General School - Recreational

ODCS offers General School programs from Pre-Ballet to Grade 5 RAD Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Acrobatic Dance and Creative/Modern.
Adult Studies: Beginner to Advanced Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary (minimum age 16 yrs.)

All classes are under the direction of and taught by ODCS Faculty. Students in Ballet programs follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and have the option of pursuing the internationally recognized RAD certification through yearly examinations. A minimum of two classes per week is required from Grade 1 onwards and final approval for examination entry is at the discretion of the teacher.

General School - Intermediate to Advanced (vocational training)

These progams are considered academic training and classes are at higher levels of achievement. Classes are registered directly with ODCS and are taught by ODCS Faculty. Ballet programs prepare students for examinations in Royal Academy of Dance syllabus (Grade 6 to 8 Awards and Intermediate Foundation to Advanced), and require that students take a minimum of three classes per week for consideration for examinations at this level. Other pre-requisites will also apply. The Ontario Ministry of Education recognizes both the Grade 8 and Intermediate certification for High School diploma credit.

Note: Higher level recreational students who do not wish to pursue RAD examination accreditation may register for fewer Ballet classes per week upon approval of Faculty.

Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap, Acro and Hip Hop are considered as individual courses of study.

Intensive Study Programs (Grade 6 / Intermediate Foundation to Advanced Ballet)

The intensive course of study is a scholarship program for the serious student wishing to pursue dance studies for university entry and/or follow a career in dance or dance-related arts. As fees are reduced, only those students willing to commit to all aspects of he curriculum will be considered. Acceptance is by audition only. The Royal Academy of Dance is the base syllabus, with supplementary enrichment classes included. RAD examinations are mandatory upon Faculty approval. Students enrolled in the Intensive Study Program may apply for tax exemption for their tuition fees.

Rules Of Conduct

All students are expected to treat all Faculty members, as well as each other, with respect during classes and while on ODCS program premises. Any student who fails to comply with reasonable rules of conduct or who engagesin disruptive behaviour will be dismissed. Students in higher levels who miss classes regularly disrupt the progress of classmates as well as impede their own progress and development, and therefore may be asked to withdraw from class.

Students who are inappropriately dressed for class (see Dress Code) will not be permitted to participate in class and will be asked to observe only.

Punctuality is essential for all classes in order to ensure a proper warm-up and to reduce class disruptions. Students who are habitually late will be asked to 'sit out' unless a note of explanation is provided by a parent.

Any concerns by parents or students regarding issues that may arise should be put in writing and submitted to the ODCS office, to the attention of the Artistic Director for resolution.

Dress Code

Pre-School to Grade 5 Ballet
Dress code guidelines are available at both Routhier and Greenboro locations.

ODCS Grades 6-8, Intermediate Foundation to Advanced Ballet
Classwear (ODCS adheres to internationally accepted standards)

Girls: Body suit, conservative colour, any sleeve,but no extra embellishments, appliques, cut-outs or multiple straps. Regulation pink Ballet tights (convertibles are recommended) and ballet slippers (canvas or leather) with elastics across insteps. NO dance shorts, leg-warmers,T-shirts, jazz pants. A regulation wrap-around ballet sweater in pink, navy or black is acceptable.

Hair: Long hair MUST be secured in a correct ballet bun, close to head, netted, pinned securely with hair-pins and no side wisps. Bangs are to be clipped off face. If necessary, to keep hair close to head, hair should be gelled. Shorter hair to be clipped off face, and held close to head so that line of neck is clearly visible. A black or pink head-band-elasticised-is acceptable.

Gr.6-8 Exam syllabus / preparation: A mid-shin length lyrical skirt in a light weight semi-sheer fabric is required as well as a 1 metre by 2 metre scarf in the same fabric, for free Movement. Character skirt and shoes are also required. Pointe Class means pointe shoes - please consult your teachers for instructions. You may be asked to "sit out" classes without proper foot-wear.
Note: Inter. Foundation to Adv.(Girls) RAD exams require soft-pointes for classwork with ribbons. For exam wear please vist the RAD web site.

Boys: Regulation men's weight black or navy ankle-length tights, white cotton socks and regulation slippers. Dance belt and white short-sleeved men's body suit worn under tights OR plain white t-shirt.

ODCS/General School Vocational Dress Code for Jazz, Modern, Acro, Tap, Hip Hop
Jazz, Modern, Acro, Tap
For all of the above, conservative body-suit as per Ballet.

Modern and Acro: plus convertible tights in pink, black or tan-dancers work bare-foot.

Jazz: plus tights as per Modern OR black jazz pants, and jazz shoes, black or tan.

Tap: as per Modern, tights will need to convert to full feet. Tap shoes in black or tan.
Note: All female Senior dancers should have, as a matter of course, black body-suits, Jazz pants and convertible tights in their Dance gear for Open House performances and as a base for other costuming.
Hair: All long hair is to be secured off face in a bun or pony-tail for all Contemporary dance classes listed above

Boys: Plain T-shirt (no logos) fitted, with footless black tights for Modern. Jazz, Tap, Acro-approprate foot-wear as for girls and black Jazz pants or shorts.
Hip Hop: Loose pants (sweats, athletic pants) T-shirts. Bare feet OR runners (no black soles)

**Teachers reserve the right to refuse participation in class to students inappropriately dressed.