Join us in our limited edittion youth program! This day course is designed for budding choreographers looking to make fun and exciting routines and explore what it means to create entertainment in the dance industry.

In this course you will work with three experienced choreographers as they guide you through concepts/themes and story lines, levels, dynamics, music assessment, lighting and design, audience mannerisms and expectations, note taking, cleaning, stage use and useful techniques on how to build an engaging and thoughtful routine. Students will also gain insight into the dance industry and producing as the program will briefly touch on contracts, venues and teaching techniques as well. This program will have three different intensives each with a specific choreography theme.

$500 per intensive or take all 3 for $1350
Payment Plan options are available. A $100 deposit is required to secure booking.
**AGE** Unlike our other programming at Passion and Performance, this course is strictly for ages 14-18. If you are an adult and you are interested in any of these courses please contact us.


*To get the bundle price please register directly at the studio or by phone: 250-590-8099. To register online you will need go to the Enrollments Tab and select the week the program starts. You will see the class there with the option to sign up.

Program Dates and themes: 

Productions and Shows – July 9-12

In this course you will learn all about the ins and outs of producing dance shows and choreographing for them. From musicals to contemporary shows learn how to build on concepts and themes designed to tell stories and engage audiences.

Large Groups – July 16-19

In this course we will work on specifics for large group choreography. Whether it is for competition, fun, or special events, we will explore spacing techniques, movement, music selection and group dynamics.

Solo’s, Duets and Trio’s – July 23-26

Dive into the world of small group choreography. Learn how to block for different stage sizes, select the right music and create dynamic for soloists and small group choreographers. This is great for festival performers!

Program Approach and Daily Itinerary
The approach of this class will be both classroom, mentorship and movement based.

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Classroom
11:00 am -12:30 pm – Movement and Style Exploration (Each day students will take a class in a different style of dance).
12:30-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-3:00 Choreography and Mentorship.

Students will build their own routines in the afternoon in preparation for a share and learn on the final day.

Genres and pre-requisites
All genres of performance will be welcome. Whether you are a hip hop dancer, belly dancer, ballerina or gymnast. This class will give you the skills you need to become a better choreographer. It is the general requirement that all those who participate are involved in dance at some capacity. All participating students must have performed a routine on stage (of their own choreography or of someone else’s) prior to taking this class. This program is best suited for people new to creating their own choreography.

About the Instructors

Rachel Paish is the founder, CEO, and artistic director of Passion and Performance Arts Inc. Rachel began her career as a dancer when she was 4 years old. At the age of 13 she became a hip hop teaching assistant at her local studio and began learning how to choreograph and teach numbers. At 14, Rachel won her first young choreographers award at the Cowichan Valley Music Festival. Rachel has always been driven and at the age of 15 she started her first dance company called Vibe Dancers. This company was her part time job throughout high school and by the time she graduated she won 6 choreography awards throughout the island in local festivals. She has also been nominated for an Ovation Award for her choreography in the Vancouver Production of Reefer Madness. Upon moving to Victoria, where Rachel relocated to go to the University of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, 2012), she opened Passion and Performance at the age of 21 in 2010. Since opening Passion and Performance, Rachel has choreographed over 400 routines that have been performed on stage. She has choreographed national level fitness competition routines, burlesque routines, dance routines of various genres in group sizes from 1-40, flash mobs, wedding choreography, and theatrical productions. In 2017 Rachel won Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. She has been featured on the cover of Monday Magazine as well as other publications and has been a key speaker at various women in business events including YoUnimited March Conference in 2012.

Kristal Weening started training at age 5 at Stages Performing Arts School and on the teaching staff at Stages for over 15 years. She is formally trained in Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Flamenco and Acrobatics. She has performed in local productions of Babes in Toyland, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver and Miracle on 34th Street. She has also performed locally in the Commonwealth Games and abroad in China.

Carlene Brick: The dance studio has always been home to Carlene, starting with her first ballet class at age four. Throughout her life, she has trained extensively in multiple disciplines including contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap and musical theatre. As a teenager, Carlene was accepted into the Sports Excellence Program at her high school, which allowed her to focus on her dance training and travel to work with established choreographers across Canada and the United States. In that time she attended many competitions at the provincial and national level, receiving multiple awards for performance and choreography. Carlene obtained her first teaching position in 2005 and has led both competitive and recreational programs in jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop and theatre. Carlene has always enjoyed sharing her love of dance and is currently completing further certification through the IDTS. When she is not in the studio, Carlene works as a holistic healthcare practitioner with a focus on nutritional counselling for chronic diseases, injury rehabilitation and athletic performance. While she enjoys working with clients in a clinical setting, she’s particularly passionate about facilitating classes and workshops within the community. In 2014 Carlene began apprenticing as a Rhythmical Contemporary dancer with Victoria’s own Broken Rhythms dance company and was hired on as a full time company member in 2015. Since becoming a member of Broken Rhythms, Carlene has had many incredible training and performance opportunities including several local show runs, artistic collaborations and touring with the company. Carlene appreciates any opportunity to share her love of dance and focuses her classes on expressive exploration, technique building and refining each dancer’s own style. She believes that everyone has the innate ability to dance is thrilled to join the infamously supportive community that is Passion and Performance.

NOTE: During the evening and in all of our other offerings, Passion and Performance is a strict adult only space. During the summer we are excited to offer this day program to the youth in our community to help create future dance leaders!

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