The Coast Academy of Dance is pleased to offer six separate programs that cater to dancers of all skill levels. We strive to offer classes that will suit all needs, from serious dancers looking to pursue a career in dance, to recreational dancers that just want to move their bodies!

Recreational

We offer many open level classes for dancers who are just starting out, or who prefer a less serious approach. These classes require no additional commitments throughout the year and all dancers will perform in our year end recital in June! Open level classes are offered in all disciplines. 

Examination

Our examination program is a great way for dancers to undergo evaluations through the ISTD (International Society of Teachers of Dancing). We offer examinations in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. All students enrolled in syllabus classes will be evaluated by their instructors, and if deemed ready, they will be given the opportunity to take a formal examination through the ISTD. These exams are often in the spring and do require the students to participate in additional coaching as well as mock examinations. The Coast Academy strongly supports examinations as they provide a wonderful way for our students to build confidence and show off their achievements year to year. The ISTD is one of the world’s largest examination boards. Learn more about ISTD.

Competitive

Our competitive program is for dancers who are interested in competing at various competitions and festivals both on the Sunshine Coast and the lower mainland. We offer competitive classes for Juniors to Adults in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Broadway and Lyrical. Our students are also given the opportunity to compete with solos, duos or trios in all dance styles. Our competitive program is by audition only; please contact the office for further information.

Elite

We are very excited to introduce our latest program, Elite! This is for Elementary aged students from Grade 4 thru to Grade 7 who are looking for extra training and performance opportunities. Dancers will have their own ‘Elite’ class on Fridays where they will explore all genres of dance plus popular topics including conditioning, acting/singing, worth ethic and performance skills. Dancers will take part in a special winter performance and will be required to take a minimum of 4 additional classes per week. This program is by invitation only, please contact the office for further information or to find out if you qualify. 

Intensive

Intensive Program is for students Grade 8 and up who are looking for increased training and performance opportunities. Our Intensive dancers will have additional audition and performance opportunities, workshops on professional development days with various instructors, and an opportunity to attend conventions in the lower mainland. This program is a great stepping stone for those that may be interested in working towards our Company Program. This program is by invitation only; please contact the office for further information or to find out if you qualify. 

Company

Our Company Program is for students Grade 10 and above who are interested in pursuing a higher level of dance education. The Company program encompasses many dance disciplines and leads to the dancers finishing with Advanced 2 Tap and/or Modern and the possibility of a teaching diploma. There is a strong emphasis on solid technique and developing of the dancers skill set to enable them to pursue a career in the dance industry. 

Our Company dancers will have additional audition and performance opportunities, workshops on professional development days with various instructors, and an opportunity to attend conventions in the lower mainland. The dancers will also be given the opportunity to create choreography both on themselves and on other dancers. 

Company dancers will attend ISTD Associate classes where they will study the ISTD syllabus and its application to learning dancers. At the end of the three year program, Company dancers will be assessed, and if ready they will take their Associate teaching examination, potentially earning their teaching diploma. 

To qualify for our program, dancers must have completed an ISTD Modern, Ballet or Tap exam at the Intermediate level. Due to the covid-19 situation, dancers who are taking their Intermediate exam within the next year will still qualify for the Company program. Any students who are currently at the Intermediate level in dance, and who would like to be considered for this opportunity for the coming year, are asked to make an appointment with our management staff. If you have any family members or friends off-coast who may also be interested, they are welcome to do the same, as there is the possibility of home-stay.