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Our Classes

At Mi-Cher, we are a family-style, ballet-focused dance studio that follows the

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet syllabi.  We offer RAD ballet exams and a year end production.

Our schedule runs from September to June, with a fun themed performance in June.

Vocational ballet exams are done around either November or February, and Graded ballet exams are done in February/March (for those who are ready and signed up for the exam). 

 

From March to June, we start to prepare students for the next year's level, and all students in each class work together as a team to prepare their dances for our year end production.  The dancers work hard to memorize their teachers' choreography, as each class makes up a part of the story for our 2-hour production, performed live on a professional stage in June.

If you would like a registration packet (including access to a registration form, fee schedule, class schedule, and other information) or more information regarding classes, please contact us by clicking here

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mi-Cher Minis Ballet

(Ages 3-4)

  • Minis 3

  • Minis 4

 

Does your little one like to play pretend or dance around the house? Our tiniest dancers get to have their first ballet classes filled with fun stories and games that will start to teach some ballet basics.  Parents are welcome to join in or watch for little ones who do not want to come by themselves.  These classes are available once a week.

From March to June, students work hard to learn and practice a whole 2-3 minute dance for the year end production.  They will have a teaching assistant on stage with them.

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RAD Primary Ballet

(Ages 5-6)

 

  • Pre-Primary

  • Primary

Pre-Primary and Primary classes are offered once a week at Mi-Cher. These classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance program, with a continuing emphasis on fun, as well as focus on building a solid foundation in ballet training.

Students will start to learn coordination of the body, musicality, rhythm, jumps, turn-out, basic ballet positions of the feet and arms, and other foundational ballet technique.  Most of this is done through story-based exercises, imaginative movement, and some use of props.

From March to June, students work hard to learn, practice, and memorize a 2-3 minute dance for the year end production.

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RAD Graded Ballet

(Ages 7+)

  • Grade 1

  • Grade 2

  • Grade 3

  • Grade 4

  • Grade 5

Grades One, Two, Three, Four, and Five continue with training through the RAD ballet syllabi.  Students registered in these classes must attend a minimum of twice a week, with an optional third lyrical ballet class, which is encouraged for the more serious student.

These RAD ballet classes incorporate ballet components and a folk-style character component.  Students in these levels may be eligible for exams.

Those who register for a Graded RAD ballet exam, will learn and memorize their whole syllabus of exercises to dance in front of an RAD ballet examiner around February/March.  These exams are done at the Mi-Cher studio.  Teachers will not be in the room during the ballet exam.

After the exam, dancers will start to prepare for the next ballet level.  In addition, from March to June, the students will work hard to learn, practice, and memorize a 2-3 minute dance for each class they attend per week (e.g. 2 classes per week equals 2 dances in the production).  This is a team effort for all the dancers to work together to make the dance choreography a success.

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RAD Vocational Ballet

(Ages 11+)

  • Intermediate Foundation

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced Foundation

  • Advanced 1

  • Advanced 2

Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced Foundation students are required to attend a minimum of three classes per week, with a fourth lesson, though optional, strongly encouraged.

Advanced One and Advanced Two students are strongly encouraged to attend a minimum of four classes per week.

These classes incorporate ballet and pointe work.  Students in these levels may be eligible for exams.

Those who register for a Vocational RAD ballet exam, will learn and memorize their whole syllabus of exercises to dance in front of an RAD ballet examiner.  These levels typically take more than one dance year to learn and get exam ready.  Exams are either around November or February, depending on which session the teachers think the students can be ready for.  Successful exams in these levels can count as full 4-credit BC High School courses. Exam day will typically be held at a different studio location.  Teachers will not be in the room during the ballet exam.

After the exam, dancers will start to prepare for the next ballet level.  In addition, from March to June, the students will work hard to learn, practice, and memorize a 2-3 minute dance for each class they attend per week (e.g. 3 classes per week equals 3 dances in the production).  This is a team effort for all the dancers to work together to make the dance choreography a success.

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Lyrical & Contemporary Ballet

(Ages 6+)

  • Beginner Lyrical Ballet

  • Junior Lyrical Ballet

  • Intermediate Contemporary Lyrical Ballet

  • Senior Contemporary Ballet

Lyrical ballet combines the technique of classical ballet with a freedom of creative movement. It focuses on using strength and flexibility to add a flowing quality to basic ballet technique, where students get the opportunity to use their movements to express emotion and tell a story. This can help enhance the dancers' use of space, quality of movement, and performance projection. Dancers are given basic movements and able to use their interpretation to do those movements.

Contemporary ballet is quite similar to lyrical, but for more mature dancers. Where lyrical ballet is normally danced to softer, slower music and movements, contemporary has more powerful movements.

We believe that strong ballet technique enhances all other forms of dance – therefore, all students wishing to register for Lyrical & Contemporary Ballet must be taking their minimum number of ballet classes.

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Private Lessons

(Ages 7+)

Private and semi-private lessons may be available upon request.  Subject to teacher availability and studio scheduling.

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