Association of International Dance Teachers
The AIDT is an examining body and non-profit-making association, whose aim is to promote the teaching and standard of Modern and Tap Dance. A comprehensive syllabus enables students from the age of 3-5 years and upward to learn the correct technique, develop discipline, and musicality while enjoying the dancing experience. Careful attention is given to anatomy, as used in dance, to avoid injury through incorrect use.
A.I.D.T Modern dance is a combination of styles: Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre and Street Jazz. Each grade is based on two or more styles, so the students develop an awareness and aptitude for all. Danspirations offers exams, medal tests and evaluations on an annual basis given by an international examiner, typically held in June. Students are encouraged to participate in order to increase their standard of dance, and benefit by performance experience and reaching a new goals every year.
Starting in September 2015, Danspirations will be offering Tap to children age 3 and up. Tap is high energy style of dance that combines rhythm, technique and style, that transforms your feet into the instrument that plays with the music. A..I.D.T Tap exmas and Medal Tests offer students an opportunity to develop their technical skills and achive higher levels of Tap over the years.
The AIDT syllabus also prepares students for a career as a teacher or as a performer. Associate Teacher's Exams are offered once student's complete their requirements.
Creative Dance - Primary Ballet (Ages 3 – 7 years)
Preparatory for classical ballet technique, these classes are designed to develop coordination, balance, strength, rhythm, correct posture, and creativity. They consist of organized exercises in repetition: floor movements and patterns, specific dance steps, and creative expression. Minimal ballet exercises are given with great care, along with others that are less demanding, yet highly beneficial in preparing for classical ballet.
Classical Ballet (Ages 8 - 18 years)
Classical ballet provides the foundation for all other dance forms. It is the most demanding, most disciplined of all dance forms, but also the most rewarding. With a solid ballet foundation, classically trained dancers can transfer their skills into jazz, modern dance, or any other dance form they might decide to pursue. Accomplishing that solid ballet foundation is crucial to becoming an outstanding dancer in any dance form. Ballet students will improve strength, flexibility, grace and overall coordination. Ballet structure in unsurpassed in training dancers, but inevitable by-products of this training are better posture, a more trim body, and increased ease in everyday movements. Exposure to beautiful classical music is a plus.
Sheree’s lifelong interest in Eastern philosophy led her to begin studying yoga on immigrating to Canada. She has been a formal student of yoga for 25 years and has been teaching for 17 years. She received her initial 500 hr teacher training certification through the Yoga Studio College in Calgary, AB. In June 2013 she completed a further 500 hr teacher training in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar with Rosemary Jeanes Antze of Toronto. In September 2016, Sheree was awarded certification as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Sheree has discovered through the care and guidance of a knowledgeable teacher and mentor; studying yoga philosophy and practicing daily, she has been able to overcome personal difficulties in different areas of her life. Yoga has helped her to discover her individuality and creativity. Sheree is dedicated to studying and teaching yoga throughout her life. She is incredibly grateful to have students who are committed to deepening their understanding of themselves through the practice of yoga. Yoga has given Sheree a deep sense of what it means to be human. Sharing this experiential and academic knowledge is a gift that has no end. She endeavours to help students increase their quality of life through the daily practice of yoga and hopes they all find the self-discipline, joy and freedom that yoga has to offer.
She specializes in teaching small group classes, retreats and individual sessions to honour the heart to heart connection of this tradition. Sheree mentors yoga students/teachers looking to expand their knowledge of the philosophy and application of yoga in a therapeutic context. Five long term students have graduated from the 500 hour Yoga Teacher Development Program in the tradition of T Krishmanacharya, which she offered from September 2014-December 2016. Congratulations to Anna Enman CYT, Chelsey Poirier CYT, Cheryl Desroches CYT, Jennifer Pilkington CYT and Laura Cudmore CYT.
Sheree has attained her Intermediate Ballet Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance, completed her Advanced Modern and Gold Higher Tap with the AIDT . She trained in England at Elmhurst Ballet School (competitor of the Royal Ballet School in London) and danced with the Durban City Youth Ballet Company. She gained experience in Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Contemporary dance in South Africa before immigrating to Canada. She has her Advanced Associate Teachers Certification in AIDT Modern and Associate Tecahers Certification in AIDT Tap.
Sheree’s passion lies in facilitating the expression of the creativity inherent in each student. She is immensely grateful to able to teach dance to children and share her love of music and movement with them.
Qualifications and links:
- Associate Dance Teacher - Modern, Tap AIDT www.internationaldanceteachers.com
- Full Member of the Royal Academy of Dance www.radcanada.org
- Certified Yoga Teacher in the Tradition of TKV Desikachar and Sri T. Krishnamacharya www.kym.org
- Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists www.iayt.org
- Mentored by Rosemary Jeanes Antze www.anaama-yoga.ca
- Canadian Yoga Alliance Certified Registered Yoga Teacher CYA-RYT Gold