To provide the opportunity for dancers to pursue high quality training in Authentic Hip Hop dance. To educate others in the history of hip hop and hip hop techniques so that Hip Hop Dance will be rightfully respected in the studio dance world. To bring out the full potential in all of our students.
Jade’s Hip Hop Academy operates on the principles of Respect & Family. Each student also follows our 5 C’s word Formula; Commitment, Completion, Consistency, Confidence and Communication.
Jade’s Hip Hop Academy is still the fastest growing studio in the GTA and the only all Urban Dance Studio in Brampton. The Owner and Artistic Director of Jade’s Hip Hop Academy is Jade Jager Clark. A self-taught dancer who started dancing, teaching and choreographing all at the same time at the mere age of 14.
Jade’s Hip Hop Academy opened its doors in 2006. Operating only 2 nights a week with 18 students it soon found out it needed to expand.
In September 2007 Jade’s Hip Hop Academy opened its new facility at 12 Bram Court Unit 2 in Brampton with a Grand Opening. Offering classes in Recreational Hip Hop for students ages 3 and up and Competitive Hip Hop for ages 8-20. By December 2007 student count rose to 64.
The season 2007/2008 competition season was mostly successful, our youngest competitive team winning the studio’s first Overall. However the majority of judges still gave more value to the “music video” style and jazzy style hip hop routines, not recognizing Popping, locking, breaking or krump. The year ended with a very successful year end recital called “Launch 2008”. We needed two nights at the Cyril Clark Theatre to accommodate all visitors. All dancers, recreational and competitive performed together in this one and a half hour show.
With the growth of the studio, 2008 saw the creation of a pre-competitive program, a level in-between recreational and competitive for dancers ages 8-18. In the 2008 competition season our competitive dancers competed in 5 different competitions. Despite the fact that most dancers were only in their first second year they came home with almost all first placed finishes and a few Overalls. Some of them even qualified at The Canadian National Dance Championships to represent Canada at the World Hip Hop Championships in Germany. Unfortunately due to lack of funding the teams were not able to go. In 2008 Jade also began her campaign to ensure Hip Hop Dance would be rightfully taught and adjudicated in the dance studio competition circuit. She began writing articles in Dance Canada Quarterly and holding Seminars through Dance Educators of Canada which she continues through till today.
By September 2008 the student count rose to 90 and the amount of classes also grew. The 2008/2009 competition season was finally a breakthrough year for Hip Hop and Jade’s Hip Hop Academy. Students were finally recognized for their achievements in technique and skill and Jade was recognized several times for her choreography. Our end of the year Performance ShowCase moved to the larger Lester B. Pearson Theatre and was a huge success. That year also saw the creation of the Jade’s Hip Hop Academy Performance Company to meet the increasing requests for performances by our students. This Performance Company is linked to our SolPro Training program which gained support from the Ontario Arts Council.
By September 2009 the student count rose to 140. Jade’s Hip Hop Academy dominated the 2009/2010 competition season, leaving every competition with first place finishes, Overalls, special awards and scholarships. The demand for performances increased and had students performing venues such as the Ricoh Coliseum, Hershey Centre, Yonge-Dundas Square, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, International Centre and the PowerAde Centre at Events such as 10th World Wushu Championships Opening Ceremonies. International Auto Show, Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, Forest of Reading Celebrations and so much more! (details of all those performances can be found in our NEWS section). Our mini competitive team “Lil ShowStoppers” also received a Citizen’s Arts Acclaim Award from Mayor Susan Fennel and the City of Brampton. Two end of the year Showcases had to be held at the Lester B Pearson Theatre to accommodate everyone who wanted to see our show.
At the conclusion of the season in June 2010 the announcement was made that Jade’s Hip Hop Academy will be expanding into its New Larger facility at 12 Bram Crt. Units 4 & 5. Not only will this summer be consumed with summer camps and moving to our new space but Jade was also named the Director of Dance for Youth Day, Canada’s largest and longest one day festival celebrating youth talent in the Arts. Youth Day took place on Sunday July 25th and featured 16 JHHA performances including 5 Flash dances all choreographed by Jade and performed by our students. Jade was responsible for all dance functions of the day including overseeing over 200 performers and 9 other dance groups in addition to her own and helping set a Guinness World Record for the TWIST which also celebrates its 50th Anniversary on Youth Day. For more details and pictures check out the NEWS 2009-2010 section.
The 2010-2011 has Jade’s Hip Hop Academy celebration its 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY. This season has also seen Jade being awarded for her efforts and achievements with the studio. She was selected to be the winner of both the Zonta Young Woman of Achievement Award and the Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. JHHA also took an International step and auditioned for America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC) where they were the first Canadian Children’s crew to audition and one of the youngest crews of all time to make it to the second round out of three of the audition process. Jade’s Hip Hop Academy Performance Company also gained a major breakthrough and was asked to open Dance Weekend ’11, an annual Dance Festival that features the top Dance Companies in the Province at Fleck Dance Theatre at the Harbourfront Centre. The company thrilled audiences with their first 20 minute piece entitled “Meant to Be” receiving rave reviews. For more details visit NEWS 2010-2011 and for pics visit our GALLERY. The demand for performances is still increasing and sees the JHHA Performance Company continue to travel throughout Toronto, the GTA and other parts of southern Ontario. So far JHHA is still gaining the recognition it deserves for bringing authentic hip hop to the competition stage and judges, teachers, studio directors and competition directors alike are improving their knowledge of hip hop and putting together routines and adjudicating accordingly.
Jade’s Hip Hop Academy JSquad won in June the WOD (World of Dance) Youth Division. This competition tours through the US and came to Toronto for the first time before heading to England. JSquad battled 6 other crews but won with 89 out of 100 and brought home the desired trophy.
In 2012 after the succesful performance at Dance weekend’12 where Jade expressed World Issues through dance, Jade chorographed a Flash Mobat Square One Shopping Mall, Mississauga to help a young man to propose to his girl friend. In August, 20 of JHHA dancers flew to England to represent Canada at the World Street Dance Championships and came home with several top 7 place podium finishes and 7 World Titles! The new season started with a blast as Jade was the Director and choreographer of the “Workout to give back to Scarborough” event for the Scarborough Hospital foundation to raise funds for an MRI. More than 200 dancers were involved in this event. A week later, Jade choreographed and Directed a Flash Mob for “We Day” Toronto involving 300 dancers including JHHA dancers at the Air Canada Centre for more than 20,000 people. Other performers were Nellie Fortado, K’naan, Sean Desmod and Jennifer Hudson.
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