Deborah Thomson  School of Dance !

Welcome to the Deborah Thomson School of Dance.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our 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 Master of America (D.M.A) and Royal Academy of Dancing (R.A.D). I have also had the opportunity of judging both Regional and National Dance Championships.

Deborah Thomson

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 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 and balance.

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MUSICAL THEATRE

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

BALLET

Ballet dance 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. This includes a wide range of hip hop 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

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

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AERIAL SILKS

Aerial Silks is a circus apparatus that uses fabric suspended from the air and in combination of upper body strength and core.

DEBORAH THOMSON SCHOOL OF DANCE
GENERAL INFORMATION

HOLIDAYS:
The studio will be closed on Thanksgiving. The studio will be closed for a 2 week period over Christmas/New Years. Please check the bulletin board for dates. The studio will be closed on 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 every dance number they are in. Each recreational costume will be $120.00 and will require two $60.00 deposits – the first payable at registration and the second in January. Each competition costume will be a minimum of $180.00 and will require two $90.00 deposits – the first payable at registration and the second in January. Any additional costs for competitive costumes are due before competition.

COMPETITIONS:
We will be entering at least three competitions as well as a possibility of finals this year, more information will follow at a later date.

DRESS CODE:
Ballet Girls must wear a leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers with elastic. The ballet teachers will let you know the colour of leotard that must be worn. Hair must be in a bun. Boys must wear a white t-shirt with black shorts, white socks and black slippers. A Character skirt and Character shoes will be required for certain grades of Ballet (Grades 1-5) JAZZ- All levels may wear a coloured leotard, tights, unitard, crop top or biker shorts. Footwear will be advised by teacher. All competition classes will be advised what shoes are required. TAP- Body wear is the same as JAZZ. Intro classes must wear black patent tap shoes. All laces must be removed and replaced with black elastic. All other levels must wear 1/4“ heel black tap shoes. Boys are to wear black oxford tap shoes. ACRO- Body wear is the same as JAZZ. Stirrup tights may be worn. No shoes are required