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Are you seeking a non-competitive studio where fun, fitness, and a love of dance are the top priority?
At J'Adore Dance our year long (September-May), JBallet programs featuring a combination of Ballet, Jazz and Creative Movement for ages 3-13 have been expertly programmed by artistic director Chantel Sampson (BEd, PAHC, AFLCA, PPNF). All of our classes are taught by highly trained instructors who have certified in JDance® (The foundational program for the JBallet Curriculum) and have a solid foundation in both dance technique and best teaching practices.
Our program focuses on Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance research and her teachings on conceptual dance education, providing a foundation for a strong where new dance concepts will be explored monthly where new dance concepts will be explored monthly. Creative dance, imagination, and expression are combined with developmentally appropriate movement, music, and ballet and jazz technique to create a class that is fun for all! This class is part of the Performance Program and will perform in Recital.
Dance is more than a series of steps. Our programs use a holistic approach that provides our young dancers with a brain compatible learning environment. Our conceptual approach to dance education ensures our students move with purpose on the dance floor and through life. Our goal is to shape each student into a Holistic Dancer who is a:
Our level 1, 2 and 3 JBallet Combo classes have been designed with preschoolers in mind! In these levels our goal is to build confidence and body awareness, inspire creativity and expression, while developing physical literacy skills in our youngest dancers. The program focuses on creative dance with a focus on fundamental dance skills that will be the base of future ballet and jazz technique. Dancers will explore a variety of music genres, images, and props to develop their dance ability. Teachers will also work with young dancers on classroom routine and etiquette, taking turns, and working with others. This program is recommended for children who have already had a positive experience in one of our parent and tot or preschool programs and are ready for a full year dance program.
Level 1: For children who will be 3 by no later than September 30
Level 2: For children who will be 4 or 5 by no later than September 30
Level 3: For children who will be 5, 6 or 7 by no later than September 30 (5 year olds may register by teacher recommendation only)
Our level 4 through 7 JBallet Combo classes are for kids who want the option to explore and create expressively while working on progressive dance technique. Kids in these levels will be challenged to solve movement problems, create dances using a variety choreographic structures and movement concepts, while learning developmentally appropriate ballet and jazz skills. Dancers will explore a variety of music, images and props to develop their dance ability while learning how to collaborate and work with other children. Rather than drilling technique and steps, our teachers focus on helping students develop a deeper understanding of, and an ability to create movement -- based on curricular outcomes. The class activities and exercises have been developed to ensure dancers are able to progress their dance skills in a fun environment that keeps children engaged and excited to dance and learn. This program is recommended for children who are ready to make a full year commitment to a multifaceted dance program.
All children develop in their own time, at their own pace. As such all of our classes are levelled based on a combination of appropriate age groupings and skill level. This ensures all children are in a class where they will be suitably challenged and successful. Returning families will have received a level recommendation at the end of the previous dance season.
Level 4: For children who will be 6, 7, or 8 by no later than September 30 (6 year olds may register by teacher recommendation only)
Level 5: For children who will be 8, 9, or 10 by no later than September 30 (8 year olds may register by teacher recommendation only)
Level 6: For children who will be 9, 10, or 11 by no later than September 30 (9 year olds may register by teacher recommendation only)
Level 7: For children who will be 10,11 or 12 by no later than September 30 (10 year olds may register by teacher recommendation only)
At J’Adore Dance we view our JBallet Combo dancers as part of our community. As a community, we expect families who enter our JBallet Combo program to be ready to commit to a full year program, including attending in-class sharings throughout the dance year (during regularly scheduled class time) and a special theatre recital (Dates listed in Policy Handbook). Our theatre recital allows special friends and family members to view our dancers’ hard work and give your dancer the opportunity to perform on stage! If you are unsure if your family can make a full year commitment we highly recommend registering in one of our sessional preschool or kids programs.
Girls: dance tights (pink), dance leotard (any color), and ballet slippers (pink). Boys: black sweat pants or shorts, tee shirt (any color), and black dance slippers.
Dance wear packages are available to purchase through J'Adore Dance. They will include a short sleeved bodysuit (7 colour choices available), tights, and ballet slippers for $75 +GST, which is a 20–25% savings if you were to buy one at a retail store. Dance Wear Fitting days will be Saturday July 20, and Saturday August 24, from 10am-2pm at the studio. No appointment will be necessary. Dance wear will be onsite for payment and pickup that day.
