Our Dress Code

Select your dance style

Wondering where to shop?

Theory Dancewear is located in Findlay Creek, offering dancewear from top brands for a variety of dance styles.

Theory Dancewear Hours

Monday                  4:45pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday                 4:45pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday           4:00pm – 7:30pm

Thursday               4:00pm – 7:30pm

Friday                    4:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday                9:30am – 1:30pm

NOTE: If you’re looking to purchase pointe shoes, we ask that you please speak to your instructor prior to purchase for safety reasons to ensure your child is ready.

Our dress code ensures your child can dance safely and comfortably for their style of dance.

We believe in inclusivity and the freedom of gender expression. While you will find some details about clothes for girls vs. boys, children are welcome to choose the option that works best for them.

Common Ground - Acro

Acro

Girls: Mini Acro
5-7 years old

Black leotard
Beige footless tights
Bare feet

Aerial Hoops
Black leotard
Black or beige footless tights
Bare feet
Warmups (such as sweatpants, leggings and/or a sweatshirt)

Girls: Junior Acro
8-10 years old

Black leotard
Beige footless tights
Bare feet

Girls: Intermediate Acro
12+ years old

Black leotard
Black footless tights
Bare feet

Boys: All Levels
5-12+ years old

White or black fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee)
Bare feet

 

Common Ground - Ballet

Ballet

Your instructor will let you know when you need any of the following additional dress code items. Character skirts, character shoes, soft block ballet slippers and pointe shoes (pre pointe must be completed prior to buying pointe shoes). Pointe shoes must be approved by the instructor.

A fitted ballet sweater or shrug in the matching colour to the leotard is an acceptable option for ballet classes.

Little Dancers
First Steps, Little Steps, Creative Movement & Bounding Boys

Girls: First Steps, Little Steps, Creative Movement
2-4 years old

Light Pink leotard
Light Pink Chiffon pull-on skirt to match leotard (optional)
Pink coloured tights to match ballet shoes
Pink coloured leather full sole ballet shoes with elastic (no drawstrings)

Boys: First Steps, Little Steps, Creative Movement & Bounding Boys 
2-6 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee)
White high ankle socks
White leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic (no drawstrings)

Girls: Pre-Primary & Primary
5-7 years old

Lilac tank or cap sleeve leotard
Lilac Chiffon skirt to match leotard (optional)
Pink coloured tights to match ballet shoes
Pink coloured leather full sole ballet shoes with elastic (no drawstrings)

Boys: Pre-Primary & Primary
5-7 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee)
White high ankle socks
White leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastics (no drawstrings)

Girls: Grades 1-3
7-10 years old

Raspberry leotard (no thin/spaghetti straps) (So Dança Raspberry)
Raspberry skirt (optional) (So Dança Raspberry)
Pink or flesh coloured tights to match ballet shoes (convertible style recommended)
Pink or flesh coloured leather full sole ballet shoes with elastic (no drawstrings)

Boys: Grades 1-3
7-10 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt or white leotard
Navy fitted shorts (above the knee) OR Navy stirrup tights
White high ankle socks
White leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic (no drawstrings)

Girls: Grades 4-5
10-12 years old

Burgundy leotard – (no thin/spaghetti straps)
Burgundy skirt – optional
Pink or flesh coloured tights to match ballet shoes (convertible style recommended)
Pink or flesh coloured leather full sole ballet shoes with elastic

Boys: Grades 4-5
10-12 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt or white leotard
Navy fitted shorts (above the knee) OR Navy stirrup tights
White high ankle socks
White leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic (no drawstrings preferred)

Girls: Vocational (Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 2)
13+ years old

Black leotard
Black skirt (optional)
Pink or flesh coloured tights to match ballet shoes (convertible style recommended)
Pink or flesh coloured canvas split sole ballet shoes with elastic

Boys: Vocational (Intermediate Foundation – Advanced 2 and Recreational Intermediate Ballet)
13+ years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt or white leotard
Black stirrup tights
White high ankle socks
White coloured split sole ballet shoes (no drawstrings preferred)

Common Ground - Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Girls & Boys: All Levels

5-18+ years old

Tank top or short sleeve T-shirt
Leggings, sweatpants or track pants
Black Converse Chuck High Tops recommended
Street shoes that have been worn outside WILL NOT be permitted on the studio dance floors

Common Ground - Jazz & Contemporary

Jazz & Contemporary

Girls: Junior Jazz 1, 2 & 3
8-10 years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Beige convertible style tights to match jazz shoes
Beige leather jazz shoes
Half soles or sole savers for Lyrical/Contemporary

