Deborah Thomson School of Dance !
Welcome to the Deborah Thomson School of Dance.
Dance is an excellent source of physical education, discipline, motivation and self-confidence. Children as young as three years of age will learn to appreciate the many types of music and dance styles.
Dance has no age barriers. My studio offers lessons to adults and children alike.
At the Deborah Thomson School of Dance your child will be exposed to a variety of dance styles such as Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Acrobatics, with exceptional instruction. Every June you will enjoy a recital and proudly watch your child’s achievements.
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 8. 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.
The Deborah Thomson School of Dance has been in operation since September 1993. Since our opening, my devoted students have consistently achieved highest marks, countless overalls, scholarships and other prestigious awards. I have personally been honored by being the recipient of numerous choreographer awards, which are viewed and awarded by fellow teachers and choreographers.
We encourage competition and will be entering at 3 competitions again this year. For students who do not wish to compete, I offer non-competitive classes of dance for all ages.
To my returning students, welcome back after a well deserved vacation! To all my new students, I welcome you and look forward to teaching you!
DEBORAH THOMSON SCHOOL OF DANCE
Thanksgiving (Monday, October 12th, 2015) and on Halloween (Monday, October 31st, 2011 ?) the studio will be closed. The studio will be closed for Christmas/New Years from Sunday, December 18th , 20111 to Saturday, January 1st , 2012, inclusive Classes will start Monday, January 2nd , 2012. The studio will be closed on Good Friday & Easter Sunday.
Families are invited to come in and view their child’s classes during the week of Monday, December 12th , 2011 to Saturday, December 17th, 2011 (recreational and ballet classes only).
YEAR END RECITAL:
All students will participate in the year end show. Which will be held sometime in the second or third week of June. Information will be handed out as soon as the Theatre finalizes the dates.
You will be notified of any classes that are cancelled and/or rescheduled. If the weather is poor (i.e. major snowstorms) please call in and listen to answering machine for closing information. You may be notified by phone. If the studio is closed for competition, classes will be made up at a late date.
Every student will need to purchase a costume for every dance number they are in. Each recreational costume number they are in. Each recreational costume will be $100.00 and will require two $50.00 deposits payable October 3rd and January 9th . Each competition costume will be a minimum of $160.00 and will require two $80.00 deposits payable in October and in January.
We strongly recommend ballet for all dancers!! Even competition student must take at least two ballet classes per week. All junior, intermediate and senior tap classes are required to take a jazz class. All acro students (except Intro and Pre School levels) must take a jazz class. A student may double up on classes to strengthen their technique. Please discuss with Deborah Thomas.
Royal Academy of Dance exams will be offered again in ballet this year. All exam candidates will be required to take extra classes closer to the time of the exam. The teachers will make the final decisions for entrance to the exams.
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 burn or a French braid. 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 1-8) JAZZ- All levels may wear a coloured leotard, tights, unitard, crop top or biker shorts, Intro classes may wear tie up canvas running shoes. Other levels must wear halt sole jazz shoes. All competitions 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. Rubbers must be added to the soles. (See Deborah for type of rubbers) 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.
Shoulder length hair or longer MUST be tied up for all classes. Hair must be in a proper burn for Ballet.
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.
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.
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.