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Recreational Classes

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
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(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.

Combination Classes
Pre-Ballet/Tap/Acro

(Ages 3-4.5yrs (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.

During the last portion of their class they will begin to explore the world of AcroDance through our Acrobatic Arts program. Our AcroDance Pre School Program is designed to introduce physical literacy, coordination, creative movement and basic acrobatic skills to students aged three to five years.
Must be potty trained and have turned 3 by June 1, 2022 to enroll

Ballet/Acro

(Kindergarten - 1st grade)

In this 60 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. 

In the Acro portion of this class, your child will begin to work on beginning balances and poses. Students will learn or perfect basic tumbling skills such as bridges, forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels and variations, back bends, and floor work.  The focus is on alignment for correct technique in order to progress to next level.

This class will perform 1 Ballet recital dance in May.

Must turn 5 by August 31, 2022 to enroll

Jazz/Tap

(1st grade - 3nd grade)

In this 60 minute class your child will get to learn both Jazz and Tap and perform 2 routines at our end of the season recital in May. This is a great class for beginners or 2nd year students.

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.

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

Ballet

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

(2nd grade and up)

At least 2 years of Ballet/Tap or Ballet/Acro Combo experience for 1st grade to enroll.
(if you have been invited by your instructor this class will be highlighted as one of your "suggested classes" in your portal.)

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2

(3rd grade and up)

At least 2  years of Ballet 1 class to enroll.

You will see this class highlighted in your portal if your instructor has recommended it for you.

Ballet/Pre-Pointe 3

(5th grade and up)

(Prerequisite Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2 at least 2 years)

Permission of instructor for enrollment. Please email. At least 3 years of Ballet experience. 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 4

(7th grade and up)

(Prerequisite Ballet/Pre-Pointe 2/3 at least 3+ years)
Permission by instructor only. Please email. Must have 3+ years experience.

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.

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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. 

AcroDance 2/3

(Ages 7 and up or by approval)

Ballet experience encouraged or enrollment in a ballet class to enroll but not required. Separate Waiver Required
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.

AcroDance 3/4 (CDA Elite Team)

(Ages 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.

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Tap

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

Tap 2

(3rd grade and up)

Must have taken at least 2+ years of combo classes or have 2+ years of tap experience.

Tap 3

(6th grade and up)

Experienced Tap. At least 3 + years of Tap experience needed.

Jazz/Hip Hop/Musical Theater
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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. 

Jazz 1

(3rd grade and up) 

At least 2 years of Jazz experience necessary.

Ballet class strongly recommended!

Jazz 2

4th grade and up

At least 2+ years of Jazz experience necessary.

Ballet class strongly recommended!

Jazz 3

7th grade and up

(6th graders allowed with permission of instructor)

BALLET REQUIRED

3+ years of Jazz/Hip-Hop experience to enroll.

Hip-Hop

(3rd grade and up)
Hip-Hop is an upbeat, urban dance style often referred to as "street dance" incorporating popping, locking, and freestyle movements to name a few.

Musical Theater

(3rd grade and up)
Join this exciting new class and get to be a part of our big recital opening number!
Musical Theatre is a jazz-based class filled with Broadway style dancing and music. Classes incorporate the style of dance one would typically see on a Broadway stage. Musical Theatre teaches stage direction as well as focuses on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience through improv, acting and facial expression.

Lyrical/Contemporary
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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 1

(3rd grade and up)
Ballet is mandatory for this class.

Lyrical 2/3

(6th grade and up)
Ballet Class MANDATORY. At least 2 years of Lyrical 1 to enroll. Please email with questions. Students taking this class must be enrolled in a Ballet class and have had at least 2 years of Ballet.