dance classes

We offer a variety of dance techniques for elementary, middle school and high school-aged students, at all levels, ranging from beginner through advanced. Classes are available for boys and girls.

Classes are organized by levels, taking into account the student's age and skill level. Our experienced and dedicated senior faculty will evaluate your dancer to determine the best placement for her or him. Dancers should expect to remain at a level for a minimum of 2 years.

Our season runs September through June culminating with our annual recitals. Enrollment for performance classes is accepted through January.

Is your 3- to 7-year-old ready to dance? Learn more about our Preschool/Beginner Combo Dance Classes »
Looking for a more intensive experience? Learn more about our Training Program »

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Traditional Classes Offered

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The most important class for any dancer (or athlete!) for its natural attention to discipline, flexibility, grace, body awareness, and strength and stamina. We teach the classic Russian syllabus for ages 7+. Students will be exposed to age appropriate material determined by physical and emotional development. Barre, center, and across the floor exercises will support the choreography given to the dancers for their performance pieces. Ballet vocabulary, in French, is used exclusively. This technique will act as the strong basis for all other forms your dancer may choose to study. Dancers should expect to train in a particular level for a minimum period of two years.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Ballet 1 Ages 7-11 CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season
Ballet 2 Ages 8+ CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season

An advanced level of ballet for dancers ages 8+. Students are assessed by their ballet instructors as to readiness. These classes prepare the dancer for the rigors of pointe by focusing on development of the bottom of the foot, their increased awareness of center, and overall body control. Instruction includes the how-tos of fitting a pointe shoe, the correct method of tying pointe shoe ribbons, and sewing ribbons and elastics on to ballet slippers and pointe shoes. All students must be enrolled in a ballet technique class to participate in a pointe or pre-pointe program.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Pre-Pointe/ Pointe Ages 8+; by instructor approval – all levels; ballet class enrollment requirement CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season

Both classic (up on the balls of the feet) and rhythm (down low into the floor, often with a full foot) styles are taught. Barre (for our younger dancers), center, and across the floor exercises are designed to train the ear as well as reach the ultimate goal of speed and clarity of sound. Many exercises are executed a cappella (no music) to help teach the dancers the importance of listening to the other feet around them, which enhances musicality (the skill of ‘hearing’ the music).

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Tap 1 Ages 7-11 CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season
Tap 2 Ages 8+ CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season

The most American of dance forms, jazz steals its language from ballet. Its turns, connecting steps, runs, walks, leaps and jumps are presented in parallel position as opposed to its cousins in ballet who work turned out, but share many of the same tenants; long, stretched positions, lifted upper bodies. Additional differences include tempos, isolations of the head, shoulders, hips, and ribs, and more rigid positions of the arms and hands. Dancers should expect to train in a particular level for a minimum period of two years.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Jazz 1 Ages 7-11 CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season
Jazz 2 Ages 8+ CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season

This dance genre has been in the streets since the late 1970s but wasn’t mainstream until the boy bands of the 90s and MTV got a hold of it. Incorporating the tempo of jazz as well as its jumps, turns, and flexibility requirements, hip hop has its own look. Very low and deep into the shoes and floor, often with a hunched upper body, hip hop calls for severe hip, rib, shoulder, and head isolations. Complicated arm and hand movements are its signature as well as multiple isolations and movements within a single note.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Hip Hoppers Ages 5–8 CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season
Open Hip Hop Ages 9+ CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season

A dedicated skills class focused on technique and proper body placement; the fast pace contributes to building stamina, strength, and flexibility, for improved execution of turns, jumps, and leaps. Eligibility requirements apply.

Technique & Conditioning classes have eligibility requirements. Please visit the front desk or talk with an instructor for further information.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Jumps, Leaps & Turns Ages 9-18 or by invitation CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season

A must do class for dancers who understand the importance of BOTH strength and flexibility for the progression of skills and for overall safety. Presented by instructors certified to teach the Acrobatic Arts syllabus, a world-renowned program that focuses on the five (5) elements of strength, flexibility, balancing, limbering, and tumbling.

Technique & Conditioning classes have eligibility requirements. Please visit the front desk or talk with an instructor for further information.

Class Ages/Requirements* Dress Code†
Dance Acro Ages 8+ CSDC Dress Code 23/24 Season

*Students must be of qualifying age by December 1.

FOR NEW & EXISTING STUDENTS

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†For your convenience, we offer a line of apparel available for purchase at competitive prices, including:

  • Dance shoes (we’ll custom fit your dancer for tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop)
  • Leotards, tights, ballet skirts, dance undergarments

Our apparel store is open during studio hours.