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  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
The Value of Paying for Dance

Maples Dance Academy - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Value of Paying for Dance

Value of Winnipeg Dance ClassesAs we move through the busy dance registration season we are often asked what the dance fees parents pay actually go towards. That is a great question! Between costumes, and tuition, dance can add up, but you want to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. At Maples Academy of Dance, we strive to provide quality at an affordable cost. So, what do your dance fees actually go towards?

Safe Facilities

At Maples Academy of Dance, a safe facility is very important to us. Some key elements we maintain throughout the year include:

  • Proper first aid equipment, including an AED machines and a fully stocked first aid kit in case of emergency, and instructors trained in first aid who pass both criminal record checks and child abuse registry checks.
  • Our dance flooring, which helps absorb impact on a dancer’s body and creates a comfortable and safe surface to dance on.
  • Wall and portable barres to aid in the development of dance technique and skills.
  • Acro equipment for safe, injury free development of acro elements for dance.
  • Clean, clutter free floors throughout the facility.
  • Insurance to ensure the facility and everything in it is protected.

Experienced Instructors

The instructors at Maples Academy of Dance strive to provide high quality and fun dance education to their students. We work as a team to provide the best for our students. Our team consists of three levels of teachers: Senior, Junior, and Assistants (Teachers in Training).

Our Senior Teachers have multiple years of experience in both recreational and competitive dance instruction and continue to train and grow as instructors to bring the best to their students. Our senior teachers have been recognized locally and abroad for their work in dance, with many judge’s choice awards and choreography awards at competitions, but regardless of the level they teach, they strive to share their love of, and experience in dance, with all their students.

Our Junior Teachers have all gone through the 2-year Maples Academy of Dance teacher training program. They are highly trained in dance theory, technique, and choreography. The Junior teachers at Maples Academy of Dance work with our younger dancers in our recreational superstar program. They continue to grow as teachers by being mentored by our senior teachers and directors.

Our Teaching Assistants are dancers, and aspiring teachers, who are currently studying in the teacher training program at Maples Academy of Dance. The assistants work along side the junior and senior teachers to help in class, where they continue to learn the skills needed to become successful dance teachers.

winnipeg dance classes add value to children and teens

A Positive Environment

At Maples Academy of Dance we greet all our superstars with a smile, and that is just the start! We work hard to create a comfortable, family friendly environment that focuses on developing each dancer as a whole. Yes, we want our dancers to develop their talent in dance, but we also aim to create an environment that allows dancers to grow in so many other ways!

Our teachers are dedicated to teaching skills like time management, accountability, team work, and creativity, while inspiring confidence and growth in each dancer. Teachers use age-appropriate and clean music, costuming and choreography, as a way to enhance the positive values we hold close at Maples Academy of Dance. We know dance isn’t just about the performance, but the performer behind it – so we want all dancers to be the best version of themselves possible.

Simple Amenities

There are some amenities we often take for granted wherever we go: Credit card payment options, washrooms facilities, cleanliness, water stations, heating and air conditioning, and even extra hair-ties and complimentary coffee and tea. Those elements are all very important to our work and to our dancers and parents comfort while at dance class, but they also have a cost attached to them - especially with hundreds of dancers coming through the space each week using all the facilities.

Extra Opportunities

Affordable add-ons can really enhance a dancer’s experience in dance. Workshops, community performances, and low-cost studio apparel all come together to create unique opportunities for dancers to get involved, make friends, and grow as dancers and people.

To Sum It Up…

When you pay for dance class, your not just paying for your child to dance. You’re committing to supporting your dancer in his or her development as a confident, kind human being, in a safe and inclusive environment, will skilled leaders helping to guide them along the way as they do something they enjoy – dance! Now that’s value!

  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys

Maples Dance Academy - Monday, August 21, 2017

Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys!

Dance lessons have traditionally been seen as an activity for girls, but that is an old stigma that needs to change! We were recently featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, with a story highlighting the benefits of dance for everyone.  Signing boys and girls up for dance lessons has a wealth of benefits that can’t be overlooked!

Dance Lessons Build Confidence and Social Skills

Whether you’re a boy or girl in dance class, it helps build confidence. Dance class is a fun, positive place to be. Teachers help encourage dancers, celebrate their accomplishments, and make them feel like a part of a team.

