Ascension Dance

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We are thrilled to include you in our Ascension Dance community. Here are some of the most frequent things people wonder about their dance class

Where is the Studio?

We are located at 530 Victoria Ave. Please come to Entrance A, the double doors that face Victoria Ave in the middle of the building. Come in and turn left down the hall. We are in Studio E on the left hand side or Suite F on the right hand side.

Where should I park?

There is angled parking out front facing Victoria Ave, and also a parking lot in behind the building.

What are protocols for dropping off and picking up dancers?

Beginning of Class:

Please arrive a few minutes before your dancer’s class starts. We now encourage parents and dancers to enter through Entrance A (facing Victoria Ave). Once inside, escort your dancer to our waiting room, where they can prepare for class. Our teacher will collect the students from the waiting room right before the class starts. We kindly ask that you keep noise levels low in the hallways to respect the other businesses sharing the building with us.

During Class:

Parents and guardians, you’re welcome to stay in our waiting room while your dancer is in class. We have screens set up that allow you to watch the class in real-time, giving you a unique window into your dancer’s development and the class dynamics.

Please note: While we now have a waiting room, parents, family members, or guardians are still not allowed inside the actual dance studios during class time. The only exception is our Ages 2-3 Creative Movement class.

End of Class:

When class ends, your dancer will be escorted back to the waiting room. You can meet them there and collect their belongings.

For a smooth exit, we recommend leaving through the same Entrance A. If you’re picking up your dancer and didn’t stay in the waiting room, please be punctual and ready to meet them in the waiting room when their class is scheduled to end.

What if we will be absent for a class?

If your dancer is to be absent from class please let us know as soon as you can. You can email us at studio@ascensiondance.ca or call 519-365-4632 and leave a message.

What Should I (or my dancer) wear?

Jazz

Jazz shoes are required for class (preferably canvas or leather, slip on with no tie up laces). These are designed to keep your dancer’s feet safe while helping them build the muscles and stability necessary for dance and getting them used to how dance shoes connect with the floor. Recitals and performances require caramel/tan coloured shoes for females and males. If dancers are uncomfortable in their shoes, we recommend having small ankle tights or extremely thin socks to help any discomfort.

  • Bodysuit (any colour, any sleeve length, dancewear or gymnastics wear)
  • Dancewear tights (nylon, spandex, or lycra fabric.) Any colour of tights are allowed for class. Light pink or tan coloured tights are recommended. Recitals and performances may require a specific colour of tights for females to match their costume.
  • Detachable skirt (normally a single layer of fabric, short so the dancer does not trip) or tutu (usually fluffy or multi-layered materials) both can be any colour the dancer prefers
  • Body suit with skirt or tutu attached (any colour)
  • Athletic shorts (any colour, can be worn over bodysuit or with a t-shirt)
  • T-shirt and tank top, with athletic shorts or leggings (any colours)
  • Cotton romper or soft fabric overalls.
Ballet

Ballet shoes are required for class (preferably canvas or leather, slip on with no tie up laces). Recital and performances costumes will require pink shoes for girls and black shoes for boys. If dancers are uncomfortable in their shoes, we recommend having small ankle tights or extremely thin socks to help any discomfort.

  • Bodysuit (any colour, any sleeve length, dancewear or gymnastics wear)
  • Dancewear tights (nylon, spandex, or lycra fabric.) Any colour of tights are allowed for class. Light pink or tan coloured tights are recommended. Recitals and performances may require a specific colour of tights for females to match their costume.
  • Detachable skirt (normally a single layer of fabric, short so the dancer does not trip) or tutu (usually fluffy or multi-layered materials) both can be any colour the dancer prefers
  • Body suit with skirt or tutu attached (any colour)
Hip Hop

Clean indoor running shoes can be worn during class. We recommend something that has support for the foot/arch and will not shed dirt/mud into the studio.

  • Athletic shorts 
  • loose sweatpants
  • loose tshirts
  • sweaters
Lyrical

We suggest the Capezio lyrical shoe, the “Pirouette”. This is a shoe that only has material covering the ball of the foot, leaving the heel exposed to the floor. Other footwear for lyrical would be ballet shoes.

  • Bodysuit (any colour, any sleeve length, dancewear or gymnastics wear)
  • Dancewear tights (nylon, spandex, or lycra fabric.) Any colour of tights are allowed for class. Light pink or tan coloured tights are recommended. Recitals and performances may require a specific colour of tights for females to match their costume.
  • Detachable skirt (normally a single layer of fabric, short so the dancer does not trip) or tutu (usually fluffy or multi-layered materials) both can be any colour the dancer prefers
  • Body suit with skirt or tutu attached (any colour)
  • Athletic shorts or yoga leggings 
  • T-shirt and tank top, with athletic shorts or leggings 
  • Cotton romper or soft fabric overalls.
Stretch
Bare Feet
  • Athletic shorts or yoga leggings 
  • T-shirt and tank top, with athletic shorts or leggings 
Other
  • Bodysuit (any colour, any sleeve length, dancewear or gymnastics wear)
  • Dancewear tights (nylon, spandex, or lycra fabric.) Any colour of tights are allowed for class. Light pink or tan coloured tights are recommended. Recitals and performances may require a specific colour of tights for females to match their costume.
  • Detachable skirt (normally a single layer of fabric, short so the dancer does not trip) or tutu (usually fluffy or multi-layered materials) both can be any colour the dancer prefers
  • Body suit with skirt or tutu attached (any colour)
  • Athletic shorts (any colour, can be worn over bodysuit or with a t-shirt)
  • T-shirt and tank top, with athletic shorts or leggings (any colours)
  • Cotton romper or soft fabric overalls.
  • Dancers may want a thin sweater, something that is comfortable and flexible to move in.
  • Denim or other thick, stiff material is strongly discouraged.
How should I do my hair?

Hair styles need to be pulled off the dancer’s face and secured so that it will stay in place all class. Examples would be a bun, braids, pony tail, with bangs clipped back. Hair accessories are up to the dancers’ preference, they need to be secured and not a distraction during movement.

Should I wear any jewelry?

Jewelry that dangles is not permitted as it is a safety hazard. Small pieces of jewelry are allowed, as long as they are not distracting to the dancer. Positive examples would be stud earrings, elastic bracelets, plastic or thin rings.

Where do I get dancewear and shoes?

If you are looking for a source to purchase dancewear or shoes in the Chatham area, we recommend Barb and Greg Bondy at Act 1 Theatrical Supplies. 

If you have any questions please email us at studio@ascensiondance.ca.

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