Deborah Thomson School of Dance!

Welcome to the Deborah Thomson School of Dance.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with me and my studio and are looking for a dynamic dance studio for your child, please let me introduce myself.

My name is Deborah Thomson. I have personally been involved in competitive and recreational dance since the age of 5. I am a licensed teacher/choreographer and member of the British Association of Dancing (B.A.T.D), Dance Masters of America (D.M.A) and Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D). I have also had the opportunity of judging both Regional and National Dance Championships.
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DISCIPLINES

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LYRICAL

Lyrical is a combination of jazz, ballet and modern techniques. Lyrical dance is expressive and subtle. Lyrical encourages students to develop a stronger sense of their own artistic expression. Emphasis is placed on control, extensions and emotions.

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JAZZ

Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting alot of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz dancers need a strong background in ballet as it encourages grace, balance, and overall better technique.

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MUSICAL THEATRE

A form of theatre combining music, dance, songs, dramatic arts. Students will learn to develop their performance and acting skills, as well as nurture the unique relationship between performer and audience.

BALLET

Ballet is a very formal and strict type of performance dance. Ballet is typically performed to classical music. All ballet dancers have one thing in common: a love of the grace, beauty and discipline of ballet. Anyone can enjoy the beauty and grace of ballet dancing regardless of age, body size or fitness level.

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HIP HOP

Emphasis is on fun, freestyle movement, body isolations, coordination, rhythm and more. Hip Hop includes a wide range of styles like popping, krumping and breaking. It offers a very high energy and has become one of the most popular forms of street dance.

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ACROBATICS

Acrobatics is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic/gymnastic elements. Acro is an especially challenging dance style for dancers as it requires both dance and acrobatic skills. Acrobatics conditions students, improves flexibility, strength and control.

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TAP

Tap is a dance form emphasizing footwork and beats and rhythms by creating sounds with the feet. Tap classes help to develop agility, musicality and stylized movement.

DEBORAH THOMSON SCHOOL OF DANCE
GENERAL INFORMATION

HOLIDAYS:
The studio will be closed the following dates:

Thanksgiving Weekend.

Christmas/New Years Break.

Good Friday & Easter Sunday.

OPEN HOUSE:
Families are invited to come in and view their child’s classes in December. Dates will be provided and posted once finalized. This applies to recreational and ballet classes only.

COSTUMES:
Every student will need to purchase a costume for the year end recital for every dance routine they are in. The first payable costume deposit is at registration and the second in January. Any additional costs for competitive costumes will be communicated with the parents and are due before competition.

COMPETITIONS:
We will be entering at least three competitions as well as a possibility of finals, more information will follow on the dates and competitions at a later date.

DRESS CODE:

BALLET

Girls: Must wear a leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers with elastic. Hair must be in a bun.

Boys: Must wear a white t-shirt with shorts and black or white ballet slippers.

A Character skirt and Character shoes will be required for Grades 1 through 5 of Ballet.

JAZZ

Girls: All levels may wear a leotard, tights, unitard, crop top or biker shorts. Footwear will be advised by teacher. Hair is up and out of the face.

Boys: All levels may wear a t-shirt and shorts. Footwear will be advised by teacher.

All competition classes will be advised what shoes are required for the year.

TAP – Body wear is the same as Jazz. Intro classes must wear black patent tap shoes. All other levels must wear 1/4“ heel black tap shoes. Boys are to wear black oxford tap shoes. Hair is up and out of the face

ACRO – Body wear is the same as Jazz. Stirrup tights may be worn. No shoes are required. Hair is up and out of the face

MUSICAL THEATRE – Body wear is the same as Jazz. Footwear will be advised by the teacher. Hair is up and out of the face[/column]