fostering excellence, integrity & community through dance.


For 30 years, Crossings Dance has been committed to nurturing individuals of all ages and levels on their dance journeys, supported by accredited faculty. Crossings Dance has a legacy of technical and artistic training, and as a leader in dance education and the integration of dance science, we develop healthy dancers. Drawing from our Christian roots, Crossings Dance takes a holistic approach;  respecting the dignity and uniqueness of each person by creating an environment for personal growth (body, mind and spirit).



Despite these uncertain times, it is with hope & faith that we enter into this 30th year and with humility & awe that we look back on all that our Crossings community has accomplished.



Did you know . . .


  • Crossings was the first dance school in Canada to be an intersection of art and faith.  Many said we would never survive!  
  • During this time we have weathered 2 recessions and a global pandemic.
  • We founded Corps Bara Dance Theatre and Crossings Youth Dance Company.
  • We have sent dancers around the world for education, training & performance.
  • We have leveraged many professional dance careers. 
  • We have been and continue to be leaders in the integration of healthy dance practises. 
  • Being a non-competitive school, we have flown under the radar - doing dance differently.  
  • Many of our faculty have been with us for 25+years and are renown dance educators and creators! 
  • Our inspiring team hold many certifications, RAD teacher qualifications,  ISTD Associates & Fellowships, and BA, BFA, MA & MSC in Dance.
  • Three of our faculty are on the board of Healthy Dancer Canada, two are researchers in the field of dance science and medicine, 
  • Did you know that Karen founded Christian Dance Fellowship of Canada?! 
  • Crossings was founded on the integration of faith & dance and with the values of COMMUNITY, INTEGRITY, and EXCELLENCE. These values root us in a deep history and guide our vision for the future. 
  • Crossings is the people, the community, the students, the parents, the teachers, our challenges, and our successes. 
  • Crossings is about more than just dance. 


If you are looking for a fresh and innovative dance experience, consider joining us for our 30th season! 



Experience the world of dance through our integrative dance training programs:


welcome back!



We are excited to show you what we have done to prepare the studio for our dancers safe return! Providing a SAFE, FUN, NURTURING & INSPIRING place for you and your child to experience the JOY of DANCE! 


Here is to an amazing 30th season of dance at Crossings!


If you have any questions regarding Crossings Dance, registration or the health & safety protocols that we have in place to ensure a safe

return to dance, please contact us! 


Music: We bought a Zoo, Jonsi (Copyright)

IN OTHER NEWS . . .

Happy New Year! 

Questions? Email us today!

wE HAVE MOVED TO OUR VIRTUAL STUDIO


To our Crossings Community,

 


In light of the updated Provincial Government and AHS guidelines, Crossings is required to suspend all in-person classes indefinitely.  We will continue to provide virtually-amazing-innovative dance training through our virtual platform.  We are committed to doing all we can to provide a supportive community for your child where they can continue to benefit from the physical, social, and artistic aspects of on-going dance training.


We realize this is disappointing for all of us, but we want to assure you that we are dedicated to advocating for your child’s freedom to dance in-person, in a Covid-safe environment!  We have adapted to the best of our ability to ensure dancing can continue safely by putting approved protocols and procedures in place.  Over these next weeks, we will continue to advocate for a safe return to in-studio dance training in January.  

 

Thank you for continuing on this journey with us.  We feel your support and am humbled by the kindness you have shown our staff as they strive to nurture and walk alongside your family. We will keep you updated on our transition back to in-studio dance as that information is released.  Until then we look forward to seeing you on Zoom!


 

Crossings is and always has been about more than just great dancing! We must continue pressing forward together, adapting as needed for the safety of all, while keeping our eyes on God and a hopeful future. We are so proud of the strength and resilience of our students, families and faculty who continue to live into our mission of COMMUNITY, EXCELLENCE, AND INTEGRITY.

 

Hang in there!


Karen Sudds and the Crossings Team 



Access your Parent Portal here. 

Access our Virtual Studio page here. 


WELCOME BACK!


To our Crossings Community,


WELCOME BACK!  We started 2021 with a week of unique and free classes for your children that included Frozen Fantastic and Acro Artic Expedition for our 5-7 year old students. Dreaming of Pointe! Flexibility Training, Disney Parade Combo, Hands Up for Handstands, and Dance Conditioning with our 8+ dancers.  Our older students had Dance Conditioning, Flexibility Training, Hands Up for Handstands, Contemporary, and Ultra Barre.  We brought in guest teachers; Coach Tessa VanderVeeken (Calgary) for conditioning, Colin Hood (Calgary) for Hands up for Handstands, Erin O’Loughlin (Montreal) for Contemporary, and Teal Darkenwald (USA) for Ultra Barre as well as our very own Miss Kathryn, Miss Kristen, Miss Shea, Miss Emily, and myself.  

