance research and her teachings on conceptual dance education. Each month we will explore new dance concepts combining developmentally appropriate movement, music, and tap technique 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: JTap for ages 3-7
Our level 1, 2 and 3 JTap 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 ballet and jazz 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 (Primary Syllabus)
Level 2: For children who will be 4 or 5 by no later than September 30 (Primary/Grade 1 Syllabus)
Level 3: For children who will be 5, 6 or 7 by no later than September 30 (Grade 1/Grade 2 Syllabus)
Levels 4 through 7: Senior JTap for ages 7-14 yrs
Our level 4 through 7 JTap 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 tap 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 7, 8, or 9 by no later than September 30 (Grade 2/Grade 3 Syllabus)
Level 5: For children who will be 9, 10, or 11 by no later than September 30 (Grade 4 Syllabus)
Level 6: For children who will be 11, 12, or 13 by no later than September 30 (Grade 4/Grade 5 Syllabus)
Level 7: For children who will be 12, 13, 14 by no later than September 30 (Grade 5 Syllabus)
At J’Adore Dance we view our JTap dancers as part of our community. As a community, we expect families who enter our JTap 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.
Dance Wear Requirements
Girls: Leggings and an athletic top OR dance leotard (any color), dance tights, and tap shoes. Boys: Athletic pants or shorts, tee shirt (any color), and tap shoes. Dance Wear Packages are available to purchase through J'Adore Dance. They will include a short sleeved bodysuit (7 colour choices available), tights, and tap shoes for $85 +GST depending on the style of tap shoe (Level 6 and 7 require an intermediate level tap shoe), which is a 20–25% savings if you were to buy one at a retail store. Dance wear will be onsite for payment and pickup that day. Dance Wear Fitting Days August 22-27th.
Class Fees for the 2020-2021 Season
A $120 administration fee (registration, costumes, programming, recital preparation) will be charged at the time of registration.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. 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) 30min/week: $465 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 2 (ages 4-5) 30min/week: $465 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 3 (ages 5-7) 60min/week: $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 4 (ages 7-9) 60min/week: $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 5 (ages 9-11) 60min/week $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 6 (ages 11-13) 60min/week $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 7 (ages 12-14) 60min/week $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
* Only if you choose to use the payment plan option
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 $50 plus GST cancellation fee. Cancellations received prior to September 16th of the current dance year will be charged the $120 administration fee + GST and a $50+ GST 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 administration 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 administration 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 preschool or kids programs. Please note that classes may switch from in-studio to online formats at any point in a session as mandated by Alberta Health Services. By registering in a program at J’Adore Dance you are agreeing to participating in both in-studio and online class delivery. Refunds/Credit will not be given for changes to programming delivery.
Class switches will not be considered after the second week of full year programming. Class switches are subject to availability, teacher and administrative approval.
Please click here for the policy handbook.