Driftwood Dance Academy is proud to offer Training and Exams through the Royal Academy of Dance under the direction of Jennifer Cole.RAD-LOGO-white
“You don’t just want a good teacher, you want the best. By choosing an RAD Registered Teacher you are choosing quality, safety and professionalism.”

Royal Academy of Dance

Well-Rounded Training for Students

Driftwood Dance Academy is proud to offer high quality training in several dance genres for students at all ages and stages of learning.
When a student chooses to seriously pursue dance, Driftwood Dance Academy is equipped to support this journey.  It takes a great amount of strength, determination and commitment to prepare for a life in the dance arts – and it is also a lot of fun.
Ballet forms fundamental postures, body awareness, strength and flexibility.
“The RAD is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations… setting [exam] standards in classical ballet worldwide…and are a global leader in dance education and Continuing Professional Development for dance.”

Royal Academy of Dance

Students wishing to take a graded or vocational exam with the RAD must enroll in two syllabus classes per week and the appropriate Progressing Ballet Technique class for their grade.

The Ministry of Education recognizes the completion of RAD Vocational Exams as external credits towards students’ Academic Fine Arts records at the highschool level.



Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.

Progressing Ballet Technique

Taught at DDA by educators, PBT will create strong and highly aware dancers in a safe and intelligent manner.

ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) is a certified dance syllabus offering yearly examinations in the dance disciplines of Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. Driftwood Dance Academy will focus on the Jazz Syllabus.

Representing an elite group of dance teachers who follow the ADAPT Syllabus and enter their students into formal exams, ADAPT teachers are leaders in quality training, aspiring to share their love of dance and movement.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards.
From Ballet to Ballroom, we have 11 dance faculties covering Theatre, Dancesport and Social Dance.  Driftwood Dance Academy will be focusing on the Modern Theatre Dance Syllabus.
As a registered educational charity and membership association, the ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques for our members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards.
The ISTD supports their members through updated teaching syllabi and techniques, plus a wide variety of courses, summer schools and congresses.

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The Gold Standard for AcroDance Education in Canada & Abroad

Our mission is to set the standard for Acrobatic Dance through certification programmes; strong, effective, and innovative curriculum; and ongoing educational opportunities, which support teachers and students.

At Acrobatique, we pride ourselves on safe, efficient, and progressive teaching methods.

Each Acrobatique certified instructor is highly qualified to teach and spot acrobatics safely and effectively.

For stronger dancers, for superior technique, for incredible results; Choose Acrobatique!

Melissa Klaassen, Founder & Director