Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet aims to provide the highest quality training for all dancers. Our ballet classes follow the Vaganova method as recognized by the Society of Russian Ballet Examination Syllabus. Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet is the only dance school on Vancouver Island recognized and certified by the SRB to teach the Russian ballet method.
Classes include barre, centre, turns, adage, allegro, pointe, men's technique, body conditioning, and character.
Our students are also offered the Vocational Grades of the Royal Academy of Dance. The RAD syllabus, alongside with the SRB syllabus, creates a versatile dancer and is recognized by the Province of British Columbia for high school extra curricular credits. RAD classes must be taken in conjunction with Senior Level ballet classes.
Students age 12+ are offered Progressing Ballet Technique classes to improve muscle memory training, which is necessary to get the most out of the dancer's overall training in classical ballet. The innovative PBT program helps core stability, weight placement, and alignment.
Students participate of our two yearly productions.
Enrollment is accepted throughout the year, with preference given to the beginning of each term - Fall (September), Winter (January). Mid-year admissions are possible but with restrictions.
** SRB is Society of Russian Ballet
* Students will only be allowed to participate in examinations at the teacher's discretion, and based upon student volume. Students may be asked by the teacher to change levels, depending on experience and technical ability.
Often based on European and Middle Eastern folk dances, the character repertoire showcases national dances in refined, stylized choreography. Though it is often an overlooked aspect of dance training, character helps dancers gain a deeper understanding of story ballets while developing strength and musicality. Character dance also develops the coordination required to become a versatile dancer and is not just for pure classicists.
We encourage students taking our regular ballet classes to enroll in classes that teach other dance styles. Training in alternate styles of dance will enrich the students' ballet training and enhance their overall dancing experience and development. The contemporary dance classes offered at Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet incorporates a more traditional approach to the structure of a contemporary dance class. Our contemporary dance classes explore the genre's roots from classical ballet, modern, and post modern styles, while incorporating the evolutionary development that has resulted in the unique, internationally accepted form of contemporary dance that we know today. With this in mind, we include and practice traditional methods of learning and developing contemporary technique.
Students not registered in our ballet classes are welcomed to join the Contemporary classes.
All our students in the youth Dance Program participate in the year end JUBILEE production. To participate in additional productions - such as our annual "Our Christmas Show", outreach performances in the community, and in other local dance shows - we must hold extra rehearsals outside class times so as not to compromise the technique teaching classes. Students who would like to participate in these productions must be available for the added rehearsal times.
The extra production rehearsals will take place once a week, or more if necessary, where students will meet with different teachers, learn choreography with different students and/or their classmates. A schedule is set before rehearsals start.
Our productions are organized by Canada`s Maple Leaf Ballet Society, a contribution towards the production and/or fundraiser may be requested. Visit the Society page for current fundraisers.