Summer Programs

With diverse options for students ages 3-17, our summer programming is designed for students of all levels looking to experience the performing arts throughout the summer. Our Tiny Tots day camp provides an exciting and unique introduction to dance and theatre through imaginative lessons and educational activities, inspired by the smash Disney hit, Frozen. We're also excited to be introducing our first ever Warm-Up Week, created for students between the ages of 5 and 17. With 3 levels available, Warm-Up Week provides students with an opportunity to try a wide range of dance styles, including acting and audition preparation, and to learn from a qualified group of instructors. Both of these unique summer camp opportunities will commence with an outdoor showcase at the SaskExpress Studio. Our all new Mini Musical program is inspired by our performing group, the Mini Express & The Expressions! Registered students will be cast in a designated role for an originial show, Battle of the Disney Sidekicks, and learn a short musical theatre style show.

Click below to learn more or register! Contact us at studio@saskexpress.com with any questions. Space is limited. 

Summer Programs

Tiny Tots - Frozen Edition

Join us on a magical journey into the world of Frozen! 

Tiny Tots is a performance based summer camp for preschoolers ages 3-6! Lessons in different styles of dance are combined with educational activities and play to provide children with an exciting introduction to the performing arts. The camp runs for one week (mornings only), and ends with a mini outdoor showcase. This year's Tiny Tots is themed after the Disney favourite, Frozen! Young performers are invited to join us for a magical week in Arendelle as we adventure Into the Unknown with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf themed dance lessons, story telling activities, and crafts. 

 

Who: Boys and girls ages 3-6

When: August 24-28 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each day

Where: SaskExpress Studio (2272 Pasqua Street)

Price: $200; payment charged on the first day of the program

 

See below for frequently asked questions! 

 

 

What styles of dance are taught during Tiny Tots?

Throughout the week, the Tiny Tots will take mini classes in jazz, tap, musical theatre (live singing will not be available due to COVID-19), hip hop, and ballet. 

What other activities are offered through the Tiny Tots program?

Dance lessons are interspersed with arts and crafts, outdoor play, snack time, and educational activities, such as reading and science experiments. This year's activities will be Frozen themed!

What is the required attire for the camp?

  • Girls: Bodysuit and tights, or a fitted shirt and leggings
  • Boys: Comfortable pants or shorts with a fitted t-shirt
  • Shoes: Jazz shoes (preferably slip on) or ballet slippers. Tap shoes are an asset, but are not required. 
  • Other: Children should also bring a water bottle, outdoor shoes, sunscreen, and mosquito spray each day.

What precautions will you be taking as a result of COVID-19?

Distancing and sanitization protocols will be implemented to ensure Tiny Tots is safe for our students, staff, and community. As a result, space is limited, and we encourage you to sign-up early to save your spot. Please see our COVID-19 Response & Policy for detailed information, and don't hesitate to reach out to us at studio@saskexpress.com for more information.

Warm-Up Week

Bring the heat, drop the beat. Let's get warmed up for the 2020-2021 dance season!

 

Our Warm-Up Week is a fun-filled workshop style day camp consisting of various styles of dance and theatre to help dancers get warmed up and ready for the upcoming dance season! Students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of styles and work with a variety of talented choreographers from within our teaching faculty: Melissa Bang, Marinda Van Heerden, Senyo Akakpo, Lisa Vindevoghel, Shleby Glaze, and Amy Fong. We're also excited to be welcoming special guests Lorna Batycki, Alex Batycki, Eddye Kirk and Jen Fong. Lorna has directed over 100 shows in her theatre career so far, while Alex grew-up training in multi-disciplinary competitive dance at the SaskExpress Saskatoon Studio and has just graduated from the Sheridan College with Honours in the Musical Theatre program. Eddye has extensive education and training with the RAD, CDTA, and ADAPT dance syllabuses and has been a member of the University of Regina Dance Team and 620 CKRM Rider Cheer Team. Finally, Jen Fong is nearing completion of her diploma in the performing arts from the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto. We're very excited for all students to learn from this talented faculty! 

 

 

 

This program is recommended for students with a competitive background, ranging in age from 5-17 years. Three levels of enrollment are available, based on the following guidelines:

  • Level 1: 7 - 10 years
    • CDTA and RAD Primary - Grade 2
  • Level 2: 11 - 13 years
    • CDTA and RAD Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Level 3: 14+ years
    • CDTA and RAD Grade 4 + 

The Warm-Up Week runs from August 10 - 13 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm each day. Dancers can look forward to starting the day with a warm up and conditioning class, then moving into three 45-minute sessions with short breaks scheduled in between classes. Class styles will include musical theatre (live singing will not be available due to COVID-19), acting, broadway jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, lyrical & contemporary, jazz & street jazz, and audition preparation. The week will commence with a short outdoor showcase. Click here to see the full class schedule!

 

Who: Dancers ages 7-17 years. With the quick pace of classes in the program, competitive experience is recommended, but not mandatory.

When: August 10-13 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm each day

Where: SaskExpress Studio (2272 Pasqua Street)

Price: $200; payment charged on the first day of the program

 

See below for frequently asked questions!

 

 

Do I have to be enrolled in regular classes with SaskExpress to take part in the Warm-Up Week?

No, we are happy to take enrollment from all dancers looking to experience a fun, dynamic, and challenging way to ready themselves for the dance season ahead!

 

Do I need experience in all styles listed?

No! The dance styles offered will vary by age group. One of the goals of Warm-Up Week is to provide dancers with an opportunity to try styles they wouldn't normally experience during weekly classes. Training in different styles and learning from a diverse instruction body is so important for dancers in the successful development of their teachnique, performance ability, and self-confidence.

