The Sorensen School of Dance was founded in January 1986 by Kim Sorensen and since its inception has strived to provide an inviting atmosphere for students where a strong standard of technical training is encouraged.
The studio offers a variety of classes for both the recreational dancer as well as those wishing to pursue a career in dance. The studio boasts a very creative teaching team including owner Kim Sorensen, Megan Evans, Kim Hookey, Wanda Walters, Christina Pretty, Ashley Howell, Hilary Gosse. Laura Parrell and Kristina Collins. Together we are motivated to provide our dancers with the best dance training we can!
The studio offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Acrobatic Arts, Hip Hop, Latin Jazz, Jazz funk, and Pointe. Again this year, a very special Body Conditioning class "FIT for Dance" with Nova Physiotherapist and Fitness consultant Robert Kelland is being offered. Examination classes are available in Modern and Tap with testing through the Imperial Society of Teachers’ of Dancing (ISTD) and in Ballet with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, Imperial Ballet and RAD. The studio boasts a very extensive curriculum of examination classes in all genres from Primary to Associate. We are also very excited to add Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) to our curriculum this Fall. Whether you are dancing because you love it or because you love it and want to pursue a career in Dance, at Sorensen School of Dance we can help inspire the realization of those dance dreams.
Throughout the year the studio hosts many workshops where our students get exposure to visiting choreographers and their different styles and experiences. From the hip hop world, Kiana Smith, Jendayi Dyer, Holly Horner, Crazy Smooth and Mariano Abaraca; from the ISTD Tap faculty Nic French, Heather Rees and Pamela Eddleston and from the Ballet genre we have hosted teachers from the National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jorgen. We believe in providing as much exposure and education opportunities as we can to our students. Solid technical training, musicality and a sense of confidence and performance can be nurtured at SSOD.
The School is very pro-active in providing ample opportunity for performance. As dance is a performing art, our two staple opportunities each year are our Christmas Show and year end Recitals. Our Christmas Show debuted in 2010 and highlights our exam students and performing group students. This show is a fundraising event sponsored by Sorensen School of Dance and is performed in memory of Bethany Danielle Pike. All proceeds from this show are donated to charity. Over the past 9 years we have raised over $25,000.00. At the end of the dance year we present two shows at the Arts and Culture Centre. These shows feature all our students and capture not only how hard our dancers work but how much they love to dance!! This year we celebrate our 30th Anniversay recital!! Wow!! Performances at "The Friends of India Gala", "MUN Seahawks" games, The DTAN bi-annual show, Mile One Stadium as the "St. John's Maple Leafs Dance Team" Half time entertainment, and the annual Downtown Santa Claus Parade, are just a few of our many performing opportunities we have participated in. Most recently, in 2017, we performed at the Tim Horton's Brier both as on ice entertainment and in the Brier Patch. That was an incredible experience!
Now celebrating our 32nd year of business here at Sorensen School of Dance, both myself and the creative team look to the future for many more years of offering dance excellence, performance prowess and the nuturing of friendships that last a lifetime. We look forward to the opportunity to have you part of Sorensen School of Dance!