Come and get your hip hop groove on in our full year (September-May) JHop program for ages 3-13. This program follows a progressive curriculum in which students will perform in the recital and also have the opportunity to explore student-led choreography. JHop has been expertly developed by artistic director Jenna Brenan (BEd, AFLCA, PPNF) in collaboration with a variety of dance educators who teach hip hop programming to children of all ages and abilities. All our classes are taught by highly trained instructors who have certified in JDance® (The foundational program for the JHop Curriculum) and have a solid foundation in both dance technique and best teaching practices. Dance to your favourite kid friendly, parent approved music while learning the latest hip hop moves! In JHop, you will explore dance concepts, gain coordination, and increase strength and flexibility.
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 Hip Hop dance skills 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, concept based exploration, Hip Hop skill development and choreography, a fitness based game or obstacle course and ends with a rhythm development activity.
No dance previous experience necessary.
At J’Adore Dance we view our JHop dancers as part of our community. As a community, we expect families who enter our JHop 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.
Our Level 1, 2 and 3 JHop classes has been designed with our primary 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 Hip Hop dance with a focus on fundamental dance skills that will be the base of future hip hop technique. Dancers will explore funky kid friendly beats, 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 levels 4 through 7 JHop classes are for kids who want the option to explore and create expressively while working on progressive hip hop 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 hip hop 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. Teachers in our program do not spend classes drilling technique or steps. 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 leveled 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, 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, 12, 13 by no later than September 30 (10 & 11 year olds may register by teacher recommendation only)
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.
Lisa Malo-Smith discovered dance at the age of 3 when she began her first ballet class and has carried a love for performing ever since. She spent much of her childhood and teenage years experimenting with many instruments such as piano, guitar, drums and singing. She studied music with Le Centre de Développement Musicale where she had many opportunities for performing at events across Alberta as a French artist. With a strong sense of musicality and rhythm, she decided to pursue music and is now a professional performer currently studying vocal performance at MacEwan University. Additionally, Lisa has been Poi dancing since 2010 and performing at Festivals across Alberta with her Poi Dance Duo, Alien Freak Show. More recently she has further developed her passion for Hip-Hop through J’Adore Dance and has completed the Full-Year Internship Program in Spring 2019.
Farah is a hip hop dancer from Edmonton, AB. Farah started dancing folklore in Lebanon at the age of 12 and realized that dancing is an astounding way to express herself. While attending M.E. Lazerte Highschool from 2012 through 2015, she experienced all disciplines of dance and found her love and passion for hip hop. She helped organize and was involved in all the school’s showcases, flash mobs, and shows year round. In 2015, Farah joined Kore Dance Studio in two of their competitive hip hop classes in order to pursue her love for hip hop. In 2015, Farah was chosen among a few others to perform in a piece choreographed by Kelsey Wright that was performed in the M.E. Lazerte graduation ceremony.
In 2015, Farah was accepted into Vince Akinyode’s Eye Candy Company. She had the opportunity to train with the company and fly out to Seattle in order to compete in World of Dance. This gave her a lot of useful training and insight into the hip hop community and allowed her to witness talent from across the world. In 2017, Farah was accepted in Carlo Atienza’s Hardkore, an advanced, competitive hip hop group at Kore Dance Studio. Hardkore has competed and won multiple dance competitions across Canada. Through Hardkore, Farah had the opportunity to perform in the show For Kids by Kids produced by Abby Chung. Farah also had the opportunity to travel to Orlando to compete and train at Radix Dance Competition. At the Radix Dance, Farah attended multiple workshops where she trained under Brian Friedman, Chaz Buzan, and Janelle Ginestra. While at Kore Dance Studio, she was trained in different styles of hip hop by Josh Capulong, Quincy Pipella, and Jenny Luo.
Farah is currently in her fifth year of post-secondary education and in her third year of her Linguistics degree at the University of Alberta. Farah aspires to one day receive a masters degree in Linguistics.