Boys: Junior Jazz 1, 2 & 3 & Junior Jumps & Turns
8-10 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black leather jazz shoes
Half soles or sole savers for Lyrical/Contemporary

Girls: Mini Jazz
5-7 years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Beige tights to match jazz shoes – footed or convertible style
Beige leather jazz shoes

Boys: Mini Jazz
5-7 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black leather jazz shoes

Girls: Jazz & Tap Combo
5-7 years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Beige tights to match jazz shoes – footed or convertible style
Beige leather jazz shoes
Black patent leather tap shoes with ribbon ties

Boys: Jazz & Tap Combo
5-7 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black leather jazz shoes
Black low heel tap shoes

Girls: Pre-Intermediate & Intermediate Jazz, Intermediate Jumps & Turns, and Recreational Intermediate Jazz
11+ years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Black convertible style tights
Black leather jazz shoes
Half soles or sole savers for Lyrical/Contemporary

Boys: Pre Intermediate & Intermediate Jazz
11+ years old

White or black fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black leather jazz shoes
Half soles or sole savers for Lyrical/Contemporary

Common Ground - TAP

TAP

Girls: Mini Tap
5-7 years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Beige tights – footed or convertible style
Beige tap shoes with 1 ¼” Cuban heel – So Danca TA44 recommended

Boys: Mini Tap
5-7 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black low-heel tap shoes – So Danca TA-04 recommended

 

Girls: Jazz & Tap Combo
5-7 years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Beige tights to match jazz & tap shoes – footed or convertible style
Beige leather jazz shoes
Black patent leather tap shoes with ribbon ties

Boys: Jazz & Tap Combo
5-7 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black leather jazz shoes
Black low-heel tap shoes – So Danca TA-04 recommended

Girls: Junior 1, 2 & 3 Tap
8-10 years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Beige tights – footed or convertible style
Beige tap shoes with 1 ¼” Cuban heel – So Danca TA44 recommended 

Boys: Junior 1, 2 & 3 Tap
8-10 years old

White fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black low-heel tap shoes – So Danca TA-04 recommended

 

Girls: Pre Intermediate & Intermediate
11-13 years old

Black leotard
Black fitted shorts (optional)
Black convertible style tights
Black leather tap shoes – So Danca TA200 recommended

Boys: Pre Intermediate & Intermediate
11-13 years old

White or black fitted short sleeve t-shirt
Black fitted shorts (above the knee) or jazz pants
Black socks
Black leather tap shoes – So Danca TA200 recommended

Class Etiquette

Common Ground - Elisabet White

Elisabet White, RAD RTS

Owner & Artistic Director

Elisabet has been teaching dance for over 10 years and dancing for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Ottawa, Elisabet danced locally where she successfully completed her RAD Advanced 2 Ballet and ADAPT Advanced Jazz examinations while attending Canterbury High School - Performing Arts – Dance program. In 2012 Elisabet went on to attend the prestigious Ailey School Professional Division, NYC where she received a Certificate of Dance with Honours. After graduating she pursued a certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She has also trained at Alonzo King LINES, San Francisco, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Summer Professional Programs. During her dance training she had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as: Alonzo King, Sidra Bell, Matthew Rushing, Darrell Moultrie, Amy Hall, Ray Mercer, and Carlos Dos Santos.

While studying dance at The Ailey School, Elisabet had the privilege of teaching children in The Ailey School First Steps Program, and travel to Florida as a guest teacher. These opportunities ignited her passion for teaching dance. After graduating from The Ailey School, she went on to expand her teaching skills in Halifax, NS and the surrounding area, teaching various methods of ballet, and jazz styles of dance, to children and adults, and choreograph for national competitions and local performances. While in Halifax she also volunteered at local schools to engage students in dance activities.

Over the years, Elisabet has had the opportunity to perform in the Tri-State area of New York, Canada and Mexico.

Elisabet has now returned home to Ottawa and in pursuing her passion for dance and vision to explore dance with children, she opened the doors to Common Ground Dance Academy in 2020.

Her passion for teaching children the art of dance is evident in her guidance and support for her students.

As Elisabet continues to pursue her passion for dance and to teach the art of dance, she now sees her vision to offer her love for dance to children of all ages and opened the doors to Common Ground Dance Academy to pass on her passion to the community.

“No matter where you come from or who you are, when we’re in the studio, we’re all on common ground” is the founding vision of Common Ground Dance Academy.

Hello Families of Common Ground Academy!

The Competitive Team is excited to bring to you our Fall Basket fundraiser starting Saturday, September 23rd. We will have our baskets on display in the studio beside Theory Dancewear.

Our Competitive Fundraising Committee and all of our Competitive parents have come together to make incredible baskets. You don't want to miss out!
The team has put together 6 baskets with value averaging $300 each.

All proceeds raised will go towards our Competitive Team this season.

How it will work:
Tickets will be available at the studio (beside Theory Dancewear)

Step One:
Purchase your ticket(s):
$10.00 for 1 ticket
$20.00 for 3 tickets
$40.00 for 7 tickets

Step Two:
Tell your friends and family, they would love to purchase a ticket!

Step Three:
Wait in anticipation to see if your name or someone you know has been drawn on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00pm.

A huge thank you to our Common Ground Family for your continuous support!

Please see below the list of items included in the baskets.
Ballots are available in studio CASH Only.

Sincerely,
Common Ground Competitve Fundraising Committee

Basket #1 - Kids Only Basket 

-- 2 $25 Marshalls gift cards
-- 2 $25 ultimate dinning card
-- $50 Theory Dancewear gift card
-- Size 4T Pink Common Ground Shirt
-- 2 Gatorades
-- Assortment of candies and chocolates
-- Tim Hortons Hot Chocolate Mix
-- Variety of kids arts and crafts

Basket #2 - Rise and Shine

-- Happy Goat Guatemala coffee beans
-- Happy Goat Brazil coffee beans
-- Happy Goat coffee travel mug
-- Happy Goat mug
-- Starbucks siren cup
-- Starbucks color changing cups with straw
-- Small assortment of chocolate
-- Starbucks pour over set
-- 2 adult movie ticket passes
-- 2 $50 gift cards to Local Public Eatery
-- $25 gift card to David's tea
-- $50 gift card to Starbucks

Basket #3 - Kens Time

-- Dark Amber & Oud scented candle
-- Cuban Rum
-- Cognac
-- Snacks
-- 2 cool towels (super cooling towel)
-- Toilet Time Game (mini golf game)
-- Brazilian Rum
-- 2 magazines
-- $25 gift card to LCBO
-- 2 $50 gift card to Crust and Crate
-- $25 gift card to Stinson gas station

Basket #4 - Wine & Dine 

-- 3 set northern woods candles
-- Chef on the Fly (personal chef service for two)
-- Lindt chocolate bar
-- 2 Cook books
-- Champagne
-- Fortified wine
-- white wine - Pinot Grigio
-- Red wine - Baco Noir

Basket #5 - Pamper Me

-- Bath salts
-- 3 set northern woods candle
-- Bath bombs
-- Sleep eye shade
-- Small wine travel cup
-- Eye, face, and foot masks
-- Lindt bar
-- Hair head band
-- Hair accessories
-- Stud earrings
-- Lush products
-- Small candle
-- Chef on the Fly(personal chef service for two )
-- 2 $25 Happy Her gift card
-- 2 $50 Joeys gift card
-- Assortment of flavored teas
-- Hair and body products
-- Teacups and saucers, teapot, creamer, sugar pot (set)
-- Champagne
-- White wine
-- Red wine

Basket #6 - Bambooozle

--2 $100 gift card to Mama Teresa restaurant
-- $50 gift card to Bambu
-- Vodka - Belvedere
-- White wine
-- Sparkling whine
-- Red wine - Blanco Noir
-- Prosecco
-- Sweet white wine
-- $50 gift card to Kimono (poke and ramen)

Term 1

Classes Start: September 11

Thanksgiving: October 7 - 9

Halloween: October 31

Winter Break: December 23 -January 7

Term 1 Ends: January 28

Term 2

Term 2 Starts: January 29

Family Day: Feburary 19

March Break: March 11 - 15

Easter: March 30 - Aril 1

May Long weekend: May 18 - 20

Recital Dress Rehearsal: June 5

Classes End: June 9

Recital: June 10 & 12

Common Ground - Anissia Nasr

Saffi Petersen Ndiaye

Instructor

As a graduate of Common Ground, Saffi is excited to continue her dance journey as a teacher and create a positive environment for her students, whether that be in class, at competitions, or onstage. 

Saffi began dancing with a focus on ballet and modern, but was introduced to other styles such as jazz, contemporary, and lyrical early on in her dance education. She has completed many A.D.A.P.T and R.A.D exams, notably her Advanced 2, where she received distinction this past year and will now begin preparing for the R.A.D Solo Seal award. Saffi received additional professional training at Ballet Jorgen's Summer Intensive, where she was taught by a wide variety of artists and applied the knowledge she learned to her students. Saffi was previously a gymnastics coach and has also taught ballet, jazz, and contemporary classes in Ottawa. She recently graduated from Canterbury High School in the visual arts program.