A $120 administration fee (registration, costumes, programming, recital preparation) will be charged at the time of registration.
Class fee payments can be made in full at the time of registration, or can be made using our recurring credit card payment plan. There is an additional $20 fee for the payment plan. Recurring payment plan fees will be charged on August 15, September 15, October 15, and November 15. Please note: J'Adore Dance reserves the right to deny access to the payment plan. The administration fee and payment plan fee must be received at the time of registration.
Level 1 (age 3) 30min/week: $465 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 2 (ages 4-5) 45min/week: $530 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 3 (ages 5-7) 60min/week: $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 4 (ages 6-8) 75min/week: $670 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 5 (ages 8-10) 90min/week $765 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 6 (ages 9-12) 90min/week $765 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 7 (ages 10-13) 90min/week $765 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
*Only if you choose to use the payment plan option
Please note: If the class you are interested in is listed as full please contact us to be placed on a waitlist. We do often add additional classes if we have enough demand.
Cancellations received prior to August 1st of the current dance year will be charged a $50 plus GST cancellation fee. Cancellations received prior to September 16th of the current dance year will be charged the $120 administration fee + GST and a $50+ GST cancellation fee. Cancellations received prior to October 31st of the current dance year will be refunded one half of the total annual class fees (not including the administration fee). Cancellations received between November 1 and November 30th of the current dance year will receive studio credit for one half of the class cost (not including the administration fee). No refunds or credits will be issued for ANY cancellations received after November 30th of the current dance year. If you are unsure if your child is ready for a full year dance commitment, please consider one of our sessional preschool or kids programs.
Class switches will not be considered after the second week of full year programming. Class switches are subject to availability, teacher and administrative approval.
Please click here for the policy handbook.
Chantel Sampson has been dancing since the age of three. A lifelong passion for dance has continued to fuel her spirit. Her background includes tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, ballroom, and Irish Dance. She has studied and trained under many talented teachers from across Canada and the United States. During university, her parents exposed her to the world of ballroom dance where she met her husband and lifelong dance partner. After extensive training with coaches from across Canada and the United States and seven successful years in competition including three top 3 placements at the Canadian Championships, Chantel felt it was time to explore a new genre of dance and began training in Irish Dance. Her Adult Ceili team holds three North American Irish Dance Championship titles and an All Ireland Ceili Championship title. Chantel is a member of the Performing Arts Medical Association, Yamuna Practitioner Association and ALFCA . Through these organizations she continues to further her training in the areas of dance education and dancer wellness.Chantel received her Bachelor of Education degree with distinction in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta in 1998 and has always brought her love of dance into her teaching. Chantel was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, developed and implemented dance programs in three Edmonton Catholic Schools, directed and choreographed over 20 musicals, presented at several ATA Fine Arts Conferences, and continues to work on developing dance curriculum. She believes that every child should have the opportunity to express themselves through dance and has developed curriculum integration documents for grades K-6 bringing dance and movement into each outcome of the program of studies. Chantel embraces the philosophy of dance as a universal form of expression. In 2007, after many years of teaching school and community-based dance programs, Chantel founded her own dance company, “For The Love of Dance”. Her teaching provides children and adults an opportunity to explore different dance and movement styles in a non-competitive, supportive environment. For Chantel, dance is a family affair and she has always been excited to share dance with her parents, husband, and three beautiful children. She is happiest when on the dance floor. Chantel partnered J'Adore dance's original owner Jessica Baudin-Griffin in 2015 to continue to develop and expand the studio's award winning programming. In 2016 Jessica made a change to pursue the expansion of Intellidance and Chantel's joined forces with former dance team member Jenna Brenan to take J'Adore into its next decade of award winning programming!
Chantel in holds certifications in Yamuna Body Rolling, AFLCA with Portable Equipment, First Aid ad CPR-C, a Certificate in Performing Arts Healthcare through the American College of Sports Medicine and in Pre and Post Natal Fitness, Intellidance instruction, Infant Massage Instructor Certification from Trimesters Massage.