J'Adore Dance News

Big News from J'Adore Dance!

This Fall J’Adore Dance is celebrating its 10th anniversary and with double digits comes double studios! We are expanding! 

In 2015, Chantel Sampson came on as new co-owner and School Director of J’Adore Dance with the goal of expanding our programming and philosophy of holistic dance in a supportive and non-competitive environment. We are excited to announce J’Adore Dance will adding a new studio in the space next door that has recently become available! This fall the J’Adore Dance community can look forward to more of our award winning classes, along with the addition of new programs. 

Along with a new space we welcome a new partner, Jenna Brenan, as she takes over ownership from our founder, Jessica Baudin-Griffin.

Ms. Jessica has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to building the J’Adore Dance community and programming, but is now ready to devote more time to her family and focus on expanding her Intellidance® programs internationally. Ms. Jessica will continue to work at J’Adore Dance through to the end of June and then will return as part of our teaching staff this fall, after a well deserved vacation this summer. We thank Ms Jessica for her great efforts and achievements as our studio founder and are excited to support her on her future endeavours in dance education. 

We are excited to welcome Jenna Brenan as a new co-owner of J’Adore Dance!

You may know Ms. Jenna as Mrs. MacDonald from the Preschool Recital or Baloo from our Senior Jungle Book recital.  Ms. Jenna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our J’Adore Dance staff. Ms. Jenna and Ms. Chantel are committed to working together as co-owners, to continue the development of innovative programming and to carry on the vision of J’Adore Dance into the future. For more information on ownership changes and our exciting upcoming expansion please click here to read more.

J'Adore Dance Seeking Evening Assistant Manager

Job Description:

J'Adore Dance is seeking a highly motivated and professional individual for the position of Assistant Studio Manager. Interested candidates must have exceptional customer service skills, take initiative, and enjoy working with young children in a family focused environment. 

Job duties include:

  • Ensure exceptional client experience
  • Handle registrations, retail purchases and other cash handling duties
  • Answer client inquiries and questions related to J'Adore Dance programming and policies
  • Ensure email and phone call inquiries are responded to in a timely, professional manner
  • Provide program support as needed 
  • Assist instructors with studio set up and tear down between programs
  • Work with General Studio Manager with front desk staff supervision, training, and evaluation
  • Ensure J'Adore Dance policies and standards are being upheld
  • Ensure studio is cleaned daily and remains at a high level of cleanliness at all times
  • Work with General Studio Manager on various administrative tasks and projects
  • Manage and maintain J'Adore Dance retail area
  • Work with management team to support special events (recitals, camps, workshops, teacher training seminars, etc.)
  • Assist with marketing and social media initiatives

Serious applicants must be available to work the following times:

  • Mondays/Wednesday 3pm-10:30pm
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays 3pm-10pm
  •  Fridays 1pm-8pm

Additional hours outside these shifts may be occasionally needed.

Applicants must be available for training shifts between August 4-14. The position will begin August 31. 

Compensation:

  • Starting at $15-$17/hour depending on experience
  • 2 Free dance classes per week
  • Health benefits provided after 3 month probationary period

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of customer service experience
  • Computer experience (Mac OS, Microsoft Office)
  • Must have high levels of fluent spoken and written English communication skills
  • Experience working with young children and/or families an asset
  • Experience in dance or fitness industry an asset
  • Post-secondary education an asset

Additional Information:

J'Adore Dance is a well-established, award winning recreational dance studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At J'Adore Dance, we believe that anyone and everyone can dance! Our classes promote dance as a form of recreation, expression, physical activity, personal growth, and most importantly, FUN, in a supportive, noncompetitive environment!

Application Requirements:

Please submit the following to Jessica Baudin-Griffin:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Exciting News From J’Adore!

We are excited to welcome Jenna Brenan as new co-owner of J’Adore Dance! 

You may know Ms. Jenna as Mrs. MacDonald from the Preschool Recital or Baloo from our Senior Jungle Book recital.  Jenna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our J’Adore Dance staff. Jenna has been enjoying dance since the age of 4. She trained locally in a variety of styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and musical theatre. As an adult, she has continued to take lessons, perform, and compete in styles such as hip hop, tap, ballet, modern, jazz and Irish. She has danced on teams with the Edmonton Oilers Boomers and with Scoil Rince Clannad Ceili Club. In fact, Irish dance is where Jenna met, travelled and competed with Ms. Chantel!  

