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The Nutcracker, Our tradition

Two standing ovations for two amazing performances!! Bravo Fleet-Wood Dance Company

FLEET-WOOD DANCENTRE

Fleet-Wood Dancentre, School of Dance opened in 1994 The oldest School of Dance in the area, and continuing to offer the best training in the Georgian Triangle.  Highly trained professional staff offer classes in Cecchetti Ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, acro, competitions, ballet exams and yearly recital.

Whether your child wants to just dance for fun once or week, or train with serious intentions to a professional goal, we have the classes for you.  In September of 2015 Camille Paget was accepted by audition  to Canada's Quinte Ballet School for Professional Training.  We are very proud of Camille's accomplishment.

We are also very proud of our "family friendly feel" at Fleet-Wood Dancentre as shown in our happy students.  A live video feed allows parents to watch classes from our reception and Art Gallery within 65 Simcoe Street.

THE NUTCRACKER:   TRADITION!  December 17, 2017  Meaford Hall

Fleet-Wood is proud to present The Nutcracker every two years with students of the Fleet-Wood Dance Company and professional staff and alumni.       

The eleventh performance on December 12 at Meaford hall showcased two sold out performances ending with standing ovations.   Dancers from five years to adult showed off four months of hard work.   

THE NUTCRACKER SCHOOL TOURS!   TRADITION!

Dancers launched the production by performing at six local schools before hundreds of children who also got to join in making sound affects.  Some boys got to try their best marching!!

RIGHT OF PASSAGE:    TRADITION!

Ricki Langan first performed  The Nutcracker at the age of 5, but on the 12th of December she took the stage as The Sugar Plum Fairy at 17.    Many Fleet-Wood students have enjoyed this "right of passage"  and enjoy dancing all the different roles through their years at Fleet-Wood. 

CHRISTMAS LIVING WINDOWS:   Tradition!!

Every year dancers enjoy performing mini ballets in the store front windows of Historic Downtown Collingwood. Dressed in the beautiful costumes of The Nutcracker, dancers perform in decorated Christmas Windows, and when the snow is also falling, there is nothing more magical!!


Dance Programs

Fleet-Wood Dancentre is nestled in the heart of 65 Simcoe Street, next to The Library.  Internal hallways provide parents easy access to the delectibles at "Creemore Coffee Shoppe" or enjoy exploring the Art Gallery, The Food Co-op, and The Wool Shoppe.   Spacious washrooms and Press Gallery complete with tables and chairs provide a comfortable waiting area where you can enjoy watching the class from a live video feed!  

Fleet-Wood Dancentre is the only studio that offers direct video feed of the class.  We feel it is important that you be able to enjoy watching your child's progress throughout the year,  as they take their first steps into the dance world.  A video feed is located in our reception with viewing available to the Art Gallery.   Our french doors also give your child a chance to wave and feel safe, seeing mom or dad right there!  **

Fleet-Wood Dancentre offers two streams of classes..


*Recreation Classes

and

*Pre-professional Classes


  • List of our Recreation Classes:    $30 per month.

  • Mom and Munchkins  18 months - 2 years.
  • Kinderdance, 3,4
  • Little Dancer, 5,6
  • Tap: 7 to teen
  • Acro: 5 to teen
  • Hip Hop: 7 to teen
  • Ballet: 7 to teen
  • Jazz: 7 to teen
  • Contemporary: 11 to teen
  • Boys ballet:  11 to teen

Mom and Munchkins

Both mom and munchkins will enjoy a 30 minutes class exploring movement and dance to the best of toddler music.  Follow the leader, circle time,  rhythm and roll,  tambourine tempo,  across the floor, and more!   A fun workout for mom while introducing emerging dance moves such as walking, running, spinning and jumping to little ones.  

Kinderdance

Sharron Fleet has developed a program from 40 years of experience teaching little ones  3 and 4 year olds.  They will enjoy dancing to "sing-a-long" songs they may already know to introduce moving to the beat of the music.   Marching, jumping, spinning, running, creeping, kicking and leaping with teddy bears, scarves, tambourines, shakers, and rhythm sticks are all apart of class.  By the end of the year their dance routine will be sure to steal the show!    

