General School - Recreational

ODCS offers General School programs from Pre-Ballet to Grade 5 RAD Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Acrobatic Dance and Creative/Modern.
Adult Studies: Beginner to Advanced Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary (minimum age 16 yrs.)

All classes are under the direction of and taught by ODCS Faculty. Students in Ballet programs follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and have the option of pursuing the internationally recognized RAD certification through yearly examinations. A minimum of two classes per week is required from Grade 1 onwards and final approval for examination entry is at the discretion of the teacher.

General School - Intermediate to Advanced (vocational training)

These progams are considered academic training and classes are at higher levels of achievement. Classes are registered directly with ODCS and are taught by ODCS Faculty. Ballet programs prepare students for examinations in Royal Academy of Dance syllabus (Grade 6 to 8 Awards and Intermediate Foundation to Advanced), and require that students take a minimum of three classes per week for consideration for examinations at this level. Other pre-requisites will also apply. The Ontario Ministry of Education recognizes both the Grade 8 and Intermediate certification for High School diploma credit.

Note: Higher level recreational students who do not wish to pursue RAD examination accreditation may register for fewer Ballet classes per week upon approval of Faculty.

Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap, Acro and Hip Hop are considered as individual courses of study.

Intensive Study Programs (Grade 6 / Intermediate Foundation to Advanced Ballet)

The intensive course of study is a scholarship program for the serious student wishing to pursue dance studies for university entry and/or follow a career in dance or dance-related arts. As fees are reduced, only those students willing to commit to all aspects of he curriculum will be considered. Acceptance is by audition only. The Royal Academy of Dance is the base syllabus, with supplementary enrichment classes included. RAD examinations are mandatory upon Faculty approval. Students enrolled in the Intensive Study Program may apply for tax exemption for their tuition fees.

Rules Of Conduct

All students are expected to treat all Faculty members, as well as each other, with respect during classes and while on ODCS program premises. Any student who fails to comply with reasonable rules of conduct or who engagesin disruptive behaviour will be dismissed. Students in higher levels who miss classes regularly disrupt the progress of classmates as well as impede their own progress and development, and therefore may be asked to withdraw from class.

Students who are inappropriately dressed for class (see Dress Code) will not be permitted to participate in class and will be asked to observe only.

Punctuality is essential for all classes in order to ensure a proper warm-up and to reduce class disruptions. Students who are habitually late will be asked to 'sit out' unless a note of explanation is provided by a parent.

Any concerns by parents or students regarding issues that may arise should be put in writing and submitted to the ODCS office, to the attention of the Artistic Director for resolution.

For the most recent information regarding Fees and Registration, contact ODCS at 613-293-2240 or email
General School: RAD Ballet Grades, All contemporary (Students and Adults), ODCS Vocational level courses and training programs (Non -Intensive) & Adults.

Please Note: ODCS Academic Year runs for 36 weeks of classes.

Academic Year 2021-22
Ottawa Dance Centre Schools*

ODCS believes all children deserve a Chance to Dance and to follow their dream. We therefore attempt to keep our fees as low as we can possibly manage to insure that no child is left behind.

Now in it's 50th academic year, ODCS looks back with pride to see the number of professional dancers, choreographers , teachers, and professionals at large, who are alumni and have benefited from our philosophy and highly regarded faculty members' classes.

Program Class/Length
(One Class per week)
Half Year**
(18 weeks semester)
PreSchool to Pre-ballet, Pre-primary RAD levels 45 min.
General Courses 1 hour
General Courses 1.25 hr.class $385
General Courses 1.5 hr. class $450
General Courses 1.75-2 hr. class $525
Gr.4 & 5 Character
& Variations
3/4 hour $230
*Plus an Annual $30 non-refundable Registration Fee

** Intensive Study/Enrichment programs: By acceptance only.
Ask for separate fee and schedule pamphlet for more details.

Discounts are available on additional classes.
Family Discount: a 10% discount will be applied to the fees of each additional child in a family enrolled with ODCS (class at lesser amount)

Fee Payment Terms:
Fees are payable in full for the Academic Year (2 semesters) upon registration.
ODCS accepts e-transfers, cheques , cash, and money orders.

- Students taking one or two classes per week have the option of providing a post-dated cheque for the balance owing (50%) dated January 20, 2021.
- Students taking three or more classes per week may pay as follows:
40% of total academic years fee plus 2 post-dated cheques as follows:
30% of total fee dated November 15, 2021,
30% remainder dated February 1, 2022.
NOTE:Families opting to pay in installments must also provide a valid credit card number.

IMPORTANT: A completed and signed application form MUST be submitted before registration can be accepted.
Please include ALL required information.

ODCS fees are eligible for the Child Arts credit with CRA and Vocational Training fees are tax deductible for ages 16 years upwards.
ODCS has a not for profit mandate and is a registered Educational institution.

