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
A great introduction to basic ballet vocabulary, posture, and alignment. Students dance with props and costumes—having fun enacting stories through dance, while being exposed to a wide variety of music. They practice moving as a group, cooperating, and following directions. Dancers are encouraged to express themselves creatively as well as to imitate movements and dance patterns.
Level placement is based on a combination of age, ability, and maturity.
BALLET 1, 2, 2A
Foundations of ballet alignment, basic positions, and carriage of the arms are introduced. Dancers begin to learn about articulation of the feet and ankles, as well as rotation of the hips or “turn out.” Story dances, skips, jumps, and turns make this a great introduction to the rich ballet class experience. Dancers learn choreography and also improvise using ballet technique. Ballet class etiquette is learned and practiced.
BALLET 3, 3A, Teen/Adult
Students perform barre exercises, as well as center floor and traveling steps. Focus is on maintaining proper alignment, developing strength and endurance, and increasing flexibility and extension. Dancers learn turns, jumps, slow balances (adagio exercises), and complex choreography. 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. The Afro-Caribbean roots of some modern/contemporary techniques are incorporated.
Hip hop dance refers to social or choreographed dance styles primarily danced to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles, notably popping and locking, which were developed in the 1970s, and the more recent krumping and jerking. Students build strength, flexibility, and endurance. Dancers learn and create choreography, while working towards proficiency and ease in improvising within the style.
Breakdancing or b-boying/b-girling is a style of dance that evolved as part of hip hop culture during the 1970s. It is danced to both hip hop and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks. This class is intense, strenuous, and athletic. B-boy/b-girl classes include drills, top rocking/up rocking, footwork, power moves, cyphers, and battles. Students participate in performances regularly throughout the year.
Classes begin with an introduction to basic tap steps, sounds, and technique. Students explore rhythms through call and response, and repetition, developing their technical footwork and rhythmic sophistication as they progress. Dancers learn choreography in addition to improvising using tap technique.
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.
DanceFusion mixes hip hop, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean styles. Class includes strengthening exercises and stretching, suitable for beginner through advanced students. Many adults in this class have studied dance sometime in their lives and are returning to it with a new focus—enjoyment, exercise, and stress relief!