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10 Most Powerful Ballet Jumps in History

By | May 19th, 2017|Academy|

Soaring ballet jumps are perhaps the most recognizable feature of the art for outsiders but also one that continues to amaze fans and experienced trainers. There are around 10 basic jumps with many different variations. They range from quick sautés to the grand jeté leaps with mid-air splits most people think of. The Vaganova Method is known for training dancers with high, powerful ballet jumps, and many of the dancers on this list trained under this method. However, dancers from around the world from a variety of schools have, with a lifetime of practice, become masters of the leap. Here are the 10 most powerful leaps in history, in no order. Individual style differences make ranking them in ascending format impossible. 10) Natalia Osipova Osipova joined [...]

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Why Soviet-Era Vaganova Method Still Guides Ballerinas Today

By | May 12th, 2017|Academy|

Most dancers know there are many kinds of classical ballet. But what makes one style of classical ballet superior to another? Can we even compare schools directly? Where does the Vaganova method fit in? Author: Elizaveta Mironova Ballet originated in the Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries. It spread to France, where it developed with the help of the aristocrat Catherine de' Medici. It was not long before ballet was recognized as an art-form independent from opera, yet  a close association remained. After spreading around central Europe, it hit the Russian Empire in the 1740s. The Imperial Ballet was founded, and after the 1850s it thrived. While ballet branched out to all corners of the world, its practitioners refined it into the art-form we know today in Russia. Ballet is an international art born in Italy, constructed in France, [...]

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Students Participate in Math Competition

By | March 27th, 2017|Academy|

ASAC Students Attend Math Competition Every year our students at Arts and Science Academy of Canada, the academic division of International Ballet Academy of Canada, participate in Math competitions in Toronto.  On March 26, our students attended the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus.   The main purpose of this competition was to introduce the little ones  from grades 1 to 5 to a fun challenge that would inspire their interest and progress in Mathematics. They all had fun and enjoyed a new environment of learning and academic enhancement. They received a Certificate of Participation, and are now looking forward to more opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and eagerness to advance in their studies. Congratulations, they all did a [...]

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Why do I pay for ballet classes…

By | February 14th, 2017|Academy|

Shad Martin: A parent once asked me: Why do you spend so much money and time for your daughter’s ballet classes and rehearsals so that she goes on stage once a year? This is what I answered: Well , let me tell you a secret. I don’t pay for my daughter to dance on stage once a year. Do you want to know what I’m paying for? I am paying for my daughter to learn to be disciplined. I am paying for my daughter to learn to take care of her mind and body. I am paying for my daughter to learn how to work with others and be a good team member; and to develop her creativity. I pay so that my daughter learns to face disappointment when she [...]


By | January 23rd, 2017|Academy|

SUMMER CAMP 2017 SUMMER IS FOR LEARNING AND DANCING AT VIBA! Summer Camp is offered for children aged 4 to 8.  Besides taking Ballet and Stretching classes campers will enjoy music, arts and crafts, and other fun activities. WHEN – In 2017, our Summer Camp will run from July 24 through August 11,  from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with free extended hours.  The school’s spacious facilities, exceptional ballet studios, dining area where children can enjoy the warm lunch we provide and our transportation service (optional) to and from home, make our camp an excellent opportunity for children to enjoy and learn during their summer vacation. Each new child will be assessed during classes and parents will receive information about the level of preparation of their children, their potential for choreographic development and the [...]

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November News

By | December 2nd, 2016|Academy|

               Art Class with Ms. Valery in the newly renovated classroom for Grades 1 and 2 November of 2016 was a month full of significant changes. On a global level, the Americans elected Trump as their president, and El Comandante's passing marked the end of an era. Regardless of where we stand on these issues, the one thing that we can all agree upon is that we want this world to be better for our children. To that end, on a local level,  at VIBA and ASAC,  we continue to work enthusiastically towards providing our students with superior education and artistic training every day of the week. Arts and Science Academy of Canada recently passed the Ministry of Education's inspection, proudly renewing our right to grant [...]

Little Ballet Stars

By | November 4th, 2016|Academy|

During this 50 minute to 1 hr. class for children from 2 and a half to 4 years of age, children will learn to independently remain in a class setting where their ballet teacher is the centre of attention.  They learn to focus, understand and follow the simple instructions provided.  During this class children are physically active at all times, they run, jump, turn and follow all actions as explained by the teacher. They develop basic and important learning skills such as concentration, discipline, and memory as they learn specific exercise sequences.   In What Other Ways does this Program Benefit Children   PHYSICALLY: Ballet movements will start strengthening their muscles and preparing their joints and whole bodies for all types of physical activity, at the same time that they [...]

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