Class Descriptions

View our class descriptions below:

Me and My Shadow

This 30 minute class is designed for both caregiver and child to explore movement through dance and music. With sing-a-long songs, props and imaginative play, your child will work on motor skills and coordination in a fun and structured environment.

 

 

 

Pre-Ballet/Tap/Creative Movement​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Level 1 

Ages 3-4 (Potty Trained)

In this 45 minute class your child will learn the basic Ballet and Tap steps using appropriate terminology during center exercises and across the floor movement. We incorporate creative movement which allows your child to explore movement to music incorporating their imagination and creativity. Creative movement uses movement to create an image, idea or feeling sometimes using props such as scarves to contribute to their creativity.
Must be potty trained and have turned 3 by Sept. 1, 2019 to enroll

 

Pre-Ballet/Tap/Creative Movement Level 2

Ages 4.5-5 years that missed our September 1 cut off for Ballet/Tap 1 Combos

New 4 to 4 1/2 year olds need to register for Pre-Ballet/Tap/CM 1 This class is designed for our 4 1/2 and 5 year olds that have already taken our Pre-Ballet/Tap/CM 1 and missed our September 1st age cut off for our Ballet/Tap 1 combo classes. In this 45 minute class your child will learn the basic Ballet and Tap steps using appropriate terminology during center exercises and across the floor movement. Your child will also be introduced to the Ballet Barre during our beginning warm up so they will be ready to transition into our Ballet/Tap 1 or 2 class the following year. We incorporate creative movement which allows your child to explore movement to music incorporating their imagination and creativity. Creative movement uses movement to create an image, idea or feeling sometimes using props such as scarves to contribute to their creativity.

Ballet 1 A

(Ages 7-9 years)

At least 2 years of Ballet /Tap Combo experience to enroll.
6 year olds with invitation from instructor only (if you have been invited by your instructor this class will be highlighted as one of your "suggested classes" in your portal.
Ballet is the foundation of dance. A classical dance form using specific terminology to develop proper alignment, posture, balance, grace and poise. Through barre exercises, across the floor combinations such as grand allegro, and center adagio combinations students will develop strength and grace in their dancing which they will be able to apply to their other dance classes.

 

Ballet 1 B

(Ages 8-10years) 

At least 1 year of Ballet 1 A class to enroll.
7 year olds invitation by instructor only. You will see this class highlighted in your portal if your instructor has recommended it for you.
Ballet is the foundation of dance. A classical dance form using specific terminology to develop proper alignment, posture, balance, grace and poise. Through barre exercises, across the floor combinations such as grand allegro, and center adagio combinations students will develop strength and grace in their dancing which they will be able to apply to their other dance classes.

 

Jazz/Hip-Hop 1 A

Ages7-9years)

6 year olds with invitation from instructor only (if you have been invited by your instructor this class will be highlighted as one of your "suggested classes" in your portal.
 No Jazz experience necessary. Ballet class strongly recommended!
Jazz dance developed in the early 1900s and has incorporated a wide range of styles over the years from Latin to Theatrical. It is a fun and upbeat style of dance. Students will learn level changes, leaps, jumps and turns to incorporate in their movement. Hip-Hop is an upbeat, urban dance style often referred to as "street dance" incorporating popping, locking, and freestyle movements to name a few.

Tap 1

Ages 7-10

6 year olds with invitation from instructor only (if you have been invited by your instructor this class will be highlighted as one of your "suggested classes" in your portal.
Must have taken Ballet/Tap combo class for at least 2 years. This class is a great add on for our Jazz/Hip-Hop 1 A or Ballet 1 A class
Tap dance uses the feet to create musical, percussive rhythms incorporating a variety of sounds and tempos which teach musicality, coordination, and rhythm.

 

Combination Classes

Ballet

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2A

(Ages 9-11years)

Permission of instructor for enrollment. Please email. At least 2 years of Ballet experience. Prerequisite (Ballet 1 B at least 1 year)

 Ballet is the foundation of dance. A classical dance form using specific terminology to develop proper alignment, posture, balance, grace and poise. Through barre exercises, across the floor combinations such as grand allegro, and center adagio combinations students will develop strength and grace in their dancing which they will be able to apply to their other dance classes. Pre-Pointe exercises are emphasized at this level to focus on strengthening the feet and ankles for pointe work in the future years.