Currently, Jenna is a dance specialist teacher with Edmonton Public Schools. She has taught classes to a variety of ages at Victoria School of the Performing Arts and is currently teaching dance at Afton School of the Arts. In 2014, Jenna was fortunate to take the Conceptual Dance Education Training Course with Terry Goetz from the Seattle Creative Dance Center. There, Jenna was inspired to incorporate this philosophy into her school-based dance programs. Later that year, she co-founded Artists on the Gogh inc., a community-based art and dance program for children ages 3 to 8.  In January 2015, Jenna joined the J’Adore Dance Team and has loved sharing this passion for dance with the families of J’Adore.  She continues to share her love for dance not only with her students but also with her two little boys at home.

And that’s not all….

J’Adore Dance is Expanding!

J’Adore dance is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and with double digits comes double studios! We are expanding! After 10 years of J’Adore classes growing and thriving we have finally outgrown our current space.  It was our good fortune that the space beside us became available this past month and we are pleased to announce that J’Adore Dance will be moving in! There, we will be able to add more of our current parented and un-parented classes as well as adding new programming such as tap and musical theatre and expand our hip hop programming for older children.  The new space will also give us the flexibility to add more adult programming to our weekly schedule! All of our programs will continue to follow our J’Adore philosophy of holistic dance in a supportive and non-competitive environment.

Best Wishes Ms. Jessica as Intellidance® Goes International!

This Spring we say goodbye to our founding owner, Jessica Baudin-Griffin. Ms. Jessica has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to building the J’Adore Dance community and programming, but is now ready to devote more time to her family. Ms. Jessica will also be focusing on Intellidance® programming this coming year as she continues to build and expand Intellidance® internationally.  Ms. Jessica will rejoin the J’Adore Dance teaching faculty this Fall, focusing on early childhood programs. We are so lucky to be the flagship studio for all of the new Intellidance® programming that she is creating and sharing with other dance educators around the world. With the addition of the new space we are excited to be able to offer more weekend Intellidance® programming!

New Programming!

To accommodate families that wish to have the Creative Jazz Ballet and Fit Hop programs without the recital component and the flexibility of the shorter sessions we have decided to offer two streams of programming: Sessional and Performance Programs.

Our Sessional Creative Jazz Ballet and Fit Hop Kidz will offer the same type of programming and instruction as the full year Performance Programs but the curriculum will not be progressive from September to May or have the recital choreography sections that our Performance Programs do.  The sessional program is designed for families who do not wish to participate in recital or wish to try dance on a session-by-session basis. These classes will have in-class parent sharing days and allow parents the flexibility of make-up classes when available.  

The Performance Program is a full-year program running from September to May with a winter term recital (February for Preschool classes and March for Kids and Youth).  In these classes students will work on three pieces of group choreography throughout the year; Christmas and Spring pieces (for in-class sharing) and in the Winter term a piece for either our preschool or senior recital.  Regular attendance for the Performance Program is important for progression through the curriculum as well as development of group choreography.  All Performance Program classes will have progress reports at the end of the year.

We are excited to also expand our adult programming welcoming the Edmonton Ceili Irish Dancers to the studio on Tuesday nights. We will also be adding Beginner to Advanced Tap, Advanced Jazz, more fitness and Advanced Ballet with pre-point focus.

Leaders in Dance Education!

Over the past two years J’Adore Dance has also been proudly mentoring young teachers through our Internship program.  Through the success of this Internship Program our staff continues to grow as we help to educate dancers in the art of teaching.  We are proud to be a professional development center for young dance teachers who wish to learn about conceptual dance education and teaching dance in an inclusive environment. We are please to announce that Ms. Bridget, Ms. Nikol, Ms. Aphra and Ms. Annie have successfully completed the internship program and will be teaching their own classes next year! Ms. Nicole has been accepted into a post-secondary program in Vancouver and we wish her well as she continues to pursue her career.  We look forward to accepting new interns for the 2016/17 year.  If you know a dancer who is has successfully completed high school and is looking to further their dance education please have them contact Ms. Chantel at chantel@jadoredance.com to apply to our Internship Program.

Spring Schedule To Be Released February 9!

The 2016 Spring schedule will be released on February 9. We are excited to be lauching a few new programs, while continuing to offer the classes our dancers love!

Priority Registration for all current and previous J'Adore Dance clients will begin at 12am (midnight) on February 9.

General Public Registration for all new clients will begin at 12am (midnight) on February 12. 

Spring session classes will run from the week of April 4- June 18, 2016. 

Holiday Hours and Closures

J'Adore Dance will have variable hours December 2- January 1 for the Holiday Season:

  • December 2: 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • December 3: Closed (except for classes)
  • December 4: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:30-6:00pm
  • December 5: 9am-4:30pm
  • December 6: 1:30-5:45pm
  • December 7: Closed (except for classes)
  • December 8-10: 10am-3pm
  • December 11-13: Closed
  • December 14-18: 9am-12pm
  • December 19-20: Closed (except for camps)
  • December 21- January 1: Closed for Holidays

We will reopen at 9am on Saturday January 2.

