JTap is designed for children who have previously taken a tap sessional class (with the exception of our 3-5 year old class) JTap has been expertly developed by artistic directors Jenna Brenan and Chantel Sampson, dance educators with many years of experience teaching dance programming to children of all ages and abilities. All our classes are taught by highly trained instructors who have a solid foundation in both dance technique and best teaching practices.
Our program focuses on combining the Al Gilbert Tap Sylabus with conceptual dance education. Each month we will explore new dance concepts combining developmentally appropriate movement, music, and tap 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:
Each class includes: a BrainDance warm up, Tap skill development, concept based exploration, and choreography.
New families joining our program will need to complete the Full-Year Placement Recommendation Form to receive a class placement prior to being able to register. You will be notified via email once your class placement has been added to your account. Dancers must have previous tap experience prior to being given a level recommendation in the JTap Performance Program
At J’Adore Dance we view our JTap dancers as part of our community. As a community, we expect families who enter our JTap 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.
JTap 1/2: For children who will be 3, 4 or 5 by no later than September 30 (Primary/Grade 1 Tap Syllabus)
JTap 4: For children who will be 5,6,7, or 8 by no later than September 30 (Grade 2/Beg Grade 3 Tap Syllabus)
JTap 5: For children who will be 8, 9, 10 or 11 by no later than September 30 (Mid Grade 3 Tap)
JTap 6: For children who will be 9, 10, 11 or 12 by no later than September 30 (Beg Grade 4 Tap)
JTap 7: For children who will be 12-16 year old (Mid Grade 4 Tap)
Dance wear requirements:
Please wear clothing that is comfortable to move and dance in. Bodysuit and tights are preferred.
Required Footwear: Tap Shoes
While not required, dancewear (bodysuits, tutus, etc.) is acceptable.
Dance wear packages are available to purchase through J'Adore Dance. They will include a short sleeved bodysuit (7 colour choices available), tights, and tap shoes for $85 +GST depending on the style of tap shoe (Level 6 and 7 require an intermediate level tap shoe), 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.
Class Fees for the 2019-2020 Season:
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 30min/week: $465 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 2 45min/week: $530 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 3 45min/week: $530 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 4 60min/week: $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 5 60min/week: $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 6 60min/week: $580 +administration fee (+payment plan fee*)
Level 7 60 min/week: $580 +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.
Jenna Brenan has been dancing since the age of four. Her background includes Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Irish. Jenna not only studied and trained locally here in Edmonton, but has also trained under a variety of professionals from across Canada and the United States. She has danced on teams with the Edmonton Oilers Boomers and with Scoil Rince Clannad Ceili Club. In fact, Irish dance is where Jenna met, traveled and competed with Chantel Sampson.
Jenna has been a dance specialist teacher with Edmonton Public Schools for over 10 years. She has taught classes to a variety of ages at Victoria School of the Performing Arts, Afton School of the Arts, and is currently teaching dance at Glenora School.
In 2014, Jenna was fortunate to take the Conceptual Dance Education Training with Terry Goetz from the Seattle Creative Dance Center. There, Jenna was inspired to incorporate this philosophy into her school-based dance programs. In 2016, Jenna was fortunate to study under Anne Green Gilbert, Terry Goetz, and Anna Mansbridge at the Creative Dance Center’s Summer Dance Institute in Seattle, Washington.
Jenna is also no stranger to small business. In 2014, Jenna co-founded Artists on the Gogh inc., a community-based art and dance program for children ages three to eight.
In January 2015, Jenna joined the J’Adore Dance family. She was thrilled to connect with Jessica Baudin-Griffin, who shared similar philosophy of dance education. What a beautiful marriage of teaching Anne Green Gilbert’s Conceptual Dance Education both with Edmonton Public Schools and at J’Adore Dance! Jenna instantly fell in love with being a part of the J’Adore community.
In May 2016, Jenna partnered with Chantel Sampson to become the new co-owner of J’Adore Dance. Jenna and Chantel’s strengths and talents truly compliment one another, and they are grateful to have found one another to create a very special duo.
Jenna also loves sharing her passion of dance with her two boys, Finn and William. Finn is currently in her JHop 4 class while William is in her JTap (3-5 yrs) and JHop 2 classes. Although they loved being hip hop clowns and kangaroos last year’s recital, they are very excited to be ninja turtles and wolves this spring!
Jenna holds certifications in the following:
When you dance with your heart, your body will follow. ~ Mia Michaels
Avery is 12 years old and has been dancing with J’Adore dance for the past 8 years in the JBallet and JTap programs. Other than dance, Avery really enjoys art – particularly drawing. She plays piano and loves music of any kind. Avery also participates in band and drama at school. Avery has danced with Ms Chantel, Ms Jenna, Ms Annie and Ms Bridget. Avery loves J’Adore because she always has a great time in class with her dance teachers and friends! It’s a great place to have fun, be creative, and learn dance! Ms. Avery is excited to be a junior assistant in JTap 5 with Ms. Jenna this year.