A new dance studio opened its doors this week in Prince Albert with many familiar faces.
© Herald photo by Ian Cowie
Girls and boys ages five to seven stretch before participating in the first ever summer ballet camp held at Bold Dance Productions studio on 13th Avenue East on Tuesday. An intermediate summer school dance camp for children ages 12 to 15 will run from Aug. 26 to 30, offering classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre and skills.
Bold Dance Production co-owners Kim Schick and Brooke Wozniak made their return to the Prince Albert dance scene in a big way, opening up the city’s third dance studio.
“We’re all about family here,” Wozniak says. “We want the kids to feel as soon as they walk through the doors that they’re at their second home.”
As you walk into Bold Dance studio for the first time, you are greeted by 12-foot-high purple and tangerine coloured walls. Two 1,100 square foot studios (with another one on its way) are fitted with sprung floors and floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
“The sprung floor helps to reduce injuries by taking pressure off your joints,” Schick said.
Schick and Wozniak met more than a decade ago while studying dance together in Prince Albert. Wozniak was the exuberant and burgeoning teacher while Schick, her apt pupil.
When Wozniak moved to Alberta a few years ago, the couple began spending long hours talking on the phone as they planted the first seeds of one day owning their own dance studio.
On Monday, Bold Dance Productions opened its doors for the first time, and as Schick and Wozniak welcomed the 323 newcomers to their studio, they witnessed years of hard work and dedication come to fruition.
“We grew from that teacher/student relationship, and now we’re like sisters,” Wozniak said.
The duo offers a plethora of dances -- everything from hip-hop to contemporary and ballet.
“We are both passionate in the same areas of dance, so it worked out well,” Schick said.
Schick started dancing at age three and has travelled to Europe to represent Dance Saskatchewan and Canada with performances in England, Wales and the Netherlands.
She has performed in front of thousands of people, including the Queen of England during the Lieutenant Governors Saskatchewan Centennial Gala in 2005.
“It’s hard to get up on stage and dance in front of all those people, but it gives you that confidence in yourself to know you can truly accomplish anything,” she said.
Bold Dance Productions offers both recreational and competitive dance classes for students ages three and up, and the fall session classes begin on Sept. 17, and will run 10 weeks in duration.
“Recreational dancing is for kids who want to get some exercise as well as the social aspect of dancing, while competitive dancing is for kids who want to push themselves a bit more and go travel and compete against other studios,” Schick said.
“Dance has become a huge thing, not only here, but everywhere.
“For kids it’s good because it’s great exercise. You learn rhythm, you get to be with your friends, it teaches you discipline and it gives you a lot of confidence.”
To keep up to date with the latest dance trends, the studio offers a variety of new classes such as the “Skills Class,” where dancers receive instruction in a variety of dances and techniques.
“One week Kim might work on stretching and flexibility with them, and the next I might work on turns and jumps,” Wozniak said. “We might also get guest instructors to come in and teach them about nutrition.”
For more information, or to register for upcoming classes, you can visit the studio at 320 13th Ave. E., or online at www.bolddance.com.
“Whether they’re having a good day or a bad day, they can come here and dance it out.”