Tap

Tap 2

(Ages 9-12 years)

Must have taken at least 1 year of Tap 1.
Tap dance uses the feet to create musical, percussive rhythms incorporating a variety of sounds and tempos which teach musicality, coordination, and rhythm.

 

Tap 3

(Ages 12-18 years)

Experienced. At least 3 + years of Tap experience. Email with any questions.
Tap dance uses the feet to create musical, percussive rhythms incorporating a variety of sounds and tempos which teach musicality, coordination, and rhythm.

 

Jazz/Hip-Hop

Ballet/Tap Level 1

(Ages 5-6 years)

In this 45 minute class, your child will be introduced to exercises done at the Ballet Barre as well as center combinations and across the floor movement. They will learn the importance of balance and grace while focusing on proper technique. Tap focuses on creating percussive rhythm with their feet incorporating different tempos (slow or fast beats) which aids in musicality, rhythm and coordination.
Must turn 5 by Sept 1. 2019 to enroll

 

Ballet/Tap Level 2

(Ages 6-7 years)

6 year olds enrolling need to have already taken Ballet/Tap 1 Combo prior. In this 60 minute class your child will learn exercises at the Ballet Barre as well as center combinations and across the floor movement. They will learn the importance of balance and grace while focusing on proper technique. Tap focuses on creating percussive rhythm with their feet incorporating different tempos (slow or fast beats) which aids in musicality, rhythm and coordination.

 

 

 

Acro 

NO RECITAL DANCES OR COSTUME FEES FOR ACRO CLASSES:

Acro 1

(5 and up)
Ballet Mandatory to enroll.
Students will learn or perfect basic tumbling skills such as bridges, cartwheels and variations, back bends, forward rolls and variations, headstands and handstands.  Beginning balances.

Acro 2

(ages 7 and up or by approval)
Experienced
Ballet Mandatory to enroll.
Students must be able to do a full bridge and cartwheel without assistance and hold a handstand/inversion with assistance, do a standing backbend with assistance.
Students will learn or perfect basic tumbling skills such as cartwheels and variations, back bends, front and back limbers and walkovers, handstands, and arm balances.

 

Acro 3

(9 and up or by teacher approval)
Ballet Mandatory to enroll
This is an advanced level.  Students should be able to do a cartwheel, hold a handstand/inversion alone and do a standing backbend without assistance. 
Students will learn or perfect tumbling skills such as cartwheels and roundoffs, aerials, front and back walkovers, handstand variations, front and back handsprings.

 

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2B

(Ages 9-11years) (Prerequisite Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2A at least 1 year)

Permission of instructor for enrollment. Please email. At least 3 years of Ballet experience. Ballet is the foundation of dance. A classical dance form using specific terminology to develop proper alignment, posture, balance, grace and poise. Through barre exercises, across the floor combinations such as grand allegro, and center adagio combinations students will develop strength and grace in their dancing which they will be able to apply to their other dance classes. Pre-Pointe exercises are emphasized at this level to focus on strengthening the feet and ankles for pointe work in the future years
 

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 3A

(Ages 12- 18years) (Prerequisite Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2B at least 2 years)
Permission by instructor only. Please email. Ballet is the foundation of dance. A classical dance form using specific terminology to develop proper alignment, posture, balance, grace and poise. Through barre exercises, across the floor combinations such as grand allegro, and center adagio combinations students will develop strength and grace in their dancing which they will be able to apply to their other dance classes. Pre-Pointe exercises are emphasized at this level to focus on strengthening the feet and ankles for pointe work in the future years.

