CLASS Descriptions

FOUNDATION
CLASSES
 
PreDance I

(ages 3/4)

 

Intro to movement skills, class organization, independence, socialization, ballet vocabulary, gentle stretching, movement games, songs, and tumbling.

 

Dress Code:

Ballet Pink - BLOCH Cotton Leotard

Pink Tights (Bloch, So Danca, Weissman)

Pink Leather Slippers (So Danca preferred)

No Attached Skirts. Pull on skirts optional.

 

  

PreDance II

(ages 4/5)

 

Continuation of above adding movements across the floor, elevation, tumbling and rhythm skills through tap.

 

Dress Code:

Ballet Blue - BLOCH Cotton Leotard

Pink Tights (Bloch, So Danca, Weissman)

Pink Leather Slippers (So Danca preferred)

Tan Beginner Tap Shoes

No Attached Skirts. Pull on skirts optional.

 

 

Foundations I

(ages 5/6)

 

Beginning skills exercises, use of arms, muscle orientation, basic stretching, build on basic tap vocabulary and 3 sound skills.

 

Dress Code:

Burgundy - BLOCH Cotton Leotard

Pink Tights (Bloch, So Danca, Weissman)

Pink Leather Slippers (So Danca preferred)

Tan Beginner Tap Shoes

No Attached Skirts. Pull on skirts optional.

 

 

Foundations II

(ages 6/8)

 

Intro to Ballet Barre, center floor skills, focus on balance, change of direction skills. Second half of this combination class is devoted to basic skills in preparation for Level I Jazz/Tap class.

 

Dress Code:

Navy Blue - BLOCH Cotton Leotard

Pink Tights (Bloch, So Danca, Weissman)

Pink Leather Slippers (So Danca preferred)

Tan Beginner Tap Shoes

No Attached Skirts. Pull on skirts optional.

 

 

Tumbling Tartan Tykes

(ages 4 to 7)

 

Intro to skills of tumbling including flexibility balance and control in general movement tasks, floor tumbling, and mini-trampoline. Positions and basic movements of Scottish Highland Dance are the basis for this class. 

 

Dress Code:

Any color or style of leotard

Convertible Tights (Bloch, So Danca, Weissman)

Ballet Slippers, Ghillies and/or acro shoes (So Danca preferred)

No Attached Skirts. Pull on skirts optional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRESSIVE CURRICULUM
 

From age 7 or 8, class times need to be lengthened to provide ample time for all necessary skills and experiences. Age assignments should be used only as a guideline. Placement may vary by necessity, skill level or other factors at the discretion of the Director and the teacher assigned to the class.

Classical Dance Technique

PrePointe and Pointe

 

Progressive Ballet skills based on Classical training styles. Pointe is at the discretion of the Director and not appropriate until age 11 or up. Pointe class is at the Director's Discretion.

 

Dress Code:

Ballet I:  BLOCHLavender Cotton Leotard

Ballet II: BLOCH R.Blue Cotton Leotard

Ballet III/IV: Black Solid Leotard

Pink or Salmon Tights (Bloch, So Danca, Weissman)

So Danca Canvas SD 16 Light Pink Slippers 

All ballet students should own at least one Ballet Skirt for class/performance to be worn at teacher discretion.

 

 

Jazz and Tap

 

Beg Adv- Beg skills based on American Musical Theatre styles. As our students advance we expose them to a variety of tap styles and jazz styles appropriate to their level of performance. Our focus at CDPA is primarily classical jazz style, lyrical jazz, and rhythm tap. Physical expression, expanded knowledge of the vocabulary of each style and fluidity of movement are a primary focus.

 

Dress Code:

Solid, Print, or Two-toned Leotard

No Bare Legs.

Black or Tan Jazz Shoes

Black Tap Shoes

No Attached Skirts. Dance Socks at Teacher's Discretion.

 

 

Modern/Choreography

 

Contemporary dance techniques based on the styles of various pioneers of modern dance. Skill development in improvisation, emotional performance, and choreographic design. A strong ballet or jazz background is recommended but not necessary for level I students. This class is not always on the schedule and may be incorporated into Ensemble Corps curriculum.

 

Dress Code:

Solid or Two-toned Leotard

Convertible or Footless Tights/Leggings

Barefoot, Dance Socks, or Bullets

 

 

 

Scottish Highland

 

Traditional dance form of Scotland. Builds stamina, strength, and commitment. Simultaneous enrollment in ballet is strongly encouraged. Competition is optional but encouraged.

 

Dress Code:

Solid or Two toned Leotard

Tan Tights 

Knee Socks Required

Ghillies Required

Dance Shorts optional

 

 

RECREATIONAL
CLASSES

Any student coming to dance later in life or returning to dance after a significant absence should consider our recreational level classes. These classes are also excellent enhancement classes for students taking a Progressive Curriculum track.

 

 

Adult Classes

Adult programming changes from season to season. Dance is a great option for exercise and socialization while enhancing overall health and wellness through movement styles.

 

Dress Code:

Whatever you want!

Cheer Dance

Basic dance and tumbling skills as they relate to the ever-changing requirements of today's cheerleaders. Flexibility, "line work" and style will be the overall focus.

 

Dress Code:

Leotard with tee or tank

Tan Tights

Dance Shorts (any color)

Sneakers or Jazz Shoes

 

Creating Dances

This class is focused on expression and the creative process. Students are introduced to improvisation techniques for dance and how to develop dances through choreographic design and personal aesthetics.

 

Dress Code:

Any leotard

Tights or Leggings

Dance Shorts optional

Dance Socks, bullets or Jazz Shoes

Dance Exploration

Unit-based dance classes are designed for home-schooled or virtual learners to enhance academic and physical education goals.

 

Dress Code:

Leotard

Tights or Leggings

Ballet slippers, Jazz Shoes or dance socks

Dance Shorts or Ballet Skirts optional

Hip Hop

Hip Hop classes are not regularly on the schedule and most often will be in a master class or workshop offering.

 

Dress Code:

Leotard

Tee Shirts are okay.

Leggings or Loose-fitting pants

Black Jazz Shoes or sneakers

Jazz/Acrobatics

Basic jazz skills are enhanced with acrobatic skills appropriate for dance - not gymnastics. Mat techniques are used to develop strength and flexibility.

 

Dress Code:

Any leotard

Tights or Leggings

Dance Shorts optional

Jazz Shoes. Acrobatics shoes optional.

TuTu Twos

Introduction to general coordination and movement skills for developing movers. Focus on large motor skills, separation from parents and siblings to develop personal autonomy, and socialization with peers.

 

Dress Code:

Pink dance dress or Leotard and Skirt

Pink Tights

Pink Slippers

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