About Douglas Ballet Academy
More than just teaching the joy of movement and an appreciation of dance, our mission is to produce young adults who are leaders with personal life tools, a sense of conviction, and an appreciation of what can be accomplished through hard work and determination- a clear advantage to becoming successful adults.
Along with ballet, students are invited to take contemporary, musical theatre, jazz, irish, hip hop, lyrical jazz, street jazz and tap. Classes in these types of dance greatly improves their ballet training in all aspects. Douglas Ballet offers classes for everyone, at every level, from two years of age to adult. Students have performance opportunities, the ability to compete in festivals throughout the Lower Mainland and North America, and persue the Royal Academy of Dance examinable ballet curriculum.
Examinable Ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance
The examinable ballet curriculum taught at Douglas Ballet follows the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) method. Established in 1935, the Royal Academy is an international organization of graded ballet syllabi designed to meet the needs of young people of all ages who would like to study classical ballet.
BC High School Credits
The BC Government has decided that students will get high school credits in Grade 11 and 12 for passing Royal Academy Ballet Vocational Exams. Ask the studio for more information.
The Students and the School
Positive relations between the students at Douglas Ballet are very important. With this in mind, the Student Council was formed as a medium in which social events are planned and the students are given the opportunity to help improve the school. The family atmosphere at Douglas Ballet lets students grow in a nurturing environment, while allowing them the opportunity to become professional, well-rounded dancers.
Performing and the DBA Performance Division
Dedicated Douglas Ballet dancers have had performance opportunities throughout the community and the world including Spain, Alaska, Disneyland, New York City, as well as in local competitions and festivals.
At the end of each dance year in June, the entire school works towards the goal of a unique full-length production at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby.
Being a dance teacher, especially a teacher involved with the performance division, requires vision, patience, diligence, and dedication. They work with our kids to bring out the best in them, instilling in them discipline, confidence, and expressiveness--qualities that will serve them well in all walks of life.
These teachers select music, assess their dancers, and spend hours choreographing according to their dancers' strengths and abilities, then practice and perfect the dance. When it comes to competition time, they attend the festivals, putting in long hours to ensure the dancers have a positive experience. Whether the dancers place first or not at all, the teachers always have words of encouragement and constructive feedback for our dancers. They are there for our dancers to provide emergency hair, make up, and seamstress services, too.
Always in the wings, the dance teachers deserve the spotlight just as much as the dancers themselves. So, here's to the dance teachers for all that you do. Dance moms and dads are forever grateful.
- Ms. Angela Filipovic-Bajamic
Six years of learning ballet at Douglas Ballet, I see my little girl grow up and become more and more like a ballerina. It's an amazing experience and we enjoyed the beauty of ballet at the studio and at the shows. Thank you for creating such sweet memories in our life and all the hard work the teachers provided. Thank you for the friendship that her classmates had shared. Thank you Miss Douglas for devoting yourself in keeping and spreading this greatest and most beautiful art in this world. All the best to Douglas Ballet.
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