 

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 3B

(Ages 12-18years)

(Prerequisite Ballet/Pre-Pointe 3A at least 2 years)
Permission by instructor only. Please email. Must have 3+ years experience. Ballet-Pre-Pointe 3: Ballet is the foundation of dance. A classical dance form using specific terminology to develop proper alignment, posture, balance, grace and poise. Through barre exercises, across the floor combinations such as grand allegro, and center adagio combinations students will develop strength and grace in their dancing which they will be able to apply to their other dance classes. Pre-Pointe exercises are emphasized at this level to focus on strengthening the feet and ankles for pointe work in the future years.

 

Pointe
BALLET MANDATORY. Only invited students may enroll. Pointe is by permission of instructor only and students are considered after having continuous Ballet training. Starting pointe work is not solely based on age and desire, but on individual’s strength, technique and commitment. There is a serious risk of serious injury for dancers who go on pointe too early.  The bones of the feet are not fully developed, strengthened, and hardened until somewhere in the early teen years.  Therefore, it is important to make sure that your child’s growth plate and foot are developing properly before placing them on Pointe.  Your child’s Ballet instructor will let you know when they feel your child is ready when it comes to their technique, strength and commitment, and then we require that you have your child’s feet examined by your family doctor to make sure their growth plate and foot are developing properly for pointe work. However, if they really want to reach that goal quicker, just let us know and we will be happy to show them some extra exercises to help them reach their goal.  Please encourage your child that there is absolutely no rush and they have plenty of time to perform on their pointe shoes during their time at CDA.  Safety always comes first and we want this to be a fun and exciting time for them, not stressful and nerve-racking. Students taking this class must be enrolled in a Ballet class.

 

Jazz/Hip-Hop 1 B

Ages 8-10
 At least 1-2 years of Jazz experience necessary. Ballet class strongly recommended!
7 year olds permission by instructor only
Jazz dance developed in the early 1900s and has incorporated a wide range of styles over the years from Latin to Theatrical. It is a fun and upbeat style of dance. Students will learn level changes, leaps, jumps and turns to incorporate in their movement. Hip-Hop is an upbeat, urban dance style often referred to as "street dance" incorporating popping, locking, and freestyle movements to name a few.

 

 

Jazz/Hip-Hop 3A

(12-18 years)
BALLET RECOMMENDED. 2+ years of Jazz/Hip-Hop experience to enroll.
12 year olds must have taken Jazz/Hip/Hop 2B at least 1 year. Email for permission if not in suggested classes.

Jazz dance developed in the early 1900s and has incorporated a wide range of styles over the years from Latin to Theatrical. It is a fun and upbeat style of dance. Students will learn level changes, leaps, jumps and turns to incorporate in their movement. Hip-Hop is an upbeat, urban dance style often referred to as "street dance" incorporating popping, locking, and freestyle movements to name a few.

Lyrical/Contemporary

Lyrical/Contemporary 1

Ages 8 and up
7 year olds with permission/invitation of instructor (this class will be highlighted in blue in your portal if your instructor recommends it for you)
Ballet Class MANDATORY. 
Lyrical dance is usually performed to songs with lyrics combining the many technical levels of Ballet with the freedom and fluidity of Jazz, Modern and Contemporary styles of dance. It focuses on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. Students taking this class must be enrolled in a Ballet class.

 

Lyrical/Contemporary 2

Ages 9-12 years
Email for permission
Ballet Class MANDATORY. 9 year olds must have taken Lyrical 1 for at least 1 year. Please email instructor for permission to enroll.
 Lyrical dance is usually performed to songs with lyrics combining the many technical levels of Ballet with the freedom and fluidity of Jazz, Modern and Contemporary styles of dance. It focuses on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. Students taking this class must be enrolled in a Ballet class and have had at least 1 year of Ballet.

 

Lyrical/Contemporary 3

Ages 12 and up
Ballet Class MANDATORY. 12 year olds must have already taken Lyrical for at least 2 years and have Instructor permission to enroll. Please email with questions.
Lyrical dance is usually performed to songs with lyrics combining the many technical levels of Ballet with the freedom and fluidity of Jazz, Modern and Contemporary styles of dance. It focuses on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. Students taking this class must be enrolled in a Ballet class and have had at least 2 years of Ballet.

 

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