The ever-growing popularity of Cynthia King Dance Studio (CKDS) is a testament to Artistic Director Cynthia King’s commitment to progressive dance education. CKDS has been a vital part of Brooklyn’s rich dance culture for more than a decade, consistently presenting relevant and thought-provoking work. Now embarking upon its sixteenth year, the studio continues to train dancers of all ages and abilities in its dance center in Flatbush.
Continue reading to learn more about our program.
Our goal is to provide our students with the tools necessary to reach their full potential, as technicians, artists, and members of an ensemble. We believe that dancers excel in a structured environment, in which hard work and dedication are valued, and success is earned. Whether learning to be on time for class, or how to execute a grand jeté, our students are taught invaluable lessons that will help them throughout their lives.
Q: How is your program structured?
We offer both a full school year program and short term seasonal classes ranging from eight to twelve weeks.
Q: Do you offer classes for beginners?
Absolutely. We offer a wide variety of classes for dancers of all abilities.
Q: Do you offer classes for young children?
A: We offer classes for children from ages three to eighteen. We also offer toddler classes for ages two and a half to three as part of our seasonal programs. Please check our current class schedule for the latest offerings.
Q: What about classes for adults?
Q: Do your students perform? Where and when?
A: CKDS dancers perform regularly throughout the year at numerous community events, including the Flatbush Frolic, Flatbush Avenue Fair, GreenwoodStock, and the Harvest Hootenanny, to name a few.
We also stage an annual spring production series in April, in which dancers from our school-year program perform in a professional venue. This highly anticipated event features engaging choreography, vibrant music, and a flourish of creative costumes. King personally oversees all of the costuming and set design, consistently creating a dazzling event for both audience and dancers.
Q: How long is each show? What can I expect as an audience member?
King and her faculty of talented choreographers take great care to present a performance that is at once concise (the running time of each show is one hour), uplifting, and compelling.
Q: Do classes continue following the spring production?
A: Yes, classes continue for two months following the production. At Cynthia King Dance Studio, we believe that performing should be a component – and not the culmination – of a successful season. Following the spring production, we offer our Spring Sampler, during which dancers may participate in unlimited classes at no additional charge.
Q: How do I register my child for classes?
A: Each prospective student meets with a faculty member prior to registration. This is not an audition but rather an opportunity to learn about your child’s interests and current skill level, allowing us to determine which class would be the best fit. We want you and your child to get the most out of your experience with us. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.
Q: My child is interested in pursuing dance more intensively. Do you offer a pre-professional program?
Yes. The structure of the CKDS Company is modeled after that of a professional dance company. Members attend multiple classes each week and perform at various venues throughout the year. Dancers also present complex and sophisticated choreography at each of the five shows in our spring production series, giving them the opportunity to delve more deeply into the choreography while experiencing the unique energy that each audience offers. Our dancers have been accepted to New York City's elite performing arts high schools, including Laguardia, PPAS, and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
Q: What if my child is interested in becoming a member of the Cynthia King Dance Studio Company?
Acceptance to the CKDS Company is based upon faculty evaluation as well as an audition. Those invited to join exemplify a high standard of technique, artistic expression, maturity, and determination. Auditions are held annually in May, although special arrangements can sometimes be made for an alternate audition time.
Q: What styles of dance are taught at your school?
A: The CKDS curriculum embraces classical to emerging styles. We offer classes in ballet, modern, b-boy/b-girl, hip hop, jazz, tap, and African dance. A complete list of current classes can be found here.
Q: What are the tuition fees?
A: An outline of our rates and policies can be found here.
If you have any questions that weren't answered above, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to assist you.