Dance Academy ~ Fall 2018

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The first month of dance academy has flown by already!  The focus for September was getting to know each other, and exploration of our abilities and passions in dance. Below are some of the major activities we accomplished, or are working on, for September and October:


  • Website Portfolios: All students created an online website/portfolio where they will keep track of their experiences throughout the year
  • Technique lessons in ballet and jazz / Combinations in lyrical and hip-hop
  • “Thriller “Flash Mob choreography
  • Head shots: All students had both studio and natural light head shots taken and will receive digital copies in the next month.


  • Rehearsals for Halloween “Thriller” Flash Mob
  • Field Trip to Cirque Du Soleil – Sunday, October 13 (see more information below)
  • Starting choreography on our Remembrance Day Performance
  • Technique and combos



Dance Academy students are performing a Thriller flash mob at Tsawwassen Mills Mall over Halloween on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 23 @ 1pm (rehearsal only)
  • Thursday, October 25 @ 1pm
  • Wednesday, October 31 @ 1pm
  • *DSS students will also perform in the DSS cafeteria on October 31 at 12pm*


CorteoSunday, October 13 @ 1:00 pm at the Pacific Coliseum.   Cirque Du Soleil Info

Dance Academy students are beyond excited to be attending “Corteo” next week!  Thank you to parents who have volunteered to drive students and attend the show with us.  Please see the email for more information on transportation to and from the event.



Thanks to all parents and home-stay parents for your continued support of Dance Academy students this year.


Remembrance Day, 2016

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Congratulations to DA students who performed in the Delta Secondary School Remembrance Day Ceremony. We are very proud of their stunning lyrical performance to “I Will Remember You” by Sarah Mclachlan. Choreographed by Melissa Pribula, it was a perfect reflection of the importance of the day and its theme of remembrance, hope, respect and understanding. To see the video, please visit the “Media” tab and then look under the heading “Videos”.


Dance Academy ~ Winter Upate

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It is hard to believe Winter Break is around the corner and the Dance Academy has already completed a very successful, dance-filled Term One.

Dancers have spent the last two and a half months completing a variety of curriculum related lessons, instruction and assignments. Dancers attended a field trip at the Circus Lab where they tried out silks, tumbling, trampoline and trapeze moves. Dancers have participated in conditioning workshops as well as a Floor Barre lesson with Madoka Sato.They have worked with each of our regular dance instructors in a variety of genres: ballet, hip hop, salsa, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and Bollywood. They’ve met new peers, grown their confidence and taken class in both a Theatre and a studio setting. This year’s students are a lovely group of young dancers who are sure to grow within this unique program.

Dancers were divided into two groups at the beginning of October, each with its own set of learning outcomes and individualized instruction. While the formal names for these cohorts are Foundations and Performance, dancers are close to choosing a nickname for their groups: the most recent front runners are Fuego and Vida, respectively – Spanish words for “fire” and “life”.

Dancers also recently received their Academy jackets and all seem to be enjoying the colour and comfort of them!

We are very proud of the Performance group’s professional and stunning lyrical performance in DSSs’ Remembrance Day Assembly on November 10 to “I Will Remember You” by Sarah Mclachlan. Choreographed by Melissa Pribula, it was a perfect reflection of the importance of the day and its theme of remembrance, hope, respect and understanding. To see the video, please visit our webpage, under the “Media” tab and then under “Videos”.

As we look towards Term Two, it is important for parents and guardians to save the date for the Dance Academy Spring Show. Each student will be entitled to 4 free tickets for their parents/guardians and guests. We hope that you will also bring many family and friends.

Dance Academy Spring (Term Two) Show

March 2, 2016 , 7:30pm

Genesis Theatre, Delta Secondary School

Students have already started working on choreography in a variety of genres. Here is the list below of the choreographers assigned to each genre. It sure is to be a unique, exciting show!

Foundations Choreo Projects

Contemporary Ballet with Tanner

Hip Hop with Jessica

Jazz with Melissa


Performance Choreo Projects

Ballet with Melissa

Salsa with Jessica

Hip Hop with Jyla


And both groups in….

Large Group Bollywood/Jazz Fusion –Tanner Plecas, Jyla Davis and Melissa Pribula


I hope the holiday season finds you well. Enjoy your time with family and friends over the Winter Break.



Rebecca Salton

Dance Academy

Delta Secondary School






Academy Open House

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Come join us for a Delta Academy open house to learn more about the awesome and innovative opportunities available to high school students in Delta. Details and information are below:


Saturday Jan 23rd, Delta Manor:

Saturday Jan 30th, Burnsview Secondary:

Opera Info Night, Feb 3rd, Delta Secondary: