Adaptive Learning


Adaptive classes are for children who are interested in learning rhythm and basic dance moves, taught in a way to facilitate comprehension and retention based on the unique needs of every dancer.

All of our Adaptive classes are instructed and designed by a certified Education Assistant. 

Classes include Adaptive Tap, and Adaptive Hip Hop.  Both classes emphasize and encourage a positive and fun atmosphere where students can learn and express themselves.

Recital Performance: Recital participation is not mandatory and will be based on the decision of the student and class together.

All abilities are welcome! If you’d like to know if Adaptive Learning classes  are right for your child, please email us at

Registration for September 2020 is now open! Please click here to view and register for classes!

The Nutcracker


Be part of LDA’s exclusive production of the Nutcracker in December 2020!

Rehearsal Classes will take place on Sundays from 1pm – 3pm at LDA until the performance date.

Dancers will be on stage multiple times for multiple performances throughout the production!  All dancers will have the opportunity to audition for larger roles!

Cost: $125 per month (September through December, 3 hours a week)
Costume Rental and Production Fee: $100
For students ages 5 – 18!

For more information on our production of The Nutcracker, please contact us at:

RAD Ballet Exam

Royal Academy of Dance: Ballet Exam

What are RAD Examinations?
Royal Academy of Dance exams provide the opportunity for dancers to achieve their personal best, have fun, and receive recognition from the world’s largest examining organization.  The RAD exams preparing dancers for careers in dance, and give dancers the chance and abilities to compete on an international level.

The RAD Exams are meant to provide a structured approach to dance, where one level builds upon another, creating a solid foundation in dance that is applicable to all modern dance genres. The Exams give students a goal to work towards and added motivation while providing a standard that is universal and structured.

For the Pre-School level the Academy’s goal is to nurture and help children gain confidence. Their demonstration class is non graded, hence the child cannot fail. As long as the child is able to demonstrate the work in the presence of the examiner in a formal setting, the child will receive a certificate of achievement for their effort.

Will my child be graded on the exam?
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), stresses that each student should have an achievable goal. This is measured either by an annual RAD Examination/Class Awards.

For the Pre-School level (Pre-Primary Ballet and Primary Ballet), the RAD offers the “Demonstration Class” for students who need the teacher’s support to present their work to the RAD Examiner.  They will not be graded.

For Grade 1 through 5 students. They have the option to enter as an Exam candidate, which is a graded exam; Pass, Fail, Merit or Distinction OR enter as a “Class Awards” student who needs teacher support to present their work to the RAD Examiner. Subsequently, a ballet instructor will facilitate the session and the student will not be graded.

Who decides the RAD Exam date and time for each student?
All exam scheduling is done by RAD CANADA and approved by RAD, UK. Exam/presentation class dates can occur on a school days. The RAD UK office determines when the examiner arrives, which days the testing will occur, and which times each registered student will be tested.

Exam schedules cannot be changed and students have individual IDs, thus swapping test times with another student is prohibited. Upon request, an excuse note for school attendance can be provided and certified by an RAD Registered Teacher if the student will be missing a portion of their school day. While we cannot guarantee the date of the exam year by year, we have generally had our RAD examination dates in February or March.

What are the possible RAD Exam results? When do we receive the results of the RAD Exams?
For Graded Ballet, RAD Exam results are one of the following: Fail, Pass, Merit, or Distinction.

Dancers are given scores in various areas such as timing, musicality, alignment, etc. Points are added together for a total out of 100.

Grades are as follows:
75-100 points = Distinction(gold)
55-74 points = Merit (silver)
40-54 points = Pass (bronze).

While scores are based on a 100 point system, candidates are scored very differently from standard academic grades— a score of 77 at school may result in a “C” but for a ballet exam, a 77 is a very good score and considered a
Distinction—scores in the 90’s are almost unheard of in RAD examinations.

An individual test score sheet provides details of the RAD Exam. The RAD examiner’s evaluations are sent to the RAD for review before they are released and sent to a certified school. RAD sends us a preliminary summary to verify that all student names are spelled correctly before they prepare the actual certificates.

The final test score sheets and RAD certificates are then mailed to our school in the Summer. An email will be sent to all students once the report cards and certificates are received and are ready for pick up at our studio. Students who pass their exams will receive a RAD Exam Certificate along with their test score sheets. Teachers receive a list of scores but scores are never made public. Parents and dancers are discouraged from discussing scores with friends. Exams are not meant to be a competition between dancers but rather to encourage each dancer to strive for his or her personal best.

For the Preschool level, the Academy’s and LDA’s goal is to nurture and help children gain confidence. Their demonstration class is non graded, hence the child cannot fail. As long as the child is able to demonstrate the work in the presence of the examiner in a formal setting, the child will receive a certificate of achievement for their effort.

Are students guaranteed to pass the RAD Exam? Does the RAD Exam score indicate how well a student is doing in the class?
Attending the required number of classes per week does not guarantee that School Age students will pass the RAD Exams. Vocational examinations are difficult and become even more so with each level. Some vocational students should be satisfied with a “pass” score and not worry about receiving a “distinction.”

