In School Exams

Exams will be the weekend of March 9th and 10th.

Forms for in-school exams will be going out during the first week back of January. Please check your children’s dance bags to ensure you get them.

Exams are optional and not required to continue. They are however, a great experience and can help build confidence and excellent coping skills for our dancers. We recommend everybody that is eligible take their exams, as we find that dancers are more focused and passionate when they have a goal to work towards.

Deadline for exam fees is Saturday January 26th 2019. Exam timetables will be posted mid-February.

Observation Week

Come and watch us in our regular classes during the weeks of:
Studio A: Monday January 28th thru Saturday February 2nd.
Studios B&C: Monday February 4th thru Saturday February 9th. 

Please make arrangements so that young siblings do not attend. 
There is no observation for Dance Theatre, STEP or Associate level classes.

Recital 2018

Please mark your calendars with the date of our dress rehearsal and year end recitals for all students. More information to follow.
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 31
st 2018.

Recital: Saturday, June 1st 2018.


"My daughter has been dancing here since she was in preschool now in grade 5! The relationships she has built has been amazing! This has helped her confidence level and has helped her over achieve her shyness and ability to explore her talent! My son is also now a dance member and for a "boy" dance is very judged however the teachers here have made that judgement unexperienced, as they are amazing!!"

- Melissa Urquhart

"My daughter has been dancing at Inspire Dance Arts (previously Kates Dance Academy) for 8 years! The teachers are beyond amazing and the friendships her and i both have made are forever. I love that the studio is non competitive and the main focus is to teach my daughter the art of dance. If you are looking to put your son or daughter in a dance program this IS the place to be!! Thank you Inspire Dance Arts for all your dedication to my daughter :)"

- Krystal Raber

"Alaina, her teachers, the Inspire Dance Arts studio has helped my daughter grow in so many ways and have brought out the amazing dance talent in her that I am so extremely truly grateful for. My daughter is so very happy to be part of the Inspire Dance Arts family and this is one studio I strongly recommend any parent to look into for their children. This studio is non competitive and kids have fun here. A great environment for children to learn, grow, make new and lasting friendships and above all belong and have fun!! And I would be more than happy to be contacted for any references. And to Inspire Dance Arts, Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

- James Soon



This imagination filled class is designed for the little ones who want to dance, tumble, move and learn some songs! There are no exams offered for this class, but they will be in the Junior Recital!


This class combines several styles of dance with fun music and basic techniques. There are no exams offered for this class, but they will be in the Junior Recital!

Pre-Primary Ballet/Acro

These classes are an imaginative mixture of dance steps from two genres. At this level they use their imagination in many of the exercises while working on technique. This class will be in the Junior Recital. Requires only one pair of shoes.

Pre-Primary Jazz/Tap


These classes are a blend of ISTD modern exercises and jazz to maximize learning of style, lines, and flexibility.


These ballet classes are great for teaching and training ballet technique for fun or for professional futures. After Ballet 3 students need to be training twice a week for strength and endurance building for pointe. After Intermediate Foundation I.S.T.D. exams are offered.


From Primary onwards, the ISTD offers stylized and challenging rhythms, different types of music and lots of fun!


Acro (acrobatics) is a combination of gymnastic type movements with music and dance vocabulary. After Primary Acro, levels are based on flexibility and strength and you will be placed at the teachers recommendation.


At Jazz 4, we offer ISTD Modern exams. These classes are to be combined with the Unset courses, in order to cover the unset steps as well as the syllabus

Hip Hop

This fun and current dance style is high energy! Dancers above the age of 9 who attend 2 technical classes may take this course


Pointe class is for all ballet dancers on pointe in Ballet 6 and up. This is a class designed to help the dancers progress faster and encourage technique. A dancer must be in 2 ballet classes and have their teacher’s recommendation to take pointe. There will be no recital number for this class.

Stretch and Conditioning

This class is designed to increase flexibility and strength. It is not for the faint of heart! There will be no recital dance for these classes. This class is recommended for all dancers in a 4 level class or higher. Students really enjoy this class as there is no pressure of an exam and they will notice huge personal improvements. The results from this class are valuable and visibly affect all of their other technical classes.

Boys Club

This class is designed for boys of all ages. Boys do well with a challenge and this mixed aged class will not disappoint! In this class they will practice and play with hip hop, jumps, movement and some technique. This class will definitely be full of energy! Boys must be registered for one other class at the studio to join Boys Club.

Acro Stretch

This is a highly beneficial class helping students achieve the flexibility required to properly execute acro tricks. It mainly focuses on the flexibility of their hamstrings, shoulders and hip flexors. We work on their balancing skills, inversion and strength ability. Students really enjoy this class as they will notice huge personal improvements in their acro class.

Unset Modern

This class will further develop the technique required for Modern and Jazz exams. It also imporves the dancers ability to quickly compose rhythms and make up combinations or improvise, as will be required of them in their exams. This class also contains leaps and turns and other vocabulary steps to add to their repertoire of dance steps. Unset is designed to work hand in hand with their regular jazz class.


This class is intended for all students who think that they may pursue a career in dance or school teaching. During this time we will learn and dissect various syllabi from Primary through Intermediate in Ballet, Tap and Modern and discuss key concepts and build-ups throughout the grades.  Also, students in the STEP program will be required to assist another forty-five minute class.  The fee for the STEP program (1 STEP class + 1 class of assisting per week), counts as 30 minutes. Students will be assigned to the class they will be assisting. The class which they are assisting may be of any discipline.

Leaps & Turns

This class is designed to improve all leaps and turns both in and out of the jazz curriculum. Must be taken with a jazz class. This class will expose dancers to fun and exciting jumps and turns while helping them progress at a faster rate.


Photography by Riverwood Photography

Dance Theatre

Dance Theatre

Dance Theatre offers a lot of opportunities for students to perform. We prepare shows at Christmas time and in June, in a variety of settings. We host workshops in different types of dance, and we attend professional performances. We accept students who study ballet and jazz. (Tap and Acro are optional). Students must have prior dance experience. They must have been dancing with our school for a minimum of 1 year, be at least seven years old and have shown dedication in their attendance and attitude. Most importantly, we are aiming to develop team spirit and hope that children will also form long lasting friendships within the group. Dance Theatre gives students the opportunity to perform and work as a group.


Welcome to Inspire Dance Arts!

We are a non-competitive studio located in northeast Calgary. For the last 28 years our purpose has been to teach the love of dance in a safe and productive environment.

Whether you're looking for one class or ten, for fun or for professional training, Inspire Dance Arts will meet your needs and surpass your expectations.

We practice the syllabus of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Whether your child is dancing for exercise, fun or to build their confidence,

Inspire is the place for you. Come be a part of a team where friendships are formed and skills are learned. CLASSES START AT $39.95 PER MONTH. No extra costs. Guarenteed tickets to the year end recital and no costume fees.



Classes Start: September 4th 2018

Halloween Week: October 25th-31st 2018

Fall Observation: *November 12th-24th 2018

Christmas Break: December 23rd 2018

January Start: January 7th 2019

Winter Observation: *January 28th-February 9th 2019

Easter Break: *March 24th 2019

Return From Break: *April 1st 2019

Last Day of Classes: June 30th 2019

*Dates Subject to Change.



This was filmed and produced by Brittany Fong and Anup Dhaliwal from Mount Royal University. Thanks to the Calgary Journal for making this video possible.


Alaina Nordal F.I.S.T.D. B.A.

I always knew I wanted to work with kids and I have always loved dance! What a blessing to be able to combine the two.

I started dancing when I was 12 years old and began student teaching a couple years later and the journey just keeps on going. I have taken many courses overseas and locally to continue to further my dance education. I hold teaching degrees in Modern, Ballet and Tap as well as Advanced levels. I love helping all aspiring dancers reach their untapped potential. In 1990 Kate's Dance Academy was founded on teaching the love of dance and I know that Inspire Dance Arts carries that on!




Inspire Dance Arts

2009 - 39 Avenue NE
Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6R7

Ph: (403) 279-4807