Saffi will work on artistry and technique with her students, focusing on each dancer's abilities, while understanding and appreciating the fact that everybody is different. In her classes, it's a judgment free zone and what's most important is enjoyment and improvement.

Common Ground - Anissia Nasr

Lisa Alli

Instructor

Lisa began dancing at the age of 5 in the Niagara region at the Dunnville Dance Centre. She has always had a passion for dance, teaching dance, and creating choreography. Lisa has received all of her tap exam certificates with the C.D.T.A., receiving Honours at the Advanced level. Lisa has trained in tap dance in Niagara, Toronto and Montreal and is thrilled to share her passion of tap and rhythm with the team at CGDA.

In Lisa’s classes, students will be given a safe, inclusive, and positive environment where they are free to express themselves. It will be a space to learn and grow for new or returning dancers (of all ages!). The classes will emphasize technique, musicality and expression while also including an introduction to improvisation and highlighting tap history.

Common Ground - Nicole Binnington

Alison Van Kessel

Instructor

Alison began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained and competed in various dance styles including; Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, and Musical Theatre. Alison has trained up to Advanced 1 in RAD Ballet and Intermediate 3 in ADAPT Jazz. She has had the pleasure of dancing in Walt Disney World and performing at the NAC with the Royal Winning Ballet.

Alison has graduated from the ADAPT Teacher’s Training School with a gold seal. She is now certified in teaching all levels of the ADAPT Jazz and Tap syllabus. Alison is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Algonquin College. She is passionate about combining her knowledge of dance and education to lead exciting and inclusive dance classes.

Common Ground - Anissia Nasr

Kiana Lawrence

Instructor

It's clear that dance is a significant part of Kiana Lawrence's life and passion. Starting at a young age and progressing through various styles, Kiana's dedication to dance is evident. From beginning with recreational ballet and transitioning to competitive dance, her journey showcases a commitment to honing her skills and pushing her boundaries.Kiana's experience isn't just limited to being a dancer; she has also taken on the role of a dance teacher. Teaching jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theatre highlights her diverse expertise and ability to communicate her knowledge to others. This experience likely helped her grow as a dancer and instructor, as teaching requires a deep understanding of the art form and the ability to convey its nuances effectively.

Notably, Kiana was a part of Carleton University's competitive dance team during her first year of university. This involvement demonstrates her desire to continue her dance journey even while pursuing higher education. Being a part of a competitive team adds a layer of discipline and teamwork to her skill set, which can be valuable both in dance and other aspects of life.Her teaching experience also extends across different regions, having taught in both the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ottawa. This suggests that Kiana's influence as a dance teacher has been felt in multiple communities, and she likely brings a unique blend of styles and approaches to her teaching methods.

Overall, Kiana Lawrence's journey in dance, from a young age to her university years, and her role as both a dancer and teacher, showcases her dedication, versatility, and passion for the art form. With her background and experience, she is well-prepared to continue making a positive impact as a dance instructor, sharing her love for dance with others and contributing to the dance community.

Common Ground - Anissia Nasr

Kateri Jacobs

Instructor

Kateri grew up in the National Capital region where she has completed most of her dance training in ballet, jazz and contemporary. After many years in the competitive dance world, she trained at The School of Dance in their post-secondary Contemporary Dance Program. After completing her bachelor's degree at STFX university, she returned to The School of Dance to complete their ballet teacher training programme and obtained her certification as an Associate of the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Kateri has a passion for teaching all ages, from 2yr olds to adult beginner classes, and believes everyone deserves a spot on the dance floor. 

Kateri is also a mother of two and a Chartered Professional Accountant. In her spare time she volunteers as the Treasurer for the Ottawa Dance Directive, a local professional contemporary dance company and centre for professional dance. 

Common Ground - Anissia Nasr

Christine Macmillan

Instructor

Christine received her dance training at the Halton Hills School of Dance, where she discovered a lifelong passion for the art of movement. She trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern, and successfully completed graded and vocational examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance. She received additional professional training at the Quinte Ballet School's summer intensive program and is a graduate of Mayfield Secondary School's Regional Arts Dance Program. 

Christine has enjoyed the opportunity to teach and choreograph at studios across Orangeville, Halton and London, Ontario. Her gifts lie in her natural musicality and musical interpretation, which are integral to who she is as both a teacher and choreographer. Outside of dance, Christine is a licensed Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and her specialized knowledge of the human body is central in her teaching methods. She helps her students develop an understanding of the mechanics of movement from an early age, so that they can explore the art of movement on a more profound level. Christine believes that above all else, dance is about artistry and self-expression, and she strives to help her students find their own voices through the art of dance.