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Our Story

This is how we became “The School”, our philosophy and ethos.

Welcome to The School


As dance and theatre instructors we have over 20 years experience helping kids achieve their creative goals. We’ve been professional dancers, professional actors, directors, choreographers and other very exciting things that we were wildly talented at!

Then we became parents.

And that gig? Let’s just say we’re still working on it!

Children (ours and yours) are the reason why we craved something more.

Something that would allow children to train at a facility that would nurture our kids and respect our clients and families the way we do at home everyday.

We wanted a school where children’s whole development and needs were met.

Thus we decided to open our ideal school. The School – Creative Arts Education.

Welcome to our school. We promise to inspire, nurture and develop your child’s creativity and artistic skills and to provide free wifi, coffee and a place to grown up conversation with other families while we’re at it!

Sincerely,

Lindsay Duncan and Krystal Ferguson


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Boutique fitness training has been around for a while and is described in this way:

"Imagine going to a class that specializes in your favourite type of exercise, or blends a couple types of exercise that you love into one. You’re surrounded by energetic people in a social atmosphere where people know you. The space itself is attractive and upscale. The class is led by an amazing instructor. They’re playing motivating music, and for an hour, you’re pushed to your limits in a unique blend of fun, intensity, and camaraderie (and maybe a little group pain). "The boutique experience is intimate. it’s trendy, fun, intense, and you come out feeling like you performed at your peak with a little bit of euphoria you can carry with you for the rest of your day."

Well, we have applied this concept to dance training and the results are even better than we imagined!

Our classes are full of hand picked clients who truly share a love of dance and value:

a) proper technique above all

b) a positive, ego-free learning environment

c) access to learn from working, industry professionals

d) clean, beautiful space with all the perks and extras to make them feel special

e) time spent with family and friends (ie: NOT 40hrs at the studio)

Our clients also enjoy certain perks that they wouldn’t get a traditionally larger studio...

Some of these include; year round training (yes, we train through the summer), complimentary high end coffee and tea for parents, complimentary uniforms, unlimited classes, no charge extra barres and tech classes, no extra fees or surprise invoices, a beautiful lobby with free (powerful!) wifi, a custom client app, access to our partner studio’s online classes 24/7, free personal training sessions (yes!!) tons of free extra performance opportunities and more.

So how will this make me a better dancer?

Well, remember above when we mentioned that our clients are handpicked and placed into small classes? These small learning pods enable us to train our dancers with more one on one attention, and with our unlimited classes dancers can easily pop into additional classes to work on necessary skills.

Our team of instructors are all working, industry professionals with degrees. They are all 100% committed to the training and have weekly meetings to check in on the progress of each and every single dancer. This is one of those little details that doesn’t take much time but yields BIG results.

This all sounds great, but won’t I need to be in class like, all week long?

Nope! This is the beauty of Boutique training…

Consider this familiar problem:

You train at a “level 2” let’s say. But your competitive jazz routine consists of combined level 2 and 3. So you attend half of one tech class and half of the other class just to learn the combo. That’s at least 2 extra hours of being at the studio without really getting into technique work. Studios end up having to book extra classes just to brush up the technique and skills they were supposed to be learning during class time. Suddenly 5 hrs a week turns into 8 or 9!

Our Boutique method allows us to schedule training on specific days of the week only. So you always know when you need to be at class. If you want to add more you can attend our free barre and tech classes - but if you have a big test coming up you know you won’t be hit with any surprise rehearsals.

Speaking of rehearsals…. With the boutique method, all competitive routine rehearsals are held on a day separate from technique classes. Always. This means no surprise rehearsals, no extra mandatory classes and more time for family commitments.

But doesn’t less time at the studio mean less technique?? How will I get better?

 Let’s say you attend a traditional studio. From October to Dec (maybe) you take classes in your chosen disciplines (or maybe your studio choses for you… more on that later) but starting in Dec or earlier you start to rehearse your competitive routines. Fun!!

Except that as the months go on, you are losing more and more technique in those classes. We know everyone starts with the best of intentions but let’s be honest, as we lead up to comp season those classes are mostly rehearsal of routines. By the time you get to March you’ve lost a lot of the skills you started with in September… So 6hrs a week at the studio doesn’t equal 6 hours of training. It’s mostly rehearsal. Sound familiar? With our Boutique method of training you get better, more technique based training in a shorter amount of time.

Do the math, imagine solid technique every single hour you are at the studio from September to September! The rate of improvement alone is HUGE!!

Ok. But year round training? My family travels in the summertime...

We get it, which is why our Boutique training includes 3 free weeks. Yep - that’s 3 FREE weeks of training, so if you need to miss a few days during the summer months that’s a-ok. You can hang with the family and still reap the benefits of year round training.

As you can see, we truly believe that Boutique training is the real secret to becoming a pro dancer, without the countless hours of training.  But you. need to see it for yourself!

Contact us today for a tour, or join our. online competitive training schedule today!

And, watch this space for our online team auditions coming soon.

Imagine a Place where…


Whole Child

…whole child development is as important as pointing your toes

Creative Arts

…children experience the lifelong benefits of a creative arts education

Family Life

…families can experience the arts together without strain on family life

Whole Child

…costs are transparent and the experience is straightfoward

Creative Arts

…students will have exceptional training in the arts using a skill based syllabus

Our Philosophy


At the School we believe that it is our responsibility to present the arts to your child in a way that nurtures their whole selves.

  • We believe that participation in arts programs develops children’s motivation, self confidence, improves critical thinking skills, provides fine and gross motor skill mastery and will provide children with the tools they need to lead a happy, confident life well beyond the school years.
  • We believe in giving back to our community through performance opportunities and neighbourhood events
  • We believe that following an industry trusted syllabus allows students and parents to track progress and to advance to post secondary education if desired.
  • We believe that children should be “brought to the arts” in a fun, engaging and nurturing manner