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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
Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance

Maples Dance Academy - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance




Winnipeg dancers perform lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance

Lyrical dancers embrace their ballet and jazz technique, while incorporating emotional story-telling, to create unique and compelling dance performance. 

Maples Academy of Dance offers lyrical classes for dancers age 8 and up in recreational and competitive levels. 
With a focus on flow, lines, and movements that create moving pictures, lyrical class is waiting for you to embrace its elegant and inspiring movement.  

At Maples Academy of Dance, lyrical dancers are taught the technical aspects of dance, with a specific focus on ballet technique, while also learning the tips and tools needed to deliver an expressive and captivating performance. Known for their unique story-lines and beautiful movements, lyrical dancers at Maples Academy of Dance continue to set a tone of inspiration and passion with every performance they do. 

Looking for an expressive and technical dance style? Sign up for lyrical today!

  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
Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance

Maples Dance Academy - Monday, July 16, 2018

Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance



Tap dancers use their feet to create a percussive rhythm as they dance. Metal taps on the bottom of their shoes, combined with intricate and detailed footwork, come together the create the energetic style and catchy sounds of tap.

The tap program at Maples Academy of Dance offers both recreational and competitive levels of training. From beginner to advanced, tap classes at Maples Academy of Dance are taught in a fun and focused manner, with a mix of barre, centre, and across the floor dance exercises.

Maples Academy of Dance has created award winning competitive tap dances, and highly entertaining recreational pieces alike, and continues to strive for tap success, with strong technique, confident performances, and an overall love for tap.

Year-end recital dances in Tap are always an audience favourite, with their unique rhythms, fast footwork, and combination of dazzling choreography.

Tap is available for dancers age 7+. Interested in taking tap? Sign up today!

young Winnipeg tap dancers

  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
Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class

Maples Dance Academy - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Outfitting Yourself For Dance Class

You’ve signed yourself or your child up for dance classes. Now what? It’s time to go shopping! You need dance clothes, shoes, maybe a new bag, and hair supplies. Dance fashion is its own unique industry and getting your dance wardrobe in order is one of the most anticipated “Back to Dance” activities that dancers look forward to each year.

Most dance studios in have a dress code they expect their dancers to follow. If you have a copy of that, dancewear stores can always help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Stores like Mallabar even have studio specific online stores to help you shop! All you need to do is create an account and the Maples Dance store is there for you to shop in! 

Below are some things to keep in mind as you shop for dancewear.

Dance Shoes

Winnipeg Dance Studio Dance Shoe SamplesWhat colour and style of shoes do you need? For example, does your studio prefer black or beige jazz shoes? If you’re taking hip hop and the studio indicates you need indoor runners, make sure you invest in a dedicated pair of indoor runners, so you don’t bring sand and stones onto the studio floors. Do tap shoes need to be a specific brand? All these questions should be answered when you register or view the studio dress code. Typically, if a specification isn’t listed or told to you at registration, then the dance studio has no preference.

When sizing your dance shoes, you want them to fit properly. For younger dancers, it’s common for parents to want to get a pair of shoes that the dancer can grow into throughout the yeara. Unfortunately that is a bad idea as a shoe that is too big will hinder a dancer’s development and increase the risk of trips and falls during class. The last thing anyone wants is for a young dancer to get injured because they have the incorrect shoe size.

Dancewear

It’s smart to invest in a couple good pairs of dance tights (both ballet pink and beige) to last throughout the year. If your dance studio has a colour preference for body suits and other dancewear, be sure to pick up a few items that fit the requirements. Investing in good body suits, dance tops, sports bras, dance pants or shorts, and dance skirts is worth it! While there is an initial investment, high quality dancewear items last longer and are more comfortable for a dancer to wear during class..

Classical Dance Bun for Winnipeg Dance School

Hair Styles

Having your hair pulled back is a requirement for almost every dance studio you go to. Take some time to learn to do a proper bun and ponytail. Invest in good hair elastics, hair nets, bobby pins, and clips to help keep your dancer’s hair secure throughout class. Don’t let “dance hair” frustrate you in the early stages. After a few classes of styling your hair you’ll be a pro who can do a bun in under 3-minutes!

