Our Dance Program
Tanbridge Academy offers a comprehensive skill and performance development dance program for male and female students in kindergarten to grade 9. Dance students in kindergarten to grade 3 participate in a one-hour session per week. Students in grades 4-9 participate in three one-hour sessions per week. All students in the Dance program are provided the opportunity to pursue their passion for the arts by studying an array of dance styles throughout the course of the school year, such as jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop. The students will also be given several opportunities to perform on stage for their peers and community. Students in this program will benefit both physically and mentally, improving their strength, flexibility, balance, rhythm and confidence. Although students will work on their own dance development individually, they will also learn to work as a team with their fellow classmates.
The goal of our dance program is to spark creativity in our students and develop a love for the arts. Creative movement through dance encourages students to have a more positive attitude and explore their own self-expression. Dance will help students improve their focus and concentration while enhancing their balance and coordination skills. Through engaging songs, barre technique, across-the-floor combinations and choreography, students will explore the connection between music and movement in an engaging space.
Where and when does
dance take place?
- Fitness Studio at the school.
Kinder & Gr 1 Combo Dance- Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gr 2 & 3 Combo Dance Tue 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gr 4 - 9 Dance Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Our Director of Dance, Ms. Lisa Wickwire, is passionate about fostering the love of dance in her students. Having danced since the young age of three, Ms. Lisa has spent her entire life in the world of dance. She grew up in Calgary as a competitive dancer and moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to pursue theatre, where she graduated as class president from the Randolph College of Performing Arts.
After graduating, Ms. Lisa received her first contract. She travelled to Florida and began training for Costa Cruise Ships. She toured Europe and the Caribbean for one year, dancing in five different shows, including the dance assistant in a magic show in Italy. Following that contract, Ms. Lisa joined the Ritmos Naturales Dance Company in Cancun, Mexico. She eventually returned to Toronto and received a lead role in a workshop production of West Side Story, which benefited the Toronto People with Aids Foundation.
Ms. Lisa is a scholarship recipient from the Los Angeles Dance Force and has also danced in two tap dance workshops with the late tap legend - Gregory Hines. Ms. Lisa has attended many educational workshops and conferences and has received a Tap Intensive diploma from the Dance Life Retreat Centre (Boston, MA) as well as her level 1 Ballroom Dance Certification. She has also completed ADAPT and RAD dance examinations.
Ms. Lisa has taught extensively across the USA and Canada. She spent three years in California at Off Broadway Studio, Hawkins School of the Arts, Northern California Dance Conservatory and Excelsior Elementary School. She taught at Counterpoint Dance Academy Mardaloop for 15 years and successfully led their musical theatre and tap programs. She has staged an impressive number of recitals and musicals.
Ms. Lisa's students have gone on to Randolph & AMDA (L.A/NY) and have won competitive dance awards in Sacramento, San Francisco and Nationals in Las Vegas. Ms. Lisa served as Artistic Director for the Calgary Dance Express for three years, taking the troupe to perform in Spain, Portugal, France (Disney Paris), Italy and locally in the Calgary Stampede.
Ms. Lisa is an example to her students that with dedication and hard work, you can achieve your dreams. She believes that each dancer has a different gift and is dedicated to developing each student’s potential individually. Ms. Lisa believes in continuing to learn and grow, as she recently added author to her list of achievements.