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Creative Children’s Dance Centre

Map1980 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, ON M6N 0A3
  • Dance
  • March Break
  • P.A. Day Camps
  • Performing Arts
  • Summer Day Camps


Since 2005, Director Lauire Raymond has offered dance and movement classes for children aged 3-18 that reflect her love for all forms of dancr, and her enthusiam for teaching and sharing. CCDC is located in the west end of Toronto at The Stockyards mall.


Pre School Dance and Play: Open to children 2.5 to 4 years old, this three-hour morning program runs Tuesday through Friday. Children may enrol for single or multiple days per week. In addition to an hour of creative movement dance class (taught by Preschool dance specialist- Yvonne Nichols), the children will engage in freestyle active play, games and songs in “circle time”, colouring/art, and also have social time and a snack.

Pre-ballet: Young children are introduced to the foundations of movement and music in a creative, playful environment. Coordination, balance, musicality, body and spacial awareness are just a few of the things achieved throughout this class. Designed to inspire and intrigue young movers, to help them develop skills for future movement classes. Class size limited to 12 students.

Creative Movers: This class uses elements of movement that compliment the natural shapes made by our bodies. Disciplined yet playful, this form of dance will focus on creating open minds and bodies for future dance forms. Creating movement through storytelling, use of props, and stimuli such as visual art and a variety of musical styles. A great start for the young artist inside us all.

Ballet: Classical ballet has much to offer the young dancer; posture, grace, and musicality are just a few of the many benefits. Children will explore a range of motion building strength and flexibility. Our students are trained using the RAD(Royal Academy of Dance) Method and have the opportunity to take their RAD exams.

Modern Contemporary: Modern dance classes promote the joy of physical expression, and the relationship between sound and music to movement. Classes emphasize the creative and technical aspects of the art form, and often feature musical accompaniment by a live musician. Classes include warm-up exercises to prepare the body for movement, and choreographic instruction that develops coordination, posture, strength, athleticism, imagination, and artistry. The focus is on the artistic potential of dancers and their development and passion for the art form.

Jazz: A lively form of movement which is accompanied by current music in styles such as r&b, dance/electronic, jazz, pop, and latin music. Jazz classes will have a strong technical base with body-safe stretching and strengthening exercises. Each class will end with a combination of the material taught throughout each class. These classes will appeal to those who like to move to the funky beats of the latest dance hits!

Tap: Tap those toes! Shuffle your feet! This fabulous form of dance has students creating their own rhythms and exploring the many sounds of tap and getting a great physical workout. All tap classes will include a strong technical base, an improvisational section, and a combination to conclude each class. The expression and creativity found within a tap dancer is driven by the urge not only to dance, but also to create musical rhythms!

Hip Hop: A fun and athletic way to enjoy dance; Hip-Hop will challenge your coordination and fine motor skills. Students will move and groove to the musical styles of funk, rap, R+B, and electronic beats. All music will be child friendly and free of explicit content! Each class will start with a warm-up for strength and stretch as well as isolated activities. Hip-Hop will also explore travelling for spatial awareness and innovative dance games. Each class will finish off with a combination to hone the dancers’ ability to learn new movement quickly.

Acro: Acro Dance combines dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Its athletic character, unique choreography, and use of acrobatics in a dance context are what distinguish this unique class. This program is designed for dancers who want to increase their flexibility, control, and strength. Dancers will be shown how to execute acrobatic movements properly and safely.

Seasonal Camps

Creative Children’s Dance Centre also offers camps during the summer, on PA Days and March Break.

This year's summer camp program will inspire the ballerina in everyone, offering classes in ballet, contemporary modern and drama. The day will also include outdoor play, arts and crafts and film clips from some of the most famous ballet companies. All teachers are highly qualified with a mature approach to their teaching styles. If your child loves classical music and ballet dresses this is the camp for them.

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