Kids in dance also learn social skills. For young children, this is extremely important. When both boys and girls attend dance class, it fosters a unified social approach, where girls and boys are accepted, encouraged, and supported equally.

Dance Lessons Help With Coordination and Brain Development

Studies have proven time and again that dance aids with brain development. Counting, memory, and creative stimulus are all an important part of dance class, that also help to strengthen the developing brains of all young boys and girls.

Coordination is a skill that, once learned, can last through to adulthood. Putting your son or daughter into dance lessons helps pave the way for a coordinated future. Learning balance, coordination, and flexibility in dance class as a child, will help improve those same skills in adulthood, keeping your son or daughter strong, fit and healthy.

Dance Lessons Help with Other Sports

Is your child a future NHL player? Then ballet will help develop the core stability, balance, and flexibility needed to excel on the ice. Perhaps you have a future World Cup Footballer on your hands. If so, dance helps teach agility and proper pivot and footwork techniques. The list goes on when looking at how dance can help athletes in other sports.

Registering your child for dance lessons will help enhance any current or future participation in all sports. Regardless of the sport he or she chooses, the training learned in dance creates functional movement patterns that cross over many fields of play, creating a stronger overall athlete.

Dance is also a great cross training activity for athletes in other sports. Cross training with dance helps athletes reduce overuse injuries in sport, balance out muscle development, and enhance flexibility and stability.

Dance Lessons are Fun

Dance is fun. There is music, movement, characterization, and personality development.  Don't let your child miss out on the superstar opportunities dance can bring them! Register your child for dance lessons and watch him or her thrive!

  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
We Love Our Dance Family!

Maples Dance Academy - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Nothing is more valuable than being part of a kind, caring, and supportive dance community. At a dance studio, the dancers, dance parents, dance teachers, and other dance supporters, become part of a “dance family”.  Needless to say, being part of a positive community creates bonds that last a lifetime, and instills a pairing of confidence and pride, that will stay with dancers and their supporters well beyond the stage.

At Maples Academy of Dance, we place a high value on the concept of family. Our staff takes pride in watching their students grow as dancers and people, and understand the importance of being part of a team that helps foster a positive environment for all of our dancers to thrive in.

So, we want to know what makes being part of the dance family at Maples Academy of Dance special or valuable to you. We encourage any past or current dancers, dance parents, teachers, and supporters, to send us a short write-up, letting us know why the dance family at Maples Academy of Dance is the BEST!  Feel free to share your stories with us on our Facebook page, on your own Instagram (but remember tag us @maplesdancewpg and hashtag #MaplesAcademyOfDance), or by emailing us. 

As your testimonials flow in, we look forward to sharing them on our website and social media. Your submissions can be anonymous or we can include your name and any photos you want to include. Just let us know!  

  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
I Am A Dancer

Maples Dance Academy - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Am A Dancer…

We hope this short blurb can remind all of our dancers just how amazing they are. As dancers, we do a lot, and are capable of even more thank we think we are. Never forget that you are a star!


I am a dancer. I am strong and flexible. I am balanced and graceful.

I am a dancer. I move through life in counts of 8. I know “One more time” means TEN more times. (And I’m ok with that!)

I’m a dancer. I am determined and motivated. I am constantly improving and learning.

I am a dancer. My dance friends are my family, dance competitions are my vacations, and the dance studio is my second home.

I am a dancer. I am mentally strong and focused.

I am a dancer. I have closets full of old costumes that I'll never get rid of, and I can put my hair in a perfect bun in minutes.

I am a dancer. I am passionate and talented, and my movement is beautiful.

I am a dancer. I am amazing. I am a superstar.



  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
The Price You Pay For Dance Classes

Maples Dance Academy - Monday, April 03, 2017

The Price You Pay For Dance Classes



You’ve probably all seen those articles going viral on social media, with titles like “I Don’t Pay For Sports”. They discuss the priceless benefits a child gets from participating in extracurricular activities, and guess what? They’re all true!

