FAQ (Frequently Aasked Questions):
Q. Why is ballet the focus of your program?
A. The study of ballet increases flexibility, strength without building bulk, quickness of movement, coordination, balance, and most importantly, focus. With a strong background in ballet, it is much easier to move to other forms of dance.
Q. What Syllabus do you teach?
A. The Young Dancer Program at Dance Teq Centre in downtown Toronto tailors training specific to the goals of each student so they can achieve their own personal dance goal: a contract with a professional company, gain entry to a post-secondary dance program, or simply gain a deeper understanding of technique, musicality and artistry. Our training focuses less on one particular dance syllabus locked into one style, where preparation for the next exam can supercede a student's ultimate goal of achieving a level of mastery of technique great enough to be able to transcend steps and dance with the requisite artistry to enthrall an audience. We choose instead to focus on a repertoire-based approach where the only 'exams' are how well each student can perform repertoire from the classical and contemporary cannons. All technical considerations flow from the requirements of the repertoire at hand, and discovering the clearest and most efficient way to achieve a great performance.
Q. Why is it recommended to take so many classes in a child's older years?
A. By that time, the demands of the curriculum are such that frequent attendance is required to learn the widening vocabulary and demands of more advanced technique and repertoire, and not to begin to fall behind physically. Plus, at these ages many styles will be taught so the number of classes a student can potentially attend per week increases.
Q. What happens if my child misses a class?
A. Please ensure that your child makes up the missed class before the term's end.
Q. Where can I purchase dance-wear?
A. Malabar's is located right next door to Dance Teq Centre, immediately north on McCaul. They sell all necessary items, and many of their friendly knowledgeable staff are also Dance Teq dancers.
Q. Can parents observe class?
A. Having parents in the room is distracting for the students, so in general, no. However, there will be occasional presentation classes where friends and family are welcome to attend. Once we have enough students we will hold an annual recital at a theatre in Toronto.
Q. My child is a bit older but wants to begin to dance and has no prior experience. Is this possible?
A. Of course! In such a case, we will try to devise a curriculum so that your child can attend classes with his/her own age group, but also take some more basic classes as well to focus on the fundamentals that he/she needs to learn.
Q. Do you offer private/semi-private lessons or coaching?
A. Yes. Please contact us for more information.
Q. What career opportunities does the study of dance lead towards/help with?
A. Besides the obvious possibility of becoming a professional classical or contemporary dancer, a strong dance background is a requirement for most musical theatre jobs, as well as a bonus as an actor. Learning to dance builds more general skills such as self-discipline, confidence, concentration and focus, and the ability to work seamlessly with a group. Also, since each class has different choreography that the students must remember and execute, studying dance helps increase detailed listening skills. All of these things will help the dance student excel at whatever career path they choose, dance-related or otherwise.
Young Dancer Program Students warming up before class