Spring Studio Hours

As our full year programs are ending for the dance season we will be adjusting our office hours to the following from May 25-June 12:

  • Mondays-Wednesdays 9am-3pm and 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Thursdays 9am-4:30pm and 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Fridays 9am-3pm
  • Sundays 10am-12:30pm

We will post our summer office hours soon! 

New Partnership for J'Adore Dance!

From our humble beginnings as a small, home-based business offering dance fitness classes to postnatal moms, the last 9 years have seen J’Adore Dance grow into a thriving dance studio offering non-competitive programs for all ages.

We’ve dedicated ourselves to providing our loyal clients with the highest quality programming, and this has led to exponential growth over the last 5 years. With this increasing demand, the workload associated with running J’Adore Dance has also dramatically increased. Founder Jessica Baudin-Griffin remains committed to ensuring J’Adore Dance continues to meet the needs of recreational dancers in Edmonton, while retaining our studio’s close community feel and welcoming atmosphere. In order to meet these goals, a passionate partner is essential.

It is with great excitement we welcome Chantel Sampson as new co-owner of J’Adore Dance!

Chantel has been an instructor with J’Adore Dance for the past few years, but has many more years of experience as an exemplary dance educator in Edmonton. In her time with J’Adore Dance, Chantel has been actively involved in our Full Year Children’s Dance programs and has added much value to the J’Adore Dance team. With her own freelance dance company aptly named “For the Love of Dance,” J’Adore Dance is thrilled to welcome a partner with the same passion for accessible, recreational dance. 

In this new partnership, Jessica will remain the Artistic Director of J’Adore Dance, responsible for ensuring the overall vision, philosophy, teaching, and programming at J’Adore Dance remains true to our roots. Chantel will take on the role of School Director, focusing on the development and directorship of the Full Year Dance programs. Chantel and Jessica will work together to expand the programming at J’Adore Dance to allow the studio to reach an even broader range of dancers in Edmonton.

We are currently looking for opportunities to expand the J’Adore Dance Studio into a larger space, with our clients’ needs our #1 priority! Please watch for more details about these plans as we get farther along in the expansion process.

Through the partnership with Chantel, expanded programming, and a larger space, we are excited for the opportunity to bring accessible, recreational dance to many more Edmontonians!

Summer Class Registrations Open April 13!

Our summer class schedule is now available!

Classes will be offered during the morning, late afternoon / after work, and in the evening, and will include postnatal, parent and tot, preschool, kids, and adult programs.

Priority registration, for all current and previous clients, will run 3 day only from April 13 - 15

General public registrations will open on April 16.

If you are hesitant to register for a summer class because of holidays, but still want to be part of the fun, we offer a flexible make-up class policy. You can re-schedule up to 3 classes during the session to make-up for the ones you miss. Learn more about our policies here.

NEW THIS SUMMER: Summer Creative Jazz Ballet

This is a opportunity to try our full-year Creative Jazz Ballet program in a shorter, summer friendly format before you make a full-year commitment, or to continue developing the skills learned during the current full-year season. Please see the summer shedule for programs days and times. 

Summer camps are now currently sold out! However, we are happy to take wait list requests in case of cancelations. Please email us with your camp choice and we will add you to a wait list. 

J'Adore Dance Neighbourhood Summer Discount

This summer J'Adore Dance is happy to provide community league members in the following neighbouring communities a 15% discount off all summer class registrations:

Lendrum
Malmo
Pleasantview
Lansdown
Grandview
Allendale
Parkallen
Royal Gardens 
Aspen Gardens
Greenfield

To take advantage of this special discount you must complete your summer class registration in person at J'Adore Dance studio and present a valid (current) community league membership.

Up-Coming Key Dates

Full Year and Fall classes always sell out quickly! Put these dates in your calendar to avoid dissappointment! (Don't worry, we'll send you an email reminder as well)

Full Year Kids Programs 2015-2016 Season Re-Registrations (for families who participated in the 2014-15 full year dance season): May 1-10, 2015

Full Year Kids Programs 2015-2016 Season Priority Registrations (for all current and previous J'Adore Dance clients): May 11-18, 2015

Full Year Kids Programs 2015-2016 Season General Public Registrations (for all new clients to J'Adore Dance): Open May 19, 2015

Fall 2015 Sessional Class Schedule Released: June 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Sessional Class Priority Registrations (for all current and previous J'Adore Dance clients): June 1-7, 2015

Fall 2015 Sessional Class Priority Registrations (for all new clients to J'Adore Dance): Open June 8, 2015

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