Our instructors are responsible for students knowing the syllabus work by a certain deadline, and for helping each student achieve the highest RAD Exam score based on their individual potential. Often students question why instructors ask them to do the same exercises repeatedly. It is important to note that knowing the basic movement itself is not enough; repetition brings about subtle changes to refine their movements. We take pride in our efforts in cultivating the best results in each of our students.

RAD Exams provide a standard, but they should not be considered as the only measure of success. Each child’s potential is displayed uniquely and in different performance settings. Parents should not judge students solely upon the RAD Exam score as to how well they are doing in class. For example, a student may not have felt well the day of the exam or had some nerves in the exam room. More often what we see is that some students just need more time for their bodies to develop and mature. Periodic growth spurts or weight gain during the middle school years can by especially frustrating for students as they struggle to maintain their current skills while adjusting to their growing bodies. Sometimes those who are slow to develop actually become the strongest dancers.

Exam scores reflect a performance on a given day. Exam scores also provide a basis for objectively filling roles in our school production. RAD Exam results are not the only criteria used, as instructor recommendations are also considered along with the commitment of both the student and family.

The mission of RAD is to develop a love and enjoyment of this beautiful art form and to bring out the best in each child regardless of body type and ability. To discourage a child from dancing because their scores are not as high as it’s expected to be is to truly defeat the purpose of the school, which is to nurture the individual as a person first.

Very few go on to become professional dancers, but they come away with a body that improves with respect to strength, coordination and balance. They develop self-discipline which benefits them in college and later in the work place. For many, it builds self-esteem and develops a love for the arts that will last a life-time and contribute to many enjoyable hours at the theater.

If my child has just started ballet and they are invited, should he/she take the exam?
Yes! If he/she gets an invitation, that means the teacher has assessed the consistent attendance and your child’s ability as an independent learner. Participating in the RAD exam provides a tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion. Each participant will receive a certificate for completing the presentation/exam. It is also a great way to get him/her into a performance setting.

Who is conducting the exam?
All exams and awards are assessed externally by a highly qualified RAD trained examiner who follows strict quality assurance procedures. One of the panel of 200 examiners, based in 25 countries around the world who have been appointed, trained and monitored by the RAD, will be flown in from Europe, South Africa, North America, South America, or Asia to conduct the exam.

How long is the exam/demonstration Class?
Depending on your level generally is between 30 – 45 minutes long. However, all dancers must be present 20 minutes prior their scheduled time. Once the examiner rings the bell, no students are allowed into or out of the testing room as it will disrupt the focus of other dancers in the room.

Will my child’s teacher be in the room with my child?
Depending on the type of exam. For ages 4 to 5 years old, Miss Lana will be facilitating the session and guiding the students to demonstrate their performance, and they are not graded. Miss Lana will be in the studio with this group of dancers and the format will be just like their regular weekly classes.

Primary Ballet dancers have the option with the dancer to perform in front our examiner without an instructor in the room.

Can parents watch the exam?
The goal of the exam is for the examiner to evaluate the work demonstrated by the children to make sure that the highest classical standard in achieved through the teaching of their teacher. Therefore, it will be a closed door session, and all parents will be asked to wait outside of the studio during presentation/exam times.

During the school year however, parents are welcome to relax in our lobbies and watch their child dance our viewing areas! We also have special viewing weeks where parents are invited into the studio to watch the class and a presentation up close!

Is my child the appropriate age for the exam?
If you child is enrolled in Pre-Primary or Primary ballet or higher, yes! For dancers ages 4-5 the Exam is a demonstration class, no different than what they do every week. Development of their performance aptitude is a big goal of ours, and the exam is a format that will help them excel in their confidence levels to perform in a formal fashion. They will have the security of having Miss Lana or another teacher in the studio with them.

Why take Demonstration Class with the RAD?
RAD examinations provide students with an achievable goal to work towards. The exams also provide recognition from the world’s largest ballet examination board who are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England. The certificate is globally recognized and is a fantastic component to build up your child’s resume and portfolio.

What does my child wear for their RAD examination?
Your child should be dressed in their LDA ballet uniform as if they are coming to a normal ballet class or exam class, with ballet shoes and their hair properly secured in a ballet bun and hairnet.

Make-up, nail polish, jewelry or loose hair is prohibited.  Their uniform should be clean and pressed, and tights should not have any visible runs, or rips, or stains.  We sell tights and bodysuits at the studio and will have plenty of ballet exam tights available for purchase prior to the exam.

When do students register for the RAD Exams?
If your child is invited to the exam class you will be notified by the beginning of October.  After this, we will register your child for another ballet exam class (Once a week) from October – February, in addition to their regular Ballet class. If your child is registered in the Ballet Exam class, they will be automatically submitted by our staff for the ballet examination in Spring.

RAD requires that registration for RAD Examinations and Presentation Classes be submitted in December in order to allow enough time for processing.

