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Why do I pay for ballet classes…

By | February 14th, 2017|Academy|

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 doesn’t get [...]

SUMMER CAMP 2017 FOR 4 TO 8 YEAR OLDS

By | January 23rd, 2017|Academy|

SUMMER CAMP 2017 SUMMER IS FOR LEARNING AND DANCING AT VIBA! It is time to start thinking about Summer Camp again! 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 [...]

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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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The Nutcracker by Victoria Ballet Company

By | October 27th, 2016|Academy|

A Holiday Tradition for the Whole Family to Enjoy     The history of The Nutcracker ballet dates back to December of 1892, when it was performed for the first time at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, cradle of the most famous ballet dancers and choreographers of classical ballet. The original story on which the Nutcracker’s libretto was based was written by E.T.A. Hoffman with the title “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. A later adaptation of this work by Alexander Dumas was the version used by renowned Ballet Masters and Choreographers, Marious Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The music was commissioned to Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky whose Nutcracker Suite is one of the most familiar and long-lived recorded selections in classical music. Many choreographers have since staged their [...]

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A Healthy Diet for Ballet Dancers

By | September 26th, 2016|Academy|

Are you feeling less energetic in the studio lately? Are you having a hard time staying well during competition season? Do you seem to be suffering injury after injury? Your diet could be the culprit. If you're not fueling your body with the proper foods, your dancing as well as your health may begin to suffer. Every dancer should follow a healthy diet. The body performs at its best when filled with the proper foods. Dancing requires lots of energy, so dancers must consume enough calories to keep up with physical demands. A dancer's diet should consist of a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, and adequate fluids. Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates (starches) should compose about 50-65% of a dancer's diet. Carbs are found in foods such as cereal, pasta, bagels, breads, and [...]

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Ballet Summer Intensive 2016

By | June 11th, 2016|Academy|

Register this summer to Victoria International Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive, you will improve your ballet technique with the best teachers in Canada according to the Vaganova method, and will meet friends and dancers from all over the world. For three weeks, from July 25 till August 12 you can expect to work hard during the weekdays and to have lots of fun during the weekends. We have planned 4 different day trips so that you can relax and enjoy some hightlights of the province of Ontario. One of our trips will be a sightseeing tour of downtown Toronto.   Toronto is a vibrant city with so many activities for everyone in the summer.   Register now to Summer Intensive 2016; we only have a few spots left! For more information Click Here.

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