Dancewear Accessories

Winnipeg Dancewear accessoriesDancers often like to top off their dance outfits with other items like leg warmers, dance sweaters, ballet skirts, and warm-up pants. These are a fun way to add your own personal style to your dance outfit. These items also make you feel good and, when it comes to leg warmers and sweaters, they keep your muscles warm as you dance, which also reduces injuries.  

Finding Sales

Yes, dance shoes and clothes can be expensive. Help ease the stress on your wallet by signing up for email lists and following the social media of local dancewear stores like Harlequin and Mallabar. They often have Back to Dance sales and Year End Clearance sales to help you stock up at a fraction of the cost.

Make Your Items Last

Commit to taking good care of your dance shoes and clothes, and they’ll last a long time. Take time to hand wash more fragile items like tights and ballet skirts. Follow the washing instructions on your bodysuits, dance pants, and dance tops. Most importantly, hang-dry any shrinkable items like knitted sweaters and leg warmers. Dancewear is expensive, but durable if it's cared for properly. If you take good care of it you will get your money’s worth.

Don’t Forget…

Remember to put your dancer’s name in their shoes and keep all your dance items in a dance bag. This way your items stay together and are less likely to get lost, and if they do get lost, they are easier to identify in the lost and found!

Where Can I Buy My Dance Clothes?

For students taking dance in Winnipeg, there are a number or excellent local dancewear shops.

Mallabar Apparels         
Harlequin Costumes and Dance



*Note: stores like Walmart also tend to carry dance apparel options for younger dancers and Old Navy has some great active wear for kids and teens!

  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.


  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
How To Find A Dance Studio Winnipeg Dancers Will Love

Maples Dance Academy - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Find A Dance Studio Winnipeg Dancers Love

Picking a dance studio, or switching to a new dance studio, can be tough. If you type Dance Studio Winnipeg into your online search engine, so many options pop up! It can be confusing and intimidating. Dance is supposed to be fun, so picking a good dance studio shouldn’t be a negative experience, and it won’t be if you are prepared with the knowledge needed to pick the best place for you!

Basic Dance Studio Information

As you’re searching for a new studio, it’s important to gather the basic information. Stuff like location, hours of operation, social media pages, and teachers can help you get a general understanding of the studio. While surfing a dance studio’s website, or phoning around to ask questions, it’s important to consider the following to help you get a better understanding of the studio:

Is the location close to home? Does it have parking and is it close to bus routes?
Do the hours of operation work with your schedule?
Who are the teachers? Are the experienced?
What’s on the social pages? Do the pictures and videos make you want to join? Is the vibe of the page upbeat and encouraging?
Can you come for a tour?

When shopping around for a dance studio Winnipeg dancers and parents should always pick a place that lines up with their values and goals, so the above questions help set a baseline in the search.

Dance Classes

Dance Studio Winnipeg young dancers on halloween

For young dancers, there are usually only a couple of options (usually ballet and tap, or a form or creative movement), but once a child hits age 7, dance opportunities are a lot greater. When you’re searching, keep in mind the styles you want to register for, and see if the studio can offer what you need.

 

It’s always important to ask about levels and age groupings. If you have a 12-year-old child who is at a beginner level, is he or she going to be in a class with 7-year-olds, or does the studio offer beginner teen classes for your dancer? A good dance studio will have a variety of levels and age groups to pick from. If your dancer is dancing at a higher level, you may want to ask about the studio’s competitive dance programming, or see if your dancer can be evaluated to ensure you are registering for the appropriate level.

 

Class sizes are also important. Some places pack a class full of thirty 3-year-olds. That is a lot at that age! If the class sizes seem large, ask how many teachers are in the room with the children. Some studios have large classes, but have multiple teachers and student assistants in class. When looking at class sizes, you want to ensure your dancer isn’t getting lost in the shuffle. After all, you’re paying for your child to learn to dance, not fade away into the back of the room, unnoticed.

Policies

When looking at a dance studio Winnipeg parents and dancers should also be mindful of the studio policies. Are there drop-out policies if a dancer decides she doesn't like it? We know with young children, one day they want to be a dancer, the next they want to be an astronaut! And sometimes, sadly, dance simply isn't what a child expected, so you'll want to know if there is a fee penalty if you drop out, and if any refunds are given for registration fees, costume fees, unused pre-paid class fees, etc.

