Class Descriptions

View our class descriptions below:

We use age as a guideline when placing students in classes. Students will be placed in their appropriate classes by their age as well as their level of ability. We use the first month of classes to determine if their placement is accurate.

Me and My Shadow

Ages 18mo-2.5yrs

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, 2021 to enroll

 

Ballet 1 A

(Ages 6 and up)

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 and up)

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. 

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2A

(Ages 9 and up)  

At least 2 years of Ballet class to enroll.
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.

Combination Classes

Ballet

Tap

Tap 2

(Ages 8 and up)

Must have taken at least 3 years of  combination classes or 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 and up)

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

Jazz/Hip-Hop 1A

Ages (7-9 years)

6 year olds permission of instructor
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 and up

Must have taken at least 2 years of combination classes.

Tap dance uses the feet to create musical, percussive rhythms incorporating a variety of sounds and tempos which teach musicality, coordination, and rhythm.

Ballet/Tap Combo

(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. 2020 to enroll

 

 

 

 

Acro Dance
(With certified Acro Arts Instruction)
(No Recital or Costume Fees)
Students will be assessed at the end of semester to determine level of placement.  When a student masters all or most of skills required they will be moved up in level. 

Acro Dance 1

(6 and up)
Ballet Mandatory to enroll.
Students will learn to or perfect basic tumbling skills such as bridges, headstands, handstands, cartwheels and variations, forward rolls, back bends and floor work.  The focus is on alignment for correct technique in order to progress to next level.

Acro Dance 2

(ages 7 and up or by approval)
Experienced
Ballet Mandatory to enroll.

Students must be able to fully support themselves in inversions (handstands, cartwheels) push up to a bridge without assistance, backbend with assistance.  The focus remains on alignment as we begin more advanced skills such as: aerials, front and back walkovers, arm balances, floor work, forward and backward rolls, bridge kickover,Flexibility and strength should be more advanced than level one.

Acro Dance 3/4 (Elite Team)

(9 and up or by teacher approval)
Ballet Mandatory to enroll
This is an advanced level.  

Students should be able to do a standing back bend and recover without assistance, left and right cartwheels, aerial w/spot or independently, beginning back and front handsprings, hold a handstand balance for 3 seconds, handstand balance, illusions.  Partner work will be introduced.  Progressions in walkovers, cartwheels, arm balances will be practiced.
 

Jazz/Hip-Hop 1B

(Ages 8 and up)
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 2

(9 and up)
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.

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2B

(Ages 9 and up) (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 3

(Ages 12 and up)

(Prerequisite Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2B at least 3+ 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.

 

Jazz/Hip-Hop 3

(12 and up)

BALLET RECOMMENDED. 3+ years of Jazz/Hip-Hop experience to enroll.
12 year olds must have taken Jazz/Hip/Hop 2B at least 2 years 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.

 

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.

 

Lyrical/Contemporary 2

Ages 9 and up
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 2 years of Ballet and at least 1 year of Lyrical.

 

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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