For more information from the Royal Academy of Dance please click here

Please feel free to reach out and contact us with any questions you may have about this program!

Company Program


The Company program allows our dancers to fully submerse into a competitive dance environment.

If your child was invited into our Company Dance Program it is because they showed enthusiasm, focus, and skill development in their ballet or jazz class last season.

Our Company Program is a committed dance program open to dancers between the ages of 5 and 18 who exhibit a higher level of skill and who are serious about their training and performing.

This program requires a minimum of 6 hours of training a week, including Ballet, Jazz, Rehearsal and optional Tap, Broadway, Contemporary, and Hip Hop Training.

In addition to the Company Program, LDA provides various competitive dance classes to dancers who love to perform and compete in a positive and fun environment. These classes are geared towards children who love the competition life, but may be uncertain about a full time commitment to our Company Program.

These classes also require an audition in the discipline they will be competing under.


A background in dance is required with several years experience in both Ballet and Jazz; additional styles are considered an asset. LDA has many different levels of programs and students will be fit into a group at the discretion of our faculty only. Our basic requirement for a student entering a Competitive Program is that they take Ballet, Jazz Technique and Jazz Choreography. Other genres of dance get added as the level/age increases.


Pearl Company: Ages approximately 5 to 8
Minimum class requirements: Jazz, Ballet and Technique. RAD Ballet examinations are required annually.

Ruby Company: Ages approximately 7 to 11
Minimum class requirements: Jazz, Ballet and Technique. RAD Ballet examinations are required annually.

Emerald Company: Ages approximately 9 to 12
Minimum class requirements: Jazz, Ballet and Technique. RAD Ballet examinations are required annually.

Sapphire Company: Ages approximately 10 to 14
Minimum class requirements: Jazz, Ballet and Technique. RAD Ballet examinations are required annually.

Diamond Company: Ages approximately 14 to 18
Minimum class requirements: Jazz, Ballet and Technique. RAD Ballet examinations are required annually.

Absentee Policy:
It is important that students and parents understand clearly the demands and expectations of being in a Competitive Training Program. A competitive contract is required at the start of each season.

All competitive registration is completed through your Parent Portal. To find out more about our Company Program or to schedule a private assessment, please contact us at:

Emily Kivinen

Emily Kivinen 

Emily’s love of dance has taken her all throughout Canada, and the United Kingdom. Originally from Southern Ontario, she moved to England at age 15 where she fell in love with Street Dance and Hip Hop and learnt from some of the very best in the industry.

Emily has danced on all of London’s most prestigious stages, and had the opportunity to perform as a backup dancer at the Disney Channel Kids Awards, where she danced for over 15,000 fans. At age 16, Emily auditioned, and was selected, to be a backup dancer for British pop band Atomic Kitten.

Emily began teaching at age 17, and after finishing her post secondary education in Ontario has been able to share her love of dance all over Canada. Now in BC, she is happy to have found her home at Langley Dance Academy.

Emily lives in the Fraser Valley with her husband and two young daughters, where living room dance parties and performances are highly encouraged.

Carrie Coulter: Ballet

Carrie Coulter: Ballet

Carrie has over 25 years of dance training and teaching experience, both locally and internationally. She specializes in the graded syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance and graduated from the academy’s 3-year teaching program, attaining R.A.D. registered teacher status in 2001. Carrie continually pursues professional development courses provided by the R.A.D. and has obtained certification in the Progressing Ballet Technique.

She is passionate about giving her students a strong technical foundation and instilling them with a love of this beautiful art. Carrie has danced all over the world and prior to returning to Canada, she spent 4 years teaching in Hong Kong, and founded a ballet program providing dance to expatriates and local children while living in Lagos, Nigeria.

Carrie is thrilled to join the faculty at Langley Dance Academy and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the dancers at LDA.

Paula Mattusch: Ballet

Paula Mattusch: Ballet

Paula grew up in Langley BC where she began her dance training at the age of 6 years old. She has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern, as well as Traditional Ukrainian dancing. She is also well versed in conditioning and improvisation for dancers. Receiving the award “Most Promising Jazz Choreographer” from Surrey Festival of dance at the young age of 13, Paula continued to and has been choreographing and teaching since then receiving numerous awards from festivals and competitions. Paula’s choreography can been seen on the TV hit show “Supergirl”. She has trained throughout BC, and Ontario, at such schools as York University, and Toronto School of Dance.

As education is very important to Paula, she continues to educate herself on a regular basis taking workshops and teacher intensives. Most recently Paula graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance CBTS program and she attained her Registered Teachers status. She also has completed her level one and two in the International Dance Teaching Studies, as well as became certified in Marie Walton-Mahons Progressing Ballet Technique program.

Paula’s passion for dance really shines through in her teaching and she is very concerned with the health, happiness, and positive learning experience of the individual dancers and helps them strive to be the best they can be. She continues to aspire to inspire and motivate all the students she has the pleasure of working with.