 

Dress codes are also often enforced, but all dance studios enforce different dress codes. You’ll want to ensure you know of any colour, style, and brand requirements, or restrictions, for dancewear, shoes, and hair styles.

 

Many dance studios also have a Code of Conduct  the studio expects all staff, parents, and dancers to follow. If you see the Code of Conduct, ask yourself if it aligns with your beliefs and if it is easy to follow. If it seems unreasonable or you don’t align with it, then the studio you’re researching probably isn’t the best choice for you.

 

Recital Information 

Dance studio winnipeg dancers at their recitalAll studios run recitals differently, but the key point is that you get to see your child perform what he or she has learned throughout the year. Ask questions about date(s) and location of the recital, and if there are videos or pictures from past recitals you can see. This helps you set expectations for the year end, and determine what type of learning outcomes are realistic for your dancer. It also allows you to plan early for recital, and ensure you can bring your dancer's fan club to cheer him or her on at recital.

 



Yes, this is a lot of information, but as you go through the process of finding a dance studio, you’ll know if a studio is right for you. If you narrow it down to a list of two or three places, always go in to tour the studio and meet the directors. Being in the studio will always help you to determine if it’s the right place for 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 Lessons Winnipeg Children Can Benefit From Most

Maples Dance Academy - Monday, March 27, 2017

Dance Lessons Winnipeg Children Can Benefit from Most

Becoming part of the dance community in Winnipeg can be fun, but also a bit confusing. When choosing dance lessons Winnipeg parents can face many unknowns throughout the registration process. There are so many styles of dance to pick from, and different age and skill levels. Then there is the choice between competitive or recreational dance programs. So what does it all mean? Hopefully we can help to decode it!

Styles of Dance

This is the best place to start. Choosing a style of dance for your child is extremely important. Do you have a child who loves to pretend to fly and sparkle around the room like Tinkerbell? Ballet is a good class to start with. What about a child who can’t stop tapping his or her toes to the beat of the music in the car? Tap class will be a perfect fit. Styles like Jazz and Hip Hop offer a more upbeat solution for the high energy dancer. With so many styles to choose from, you’ll have a lot of great options for your dancer at registration.

Ages and Levels

Dance lessons winnipeg dancers in class

Most dance studios will offer dance lessons for a variety of age groupings and levels, to ensure students can learn at a pace that helps them grow and succeed. Typically, age groupings will keep children of similar ages in a group together, allowing for positive friendships and emotional development to occur, along with their dance training. Is your dancer new to dance? Likely he or she will go into a beginner or all levels recreational dance program, versus a dancer who has years of experience at an elite level.

Recreational Dance Programming

Most new dancers come into their first dance lesson at a recreational level. Recreational dance lessons in Winnipeg allow dancers to learn at a more relaxed and modest pace. With that said, a good recreational program should also still challenge students and push them to progress throughout the length of the program. Many dancers choose to remain at a recreational level their whole lives. This is for many reasons, but for most, it’s because they simply love dance as an activity, but do not wish to pursue it at an elite level.

Competitive Dance Team

Dance lessons winnipeg dancer succeed at dance competitionsIt’s very common for dancers who dance at an elite level to be invited to a competitive team. Often called Competition Teams or Performance Teams, dancers at this level take lessons in a variety of styles, dancing multiple days during the week for longer duration. Teams are often selected by invitation or audition and require an high level of training and dedication. Elite dancers on Teams are required to commit to a number of extra practices and performances throughout the year. These programs will almost always have extra costs attached to them as well. Costs include extra costumes, registration fees for competitions, choreography or extra classes, and team outfits. This level of dance also requires extra family support and dancer/family commitment, as the elite schedules tend to be busier, and their training is much more intense. 

Ask to Be Evaluated

Not sure where your dancer fits? Before registering for dance lessons Winnipeg studios can provide evaluations of a dancer. These short testing classes will help the studio Director figure out the appropriate level and style for a dancer. Evaluations are great for first time students, but also for dancers who are moving from one studio to another, as studios set different standards for their levels and programs.  Regardless if you’re a new or returning dancer, evaluations are a great way to ensure you’re in the right level for your dance lessons.

Ask Questions

Still not sure? Ask questions. Dance studio staff are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to placing a dancer in an appropriate level or style of dance. At registration, don't be afraid to come with a list of questions for staff to answer for you. It benefits everyone as a whole when dancers are placed in the proper classes.

