Dance Umbrella

The discipline of dance reflects the rhythm of life; it builds self-confidence, creates healthy bodies & minds, and develops creativity.


  • 1. Upcoming Schedule

    Friday October 6 - PD Day  |  regular classes as scheduled
    Saturday October 7 - regular classes as scheduled
    Monday October 9 - Thanksgiving Monday | there will be no classes
    October 19-20 - PD Days  |  regular classes as scheduled
    October 23 - Next payment installment due
    Tuesday October 31 - Halloween | there will be no classes
    Friday November 3- PD Day | regular classes as scheduled
    Saturday November 11 - Remembrance Day | there will be no classes
    Monday November 13 - Statutory Holiday |  there will be no classes
    Tuesday December 19 - Last day of classes before the Holiday break

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  • Adult Dance Workshop

    This weekly workshop is a class promoting both the physical benefits and the joy of dance. Each week, we will have a rigorous warm-up that will activate our breath and heart rate, and move into some contemporary dance combinations as well as exploring a variety of other dance styles, linked to the interests of the class participants! This class is designed for adult dancers with some previous dance experience, however adults with experience in other movement forms such as yoga, tai chi, etc. are welcome to try out the class in the first few weeks to see if it is a fit.

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  • Afro-Jazz

    Join SoPA graduate Dawn Ward for a lively experience of African-inspired, Caribbean-flavoured Jazz dance. Held Sunday afternoons from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, this class is open to ages 14 to adult, with some previous dance experience required.

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  • Ballet

    Ballet levels beginner through senior is a program for ages 6 to adult, with placement based on previous training and natural ability. Beginning students will be introduced to the basic elements of Ballet with focus on posture, correct use of muscles, and grace of movement. This theme is carried through the program as steps become increasingly complex and more emphasis is placed on performance and presentation qualities.

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  • Conditioning/ Turns and Jumps

    The first 45 minutes of this class focuses on intensive conditioning for the dancer, with targeted strength and flexibility exercises. The second half deals with mastering the technique of turns and jumps and exploring some of the "tricks" of current dance practice. For those who wish to only take the conditioning aspect, the fee is half the regular class price.
    Participation is restricted to students at the Senior Jazz level and up, and at least 13 years old, with instructor permission.

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  • Contemporary Dance

    Contemporary Dance levels beginner through senior is designed for students from 11 years of age. Emphasis is on the expressive nature of dance, as well as technique and performance values. Students will incorporate an emotional element with total body awareness.

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  • Creative Movement

    Creative Movement is for pre-schoolers aged 3-5. These classes enable students to experience movement to music through songs, games, stories and a variety of musical rhythms and introductory dance patterns. Children must have turned 3 by June 1 for a September program.

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  • Dance Basics

    Dance Basics is a program where children aged 6-7 will continue to explore movement, music and creative expression while being introduced to technical elements of a variety of dance forms in a fun and upbeat setting.

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  • Dance For the Health of It

    Dance for the Health of It is a fun fusion of various dance styles, warm-up rhythms and stretch exercises designed for adults to get the body moving. Participants will develop awareness of their bodies as they learn the "hows" and "whys" of dance as a form of exercise.

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  • Jazz

    Jazz is a progressive program for students from 8 years of age, exploring a variety of commercial dance styles. The classes build on the basic technique which applies to all genres of dance, with a focus on rhythm, coordination, strength, and flexibility. Styles covered range from Broadway to Bollywood, funk to classical jazz, and many moves in between

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  • Musical Theatre

    Musical Theatre, a course for students ages 9 and up, explores technical and expressive elements of drama, voice and dance used in musical theatre productions. Each year students of the Elementary through Senior classes present a complete musical production at The Mack. All students new to the programme will start in the Beginner class (all ages), and will move on through Elementary, Intermediate and Senior classes as their skills develop.