The week concluded with Mental Skills Training with Miss Lauren Ritchie.  I must admit that I personally got a lot out of Lauren’s class and only wish I had been exposed to this teaching when I was young.  Lauren focused on the “awareness” component of Mental Skills Training in relation to online learning.  She covered breathe work, self-talk, mental resilience, and confidence.  I thought her approach to explaining how the brain works, in particular, the prefrontal cortex (the wise owl), and the amygdala (the guard dog) was brilliant.  She explained that the guard dog often leaps up to react when we do not like something, feel we can’t do, or are afraid.  The wise owl is the part of the brain that helps us with planning, problem solving, creativity, and we can settle the guard dog down by breathing and listening to our self-talk which brings back the wise owl.   She also had the girls discuss what is within their control and outside their control in relation to on-line learning and how to communicate their feelings and needs.   She encouraged the girls to set an intention before class, prepare their dance space, ask parents for help if they need it, let the teacher know if they do not have the room to do what she is asking, and try to remember that this will end one day, and we will be back in the studio!  So much is about how we chose to show up, whether to school, work, or dance!

I was so PROUD of your kids last week.  They truly dove in and engaged in every opportunity.  All the guest teachers commented on what dedicated, intelligent, respectful, students we have.  
I also wanted to let you know that I am working with MLA Gotfried and Dance Safe Alberta to get studios back to in-studio classes as soon as possible.  Our concerns and proposals have been “elevated” to Dr. Henshaw’s office along with the Premier’s.  We are doing everything we can to get your children back to doing the things they love in a safe and legal way.  Please hang on with us!

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this season together.
We are so grateful for each and every one of you! 

 

Karen Sudds and the Crossings Team ♥

CYDC pivots . . . 

 

We are excited to share with you our new

CYDC PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

(CYDC PTP)


After much contemplation and consideration about how to move forward with the remainder of our current 2020/21 Crossings Youth Dance Company season, we are excited to announce our newly created CYDC PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM (CYDC PTP). While we are heart broken that due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to complete our performance season, we are encouraged by the opportunities that this new program will offer our students. 


In these uncertain times, CYDC PTP will provide our dancers with concrete, stable and EXCITING virtual specific training (until we can resume in-studio).  We believe it is important to live out our core values of EXCELLENCE, INTEGRITY & COMMUNITY …. continuing to build our community, foster friendships, offer technical & artistic training and educate our students on the greater dance industry. So we will be using this time to do just this! 


This program is something we have wished to offer our students for many years! We are thankful for the opportunity to finally bring this to life! 

CYDC PTP’s weekly training will include: 

  • Company Class (with some awesome guest teachers)
  • Technical & Artistic Development (such as: Conditioning, Stretch, Improvisation, Staging & Choreographic theory, Theatrical Training)
  • Discussion/Theory Sessions (such as: Devotional, Social Media Literacy, Summer Programs/Applications, Education & Career Planning, etc)


Choreography from our current 2020/21 season will be completed with a full stage production in the 2021/22 season. Get excited, this is going to be an AMAZING show and we can not wait to share it with you!!!


Click here to find out more about CYDC or our new Professional Training Program!

tiny toes tv

 

Join us virtually for this action-packed preschool dance class specifically designed to bring the JOY OF DANCE right into your homes! Each week, your child will explore new fun themes in class and are invited to dress up for the theme. From twirling processes, to jungle expeditions with our favourite animals, this magical fusion of Ballet and creative movement is sure to nurture your little ones love for dance! 


ENGAGING, CREATIVE & FUN - Intentionally structured to make dancing from home a blast! Double your value and attend a SECOND virtual class each week at no additional cost. Let us keep your child engaged and connected with their friends & teachers throughout the week! 



 Tiny Toes TV

Monday 1:00 - 1:30pm
Wednesday 9:00 - 9:30am

(Classes begin January 4, 2021)


** All registered participants will have the option of joining us in-studio for class when the Alberta Government restrictions for group classes are lifted. Students who wish to remain virtual for the full session are welcome to do so!


Find our more about our 2021 Tiny Toes Sessional Classes and fees here. 


