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Additional Classes 


Dancers 2013 - 2011

Start date: Tuesday September 14, 2021

Tentative Schedule: Tuesdays 5:45 - 6:15 pm

Dancers will explore the process of choreography and begin to build their vocabulary as choreographers through the use of music, dance games, a variety of prompts and group interactions. This class is open to ballet dancers, jazz dancers, tap dancers, contemporary dancers and more! This class does not participate in Yarmouth Dance Academy's Nutcracker.

Dance Conditioning - Class TBD

Dance conditioning is a fun and exciting class that offers dancers extra stretch and strengthening to help with their dance physicality. A variety of fitness techniques such as cardio, plyometrics, body weight, and pilates will be used with a focus on PBT. Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is a program developed to help students advance in all dance forms by training muscle memory. PBT focuses on core stability, weight placement and alignment. PBT is practiced internationally.  This class does not participate in Yarmouth Dance Academy's Nutcracker or Annual Spring Recital.

*equipment is required for this class;

- Exercise Ball

- Fusion Ball

- Resistance Band

- Lacrosse Ball

- Yoga mat

Nutcracker Performance Program

Instructor/Choreographer: N. Sweeney

Schedule: Tentatively scheduled for Thursdays

Time: weekly updated schedule with rehearsal time ranging from 30 mins - 2 hours 

Tuition: Group 1  2015 - 2014  

             Group 2  2013 and older 

Start Date: TBD

Each year Yarmouth Dance Academy performs a full production of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker Ballet. There are many roles/dances to be filled, so we offer the Nutcracker Performance Program (NPP). This allows any dancer registered at Yarmouth Dance Academy and is at least 6 by December 31, 2021, the opportunity to audition for roles/dances in the Nutcracker.

Participating in a production of this size requires commitment, focus and dedication. Attendance is taken very seriously for the NPP rehearsals, and missed rehearsals will not be tolerated.

If you think your dancer would like to audition for Nutcracker please review the information provided and look for upcoming Audition date.

*All registered Advanced Ballet dancers and Ballet Technique dancers will have class repertoire and participate in Nutcracker, but are still eligible to audition for the Nutcracker Performance Program for additional role/dances.

Private/Semi-Private Classes

Private and Semi-Private classes for dancers enrolled at Yarmouth Dance Academy are available. Contact for more information.

Equipment used in PBT

Exercise Ball

Also know as a 'Swiss Ball' or 'Fit Ball'

Using your height to size up your ball

When you stand next to an exercise ball, it should be even or slightly above your knee level. The best way to size up your ball is by sitting on it. When you sit on the ball, knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle and your thighs should be parallel or even with the floor. Find your height and see which ball size you should try first.

Height Recommended ball size

Under 4'8"/142cm 45 cm ball

4'8" to 5'3"/142-160cm 55 cm ball

5'4" to 5'10"/160-178cm 65 cm ball

5'10" to 6'4"/178-193cm 75 cm ball

For children who are 5 years and younger, always use a 45 cm ball.**The measurement of the ball is diameter (measuring from one side of the ball to the other)

Fusion ball

Known as a Soft Stability Ball or Pilates Soft Ball.

A Soft Toy Ball can be used and found in many toy shops.

Size: Between 20 to 23cm in diameter.

Resistance Band

Also know as a TheraBand

9.8 feet / 3m in length & 6” / 15cm wide

Medium strength

Note: the colour of the strength changes depending on the supplier.

Lacrosse Ball

Also known as a Hand Ball, racquetball or Pinky Ball

Closest to the size of 8" or 20.5cm in circumference

(measurement around the ball)

or 6.3cm / 2.5" in diameter

Yoga Mat

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