The Apprentice Division is open to advanced intermediate to senior level dancers dancers age 12 & up. The aim of this division is to transition dancers into The Rhythm Ensemble's Pre-Professional Division. Dancers will have their own tap technique, improvisation, music theory, live music sessions, and history classes, as well as a combined choreography and historical repertoire class with Pre-Professional Division. Dancers also have the opportunity to work with various artists in residence. Interested dancers must audition for a spot in the company.

The Rhythm Ensemble program consists of a one year program, split into three term. Dancers do not need commit to the full year in order to participate in the program, but it is strongly recommended in order to maintain consistency in their training. Dancers must commit to (a) full term(s) and drop-ins will not be accepted. The terms are split as follows:

  • Term One: September- November

  • Term Two: December- February

  • Term Three: June- August

This program is a training only program, and performance opportunities will not be the focus of the Apprentice division, however there may be performance opportunities available. Priority for performances will be given to The Rhythm Ensemble's Pre-Professional division, however if more dancers are needed, apprentice dancers may be cast at the discretion of the director.

COST: $325 + HST

Families with multiple siblings in The Rhythm Ensemble will be eligible for our sibling discount. 


Training sessions will take place every Sunday, beginning on Sunday, September 12th running out of The Dance Shoppe in Milton located at 725 Main Street E. In the months of July and August, training sessions will move to Thursday evenings. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures the Apprentice division will not be overlapping with the Pre-Professional division for term one to allow for small class sizes. We will be running on a modified schedule as follows.


Term One: Sundays from 12:30pm-3:00pm 

Term Two: Sundays from 12:00pm-2:30pm*

Term Three: Sundays from 12:00pm-2:30pm (June) and Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm (July & August)

*We are hoping to run our term two schedule as listed but scheduling of term two will be determined by current health and safety guidelines, as well as company size. We will make this decision by mid-November to allow dancers to plan and modify their term commitment if need be.

For more information about auditions, click here.