2018 – 2019 Classes

Charlotte Dance Alliance

2018-2019 CDA Class Descriptions

CDA Class Descriptions 2018 Fall schedule

Beginner preschool are amazing classes to introduce dancers to ballet & tap in a family friendly environment. The main focus of combination classes is on students having fun and enjoying dance as an everyday activity.
Beginner Pre-School – 2 – 4.5 yrs. (Ballet/Tap)

Tues 4:30-5:15 pm
Sat 9:15-10:00 am
Thurs 10-10:45 am (Thurs morning can start at 18 months)

Combination classes are a great way for students to experience different types of dance in a short amount of instructional time. The main focus of combination classes is on students having fun and enjoying dance as an everyday activity.

Beginner/Inter Combo Class – Ballet, Tap, Pre -Jazz (Ages 4-6yrs old)

Sat 10:00-11:00 am
Tues 4:30-5:30 pm

 

Beginner Elementary Combo – Ballet / Tap / Jazz (Ages 6-9yrs old)

Tues 5:30-6:30 pm

This combination class focuses on getting students ready to transition from combination type classes to full hour classes in a specific style of dance. Ballet class will include more challenging barre exercises while emphasizing basic terminology. The tap portion of the class will concentrate on developing intricate patterns and rhythms, while the jazz portion of class will begin to develop student’s flexibility and balance skills.

Some dance experience needed Level 1
5–6 yrs.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Thurs 4:30-5:30 pm

Level 2
6 – 8 yrs
Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Thru 4:45 – 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 -11:15 am (Sat class can be Level 2 & 3 please wear purple leotards)

Level 3
6 – 9 yrs
Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Tues 5:30 -7:00 pm

Level 4
8 – 11 yrs
Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz
Thurs 5:30 -7:00 pm

Level 5
9 – 12 yrs
Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz
Thurs 6:00 – 8:15 pm

Beginner Teen & Adult – class is designed to challenge the older beginner student. Jazz class has a warm up, across the floor exercises, leaps, and turning with an emphasis on spotting. Combinations incorporating various styles of classical jazz movement is taught to create routines with turns, leaps and jumps. Tap is taught using heel work and alternate foot patterns and of course technique of the basics is taught.

13yrs & up Tap and Jazz – Tues 7:00 -8:15 pm

This class is for the student who has demonstrates a readiness for a higher level of work and exploration. Students will explore the element of the day and work on this element through technical exercises and movement across the floor.

Junior Company (Intermediate Teen) – 11 – 13 yrs Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz

Tues 6:30 -8:45 pm


This class is for students with previous dance training. Students focus on perfecting more intricate moves, adding speed and complexity into their routines. This is an Intermediate/Advanced level class.
Senior Company 13 years & up

Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz – Thurs 7:00 – 9:15 pm

CDA offers adult dance instruction in ballet, tap, and jazz. In our adult program there is a place for everybody. You are never too old or too young to take one of our adult dance classes. Adults enrolled in Tues Adult Class can take Wed Beginner Hip Hop class for free.

Intermediate/Advanced Skill Sets Adult Dance – 18 yrs and older in Ballet, Tap, Jazz

Tues 7:00 – 9:15 pm ( If classes taken individual Tap 7-7:45 pm, Ballet 7:45 – 8:30 pm, Jazz 8:30-9:15 pm)

Adult Tap students will focus on the fundamentals of tap technique while getting a great workout and having
fun! Beginner – Intermediate Tap Class (Teen homeschool welcomed) Teen – Adult

Thurs
10:45 – 11:30am

Turns, Leaps & Conditioning class helps dancers of all levels. The class incorporates movements and techniques from ballet and jazz. This class will focus on increasing students flexibility, and focus on leaps and turns.

Dance Experience Needed 7 years & up / Tues 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Ms. Paula’s long-term passion is to promote boys in the arts. Tuition discounts are available for boys / men for regular scheduled classes. Does not apply to recital fees or costumes & cannot be combined with other discounts or add on floor gymnastic classes

These classes teach the fundamentals of hip hop movement. They are upbeat and high energy classes. Stretching, isolations, rhythms, musicality, upper body strength and funky footwork will all be incorporated. Students will learn to memorize choreography by working on a combination each class.

