Level placement is based on a combination of age, ability, and maturity.
TODDLER DANCE / AGES 2.5 to 3
Toddler Dance is for a child to participate in with a parent/caregiver. This lively class explores circle stretches, story dances, rhythm exercises, traveling steps, and some free-form improvisation. Children practice moving as a group, cooperating, and following directions. Excellent transition class to Pre-K Dance, in which students work independently.
PRE-K DANCE / AGES 3 to 4
Independent of a caregiver, children learn body part/spacial awareness and following directions. This class is a great introduction to basic ballet vocabulary, posture, and alignment. Students enjoy story dances, dress-up time, moving as a group, and expressing themselves creatively with a variety of music.
BALLET 1, 2, 2A
Foundations of ballet alignment, basic positions, carriage of the arms, and class etiquette are introduced. Dancers learn about articulation of the feet and ankles, rotation of the hips (or “turn out”), skips, and jumps. Students explore choreography at the barre and center floor, as well as traveling steps.
BALLET 3, 3A, Teen/Adult
Students learn challenging barre exercises, turns, jumps, slow balances (adagio exercises), and complex combinations. Focus is on maintaining proper alignment, developing strength and endurance, and increasing flexibility and extension. Ballet class etiquette is reinforced and practiced.
Contemporary, modern, and jazz dance styles are explored. Form and technique are drawn from dance pioneers Katherine Dunham, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, and Lester Horton (best known as Alvin Ailey’s teacher) among other contemporary choreographers. Students gain exposure to the Afro-Caribbean roots of some of these masters’ techniques.
Students learn a wide range of Hip Hop movements including popping and locking, krumping and jerking, and emerging dance styles. Students build strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. Dancers create choreography as they work towards proficiency and ease in improvising with style.
Breakdancing or b-boying/b-girling evolved as part of the hip hop culture during the 1970s. This high energy, intense, and strenuous includes drills, top rocking/up rocking, footwork, power moves, cyphers, and battles. Members of the B-boy/B-girl Crew participate in performances regularly throughout the year.
Students begin with an introduction to basic tap steps, sounds, and techniques before exploring rhythms through call and response, and repetition. As they progress, dancers learn challenging technical footwork and rhythmic sophistication in choreography and improvisation.
CKDS Company Program
Students selected for our Dance Companies study ballet and contemporary styles at an accelerated pace with numerous opportunities to perform in community and professional venues. Those invited to participate in our company program exemplify a high standard of technical advancement, artistic expression, maturity, and willingness to face challenges.
This drop-in teen/adult class infuses Afro-Caribbean, hip hop, Bollywood, and jazz styles. Class includes stretching and strengthening exercises with a cool down, offering a time to socialize with peers, enjoy great music, and relieve stress. Suitable for beginner through advanced students.