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Dawn Ward

Dawn Ward was born and raised in Freeport, Bahamas. She has trained with the Bahamas Dance Theatre, Frenchwoods Performing Arts, Allegro School of Music, among others. Her performance experience includes Soca and Reggae artists such as Destra Garcia, Popcaan, and Sizzla'. Dawn began teaching nine years ago. Her styles include African Jazz, Hip Hop, Flirty Fitness, and Caribbean Movement. She moved to PEI in 2014, to study Theatre Performance at Holland College School of Performing Arts. After graduation, she continued her studies at Acadia University for one year to further her Theatre studies, as well as study Sociology and English Literature. Dawn is delighted to be back on PEI, and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.

Galina Terentiev

Galina Terentiev has 15 years teaching experience in various styles, first in the Ukraine and, more recently, in Israel. Galina completed University of Education, Faculty of Choreography with honours. She is a versatile and highly knowledgeable instructor and choreographer.

Julia Sauvé

Julia Sauvé, M.A. in Movement Education, has been performing, teaching, and choreographing on Prince Edward Island and the United States for 35 years. She co-founded dance umbrella and Montage Dance Theatre, and has performed with The Charlottetown Festival. Currently, Julia is Artistic Director for Luminosity black light theatre which specializes in "family edutainment" style performances.

Kylie Fudge-Jenson

Kylie Jensen is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, originally from Victoria BC where she received her early training in ballet, contemporary and modern at Victoria School of Contemporary Dance and Victoria Academy of Ballet. She moved to Toronto for post-secondary studies in dance at York University and is a graduate of the Performance Studies program at George Brown College. Kylie holds a Certificate of Professionalism from Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, along with voice and acting training. She has a strong base in movement improvisation and Dance for Camera work, and has been teaching and dancing professionally in Toronto. In addition to creating her own collection of works on her company Influuent Momentum, Kylie has performed in solo pieces, duets, and group work in a variety of settings, including backup dancer for international artists. The opportunity to work with and train under some of the industry’s most exciting professionals has instilled a passion for creating and a love of teaching to one’s highest potential. Kylie is thrilled to be staring a new chapter with the Holland College School of Performing Arts and Dance Umbrella – and is excited to be back living on an island!

Morgan Wagner

Morgan Wagner is a participant in dance umbrella's Intensive Training Program and is currently studying to earn a Bachelor of Music (Voice) degree at U.P.E.I. Performing credits include the Confederation Centre Young Company, Anne & Gilbert, and the Beaconsfield Children's Festival. She has been the dance instructor for the Confederation Centre Performing Arts Camps, and recently choreographed Bluefield High School's production of Happy Days: The Musical.

Peggy Reddin

Peggy Reddin is Director of Arts Education at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI. She co-founded dance umbrella in 1988 with Julia Sauvé and has served as its Director since 1996. Ms. Reddin is the program coordinator and instructor for the Dance Performance and Theatre Performance programs in the Holland College School of Performing Arts, a partnership with Confederation Centre. She has taught with Charlottetown Ballet Theatre, DancEast, and Charlottetown Festival Young Company, and has directed and choreographed numerous events on the Island. Ms. Reddin is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) degree from U.P.E.I.

Sandy Zinck

Sandy Zinck holds degrees in Arts and Music (voice) from Acadia University and an Education degree from University of Alberta. She has taught drama and musical theatre with both Edmonton Public Schools and the Toronto Board of Education.

Taryn Verkerk

Taryn Verkerk holds her BFA in Theatre Performance-Dance from Ryerson University. She has trained and performed around the world in various styles such as contemporary, jazz, ballet, and tap. Prior to moving to the Island to teach with dance umbrella and the Holland College/Confederation Centre partnership School of Performing Arts, Taryn spent several years teaching and choreographing in BC.

Wanda Naylor

Wanda Naylor has trained in a variety of dance genres such as tap, jazz, social dance and creative movement at York University, Humber College and private studios in Ontario. She has earned degrees in Fine Arts and Primary/Junior Education from York University. Wanda has performed with Merrytime Clown and Puppet Theatre and created choreography for the Beaconsfield Children's Festival.

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