Dance classes Winnipeg tiny dancers watching older dancer

As children, Miss Jamie and Miss Shauna’s mom spent hours in the car, driving them to activities like dance and gymnastics. Like many dedicated and supportive parents, she paid for years of lessons and competitions. She sewed costumes, learned intricate hair styles, and was their biggest cheerleader.  Mama J, as the kids at Maples Academy of Dance so lovingly call her now, put her daughters first, spent her hard earned money on them, and never complained or questioned why she was doing it. She knew the benefits.

Dance is a family activity, and the whole family is often involved, not just the dancer.  Dance moms, dads, and grandparents (and sometime even siblings) become dance financiers, chauffeurs, hair stylists, seamstresses, and cheerleaders. Like Mama J did years ago, Maples Academy of Dance parents do so much for their young dancers, to help them shine on stage. In doing so, the rewards come in many shapes and sizes, like smiles, hugs, good report cards, improved confidence, and watching your dancer shine more and more each year.

Dance school Winnipeg dancers having funLike the viral social media articles claim, as dance parents you aren’t paying for dance. You’re paying for your child to have opportunities, build confidence, and experience the feeling of being part of a team. You're paying for physical fitness, a creative outlet, and lessons in time management, accountability, and responsibility. You’re investing in the physical and emotional well-being of your child, and encouraging him or her to participate in an activity that makes them happy. You’re teaching them dedication and determination, and how to be grateful for the gift of dance that you give them each year.

To all of our wonderful dance parents, we thank you for supporting your dancers on their journey. They may still be young and not realize all you do to make dance possible for them, but one day they will, and they will thank you. And hopefully, they’ll do the same for their kids in the future!

Three cheers for great dance parents, who in turn help create talented, passionate dancers! Your kids couldn’t do it without you.

  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
Dance Classes Offer More than Just Physical Activity

Maples Dance Academy - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dance Classes Offer More than Just Physical Activity

Dance classes are a common first activity for young children. Some dance parents often register their children for dance class as a way to give them a fun physical activity to participate in. Others choose dance as an activity that will help their children learn social skills and independence. 

Yes, dance is a great physical activity, that teaches balance, coordination, and flexibility, for both boys and girls. And yes, dance teaches team work, independence, time management, and social skills. But what is it about dance class that keeps kids coming back year after year and creates a life-long love for dance?

Life-long Friendships

Winnipeg Dance students backstageWe have a large group of dancers who started dancing with us when they were 5-years-old. They’re now 12. For the most part, they've been in the same classes since they were five. Recently, one of them posted a photo on Instagram with the caption that said “Friends that dance together, stay together”. That couldn’t be more true! Many dancers start their first class together, and if they stick with dance, they dance together for their whole dance-lives. These dancers are true friends who encourage and support each other. While they have a healthy competition among themselves, they also celebrate each other’s wins, and are always there with a hug when someone is having a bad day. The friendships that dancers make with each other are like no other and truly do last a lifetime. 

Dance Class Instills a Sense of Pride

Winnipeg Dance students huddle backstageDancers of all levels take pride in their performances. It’s the pride in their hard work that drives them to continue to learn more and perform better each year. A dance mom told us a story once. Her 4-year-old was watching her previous year’s recital DVD. The young dancer looked at her mom and exclaimed “Oh Mommy, I dance way better now!”. The little girl could see how much she’d improved from age three to age four, and was so excited about her improvements that she couldn’t contain her pride. 

Encouragement and Motivation to Excel

Dance teachers encourage and motivate dancers to accomplish their goals. They teach their students to set bigger and better goals each year, and help their dancers find the drive within themselves to succeed. Motivated dance teachers share their excitement with their students in class and at performances. This same excitement and motivation helps dancers focus and excel, and builds a level of confidence that lasts a lifetime.

Feelings of Accomplishment

Winnipeg Dance students celebrate at dance competitionSuccess. Everyone loves the feeling of success. Succeeding at something you’ve worked hard on builds confidence and teaches the lesson that hard work pays off. For a dancer, sometimes a little win, like improved flexibility, is all it takes to make them feel accomplished. Sometimes, it’s a big win, like performing on stage for the first time at a dance competition. Big or small, the feelings of accomplishment a dancer experiences is one of the most valuable things a dancer can experience!


These are just a handful of the benefits dance offers. When you combine the physical benefits with the emotional benefits, and the skills dance teachers, it creates the perfect recipe for dancers to become strong, dedicated, responsible, confident, and happy people.