classes offered

creative movement

MHSB offers creative movement classes for children aged 3 to 6. Young students will be taught an appreciation of movement and music in a caring and relaxed environment. Emphasis is placed on enjoyment, expression and the learning of simple pre-ballet concepts and steps. Live piano music is used for each class.

Levels Offered

  • Pre-Ballet (children in nursery school): 3 to 4 years of age
  • Pre-Primary (children in junior kindergarden): 4 to 5 years of age
  • Primary (children in senior kindergarden): 5 to 6 years of age
  • Ballet 1 (children in grade 1): 6 to 7 years of age


ballet

At MHSB once children reach 7 years of age they follow the more structured format of a traditional ballet class.

The Martha Hicks School of Ballet teaches the Cecchetti method of ballet. The solid unmannered Cecchetti base enables dancers to embrace any choreographic style.

Creativity continues to be encouraged as sense of presentation and artistry is developed. Emphasis is placed on the more technical aspects including posture, coordination and muscular awareness.

Every other year MHSB prepares eligible students for ballet exams in the Cecchetti syllabus.

Dedicated older students are required to come to class twice a week and will have the opportunity to be considered at 12 years of age or older for Pointe work. It is offered to advanced students when they have developed the necessary strength in the body, legs and feet.

For older, experienced students it may be necessary to undergo an assessment to ensure placement in the appropriate level.

Levels Offered


  • Ballet 2: 7 to 8 years of age
  • Ballet 3: 8 to 10 years of age
  • Ballet 4: 9 to 11 years of age

Regular Stream - must attend 2 times a week and will be eligible to complete an exam

  • Ballet 5:  9 to 11 years of age
  • Ballet 6: 10 to 13 years of age
  • Ballet 7: 11 to 14 years of age
  • Ballet 8: 12 to 14 years of age
  • Ballet 9: 13 to 15 years of age
  • Ballet 11: 16 to 17 years of age
  • Ballet 12: 17 to 18 years of age

 



recreational ballet

MHSB offers Recreational Ballet to dancers who have either little or no training, or those who wish to limit their ballet training just once a week, and prefer a slightly less serious approach to ballet. Basic technique is covered, with an emphasis on posture, musical interpretation and an appreciation for movement.

Levels Offered

All levels attend classes once per week

  • Junior Ballet 1R: 9 to 11 years of age
  • Junior Ballet 2R: 10+ years of age with 1 year of experience or more
  • Senior Ballet 2R: 13+ years of age with 2+ years of experience

 



pointe

Pointe work is an important addition to a ballerina's dance training. This is offered to the serious student who has reached at least 11 years of age. MHSB offers a introductory pointe class for dancers that have been in ballet twice a week for several years. Students are individually assessed for strength and control before being accepted into the Pointe program. We are now including a poite segment in the regular twice a week ballet classes for the levels of Ballet 8 and up. 

Levels Offered

All levels attend classes once per week

  • Pre-Pointe: 11 + years of age with teacher recommendation - needs to be enrolled in ballet at MHSB

 

 



jazz

The MHSB Jazz program was developed in 1995 and has proved tremendously popular. Children only need to be five years of age in order to start taking jazz. The pace is lively and the atmosphere is fun as children learn steps and combinations to recorded, current music.

Jazz classes help develop the ability to interpret contemporary rhythms and dance forms. Although not mandatory, students are encouraged to take ballet in addition to jazz.

Levels Offered

Regular Stream - attend classes once per week

  • Pre-Jazz: 5 to 6 years of age
  • Jazz 1: 6 to 7 years of age
  • Jazz 2: 7 to 8 years of age
  • Jazz 3: 8 to 9 years of age
  • Jazz 4: 9 to 11 years of age

Regular Stream - must attend classes 2 times a week and ballet is NOT required

  • Jazz 7: 11 to 14 years of age
  • Jazz 9: 13 to 16 years of age
  • Jazz 11:16 to 18 years of age

Advanced Stream - must attend classes 2 times a week and must also be enrolled in ballet at MHSB

  • Jazz 6a: 10 to 13 years of age
  • Jazz 8a: 12 to 14 years of age
  • Jazz 9a: 13 to 16 years of age
  • Jazz 10a: 14 to 16 years of age
  • Jazz 12a: 16 to 18 years of age

Recreational Stream - attend classes once per week

  • Junior Jazz 1R: 10+ years of age with 1 year of experience or more
  • Junior Jazz 2R: 11+ years of age with 2+ years of experience
  • Senior Jazz 3R: 11 years of age with 3 + years of experience


hip hop

Hip Hop classes begin with a vigorous warm-up, followed by street based dance routines. Students seven and up, with or without previous training, can jump right in and learn the most current dance moves.

Levels Offered

All levels attend classes once per week

  • Pre-Hip Hop: 5 to 7 years of age
  • Hip Hop 1: 6 to 7 years of age
  • Hip Hop 2: 7 to 8 years of age
  • Hip Hop 4: 10 to 13 years of age
  • Hip Hop 5: 11 to 14 years of age
  • Hip Hop 6: 13 to 16 years of age
  • Hip Hop 7: 16 to 18 years of age

 

 



contemporary

Contemporary dance incorporates ballet and natural movement. This is offered to the older student preferably with some ballet experience.

Levels Offered

All levels attend classes once per week

  • Beginner Contemporary: 9 to 13 years of age with no experience
  • Contemporary 1: 10 to 14 years of age with 1 year of experience
  • Contemporary 2: 12 to 15 years of age with 1 year of experience
  • Contemporary 3: 13 to 16 years of age with 2 years of experience
  • Contemporary 4: 14 to 18 years of age with 3+ years of experience
  • Contemporary 5: 15 to 18 years of age with 4+ years of experience


musical theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining songs, spoken dialogue and dance. No prior experience is necessary.

Levels Offered

All levels attend classes once per week

  • Musical Theatre: 7 to 10 years of age

 



tap

 With a focus on fun but with the challenge of rhythm and movement together, tap has been an increasingly popular dance style.  Children only need to be five years of age in order to start taking tap.  No prior dance background is needed, just the ability to find and keep a beat.  

Levels Offered

  •  Pre - Tap: 5 to 7 years of age
  • Tap 2: 7 to 9 years of age
  • Tap 3: 8 to 10 years of age
  • Tap 4: 9 to 11 years of age
  • Tap 5: 10 to 12 years of age
  • Tap 6: 13 to 17 years of age


acro

Acro dance is the fusion of classicial dance technique with the atheleticism of acrobatic elements.  Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering based in flexibitlity, contorsion, and strength. 

Levels Offered

  •  Pre - Acro: 5 to 7 years of age
  • Acro 1: 6 to 7 years of age
  • Acro 2: 8 to 11 years of age
  • Acro 3: 11 to 14 years of age
  • Advaned Acro: 12 to 16 years of age