Rich in history and accomplishments, Fleet-Wood Dancentre is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year. Sharron Fleet and Jane Wooding joined forces in 1994, opening the school to offer both recreation and pre-professional training in the Georgian Triangle. In 2002, Sharron took on the role of sole Owner/Artistic Director when Jane moved to Toronto and later Halifax to teach. Sharron is a credentialled classical ballet teacher with The Cecchetti Society of Canada and Cecchetti International and heads the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus Program. She is also an accredited Highland Teacher with the S.D.T.A.
Fleet-Wood Dancentre was honoured with the Inaugural Arts and Culture Award recognizing their history of preparing students for college and university dance programs. The Robert Kemp Award funded their first Nutcracker Production, which is now a bi-yearly tradition students enjoy along with Christmas holiday performances in historic downtown Collingwood windows.
Hundreds of students have passed through Fleet-Wood’s doors. Of note, three Fleet-Wood grads, Jonathan Fleet, Sierra Maraj Fleet, and Colin Eccles, furthered their training in Toronto and later returned to Fleet-Wood as Accredited instructors. Attending George Brown College, Sierra graduated with a three-year Dance Performance Studies Diploma, and Jonathan the Dance Preparation Program and The Early Childhood Education Program. Colin holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University, focusing on Theory, Composition, and Collaborative Piano, and has completed the R.C.M. Grade 10 piano exam. He is a Level 3 Instructor of Essentrics®. Their combined training offers an impressive list of ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, vocal, Acro, contact improv, theatre dance, and Essentrics®. Rounding out the team is Tap Instructor Paige Nancekivell, Hip Hop Instructor Jamie Dea, and Recreation Ballet Instructor Stephanie Haldane.
Offering the largest selection of classes, Fleet-Wood provides three streams of classes: recreational, pre-professional, and competitive for aspiring dancers ages two and a half up to adult.
Safety first! In compliance with the Simcoe County Health Unit, safety at Fleet-Wood is top priority.
The dance floor is cleaned with disinfectant daily, all ballet barres, floor mats, door knobs and all touch surfaces are disinfected between every class, several hand sanitizing stations throughout the studio and building, and spots to stand on the dance floor 6 feet apart so everyone can participate while staying safe.
For anyone not comfortable coming to take class in person or feeling under the weather, Zoom all classes are offered.
With two studio locations in Collingwood, the office/studio is nestled in the heart of Creative Simcoe Street, beside the library at 65 Simcoe Street.