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About Us

Essence of Dance was founded in 1997 as Victoria's Ballet School, a leader in the Russian Ballet method. Taken over in 2005 by Sonja and Talia, EOD expanded in size and genres to become one of the most diverse studios in the Vancouver area. Located in the South Surrey/White Rock, our facility offers 7 spacious studios with natural light and sprung dance floors, each with a separate entrance/exit, and waiting area.


Specializing in Russian Ballet (based on the Vaganova technique) and AIDT Jazz syllabus, the school also offers Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Acro, Modern, Musical Theatre and Tap classes. With a Pre Professional Half Day Program, Ballet and Jazz examinations, a competitive youth company, and classes for recreational dancers; Essence of Dance caters to students of all levels, from ages 3-18 years.


Want to dance abroad?  Miss Talia and Miss Sonja have organized studio trips for students to train at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana, The Hawaii State Ballet School, The Edge Performing Arts Centre in Hollywood, The Martha Graham Studio of Contemporary Dance in New York City, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City and Broadway's Dance Centre in New York City.  Miss Talia and Miss Sonja have arranged workshops with the Cast Members of Broadway's Lion King both in New York City and here at EOD, with some of Disney's top choreographers in Disneyland's Magic Kingdom, the Cast Members from Wicked, Matilda, the world renowned Radio City Rockettes and So You Think You Can Dance's All Stars.  


Aside from offering students the highest quality in dance education, we provide a personal and family-like atmosphere; a place where students can grow friendships, confidence and a passion for dance.


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