Program Information

Program Information

Academy Location

Delta Secondary
4615 51st Street
Delta BC  V4K 2V8
Phone; 604 946-4194

Dance Academy Goals

  • To foster a love for life long learning through dance
  • To provide professional training in technique, choreography and performance
  • To experience a variety of dance genres
  • To provide individual and personal evaluations of technique, choreography and performance
  • To encourage students to continually strive to improve their understanding of the social, cultural, personal and economic contexts of dance
  • To encourage and enhance students’ appreciation of and passion for dance
  • To expose students to career possibilities in the field of dance

Facts about the Program

  • Admission by audition in the Spring
  • Pre-requisites
    •     Serious, passionate attitude toward dance
    •     Strong technical base; jazz and ballet training
  • Open to males and females in Grades 8 – 12
  • Two consecutive 80-minute blocks within the 8-block student schedule; every other afternoon
  • Delta students may attend Delta Secondary part-time to participate in the Dance Academy. (Bell schedules are similar at each secondary school in Delta; lunchtime provides time for students to move between schools to attend an academy at another school.)
  • Bus transportation from Sands, Burnsview and Seaquam Secondary to Delta Secondary and back is available.  There will be an additional $50/month charge for this.  (From South Delta to Delta Secondary and back is also available for $ 25/month). Please note:  Transportation to/from  Delta Secondary is not available from Delview or North Delta Secondary.
  • Instruction in core genres: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical and Hip Hop
  • Students will be placed into dance groupings according to technical ability
  • Academy classes occur in the Genesis Theatre Dance Studio
  • Field trips to professional dance company rehearsals, studios and dance performances
  • Receive credit for PE and Dance 8 – 12
  • Receive 8 credits per year toward graduation

Curriculum and Assessment

Objectives are derived from the Ministry of Education Dance 8-10, Dance 11-12, and Physical Education Instructional Resource Packages. Curriculum has recently been update according to the new BC Arts Education (Dance) Curriculum.


Areas of dance study include, but are not limited to:

  • technique, choreography, and performance
  • anatomy, nutrition
  • physical and mental health and wellness
  • critical theory and analysis
  • dance education and careers
  • stretch & strength
  • conditioning & flexibility
  • professionalism and dance etiquette
  • choreography and composition theory
  • social, historical, cultural contexts of a variety of dance genres

Dance Academy Assessment Criteria 

Physical Participation                  50%

  • Level and intensity of participation daily lessons, workshops, field trips and role in the Ensemble; preparation, materials; leadership. 

Skill Development & Growth 35% 

  • Intensity & Growth Mindset, Skill Improvement 25%
  • Technical Skill Assessment 10%

Communication of Knowledge and Thinking 15%

  • knowledge explorations, reflection and written assignments, group projects, supplementary exercises

Assessment Documents:

  • Attitude as a Dance Participant Rubric
  • Technical Skill Growth Chart
  • Performance Rubric


Skill Development with Professional Dance Instructors

Skill development is based on students individual sets of experience, natural ability, and current level of technique. The goal is to improve from their current understanding of each genre we study and the fundamental skills of those dance genres.  It includes  an evaluation of students’ participation, technique, ability, and use of principles of movement.


Link to: Performance Rubric for criteria for each of the major performances listed below.
Please note that this course requires a commitment outside of class time, either at lunch and/or in the evening, for performance and/or rehearsal. As much notice will be given to accommodate students’ schedules.

*** Please note that this Rubric is currently being updated to reflect the new BC Curriculum Documents (September 2016)



Equipment and Supplies

  • Students will receive academy jacket featuring our logo
  • Jazz – Students must supply their own fitted dance wear and black jazz shoes
  • Ballet – Students must supply their own fitted dance wear and pink ballet shoes (Black leotard supplied)
  • Hip – Hop – Students must supply their own sweat pants and running shoes

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