COMPETITIVE CLASSES

Our competitive program offers comprehensive and dynamic training with an emphasis on technique and teamwork. The competitive program is well suited for students looking for a more challenging and structured class environment, or students who are training to prepare for future advancements within the performing arts. Our team of educated instructors integrates their expertise with the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA), Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and Acrobatic Arts syllabi to offer both innovative instruction and technical examinations. Students attend class on a weekly basis, participate in three local dance competitions, and perform in our year-end recital in June. Additional highlights include performances in our annual Christmas Cheer Week, as well as participation in a variety of studio-wide events throughout the year. Competitive students are also eligible to perform a competitive solo, duo, or trio in the style of dance class(es) they are enrolled, and/or sign-up for our studio’s Production, a competitive musical theatre number including members of SaskExpress, current students, teachers, and alumni!

Please Note: An attendance policy is in effect within our competitive program. Please see our Studio Policies and Procedures for more information.

Please Note: Ages are approximate; placement is based on technical level and the discretion of the studio directors.

CLASS LEVELAGE GUIDELINE
Preliminary5 - 7 years old
Beginner8-10 years old
Novice10-13 years old
Intermediate11-16 years old
Senior14+ years old

Regina Classes - Competitive

Musical Theatre

Preliminary: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)

Beginner, Novice, Intermediate/Senior: One 60 minute class per week (September – June)

Inspired by the SaskExpress Theatre Company, our musical theatre classes combine the fundamentals of character development, vocal technique, and jazz dance, providing young performers with a dynamic introduction to the performing arts. Our class strategy for younger students integrates singing and dancing with creative exercises that foster imagination, motor skill development, confidence, and musicality. Older classes experience comprehensive triple threat training by learning vocal theory, more challenging dance progressions, and storytelling techniques.

Class Requirements:

  • All competitive musical theatre students must register for the associated vocal technique class. Please contact studio@saskexpress.com for placement.
    • Please note: Preliminary students are not required to take a vocal technique class. Vocal technique is optional, but strongly encouraged, for beginners. 
  • An attendance policy is in effect within our competitive program. For more information, please see our Studio Policies and Procedures.

Attire (Girls):

  • Tan jazz shoes, fitted dance clothes
  • Hair pulled neatly off the face

Attire (Boys):

  • Black jazz shoes, fitted dance clothes

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

Acro

Beginner/Novice/: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)

Intermediate/Senior: One 60 minute class per week (September - June)

Based on the Acrobatic Arts syllabus, these classes prepare students with the strength and flexibility necessary to develop an acrobatics skillset, including tumbling, balancing, and limbering. Our team of instructors emphasizes safe practices, an understanding of the body, and the importance of spotting during the teaching of these new skills.

Attire (Girls):

  • Bare feet, leotard, and tights
  • Hair pulled neatly off the face

Attire (Boys):

  • Bare feet, fitted dance clothes

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

**Please note: These are the acro classes designed for our competitive students; however, the acro classes themselves do not participate in our spring competitions. They perform at Christmas Cheer Week and in the year-end recital. 

Ballet

Preliminary, Novice, Intermediate, Senior: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)
Beginner: One 60 minute class per week (September - June)

A classical style of dance that focuses on poise, technique, fluidity, and form, providing the foundation for most styles of dance. Students develop more advanced technical skills through barre work, centre exercises, and stretch.

Class Requirements:

  • All competitive ballet students must register for the associated ballet exam classes. Please contact studio@saskexpress.com for placement.
    • Please note: Preliminary and Beginner students are not required to take the associated exam class(es). Exam preparation is integrated into their competitive class(es).
    • An attendance policy is in effect within our competitive program. For more information, please see our Studio Policies and Procedures.

    Attire (Girls): 

    • Ballet shoes, leotard, tights, and skirt (optional)
    • Hair in a bun

    Attire (Boys):

    • Black ballet shoes and fitted dance clothes

    For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

Contemporary

Senior: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)

Designed to connect the body and mind through movement, our competitive contemporary classes push students to further explore the fluidity and artistry of dance. Students further develop skills acquired in lyrical and ballet, and learn to vary the application of these techniques to create picturesque moments in dance and performance.

Class Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 2 years of prior competitive ballet training and 1 year of prior competitive lyrical training.
  • All competitive contemporary students must register for competitive lyrical. Please contact studio@saskexpress.com for placement.
  • An attendance policy is in effect within our competitive program. For more information, please see our Studio Policies and Procedures.

Attire (Girls):

  • Bare feet, fitted dance clothes
  • Hair pulled neatly off the face

Attire (Boys):

  • Bare feet, fitted dance clothes 

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

Exams

Please contact studio@saskexpress.com for class offerings and placement.
One 45-60 minute class per week (September – June)

Exam classes are mandatory for competitive students. Our jazz and tap exam classes teach the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA) syllabus, and our ballet exam classes teach the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. Students learn an examination grade from the syllabus within their class; taking the exam is optional. In addition to syllabus work, exam classes include strengthening and flexibility exercises that complement the associated competitive class.

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

 

Hip Hop

Beginner/Novice, Intermediate/Senior: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)

Experience a fun and active class environment with our competitive hip hop classes. Students develop coordination and musicality by learning different styles of choreography to today’s most popular Rap, R&B, and Pop.

Class Requirements:

Attire (Girls):

  • Indoor runners, fitted dance clothes
  • Hair pulled neatly off the face

Attire (Boys):

  • Indoor runners, fitted dance clothes

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

Jazz

Preliminary, Novice, Intermediate: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)
Beginner, Senior: One 60 minute class per week (September – June)

These classes provide training in jazz technique and terminology in an energetic and dynamic class setting. Our instructors develop creative class plans that incorporate the fundamentals of ballet with an emphasis on performance, stretching, stamina, and interpretation of music.

Class Requirements:

  • All competitive jazz students must register for the associated competitive ballet, ballet exam, and jazz exam classes. Please contact studio@saskexpress.com for placement.
    • Please note: Preliminary and Beginner students are not required to take the associated exam class(es). Exam preparation is integrated into their competitive class(es).
  • An attendance policy is in effect within our competitive program. For more information, please see our Studio Policies and Procedures.

Attire (Girls):

  • Tan jazz shoes, fitted dance clothes; older students may need black jazz shoes
  • Hair pulled neatly off the face

Attire (Boys):

  • Black jazz shoes, fitted dance clothes

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

Lyrical

Intermediate, Senior: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)

Lyrical combines both ballet and jazz fundamentals with an emphasis on emotive storytelling and fluid movement, enabling students to discover more advanced patterns of movement. This style of dance shapes movement quality and musicality through an increased emphasis on body awareness, use of space, and breath. 

Class Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 2 years of prior competitive jazz and ballet training.
  • All competitive lyrical students must register for the associated competitive ballet, ballet exam, competitive jazz, and jazz exam classes. Please contact studio@saskexpress.com for placement.
  • An attendance policy is in effect within our competitive program. For more information, please see our Studio Policies and Procedures.

Attire (Girls): 

  • Tan jazz shoes or foot thongs, fitted dance clothes
  • Hair pulled neatly off the face

Attire (Boys):

  • Black jazz shoes, fitted dance clothes

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

Pre-Pointe/Pointe

Intermediate/Senior, Senior Advanced: One 30 minute class per week (September - June)

Mandatory for our competitive intermediate, senior, and senior advanced students, pre-pointe/pointe classes strengthen ballet technique in order to transition dancers into more advanced pointe work. Both barre work and centre exercises are applied to find a balance between stability and fluidity with a focus on ankle and foot strengthening.

Attire (Girls):

  • Ballet shoes, leotard, tights, skirt (optional)
  • Hair in a bun

Attire (Boys):

  • Ballet shoes, fitted dance clothes

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.


Tap

Preliminary, Intermediate, Senior: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)

Beginner: One 60 minute class per week (September - June)

A percussive form of dance teaching tap technique and terminology in a captivating class setting. Students explore musicality through an understanding of beats and counting, and different elements of rhythm and syncopation.

Class Requirements:

  • All competitive tap students must register for the associated competitive ballet, ballet exam, and tap exam classes. Please contact studio@saskexpress.com for placement.
    • Please note: Preliminary and Beginner students are not required to take the associated exam class(es). Exam preparation is integrated into their competitive class(es).
  • An attendance policy is in effect within our competitive program. For more information, please see our Studio Policies and Procedures.

Attire (Girls):

  • Tap shoes, fitted dance clothes
  • Hair pulled neatly off the face

Attire (Boys):

  • Black laced tap shoes, fitted dance clothes

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.

Vocal Technique

Beginner/Novice, Intermediate/Senior: One 45 minute class per week (September - June)

Vocal technique is mandatory for all students enrolled in competitive musical theatre or the Mini Express & The Expressions. Students learn proper singing technique, in addition to basic music theory, performance skills, and self-confidence.

For detailed attire requirements, please see our Studio Attire Requirements.