Examination fees: Royal Academy of Dance examination fees are paid separately. Further information is available at

  • Intensive Study (Grade 5 to Adv. 2) and Intensive Enrichment Programmes: please inquire at ODCS office or pick up a brochure.
  • ODCS course fees are non-refundable once classes have commenced, with the exception of illness or injury upon our receipt of a doctor's certificate, and are for course credit only.
  • The ODCS academic year is from September to the end of May and is divided into two semesters. Students registering for one or two classes per week may choose to pay in two equal installments, the first semester payable upon registration and the second payable by post-dated cheque for January 15th.
  • ODCS students enrolling in three or more classes per week may divide payments into three installments as follows: 45% of total tuition paid upon registration; 30% payable November 15th; final 25% payable no later than February 1st, post-dated cheques to be provided upon registration.
  • Examination fees and extra coaching classes are paid separately (ie. not included in tuition fee).

  • Year End Concerts: A modest costume fee will be required for some dances. Admission fees will apply for all seating at the year end concert. These fees are charged separately from tuition. Please note that participation in the year end concert is not mandatory.

  • Termination or withdrawal from senior/intensive ODCS classes or programs require a 30 day written notice. A termination fee equivalent to one month's tuition will be applied in these cases.
  • A $30 charge will be levied for any NSF cheques.
  • ODCS reserves the right to refuse participation in classes, examinations or performances to any student with outstanding fees of over four weeks.

  • Dress Code

    Pre-school to Primary incl.
    Girls: Pink body suit (short sleeve), convertible pink tights; slippers only for pre-Primary and Primary.

    Boys: White t-shirt , navy or black dance shorts, and (Pre-Primary/Primary) white ankle socks/slippers.

    Our dress code for Ballet is essentially the
    RAD code- but adjusted as follows:

    RAD Grades 1-5
    Girls: Navy body suit (regulation) pink convertible tights, slippers

    Boys: Regulation RAD exam wear - White T-shirt, socks slippers;
    Primary to Grade 3 - black dance shorts,
    Grade 3 and up - black men's weight footless tights or convertibles and or grey for every-day class work (Gr.5 upwards).
    Dance belt - boys 11 years and up.

    Dress code guidelines are available at both Ottawa Central and Greenboro locations

    ODCS Grades 6-8, Intermediate Foundation to Advanced Ballet

    (ODCS adheres to internationally accepted standards)
    Girls: Vocational (grades 6-8/ Inter.Foundation to advanced) - Black regulation body suit for exams, any conservative body suit for normal class wear-( i.e no radical cut-out styles).

    Hair: Long hair MUST be secured in a correct ballet bun, close to head, netted, pinned securely with hair-pins and no side wisps. Bangs are to be clipped off face. If necessary, to keep hair close to head, hair should be gelled. Shorter hair to be clipped off face, and held close to head so that line of neck is clearly visible. A black or pink head-band-elasticised-is acceptable.

    Gr.6-8 Exam syllabus / preparation: A mid-shin length lyrical skirt in a light weight semi-sheer fabric is required as well as a 1 metre by 2 metre scarf in the same fabric, for free Movement. Character skirt and shoes are also required. Pointe Class means pointe shoes - please consult your teachers for instructions. You may be asked to "sit out" classes without proper foot-wear.
    Note: Inter. Foundation to Adv.(Girls) RAD exams require soft-pointes for classwork with ribbons. For exam wear please vist the RAD web site.

    Boys: Regulation men's weight black or navy ankle-length tights, white cotton socks and regulation slippers. Dance belt and white short-sleeved men's body suit worn under tights OR plain white t-shirt.

    ODCS/General School Vocational Dress Code for Jazz, Modern, Acro, Tap, Hip Hop
    Jazz, Modern, Acro, Tap
    For all of the above, conservative body-suit as per Ballet.

    Modern and Acro: plus convertible tights in pink, black or tan-dancers work bare-foot.

    Jazz: plus tights as per Modern OR black jazz pants, and jazz shoes, black or tan.

    Tap: as per Modern, tights will need to convert to full feet. Tap shoes in black or tan.
    Note: All female Senior dancers should have, as a matter of course, black body-suits, Jazz pants and convertible tights in their Dance gear for Open House performances and as a base for other costuming.
    Hair: All long hair is to be secured off face in a bun or pony-tail for all Contemporary dance classes listed above

    Boys: Plain T-shirt (no logos) fitted, with footless black tights for Modern. Jazz, Tap, Acro-approprate foot-wear as for girls and black Jazz pants or shorts.
    Hip Hop: Loose pants (sweats, athletic pants) T-shirts. Bare feet OR runners (no black soles)

    **Teachers reserve the right to refuse participation in class to students inappropriately dressed.