Classes

Chi-CDT offers a full schedule of classes from ages 2 to adults.

BALLET
Ballet is considered to be a foundational element of all serious dance student’s training. Students in ballet class at Chi-CDT will learn skills to enhance their quality of movement, posture, alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, poise, and ability to memorize combinations. In addition, they will learn basic through advanced dance vocabulary which will be vital for their ongoing success. All of these elements will not only make them strong ballet dancers, but will give them the tools they need to excel in many other forms of dance as well, such as modern and contemporary.

PRE-POINTE
This class is for those students who are considering learning the art of dancing en pointe and who have received permission from the pre-pointe teacher to join this class. The class will consist of exercises for strengthening feet, toes, and ankles, as well as learning and honing proper alignment so that students will be fully ready to go on pointe. No pointe shoes are to be bought for pre-pointe class until specifically instructed to do so by the teacher. Due to risk of injury, this rule will be strictly enforced. Each student will be considered on an individual basis as to when they may move to pointe class. Additional questions should be directed to the Chi-CDT staff.

POINTE
This class is for those students who have been placed on pointe by the pointe instructor. This class will consist of everything from learning how buy, sew, tie, and break in pointe shoes, to how to dance full-length ballet numbers en pointe. Emphasis will be placed on proper alignment and proper placement of the dancer’s body over her shoes. Dancers will progress from barre work through to jumps, turns, and across the floor combinations en pointe.

CONTEMPORARY
Contemporary dance draws on both classical ballet and modern dance. In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.

COMPANY/Competition Team
By audition and/or Teacher Approval. Company is a performance-based class/team. Classes consist of stretching, strengthening, modern, ballet, and jazz techniques. Dancers may compete at both a regional and national level and make guest appearances at outside functions as well as perform in the annual recital.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Ages 2-6
Tap/Ballet
Classes present opportunities for experimentation and growth. Dancers should feel free to experiment without worrying about the end product. But freedom should not be confused with creativity; freedom alone does not promote creativity. Freedom within structure does.

Creative Movement classes focus on particular movement elements. An element is introduced verbally and then improvisations are provided to lead dancers to make their own discoveries. There is no right or wrong in Creative Movement- dancers are successful if they experience involvement in the activity and growth in their ability to understand and use movement.

The main goal of Creative Movement is to learn the language of movement. Our instruction focuses primarily on helping young ones learn how to work with other children, follow directions, use essential dance terms and listen to music like a dancer.

HIP HOP
The goal of this class is to introduce our students to the basic moves of hip hop and give them a proper dance foundation. Classes will cover the fundamentals of hip hop dance • street dance • jazz • funk Each class starts with warm up exercises. A different set of moves will be taught every week and broken down step by step then practiced with music.

JAZZ
Jazz is sharp and fluid movements to create a visually technical dance and style. It is usually done to popular music. Body isolations, stretch, turning, leaping and technical steps are taught in this class.

LYRICAL
Class will emphasis developing a jazz and dance vocabulary, increasing stamina, control, speed, and musicality. Students will also focus on isolations of the body, coordination, syncopated movements, turns, leaps and kicks. A lyrical dancer’s movements attempt to show the meaning of the music. Moreover, the dancer must be well aware of facial expressions, essentially acting, to properly perform a lyrical dance piece.

MODERN
Class will address exercise concepts such as changing levels, rhythmic movement, shape and tempo while stretching and strengthening with control.

MUSICAL THEATER
Musical Theater combines jazz technique with other varieties to create a “Broadway” style of dance. This class will follow a jazz warm up and will have progressions and center floor work and combinations that combine acting with jazz dance.

PREBALLET/TAP
Ages 5-7 Basic ballet and tap skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination are taught, practiced, and developed through creative movement, music, and mime in a supportive and supervised environment

TAP
A uniquely American dance form evolved from African-American and Irish-American folkdances, is an important component of contemporary American musical theater. Students learn coordination, rhythmic variations, and performance skills through a series of tap combinations. Tap shoes are required.