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Summer Camps and Dance Classes Winnipeg Dancers Will Love!

Maples Dance Academy - Sunday, March 26, 2017

Summer Camps and Dance Classes Winnipeg Dancers Will Love!


Dance Classes Winnipeg Summer Dance Summer is coming and you have a child who wants to dance, but where do you start? Looking for dance classes Winnipeg dancers will love is easier than you think! Many studios offer summer dance programs
 for dancers of all levels, at an affordable price parents will love, too!

Why You Should Choose Summer Dance Camps

For new dancers, summer dance classes are a great way to try dance for the first time. For experienced dancers, summer dance classes are a great time to try a new style of dance or keep progressing in a current style they already take. Many kids want to dance or try something new, but don’t want to commit to something for ten months. Summer dance classes allow dancers to try out a variety of dance styles, with a short time commitment, and at a fraction of the cost. On top of that, summer dance classes are a lot of fun!

Picking the Right Dance Camp

You know your child best. Has your dancer been twirling around the living room yelling out “I’m a ballerina”? If that’s the case, a hip hop camp probably isn’t the best plan! Look for camps that align with your dancer’s age, personality, and interests. When finding dance classes Winnipeg dancers will enjoy and thrive in, look for a camp that offers some variety for your dancer as well. The more variety in a summer dance program, the more exposure your dancer will have to dance in general. This helps your dancer understand his or her abilities and pick some favourite styles in the future. This makes it easier for you to register for fall classes if they wish to continue dancing past summer.

Dance Classes Winnipeg Summer Groups

How to Register for Summer Dance Classes Winnipeg Dancers Love

Registration dates vary by studio. Some dance studios open registration for summer dance classes as early as March. Keep your eyes open to local parent magazines and community forums. Remember to stay up to date with online searches and social media sites in early spring to see what camps are available. Summer dance classes often fill up quickly, so don’t procrastinate. Online registration systems make registering for dance classes easy too, so if you find summer dance classes that are a perfect fit, register online right away!

Summer Camp Was Great So Take the Next Step and Register for Fall Classes

Your dancer loved summer classes and can’t wait to sign up for more dance classes during the school year. There are a number of dance classes Winnipeg has to offer your young dancer, so if your dancer loves to dance, sign them up! There a so many benefits a dancer receives from being part of a year-long dance program. 

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A Dance School Winnipeg Dancers Are Proud To Be A Part Of

Maples Dance Academy - Monday, January 23, 2017

A Dance School Winnipeg Dancers Are Proud To Be A Part Of

Maples Academy of Dance is a dance school Winnipeg dancers are proud to be a part of, and we're honoured to work with our amazing superstars each year.  We're dedicated to fostering our student's growth as dancers, and as young people in general, in a positive, family friendly, atmosphere.

Like all dance schools in Winnipeg, we strive to provide quality, fun dance programs for our dancers.  So what makes us stand out and go the extra mile?

Moderate Class Sizes

Our class sizes are designed to create a fun environment, where no one gets missed, and everyone has a chance to shine.  Not too big and not to small, our dancers have the opportunity to make friends, learn dance theory and technique, get to know their teacher, and have fun in the studio.
  

Experienced Instructors

Our Winnipeg dance instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, and are an integral part of our programming.  Following the Maples Academy of Dance syllabus, created specifically for our Winnipeg dance school, our teachers put in countless hours to lesson plan, cut music, and create choreography that allow their dancers shine onstage.  Our experienced dance teachers bring a high level of dance knowledge, energy, and a dancer-centered focus to each class.

Varying Levels

Our class levels are split up in a variety of ways, to ensure we can accommodate as many students as possible.  Offering both recreational and competitive level dance programs to our Winnipeg dance community, we are able to create classes based on age, level,  and style, to help our dancers accomplish all their dance goals. 

Affordability

We understand dance classes in Winnipeg can be expensive.  We try to keep our prices affordable, without sacrificing the quality of our facility, instructors, costume choices, and overall dance experience.

Family Oriented

We are a family run dance school in Winnipeg, and we strive to foster a positive family-friendly atmosphere.  All of our students and their family become part of our larger dance family.  We are connected, supportive, and caring.  We put a great value on our dance family and look forward to it growing each year.