For students aged 12 - 17+
Students in the Pre-Professional program are challenged to move ahead, pushing their skill and artistry into an area that satisfies mind, body and soul. They often combine the two streams of the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus: The Higher Grades 6, 7 and Grade 8 Award, which are a continuation of the classes taken in the Young Dancer's Program, and the Vocational Graded Levels: Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, and Advanced 1 and 2.
In the Pre-Professional Program, students together with their parents and under the guidance of their teachers often create for themselves a "package" of classes. To forge ahead in their classical ballet training; to reach out with contemporary dance for the full benefit of what dance can be; to open creative channels through exploration of their improvisation skills; and eventually, to bring ideas for their own choreography to the fore. Students of this Program can audition for our accomplished professional youth company, YMI Dancing.
Students at this level face the challenges and results are many: dancers here show an innate ability to focus and to work time efficiently; they develop stamina and a work ethic that is impeccable. Mentally they soar; physically and emotionally they dance and express; and, above all, they love what they do so well - good dancers make good people.
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.
"The Senior Grades"
Teachers: Maggie Barnes, Leah Beamish, Pia Bouman, Kelly Jones-Hart, Nagisa Inoue
These classes are a continuation of the RAD Graded Syllabus. Students can apply for High School Credit upon completion of the Grade 8 award.
Grade 6: ages 13+ Grade 7:ages 14+
Grade 8: ages 15+
Vocational Graded Levels
Teachers: Leah Beamish, Pia Bouman, Kelly Jones-Hart, Nagisa Inoue
For the serious student in Ballet these classes follow the Royal Academy of Dancing's Vocational Graded Syllabus and include pointe work. Students have the option of taking part in the R.A.D. examinations. Those opting to take an exam have an option of working toward a Spring, Summer or Fall exam.
Intermediate Foundation: ages 12 +
Intermediate: ages 13 +
Advanced Foundation: ages 14 +
Advanced 1: ages 15 +
Advanced 2: ages 16 +
Pre Pointe: Introduction to pointe. These classes are geared to strengthening feet and ankles in preparation for pointe shoes.
Pointe 1: pre-requisite: teacher recommendation
Pointe 2: pre-requisite: Pointe 1 or teacher assessment
Pointe 3: pre-requisite: Pointe 2 or teacher assessment
Pointe 4: pre-requisite: Pointe 3 or teacher assessment
Teachers: Ana Groppler, Yuiciro Inoue
Students continue to explore the world of Contemporary dance through the exciting and physically challenging classes.
Level 2: ages 12-13 Level 3: ages 13-15
Level 4: ages 16+
Teachers: Pia Bouman, Yuichiro Inoue
Strengthen technique push a little harder and take it a little further in these challenging syllabus free classes.
Level 3: ages 12+ Level 4: ages 14+
Level 5: ages 16+
Teacher: Nagisa Inoue
Taking classical ballet and pointe work to the next level. In these classes students learn choreography by the great Ballet Masters, as they explore the intricacies of classical pointe work.
Level 1: min. pointe 3 Level 2: min. pointe 4
Teacher: Nagisa Inoue
One of Toronto's only schools to offer National Dance at this level, classes explore further National Dances from around the world. Students have the option of participating in ISTD National Dance exams in the late Spring.
Level 4: ages 13+ Level 5: ages 14+
Workshops and Master Classes
Special Workshops and Master classes with guest teachers are held through out the year in any of the following disciplines; African Dance, Ballet, Contemporary, Creative Movement, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Kathak, Limone, Mime, Rhythm, Salsa, and Street Dance.