The Children’s Program is designed to awaken and nurture a love of movement and dance and, at the same time, introduce rhythm, song and sound as a catalyst for movement and expression.

Dance, musicality and expression go hand in hand; each helps the other and, as such, each is important from the moment a child starts his or her first steps at this school.

They can reach their full potential at any level and can become performers and creators of dance at any age. The children are given performance opportunities that are appropriate for each age level: in-class, small presentations and at the year-end show.

Classes are taught by highly qualified teachers and specialists in the field of dance. Our class sizes are capped to ensure that each student receives the attention needed to ensure progress and safe development.

Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement offers a nurturing, non-competitive environment.

Children's Program

Classes offered to children ages 2 1/2 to 9 years

Music and Movement

Teacher: Suzanne Davies

Introduction to Creative Movement. Discover what inspires us to move and dance through the exploration of song, music, and rhythm.

Students sign up for one or two 16 week sessions, begining in September and February.

Level 1: ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2
Level 2: ages 3 1/2 to 4

Creative Movement 

Teacher: Pia Bouman

Students explore the world through discussion inspiring creative dance and improvisation

Level 1: ages 5 - 7
Level 2: ages 8 - 9


National Dance

Teachers: Leah Beamish and Nagisa Inoue

National dance teaches students folk dances and customs from around the world. Students have an option in participating in I.S.T.D (International Society of Teachers in Dancing) examinations in the Spring

Level 1: ages 6 - 7 yrs

Level 2: ages 8 - 9 yrs

Level 3: ages 10 - 11 yrs


Early Dance

Teachers: Kelly Jones Hart, Leah Beamish

An introduction to Ballet, students sign up for one or two terms, 18 weeks each

Level 1: ages 3 - 4
Level 2: ages 4 - 5

Classical Ballet (RAD)

Teachers: Leah Beamish, Nagisa Inoue, Kelly Jones-Hart, Vanessa Lewis

Students are trained in classical ballet according to the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabus; Primary through to Grade 3. Students have the option of taking part in the RAD Graded Vocational Exams and In School Assessments held yearly in the Spring. 

Primary: ages 6 - 7 yrs

Grade 1: ages 7 - 8 yrs

Grade 2: ages 8 - 9 yrs