 

What precautions will you be taking as a result of COVID-19?

Distancing and sanitization protocols will be implemented to ensure Warm-Up Week is safe for our students, staff, and community. As a result, class sizes are limited, and we encourage you to sign-up early to secure your spot. Please see our COVID-19 Response & Policy for detailed information, and don't hesitate to reach out to us at studio@saskexpress.com for more information. 

 

Is there a family discount?

Yes! There is a 10% family discount available for any additional siblings registered after the first child.

 

What attire is required?

  • Girls: Fitted dance clothes with hair pulled neatly off the face; appropriate attire for ballet classes
  • Boys: Fitted dance clothes with hair pulled neatly off the face; appropriate attire for ballet classes

**Dancers should also bring a refillable water bottle, a healthy snack, all dance shoes, and a pair of indoor runners. If you don't own a pair of specific dance shoes (ie. tap), no worries! You can participate in the workshop by wearing your runners.

Mini Musical: Battle of the Disney Sidekicks

Mini Musical, by the Mini Express & The Expressions. Battle of the Disney Sidekicks! 

 

Introducing our first ever summer Mini Musical, inspired by our junior performing group, the Mini Express & The Expressions! In this week-long summer day camp, performers will learn an exciting and original mini musical, Battle of the Disney Sidekicks, featuring everyone's favourite right hand snowmen, fish, dragons, and more! Registered performers will be cast in a designated role, learn a short musical theatre style show, film in our studio theatre, and have the opportunity to participate in outdoor showcases for the Regina community.

 

Auditions are not required, and participation is based on time of registration and maximum class size. The Mini Musical program offers training in singing, dancing, and acting and runs from August 17 - 21 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm each day. Commitment requirements for August 22 are TBD, depending on performance opportunities.

 

Directed by Ryan Ramsay & Miranda Sheepwash, we are very excited for the cast to have the opportunity to learn from this talented duo! Both Ryan and Miranda are SaskExpress alumni with extensive training in the performing arts. Miranda graduated from the Canadian College of the Performing Arts in 2017 with an Enriched Diploma in the Performing Arts. Since then, she has been fortunate to showcase her talents in productions such as Miss Andrews - Mary Poppins (CCPA), Janet - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sterling Productions), Vocalist - Broadway Lights (Victoria Symphony), multiple roles with SaskExpress, and a debut in the Globe Theatre. Ryan trained competitively in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre, and is heavily involved with the Regina theatre community. He has appeared in shows with Regina Little Theatre, Regina Summer Stage, Do It With Class, and Sterling Productions, and currently holds his Advanced CDTA tap and jazz examinations. 

 

The Mini Musical has been designed for ages 8 - 16, and all performers will be cast after registering. All program activities will be done with appropriate health and safety guidelines in place, including face shields and potential plexiglass protection for singing. At the end of the week, performers will record the show to be revealed to friends, family, and virtual audiences! 

 

For casting purposes, the registration deadline is Wednesday, August 12. Registered performers will be contacted with additional information after this date.

 

Who: Singers, dancers, and actors ages 8-16 years

When: August 17 - 21 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm each day **Performers should also be available for potential outdoor showcase opportunities on August 22

Where: SaskExpress Studio (2272 Pasqua Street)

Price: $250 (includes one face shield for each performer); payment charged on the first day of the program **Additional expenses may be incurred for costuming requirements, depending on casted role

 

See below for frequently asked questions!

 

 

Do I have to be enrolled in regular classes with SaskExpress to take part in the Mini Musical?

No, we are happy to take enrollment from all students looking to further their training in singing, dancing, and acting! Participating in a musical-style show is a unique development and training opportunity for all aspiring performers.

 

Do I need to audition for the Mini Musical?

No, the Mini Musical is open to all aspiring performers! After submitting your registration, you may be contacted by the directors to learn more about your prior experience and interests. The show will then be cast accordingly, showcasing the unique talents of all performers. Registered cast members will be contacted with their role and additional show information prior to the first day of rehearsals.

 

Do I need experience in singing, dancing, and acting?

Performers of all disciplines and levels of experience are welcome. The program is intended to further the cast's experience in all three areas, and the show will be cast according to the experience levels and training backgrond of each performer.

 

What precautions will you be taking as a result of COVID-19?

Distancing and sanitization protocols will be implemented to ensure the Mini Musical program is safe for our students, staff, and community. Special precautions will be taken during singing lessons, including the use of face shields and potential plexiglass protection, an emphasis on individual instruction, and use of outdoor class settings (our studio is conveniently located across from a park). As a result, the cast size is limited, and we encourage you to sign-up early to secure your spot. Please see our COVID-19 Response & Policy for detailed information, and don't hesitate to reach out to us at studio@saskexpress.com for more information. 

 

Do I need to purchase my own face shield?

One face shield is included for all performers in the price of registration. These will be provided on the first day of rehearsals.

 

Is there a family discount?

Yes! There is a 10% family discount available for any additional siblings registered after the first child.

 

How will the Mini Musical be performed?

The show will be recorded and filmed in our studio theatre to use as a reveal to the cast's family, friends, and virtual audiences! Other potential outdoor showcase opportunities include performances at community events and facilities in Regina with appropriate distancing guidelines.

 

What attire is required?

  • Girls: Fitted dance clothes with hair pulled neatly off the face
  • Boys: Fitted dance clothes with hair pulled neatly off the face

**Cast members should also bring a refillable water bottle, a healthy snack, and all dance shoes.

 

Please contact studio@saskexpress.com with any questions!