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The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre

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Dance Classes for Children and Teens

Preballet Intro Class

The Complex Tiny Tots and Little Learners Program is for our youngest students, age 1.5 - 5.  Classes at this age level foster kinesthetic awareness and help to develop gross motor skills, creativity, coordination, and rhythm.  Our Creative Movement Classes are fun, energetic, engaging, and the perfect creative and physical outlet for little ones, Moovin' and Groovin' class allows our tiniest friends to explore music and movement with a caregiver, and our movement exploration class opens up the imagination through creative play, story development, and investigating movement of the body and our connection to emotions and self .  Watch them Soar!

Intro to Ballet Image

YOUTH ages 6-8

Comprehensive curriculum designed to ensure the proper development of young bodies.  Professional Faculty.   Enhance Coordination, Creativity, Teamwork,  Task-Mastering, Confidence, and Learning Skills.  Explore Rhythms, Movement Concepts and Elementary Classical Ballet Concepts.

Supportive and nurturing environment that fosters a love of learning, creativity and movement in little ones.

Modern Dance Class at The Complex

JUNIORS ages 9-11

 Professional Faculty. Intensive Training.  Supportive Environment.  Progressive Curriculum.    Performance Opportunities.  Ballet Company.  Collaboration.  Choreography.  Students at this age begin to make the connections between theoretical teaching personal creative development.  Students develop a  strong technical foundation and a confident creative voice.  

Martha Graham Modern Dance

TEENS / SENIORS ages 12-19

Programs designed for the older learner, whether advanced or beginner.  College Preparation.  Intensive levels of technical training.  MANY Performance Opportunities.  Ballet and Modern Dance Companies.  Collaborative work with other disciplines.  Choreography and Composition Training and Creative Making.  Students have many opportunities to richly develop their technical and creative movement practice.  

Interdisciplinary Art

Students engage in creative work that enlivens their creative and critical thinking.  

The Complex nurtures students through engaging work, rich performances, mindful discussion, and through a high level of expectancy in all we do and strive to do here at The Complex.

The technical proficiency of our students is not measured by a trophy or medal, but by their ability to create, engage, inspire, evolve, and collaborate, adapt, share, and master technique/choreography/creative process in a proper way that ensures healthy development of young bodies and minds. 

The Complex Dance Performance Companies

The Complex Performance Project is an arm of The Complex that offers students and adults performance opportunities in dance and theatre

Dance CompaniesOpen to students enrolled in The Conservatory Program - 

Company members perform locally and regionally and partake in many different types of experiences

  • The Complex Ballet Company Youth, Teen, Senior with additional audition opportunities for Community School Students if appropriate

Under the direction of Michael Bolger, MFA.

Members perform classical and original balletic works, allowing for deeper understanding and appreciation of the classical form and its history.

  • The Complex Modern Dance Company Teen, Senior

Under the direction of Nichola Johnson, MFA.

The Modern Dance Company is a place for creative exploration and growth. Students develop their own work through a rich process of research, observation, consideration, ideation, and collaboration. Students learn to advocate for their visions, ideas, and creations