What to Wear? Expect?

If there is anything you are not clear about, you will probably find the answer to your question below. If your question isn’t answered here, you can call us at 604.684.9542 or use the questions form at the bottom of the page to email us.

We have a selection of Harbour Dance Centre merchandise available for sale during opening hours. You can find the latest sweat pant styles as well as t-shirts, tanks, shorts, leggings, hoodies, ball caps and other accessories.

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What to wear?

If you feel comfortable in leotard, tights, by all means do. Shorts, tank tops, leggings and t-shirts are also fine. As for shoes, soft soled ballet slippers (Cotton socks can be worn if you don’t have Ballet Slippers) You may need a sports bra or other type of support under your leotard, and you can wear a ballet skirt or dance shorts over your leotard and tights if you like! A unitard is also a good choice. Also, your hair needs to be secured firmly back and out of your eyes for safety during turns!

Traditionally a fitted T-shirt or mans leotard, tights, dance shorts, or fitted sweatpants, and ballet slippers are worn in ballet classes. A dance belt under your tights for safety and support is recommended. You can wear socks or jazz shoes to get started if you cannot get your slippers right away. If your hair is long enough to get in your eyes it is important to secure it back out of your face for safety during turns!

Leggings, shorts, sweat pants, etc. Nothing too baggy. What you might wear to the gym. Comfortable clothes to move in and jazz shoes, bare feet or socks (cotton socks work best).
Depending on which studio you are dancing in as some have a hardwood floor and some have a Rubberised floor.
We do sell sweatpants, shorts and t-shirts at the studio for your convenience.
It is most important that you feel comfortable and confident in your dance wear! Any clothes that are stretchy and allow freedom of movement in which you can also see your line will work!

Shorts, t-shirt, sweats or baggy trousers/leggings. Be ready to sweat! And please bring clean running shoes (not from street).

Tap shoes are required even for the beginner. There are a few dance shops where you can purchase these; The Dance Shop on West Broadway, Avalon on Main Street, the Dance Box in Coquitlam, or Limbers in Surrey.

When can I start?

Many of our classes are ongoing drop-in so you can start anytime you like. This means you drop-in to a beginner class if that’s your level, and when you feel you have improved to the extent that it is not challenging anymore, you move on. Basically, the class doesn’t progress level-wise, you move on to the next level class. 

We also have PROGRESSIVE WORKSHOPS for the complete beginner that run in 7 or 8 week sessions. If you can commit to a regular class at a specific time each week, we highly recommend these workshops.

What is the price of each class?

The cost of the classes can be found on our Rates Page, and the Workshops are priced individually on the Workshops page.

How are the classes structured?

All of the classes start with some kind of warm-up exercises. For example, in ballet, you start at the barre. After the warm-up, you work on short combinations of steps and moves and finally, a choreographed combination that changes week to week.

How much time do I have to spend at each level?

It varies so much from one person to the next that it is impossible to answer. We leave the decision up to you. However, we do recommend that you stay at a particular level until you’ve reached some degree of mastery.

What age are your students/How old do I have to be?

Our students are mature teenagers 16+ and adults of all ages.
Some classes are 14 and up:  click here

How many classes per week do you recommend I take?

You will improve the most if you are doing at least 3 classes a week but you’ll get something out of doing any classes at all, of course.

What if I want to take at least 10 classes a week and not be in a training program?

Look at our rates page for Reduced Rate Monthly or ask for Pam, Moe or Sabine for help.

How many people are there in class?

It varies from week to week and class to class. Generally, the beginner classes are larger (as many as 30 people), particularly in classes like Hip Hop.

Do you have parking?

No. There are paid parking lots on either side of Granville Street, south of Nelson Street, and there is metered street parking after 6 pm. We are well served by transit as well.

Where are the class descriptions?

Please click on classes here for all the descriptions or the specific class on the schedule.

Do you have showers and lockers?

We don’t have showers. We do have lockers that we rent out on a monthly or annual basis at very reasonable rates. If you don’t have a locker, take your belongings with you into the studio.

+ Are you wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately not. We are located in a heritage building with no lifts or elevators.

Questions? We will be happy to help!


Harbour Dance Centre TM 3rd Floor, 927 Granville St., Vancouver, BC Canada V6Z 1L3 | Tel: 604.684.9542 | info@harbourdance.com
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