Competitive Program In Sault Ste. Marie

Competitive Program In Sault Ste. Marie


Studio Dance Arts offers a competitive dance program for the passionate dancer. This program is geared towards the student wanting a more serious approach to dance education. Mandatory technique and choreography classes are involved, as well as traveling to different cities to compete at dance competitions. Teamwork and camaraderie are learned, while the SDA Company travels throughout North America.



If you are interested in becoming a member of our award winning competitive dance team, come be assessed and try out!



  • 5:00-5:45pm (6-8yrs)
  • 5:45-6:30pm (9-11yrs)
  • 6:30-7:15pm (12yrs & over)


  • Leotard (black), tights (pink or tan), shoes (ballet and/or jazz OR just bring what you have).
  • Hair in tidy, neat bun.
  • NO jewelry, accessories, etc.
  • BOYS - Shorts (black), t-shirt (white), shoes (ballet and/or jazz OR just bring what you have).
  • If you DO NOT have any of the above, DO NOT WORRY * Just wear shorts, form fitting t-shirt, socks, or bare feet.


  • NEW students (who are NOT currently members of SDA), please REGISTER ONLINE for the Assessment Class.
  • Current SDA members, please use your PARENT PORTAL to enroll in the Assessment Class.
  • There is NO fee to be assessed.


  • Anyone is welcome to be assessed.
  • Minimum age requirement * Entering school grade 1 in the fall 2022.
  • Do not worry if you have not taken all dance styles previously.
  • Assessment will be a short check for feet, turnout, flexibility, musicality, etc.
  • Most important - a LOVE for dance!


2022-2023 FULL SEASON

Our full dance season is a program that runs for a TOTAL 35 WEEKS.

  • Term 1: September 10, 2022 – December 17, 2022 (14 weeks)
  • Term 2: January 3, 2023 – June 3, 2023 (21 weeks)
  • Recital Week: June 4-11, 2023

The season culminates with performances at our Year End Show (recital).


  • September 1 DUE: 1st tuition installment
  • September 10 Classes commence
  • October 1 DUE: 2nd tuition installment
  • October 10 CLOSED Thanksgiving Monday
  • November 1 DUE: 3rd tuition installment
  • November 15 DUE RECREATIONAL Recital Costume Fees
  • December 1 DUE: 4th tuition installment
  • December 18-January 2 CLOSED Christmas/New Year’s break
  • January 1 DUE: 5th tuition installment
  • February 1 DUE: 6th tuition installment
  • February 20 CLOSED Family Day Monday
  • March 1 DUE: 7th tuition installment
  • March 13-19 CLOSED March break
  • April 1 DUE: 8th tuition installment
  • April 7 CLOSED Good Friday
  • May 1st DUE: 9th tuition installment
  • May 22 CLOSED Victoria Day Monday
  • June 1 DUE: 10th tuition installment (FINAL) & any previous unpaid balance
  • June 3 Last day of classes
  • June 4-11 SAULT STE. MARIE Recital Week



Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method)

Ballet is a complex and technically challenging art form. Studying with a qualified ballet teacher is important for a child’s health and safety. Our members are provided with opportunities for professional development that incorporates up-to-date information and scientific practices in kinesiology and dance pedagogy. Our syllabus has been carefully developed to ensure a steady, careful technical and artistic progression from one level to the next.

The Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method) syllabus is comprised of five introductory levels for young children (Levels Primary to Four), four levels for more experienced students (Levels Five to Eight) and five major levels for the serious student dancer (Levels Pre-Elementary to Pre-Professional). Pointe work is included in the female syllabus from Pre-Elementary onwards. Specific work for male students is included throughout the syllabus.

Levels Primary through Four are comprised of a series of set exercises. This format changes quickly in the following years of training. From Level Five onward teachers are required to choreograph all exercises and combinations from the list of technical elements and their requirements for each syllabus level. Teachers are responsible for providing and selecting the appropriate music for their examination material. These unique features, among examining societies, ensure that teachers are not only creatively involved in their students’ growth, but their own development as well. In all levels teachers are given numerous options and choices in the presentation of syllabus elements.

We believe that all students should have a positive examination experience, giving them enthusiasm to continue their dance studies and a sense of accomplishment.

The World Renown Vaganova Method

Prior to her death in 1957, Russian ballet instructor, Agrippina Vaganova, made seminal worldwide contributions to the theory and practice of contemporary ballet training. By blending the best elements of the old imperial Russian style with more athletic movement, she developed what is now known as the Vaganova Method or System. Her method did not isolate the body into separate parts, but viewed it as an integrated system. Students received precise corrections based upon anatomical knowledge.

Graduate of the Imperial Ballet School in Leningrad, Agrappina Vaganova acquired the knowledge and various styles of her great teachers “and she reworked them into one whole, adding to them her experience and that of young Soviet Ballet, until this formed what is now known as the Vaganova System. – Anatole Chujoy from The Dance Encyclopedia, Simon & Schuster, 1967.

Hallmarks of the Vaganova Method is renown for its expressive fluidity of the arms in coordination with the upper body. Movement originates “from the body” rather than the appendages. Precision and breadth of movement, particularly in allegro work, are visible characteristics of the Vaganova trained dancer.

Many of her pupils such as Galina Ulanova, Natalia Dudinskaya and Irina Kolpakova became important figures in Soviet ballet. Her published work “The Principles of Classical Dance” is an important text for ballet teachers to this day. The creative evolution of her ideas continue to this day and are widely used by training institutions and professional ballet companies throughout the world.

At the core of her method is the conviction by Vaganova that all theory must be enriched by the experience of teaching and new developments in artistic practice. The creative evolution of her ideas continue to this day and are widely used by training institutions and professional ballet companies throughout the world.

“Look at life all around; everything is growing, everything is moving forward. Therefore I recommend…keeping in touch with life and with art”.   – Agrippina Vaganova

For more info about the Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova), visit their website at: