Sharron Fleet and Jane Wooding joined forces in 1994 opening Fleet-Wood Dancentre in Collingwood on Mountain Road. Their combined passion for dance has resulted in twelve years of dance performances and training for students living in the Georgian Triangle. To date well over a 1000 students have passed through their doors, with many moving on to the professional world as dancers and teachers.
They specialize in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet which provides the necessary training to prepare students for auditions to The National Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School of Canada, York University, George Brown College and others. Elizabeth Lougheed, a Fleet-Wood graduate, completed a three year dance program at George Brown College and returned to Fleet-Wood as an Associate heading the modern program which prepares students for auditions to the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2002 Jane Wooding moved to the Toronto area and now teaches at George Brown College and Quinte Ballet School and supports Fleet-Wood on a part-time basis. She became an Examiner with the Ceccetti Society of Canada in 2006.
Sharron and Jane created four streams of classes serving both the recreation student and pre-professional dancer that run from September to June. There are a variety of classes as well for Adults including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and belly dancing.
Three years of age is the youngest they accept and both boys and girls are welcome. Colin Eccles and Jonathan Fleet are graduates of Fleet-Wood Dancentre and continue performing and teaching at Fleet-Wood, also acting as role models for young boys who love to dance. Both Jonathan and Colin also continue to train in Toronto at The National Ballet School and Dance Teq for advanced work with world renowned teachers. Staff also includes former student Abbey Spies and Shelley Barber. Abbey holds a BFA (Hons) Dance from York and adds Pilates to the conditioning program, as well as choreography for senior dancers. Shelley Barber, studied at George Brown College and York University majoring in Theatre and opened a Tap program this year for the first time.
Every other year Fleet-Wood Dancentre launches a full scale production of "The Nutcracker Ballet" and every December ballet students perform in the windows of Downtown Collingwood dressed in the beautiful Nutcracker costumes.
In 2005, Fleet-Wood had the opportunity to move to a new location in historic downtown Collingwood with its eclectic collection of shoppes and restaurants. Located close to both highschools students are able to conveniently walk to the studio.
Fleet-Wood comes with three professional studios equipped with sprung floors covered in Roscofloor, bars, mirrors and sound equipment. A piano is also available in Studio A for visiting pianists and ballet examinations. The reception area contains a TV and VCR for both training and entertainment. Nutritious snacks are also available. A spacious changeroom doubles as snack and homework areas.
There is something for the whole family at Fleet-Wood. Visit their website for more information www.fleetwooddance.net or call 446-1568.
Photos: John Knox Photography