4-6 yrs.
Wed 5-5:30 pm
Little Hoppers

5 – 9 yrs.
Wed 5:30 -6:15 pm

10 yrs. & up
Wed 6:15 -7:00 pm

18 yrs. & adult
Wed 7:00 -7:45 pm

Tues 5:15 – 6pm
Ages 5 & up Everyone

Sat 10:45 – 11:30 am

Ages 5 & up

Hip Hop Performance and Competition Team – THE CDA CREW

Dancers interested in being a part of the CDA Crew must also be taking a CDA hip hop class. Dancers must be evaluated in the hip hop class and team rehearsals for a series of classes prior to being accepted to compete on the team. The CDA Crew will help promote diversity within the community by using hip hop dance as its medium. The students will develop a sense of camaraderie with his/her fellow teammate while learning teamwork, responsibility, and hip hop dance.

Ages 5yrs  and up. CREW will take a regular schedule hip hop class and one hour of additional technique training on Saturday. Prior to performances or competitions, the CREW may need additional practices


These classes teach the fundamentals of hip hop movement. They are upbeat and high energy classes. Stretching, isolations, rhythms, musicality, upper body strength and funky footwork will all be incorporated. Students will learn to memorize choreography by working on a combination each class.

Wednesday 7:00 – 7:45 pm (For adults enrolled in the full combo classes for adults on Tuesday night this class is included with tuition)

Mommy & Me  – this is Parent/caregiver ASSISTED class. That means you will be doing class with your little one. This is great bonding time and introduction to fun new things. In this class we will focus on basic positions and skills of gymnastics. We will learn how to take turns, follow a circuit and safely spot our little ones! This class is for students who are 18 months old – 3.

Thursday 10-10:45 am

Ages 18 months– 3 yrs. with adult in the class

Floor Gymnastics serves as physical and conceptual prerequisite for more advanced gymnastic skills. This class helps students gain strength and flexibility while safely focusing on the three fundamental tumbling skills: balance and support, rotations, and springing and landing. Students will be moved up in class level based on skill NOT age

Monday & Tuesday
5:30 – 6:15 pm
Ages 3- 6 yrs

Thursday
10:45 – 11:30 am
6:15 – 7:00 pm

Floor Gymnastics serves as physical and conceptual prerequisite for more advanced gymnastic skills. This class helps students gain strength and flexibility while safely focusing on the three fundamental tumbling skills: balance and support, rotations, and springing and landing. Students will be moved up in class level based on skill NOT age

Gym 1 – Beginners / intermediate class ages 5 yrs & up

Gym 2 – Some experience needed; Back bend, walk over, cartwheels (coach assessment needed) ages 9 yrs & up

Gym 3- must have either back handspring or an aerial on your own to enroll this level (coach assessment needed)

Mon & Tues

6:15 – 7:00 pm
Beginner / Intermediate

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Intermediate older

Thursday
5:30-6:15 pm
Intermediate

7:00- 8:00 pm
Intermediate / Advanced

Pointe (Ballet) is for students who have acquired an acceptable level of strength, flexibility, and endurance. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill and is a central part of a female ballet dancer’s training and repertoire. Placement in this class is at the teacher’s discretion. To be on pointe, a student must take at least one Ballet class.

Pre-Pointe
Thurs 5:00 – 6:00PM Ages 9 yrs and up

Pointe
Thurs 6:00 – 7:00 pm
10 yrs. & up with teacher placement

The CDA Mini Competition Team is the gateway of personal growth, confidence and long-term friendships. Mini Competition Team will participate in their regular scheduled combo class and attend one extra practice on Saturdays. Members of this team will perform one or two dances at competition and recital.

Mini team begins at the age of 5 years with dance experience.

The CDA Pre-Junior Competition Team pulls from the previous Mini Team and dancers with experience from regular scheduled combo classes. Dancers will take 3 days of technique classes and will perform at competitions and recital. Pre-Junior Competition Team offers the opportunity to perform solos, duets and trios. Ages 6 years and above with dance experience.

To enhance the performance levels, we recommend 3 additional classes to be selected- TLC, gymnastics,
Junior Company, hip hop ($39 for 3 classes & dancer has to pick classes for enrollment)

The CDA Elite Competition Team offers dancers the opportunity to perform in hip hop, acro / gym, ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz and more. Members of this team will participate in competitions, recitals, local events and charity performances. Dancers are available to perform with solos, duets, trios at this level Based upon dance experience ages 8 years and up.

Dancers will practice on Monday, Wed & Saturday with technique.

To enhance performance levels we encourage 3 additional classes: hip hop, floor gymnastics / acro, TLC, Pre-pointe or Pointe, Junior / Senior Company ($39 for the pick 3)