The Intense Training Program (ITP) at ZDM nurtures dancers from 5-18 years of age. Those who wish to join the company must participate in an audition process.
Dancers train in all disciplines (depending on age) and perform in specific genres such as Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Improvisation, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop & Acrobatics. They also have the opportunity to enter into The Society of Russian Ballet exams.
Competitive dancers participate in selective competitions and perform at events and festivals throughout the season. (Sept to June).
Every season ZDM dancers participate in several wellness workshops where they indulge in Yoga for dancers, meditation, dance explorations, stress & injury management, peak performance coaching, growth mindset coaching, and concussion awareness discussions. These workshops take place at a local site-specific location and are led by wellness professionals.
Zdance is unique in its industry. Our focus on wellness, movement innovation and exploration are some reasons why. In addition, class sizes are small, making it easier for the students to have undivided attention and feedback from their faculty. We are a collaborative company. Students are often involved in the planning process of our many projects. We value the importance of connecting with our dancers and creating meaningful memories as a team! Our faculty members are highly qualified and highly experienced members of the professional dance community. They are educated in the art form and stay current with the evolution of dance while keeping true to their artistic research.
Levels and Age Groups
*Dancers must audition for the competitive program and are placed according to age and ability level.
Part Time Competitive Programs
Mini Part-Time Company - 6-8 years
Junior Part-Time Company- 9-12 years
Junior/Inter Full-Time Company - 11-14 years
Inter/Senior Full-Time Company - 15-18 years