First Steps (age 2)
The perfect introduction to dance for your little one. This half-hour class will engage your toddler with songs, music, games and instruments while introducing them to the basics of tap and creative movement. Each dancer will need tap and ballet shoes and comfortable clothing.
Tiny Tots I (ages 3-4)
Beginning level class, incorporating tap and creative movement. This class focuses on the basics of coordination and strength, while learning the classroom essentials of taking turns, sharing and following directions. Tiny Tots will allow your child to use their imagination and express themselves through movement.
Tiny Tots II (ages 4-5)
Beginning level class, incorporating tap and creative movement. This class focuses on the basics of coordination and strength, while enhancing gross motor skills (skipping, galloping, etc.) Children will use their imaginations and express themselves through movement. This class is a progression of Tiny Tots I. Students must be able to change their shoes on their own.
Tap/Jazz I and
Tap/Ballet I (~ages 5-7)
Beginning level class incorporating the basics of tap and jazz or tap and ballet and focusing on coordination, balance and core strength.
Jazz is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. We strongly encourage dancers to train in ballet if taking a jazz class. Jazz shoes and form fitting dance wear is required.
Ballet is the foundation of all forms of dance taught at CID. Students will learn safe and proper alignment as well as correct ballet terminology. It is a highly disciplined dance form and will be taught as such. Solid ballet technique is essential in a students progression in all forms of dance, as well as their mental and physical well being. Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes required, hair pulled back into a bun.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Students will learn basic tap steps set to fun upbeat music. As dancers progress, steps will get increasingly more intricate and complex rhythm patterns will be explored. Tap shoes required.
Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical dance challenges choreographers and dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. A lyrical dancers’ movements attempt to show the meaning of the music. Contemporary dance is the exploration of the total movement potential of the body. It differs from commercial or competitive dance in that it is not bound by set standards, as well as defined styles such as ballet or Jazz dance. Instead, it seeks to express a personalized vision, often through experimentation and collaboration for the development of new, more individualized approaches to the moving body and choreographic possibilities. Form fitting dance attire required. Jazz shoes and/or bare feet permitted.
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as
part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. Students will learn basic hip hop steps set to age appropriate hip hop music. As dancers progress, steps will get increasingly more difficult and intricate. Baggy “gym” clothes OK and sneakers required.
The tumbling classes are designed to develop the individual strength, flexibility and confidence of each child. Dancers will learn floor work integrating tumbling skills with dance movements. Form fitting dance attire (or shorts and a t-shirt for boys) required. Bare feet.
Cecchetti method offers class levels that progress from Grades I – VII and Diploma levels. Students will be expected to memorize terms, as well as “barre” and “centre” combinations. When the students are prepared, they will be presented before a professional examiner to administer a nationally certified exam. Depending upon the dancers natural ability, students can progress through a level anywhere between one and two years. It is important to note that the instructor will make the decision on when a dancer is prepared to take an exam.
Turns & Leaps
These classes will focus on jazz technique of turns, leaps, jumps and progressions across the floor. These classes will NOT learn any choreography or routine to be performed at the end of the session. Participation in Level III Turns & Leaps must be approved by the Director. Form fitting dance attire required. Jazz shoes and/or bare feet permitted.