General School - Recreational
ODCS offers General School programs from Pre-Ballet to Grade 5 RAD Ballet, Jazz, 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, Acro 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.
New Fee Schedule is now posted
Fees and Payment:
ODCS believes all children deserve a Chance to Dance and to follow their dream. We therefore attempt to keep our fees as low as we can possibly manage to ensure that no child is left behind.
Students that are selected for our Ballet Intensive Programme receive subsidised tuition to encourage the progression of their dance training. ODCS looks back with pride to see the number of professional dancers, choreographers, teachers, and professionals at large, who are alumni and have benefited from our philosophy and highly regarded faculty members' classes.
Refunds are permitted for severe illness with a doctor’s certificate or relocation from the Ottawa/Gatineau region, other cancellations are given in the form of session credit.
Please view the full 2023/2024 Fee Plan (pending) for our general classes and the Ballet Intensive Programme.
A non-refundable registration fee of $30 per participant is required to complete registration.
Online Application Form
Academic Year 2023-24
An alternate form format is also available on Schedules page.