Commitments from our Directors
Our Directors are committed to: Treating you with kindness and respect.
Our Directors are committed to: Providing a quality and affordable private school experience.
Our Directors are committed to: Creating an environment that embraces, supports and encourages all students.
Our Directors are committed to: Fair and reasonable pricing, terms, agreements and policies.
Our Directors are committed to: Bringing a wealth of knowledge in dance education, recital production, theatre and business.
Our Director is committed to: Producing a family centred and affordable recital experience.
Our Directors are committed to: Giving you and your child a joyful recital and performance based school.
Miss Rhea is a proud and dedicated dance educator that has performed in the arts industry since the age of 4. She is a graduate of York University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Honours) in Dance, specializing in Pedagogy and Movement Analysis.
Rhea has trained extensively over two decades in the following dance disciplines; Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Ballroom, Hip Hop, and Afro-Caribbean dance. She trained and worked closely with dance artists and educators from all over Canada and the United States, some of which include John Ottman (National Ballet of Canada), Patrick Parson (Ballet Creole), Helen Jones (Toronto Dance Theatre), and Donna Krasnow (York University and The Limón Institute NYC).
Rhea holds memberships and certifications with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers, Royal Academy of Dancing RTS, Acrobatic Arts, High Five Quality at Play: Healthy Child Development, PBT as well as, the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Additionally, Rhea is an Ontario Certified Teacher and has spent a large part of her career teaching dance in Performing Arts schools across Toronto and the Durham Regions, and in the Caribbean.
Rhea also takes joy in writing and research. She has been a featured contributor to Toronto's number one dance magazine, The Dance Current. As a result, she has been flown across the United States to speak at conferences, one of which includes the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference which takes place in Los Angeles.
Rhea's wish is to spread her joy and passion for the performing arts to whomever she encounters along the way.
Rhenice is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. She has been dancing since the young age of 2 and has trained with many industry professionals in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip hop.
Rhenice attended Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts for dance, leading the Hip-Hop crew. While attending the University of Toronto for Culture, Communications and Information Technology, she was one of the captains and led the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus dance team. She has performed with many accredited performing artists such as Kardinal official, Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Hudson, and Maroon 5. Her upbeat personality, attention to detail, and an incredible gift for choreography have led her to win countless choreography awards.
She is also an accredited designer and manages Creative Connexions in house costume designs and alterations as well as her own costume design line IAMMAS.
See all the styles of dance that we have to offer:
Ballet - just hearing that world summons the image of graceful dancers performing Classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. As the leading provider of ballet dance classes for kids in Ajax, Creative Connexions realizes that ballet forms an essential part of all types of dance. At our dance studio, your child will discover proper posture and discipline while being thought the basic and fundamentals of dance through classical ballet. It may require many hours to develop the necessary skills, but our ballet dance classes in Ajax are superior. Our highly-skilled instructor will take the time to teach your children skill needed to help them grow and dance to the best of their abilities. Our processional ballet dance studio is full equipped for students of all skill levels.
- Dancers learn the classical ballet technique.
- Each class will consist of barre work, center work and across the floor.
- Dancers will learn grace and focus.
- They will build stamina and strength.
If your child is three, four, five, or six years old, tap dancing is a great activity for them to start! Toddler tap dancing is a lot of fun and there are many benefits to the art. Kids can develop physical, social, and mental advantages from the dance that can help them start living healthy, successful, happy lives. Tap is a theatrical style of dance that requires precise rhythmic movements of the feet. Tap is extremely popular in Broadway and musical style performances throughout the world. Some famous tap dancers include: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Eleanor Powell and Gregory Hines. Creative Connexions in Ajax believes that this genre of dance teaches our students the vast importance of focus, co-ordination and musicality in all styles of dance.
- Dancers learn how to use their tap shoes to make rhythmic sounds with their feet.
Acro dance incorporates acrobatic movements into dance routines and is one of the more challenging dance styles to teach and to learn. We are proud and excited to teach acro dance classes in Ajax, Creative Connexions. Acro dance emboldens our dancers to be physically fit, flexible, strong, and to contort their bodies in ways that may not be immediately comfortable. This, on top of being completely disciplined in the technical aspects of the dance form, makes it a challenging, yet rewarding form of dance that can take dancers to a whole new level.
The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage!
Jazz dancing is a blend of many dance styles and cultures. Jazz has a strong ballet base combined with African, Caribbean, Latin and Hip Hop dance. To excel in jazz dance, the dancer must master ballet technique because it consists of slower movements that strengthen the body and improve balance. Jazz dancers’ strong and sharp movements are aided by the posture and body alignment known as ballet technique. A regular Jazz class at Ajax, Creative Connexions begins with a warm-up designed to get the body moving and the brain focused. From there students will move to the barre to strengthen their technique, then a conditioning section to build muscle strength. Next is flexibility training with a series of deep stretches to be sure their muscles are completely warmed up, preventing injury. Then the fun really begins! The students are taught various steps. She/he learns how to use these steps while traveling across the studio floor or while working on choreography.
- High energy class that teaching the fundamentals of the jazz.
- Includes full body warm-up, across the floor & center movement.
- Develop musicality & enjoy the upbeat popular music used.
As one of the most popular forms of music out right now, hip hop is fun, exciting, and can lead to some dynamic dance routines. What’s also special about hip hop is that it often spawns its own dances that spread through the culture before hitting the mainstream at full force.
Your child can learn to “bust a move” by taking hip hop dance classes in Ajax, Creative Connexions. Our skilled instructors will teach your children the same moves they see dancers perform in their favourite hip hop and R&B videos. Our hip hop dance classes in Sacramento and Land Park are perfect to keep your child active while allowing them to express their creativity.
Hip Hop Dance Overview
The dance evolution of hip hop can almost be paired with the musical evolution of the genre. Hip hop branched off from the funk and disco music which was most popular during the 70s. The dance culture of hip hop has no set rules and no set movements that need to be followed in order for it to qualify as hip hop; this makes the dance a fun, natural stress reliever. Ironically, it can help your child improve their concentration skills even further, a trait that could benefit their education. Hip hop dance lessons are not only fun and exciting to learn but will also help keep your child physically active.
- A style of dance that evolved from the Hip Hop culture.
- Classes can consist on a variety of styles such as locking, popping and breaking.
Contemporary is designed to develop the mind, body, and spirit to be an expressive communicator through movement. It follows closely with modern style dancing and was originally developed from many different dance styles and cultures. Structured technical exercises that condition the body for strength, coordination and flexibility are developed. Dancers will be immersed in a creative environment that incorporates abstract movements such as those seen on the popular show “So You Think You Can Dance”.
- Fusion of jazz, lyrical & ballet.
- Includes warm-up, across the floor & choreography.
- Learn how to tell a story through using movement.
- Develop strength, flexibility & confidence.
Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. A dancer is said to be en pointewhen the dancer's body is supported in this manner, and a fully extended vertical foot is said to be en pointewhen touching the floor, even when not bearing weight. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes, which employ structural reinforcing to distribute the dancer's weight load throughout the foot, thus reducing the load on the toes enough to enable the dancer to support all body weight on fully vertical feet.
Pointe technique resulted from a desire for female dancers to appear weightless and sylph-like. Although both men and women are capable of pointe work, it is most often performed by women. Extensive training and practice are required to develop the strength and technique needed for pointe work. Typically, dance teachers consider factors such as age, experience, strength and alignment when deciding whether to allow a dancer to begin pointe work.
- Dancer work on their pointe technique.
- Dancers enrolled in the pointe class must also be taking 2 hours of a regular ballet class.
*This class is invite only.