Urban Kidz™ 3-5 yr program is tailored to meet the developmental needs of our preschool dancers. At J'Adore Dance our sessional Urban Kidz™ programs for ages 3-13 have been expertly developed by artistic director Jenna Brenan (BEd, AFLCA, PPNF) in collaboration, Fit Hop founder Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Christopher "Zondaflex" Tyler, John "Comix" Barrella, and Kerry Koble (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 certified in Urban Kidz™ and have a solid foundation in both dance technique and best teaching practices.
A concept-based approach, in which the students learn the elements and principles of dance through a variety of learning processes (perceiving, understanding, doing, creating, and valuing) is the foundation for all the programs at J’Adore dance. Our program focuses on conceptual dance education and Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance research providing a foundation for a strong where new dance concepts will be explored monthly. Creative dance, imagination, and expression are combined with developmentally appropriate movement, music, and Hip Hop technique to create a class that is fun for all!
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:
· Comfortable clothing (ex. Leggings or track pants and a t-shirt).
· Bare feet OR indoor shoes
· Hair pulled back
· Water bottle
Registrations can be completed online or in person at the studio or over the phone (provided you already have an account with J’Adore Dance). Payment must be received at the time of registration.
*** No classes on February 16th (Family Day Weekend), and February 23rd (preschool recital)
Registrations canceled before the day of the first class are subject to a $25 + GST administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after the start date of the class, however, we will issue credit valid for 12 months from the start date of the canceled program if the registration is canceled before the third class of the session. No refunds or credit will be granted after the start of the third class other than for serious illness or injury with medical documentation provided. Cancellation requests must be received in writing (email@example.com) and can only be processed by management.
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.
Lela began developing a passion for dance at the age of 3, learning Polynesian dance from family members. Growing up she performed at the Servus Heritage Festival exploring her cultural roots with Samoan siva, Hawaiian hula and Tahitian dance from 2001-2011. In 2011 Lela was the Servus Heritage Festival princess and ambassador where she was able to showcase her passion for dance for the opening ceremonies and throughout the festival. At age 7, Lela joined her first hip hop and jazz class at a local studio in St. Albert. Only a few short years later Lela moved to Auckland, New Zealand where she developed a strong hip hop background and also began to train more intensely in jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern and tap. After returning to Edmonton, Lela enrolled in Victoria School of Performing and Visual arts where she was involved in many community performances and was able to receive her International Baccalaureate certificate in dance. She now attends local hip hop studios where she has had the opportunity to work with master teachers such as Alexander Chung and Carlo Atienza. Lela’s passion for dance is continuing to grow and she is excited for the opportunity to teach hip hop at J’adore Dance!