Little Dancer Program 5 & 6 years

Older children are capable of more.  Pointed toes are practiced "at the barre" and "retires" are carefully placed at the knee.    Allegro steps common to both ballet and jazz are introduced from the corner.  Dancers will learn to skip and gallop in patterns finishing with a pose in the corner.    Class ends with "reverence", the bow from teacher to student to teacher, saying "thank-you and good-bye".

Cost of the Program

Students pay $30 Per month via post-dated cheques, which offer a refund opportunity. Class attire (about $75) and recital costume is $85

What to Wear

Fleet-Wood Dancentre is the only school that offers custom measured bodysuits to ensure everyone has the perfect fit.    Our beautiful blue bodysuits, matching wrap skirts and hair scrunchies will dress your ballerina for class. Hair in a bun or high ponytail is perfect!   Ballet tights and ballet slippers are available at Fleet-Wood.  Class attire differs for contemporary, hip and jazz.    Hip Hop shoes or jazz sneakers are required, a loose comfy Fleet-Wood pants and Fleet-Wood t-shirts are worn.  

Complimentary Dance Bag

Your purchase of dance clothing will include a "complimentary Fleet-Wood Dance Bag" to store all their clothing, shoes and hair supplies.  Let it live on the bedroom door and make preparation for dance class a breeze!  

Year End Recital Costume

Our June  recital is a celebration and chance for your child to shine on the stage.  Her/his costume is custom sewn to their measurements insuring a perfect fit.  The fee is $85. via post-dated cheque for February. This is also refundable.  In addition to teaching over 20 classes a week, Sharron Fleet, Director, spends her day enjoying another passion.   Working with beautiful shiny stretch lycra fabric,  designing and sewing the entire school's recital costumes.  She begins in November and produces over 300 custom pieces.    

 

*Pre-professional Classes

Fleet-Wood Dance Company  5 to 19 years

Cecchetti Ballet   Modern   Contemporary  Open Ballet   Jazz   Conditioning   Acro    Competition

This acclaimed grouping of students is most well known for their annual performances at Christmas, performing in the windows of Downtown Collingwood's Hurontario Street.    As well they tour local schools bringing portions of The Nutcracker to children who would not otherwise have a chance to see live ballet performances. Fleet-Wood Dancentre is the first School of Dance hired to perform professinally at  Meaford Hall and recently presented "The Nutcracker", Dec. 12, 2015.  Fleet-Wood is the only School of Dance that takes on the enormous task of preparing their students for such a large ballet production.    Students ages 5 to 19, along with professional alumni and staff present a dynamic two hour performance.     Fleet-Wood Dancentre initially received grants from The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts and the Kemp Award, with which to purchase the elaborate sets and costumes.    Fleet-Wood students look forward to learning a new role each time, from Chinese, to Arabian to Waltz of the Flowers and more!  

The Fleet-Wood Dance Company students study the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and can participate in exams as early as 7 years of age.    In addition to being grounded in ballet, they also receive training in pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro and contemporary so that are well rounded and prepared for auditions at the post-secondary level.   Fleet-Wood students have gone on to graduate from Canada's National Ballet School, Ryerson, York University, George Brown College and Toronto Dance Theatre.  Many now perform professionally.

The Fleet-Wood Dance Company also competes yearly at The Muskoka Ballet Gala in Orillia, "Luv to Dance" and "Dance Canada" Competitions at Blue Mountain.   Solos, duets and group dances are available.  Colin Eccles heads the Competition Classes in Contemporary Ballet,  Sierra Maraj, for Contemporary and Hip Hop, Jonathan Fleet for Jazz.  

 

"CECCHETTI DAY" at

The National Ballet School of Canada.

Fleet-Wood students study The Cecchetti Method of Ballet.  Yearly trips to "Cecchetti Day" at The National Ballet School give students the opportunity to have class with the schools' staff and Cecchetti Examiners.  An opportunity to feel a part of the Cecchetti Community and enjoy dancing in one of the world's most premiere dance studios to the accompaniament of exceptional musicians playing grand pianos.    Fleet-Wood is proud to have trained several students who were accepted through an audition process and are now training at The National Ballet School.  

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Yearly scholarships are available as well as The Jumpstart Program through the Y.M.C.A. Collingwood.