REGISTER TODAY!

adult sessional classes


Join us virtually for Session 2 beginning January 4, 2021


Adult Tap 
Mondays 7:45-8:45pm (Beginner)
Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm (Inter/Adv)
Have you always wanted to try Tap dance? Get your rhythm on with us in these super fun Adult Tap classes!

Restorative Stretch
Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm

De-stress this January – Movement to release tension and increase mobility. Join Karen Sudds for Restorative stretch - back by popular demand! These classes will include Pilates for muscle activation and core strengthening and release techniques to promote increased mobility.



Join us for our 2021 Adult Dance & Fitness Classes. 


REGISTER TODAY!

JANUARY

NEWSLETTER


Get caught up on all things Crossings in our

JANUARY Newsletter!


Be sure to read our newest Newsletter for important information regarding all upcoming events and happenings around Crossings! 

family day break


We will be closed

February 9 - 15, 2021

for an extended Family Day weekend. 


Sending you are your family loads of love ❤︎

come dance with us!


Classes have begun and we couldn't be more thrilled to

have the studio full of laughter and joy once again! 


Registration is still OPEN for our 2020/21 season of dance!

In order to create a SAFE & FUN environment for our students, class sizes are limited so... REGISTER NOW to reserve a spot in your favourite class(s)!


Curious about what we have done to prepare the studio for a safe return to dance? Watch the video below, or click here.

Not sure you’re ready for in-studio classes? No problem! Enjoy classes from the safety and comfort of your home live-streamed via ZOOM. 


We encourage you to REGISTER ONLINE for our 

2020/21 dance season.


We hope you will join us for our 30th season!


REGISTER TODAY
to reserve your spot in your favourite dance classes and join us for our 30th season of dance! 

2020/21 class schedule


We are excited to release our 2020-2021 Class Schedule!


*Please note, we have made slight adjustments to the schedule to allow for cleaning time between classes/cohorts.


Click here to find out more about our Class Schedule and 2020/21 Registration. 


REGISTER TODAY!

registration & 

office HOURS


Monday - Friday       3:30 - 7:00pm


We are OPEN and love to meet you! But, we ask that you please contact us ahead of time to schedule a visit.


We would love for you to come in for a visit - we will give you a tour of our studios, answer any of your questions and help you get registered for 2020/21 classes! 


If you  would like more information about Crossings and what we offer, please contact us! 


If these days or times do not work with your schedule, please contact us and we would be happy to arrange an individual appointment with you. 



Important Dates:


  • September 7, 2020            Labour Day (No Classes)
  • September 8, 2020            First Day of Classe
  • September 9-14. 2020      FREE Trial Class Week
  • September 12, 2020          Session 1 classes begi
  • September 19, 2020          Open House & Used Sale
  • October 10-12, 2020        Thanksgiving (Closed)
  • October 19-24, 2020        Parent Viewing Week
  • November 11, 2020          Remembrance Day (Open) 
  • November 13, 2020          All classes move to Virtual Studio
  • Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2020       In-class sharing
  • December 5-11, 2020      Christmas at Crossings (Virtual)
  • December 14-18, 2020     Pajama Party Week (Virtual)
  • December 19, 2020           Last Day of Classes (Sat)
  • Dec 20  - Jan 3, 2021        Christmas Break (Closed)
  • January 4, 2021                 Session 2 classes begin
  • January 4-8, 2021              January Jumpstart
  • January 23, 2021               CYDC PTP begins
  • February 9-15, 2021          Family Day Break(Closed)
  • March 20, 2021                  End of Session 2
  • March 26, 2021                  Last day of classes
  • March 27 - April 9, 2021    Spring Break
  • April 10, 2021                     Classes resume
  • April 12. 2021                     Session 2 classes begin
  • May 1, 2021                        CYDC PTP ends
  • May 24, 2021                      Victoria Day (Open) 
  • May 29, 2021                      CYDC Auditions
  • June 3, 7 or 10, 2021          Year End Dress Rehearsal
  • June 34, 8 or 11, 2021        Year End Recital - 30th
  • June 14-19, 2021                 Last week of classes & Photo Week
  • June 19, 2021                       Last day of classes


Download your printable 2020-21 Important Dates here. 


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CYDC IN NYC

 CROSSINGS YOUTH DANCE COMPANY at project dance nyc

April 27, 2019



Crossings Youth Dance Company - Inter/Senior Dancers

'Whole' 

Performed at: Project Dance NYC April 27, 2019
Choreography: Shelby Kelly

Music: Sleeping At Last