Welcome To DEFY GRAVITY DANCE COMPANY

Experience dance in a nurturing, energetic and rewarding environment.

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Build confidence. Inspire Excellence.

At Defy Gravity, we don’t just teach children how to dance, we welcome them into our dance family, giving them a safe space to be exactly who they are - a celebrated, stunning dancer who knows how to work hard individually and in a team environment. We provide your dancer the space to share a piece of themselves in an authentic and magnetic way to truly embody their passion for dance, making treasured connections with their peers that last a lifetime. After all, dance friends truly are the best friends!

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Community, Curiosity, Confidence and Artistry

Dancers twirl with delight, gain confidence and a lifelong passion for dance at Defy Gravity Dance Co. We work tirelessly to build our dancer's strength, skills, and artistic performance - all of which boost self esteem and promote a solid work ethic which our dancers bring with them into every aspect of their lives. We offer exceptional training in three different divisions specifically designed to challenge dancers of all  levels of commitment to their training. Classes in Acro, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Tap build confidence and a connected sense of community, foster creative curiosity and authentic artistry in a safe and supported environment. The acceptance and encouragement shown by our faculty hones a beautiful sense of security, confidence and thereby excellence achieved by our dancers year after year.

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COVID-19

We have maintained zero transmission rate since we re-opened June 1, 2020 through strict safety protocol. Currently, no dancers, parents or faculty are allowed in the building if showing signs of sickness. Strict hand sanitation and medical grade air sanitizers remain in place to keep your family safe.

Our Classes

Performance Division

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Performance Division Dancers build strong foundations in dance, forge new friendships and become part of our DG Dance Family.

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Ruby  |  3-4 Years

Your dancers journey begins in Ruby level classes, designed to inspire creativity, build self confidence and encourage inquisitive  minds with  a carefully-curated story-based curriculum.

BALLET
45 MINUTES/WEEK

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Amethyst  |  5-6 Years

Amethyst dancers learn foundations of Ballet & Jazz or Hip Hop, continuing to improve  their  strength and coordination while  beautifully blending confidence and creativity to allow their performance skills to shine!

BALLET & JAZZ
1.5 HOURS/WEEK

HIP HOP
1 HOUR/WEEK

ACRO TECH
1 HOUR/WEEK

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Sapphire  |  7-8 Years

You know your dancer loves to move and groove when they are constantly practicing at home - tapping their toes under the table, sliding into the kitchen with verve and shimmying down the hallway to their room.

BALLET & LYRICAL
1.75 HOURS/WEEK

JAZZ & TAP
1.75 HOURS/WEEK

HIP HOP
1 HR/WEEK

ACRO TECH
1 HE/WEEK

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Emerald  |  9-12 Years

Emerald dancers flourish in a connected and collaborative learning environment curated to inspire a level of confidence and group unity not seen in previous levels.

BALLET & LYRICAL
2 HOURS/WEEK

JAZZ & TAP
1.75 HOURS/WEEK

HIP HOP
1.25 HOURS/WEEK

ACRO TECH
1 HR/WEEK

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Onyx  |  13+ Years

Smooth and strong like stunningly ink-black Onyx, dancers continue to hone their skills, building on the authentic connections formed in teamwork and trust developed  in  Emerald classes.

BALLET & CONTEMP
2.25 HOURS/WEEK

LYRICAL & JAZZ
2 HOURS/WEEK

HIP HOP
1.25 HOURS/WEEK

Our Classes

Competitive Division

Competitive Division dancers are motivated to improve their skills in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

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PRE-CO  |  6-9 Years

BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL, TAP
5 + HOURS/WEEK
OPTION: ADD ACRO +1 HR/WEEK

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CO 2  |  10-13 Years

BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL , CONTEMP
7 HOURS/WEEK
OPTION: ADD TAP +1 HR/WEEK
OPTION: ADD ACRO +1 HR/WEEK

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CO 1  |  14-18 Years

BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL , MODERN, CONTEMP
7 HOURS/WEEK
OPTION: ADD TAP +1 HR/WEEK
OPTION: ADD ACRO +1 HR/WEEK

Our Classes

Professional Division

Professional Division dancers excel technically and artistically, improving their skills week after week through accelerated
training across all genres. Dancers hone their talent through Cecchetti Ballet exams, Regional Competitions and our Annual Recital.

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Pre-Pro 4  |  9-11 Years

BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL, TAP, CONDITIONING
8.5 HOURS/WEEK
OPTION: ADD ACRO +1 HR/WEEK

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Pro 3  |  11-13 Years

BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY, TAP, CONDITIONING
11.25 HOURS/WEEK
OPTION: ADD ACRO +1 HR/WEEK

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Pro 2  |  13-15 Years

BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL, TAP, CONTEMPORARY, CONDITIONING
13 HOURS/WEEK

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Pro 1  |  15-18 Years

BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL, TAP, CONTEMPORARY, CONDITIONING
14 HOURS/WEEK

Not Sure Which Class is Right For Your Dancer?

We Offer Trial Classes for just $25!

Sign up for September Trials as of Sept 1, 2024 - Trial classes run Sept 9 - Oct 19, 2024

Satisfied Parents

Parent's Testimonials

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We know that every day when we drop our daughter off at her “second home” she’s surrounded by amazing friends and fantastic teachers who are helping foster her love of dance and instill the values of hard work, a positive attitude and a sense of community.

Ally M.

 It was so wonderful seeing the joy on Katelyn’s face after her first class last night. She was so happy to see everyone in her class and her teachers.  And it felt good (mentally and physically)  for her to have this structured activity again.

Joanna N.

I am so grateful that my daughter has dance to look forward to this month. She takes it seriously and I can tell how much effort and attention that you and your teachers are putting into making dance classes a positive experience. When I dropped Amy off at her first class, I cried - happy that she has dance classes but sad that our children have such uncertainty at this moment. Happy. Sad. Grateful. All the emotions. But so appreciative that you’ve never given up and you are providing some normality.

Laura M.

My son's first year of dance was at Defy Gravity. Being a hockey mom for a number years I was completely out of my element when it came to Recital time! The DG team have it nailed down when it comes to organization. Everything is to the minute and runs like clockwork. So impressive! My son absolutely loves the environment at Defy and found it a nice escape from the pressure of life on ice. A place to be creative and play with balance and structure. Defy blends both seamlessly...

Lisa E.

The girls really liked their ballet/tap classes. We were really impressed how great the lesson was. We’ve done a lot of other activities and your classes were by far the best!

David C.

I would like to express our family's gratitude for Team DG's unfailing effort to keep the studio open with virtual and in person lessons during the pandemic.  I cried with you while watching your video to DG families.  Thank you for all the love and care you pour into the little hearts of your young dancers in these trying times. We are os happy to be back to classes and for H to have her dance buddies back each week!

Lorraine S.

One of the many reasons why we love Defy is the most amazing community Miss Rishell and her team have built! Our little dancer loves coming to the studio each week and we are excited to see her on stage for her first recital!

Adrian L.

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Our Address & Contact Details

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Studio Address

Defy Gravity Dance Company
30 – 11151 Horseshoe Way
Richmond, BC V7A 4S5

Office Hours

Mondays  3:30pm-7:30pm
Tuesdays  3:30pm-5:00pm
Wednesdays - 3:45pm-7:30pm
Thursdays  - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Fridays  4:00pm-7:00pm
Saturdays  9:00am-1:30pm

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