Registration for new students will begin July 10, 2018
Registration for returning students will start June 11, 2018
Registration for summer classes will begin May 29, 2018
Dear Parents: We have implemented a “Level” placement for all of our dance classes within the past year. All 1st and 2nd grade students will enroll in Level 1 classes (except for Acro which is divided strictly by skill level). All 3rd grade and older students will be placed according to their experience, work ethic, skill level and age. We feel very strongly that this will help all of our students to be placed where they can get the most out of their classes. We tried to work the scheduling out so we have the ability to move dancers up or down as needed without disrupting your schedule. Should your child need to move up more than one level, this could mean asking you to come on a different day. If the new time would not work with your schedule, the dancer could stay right where he/she is as we firmly believe that honing fundamentals only builds better dancers! Please be patient and work with us as we begin this new system. We truly are very excited about it and believe that it will immensely benefit every child involved! All new students will need to be placed in the lowest level for their age (see chart below) and then we will place them as we see them perform in their classes. A detailed description of the level Placement Process is explained below.
All returning students will be given a suggested placement with their parent packs at recital. This suggested Level is for your jazz and ballet placement. All other classes include a broader range of levels and you may choose any of those classes that work for you provided your suggested Level is within that class range. For example, if your child’s suggested Level was Level 2, then he/she could enroll in any class that had a Level 2 listed within the range.
If you are a new student to CKDA – here is a general guideline as to where you should enroll your child:
All Preschoolers should enroll in any of our PreK TBA (Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics) classes.
All Kindergarten students should enroll in any of our Kinder TBJ (Tap, Ballet, Jazz) classes. Kindergarten students are also eligible for Acro I.
All 1st – 2nd Graders should enroll in Level 1 classes.
All 3rd – 5th graders should enroll in Level 2 classes.
All 6th – 8th graders should enroll in Level 3 classes
All New High School students should enroll in Level 4 classes.
For Intermediate / Advanced Pointe you must have already taken at least 2 years of Beg/Int Pointe and be placed in no less than Level 5 Ballet and have the teacher’s permission. Anyone enrolled in pointe must also be enrolled in a ballet class.
To begin pointe class you must be placed in no less than Level 4 Ballet and must be 11 years old and have the teacher’s permission. Anyone enrolled in pointe must also be enrolled in a ballet class.
Each technique class has the Level ranges listed. Enroll in the technique class where your Level falls.
Level 1 – Child is unable to perform a standing up backbend without assistance.
Level 2 – Child is able to perform a standing up backbend without assistance.
Level 3 – Child is able to kick over from a standing up backbend.
Level 4 – Child is able to kick over from a backbend, perform back walkovers and front walkovers.
Level 5 – Child is able to perform a back handspring (or flip flop) unassisted.
****To be allowed into Level 4 Jazz or Ballet class, dancers must be able to sit in both splits and properly and consistently execute double pirouettes to the Left and the Right.
**Remember this is just a guide for you to place your child if you are new to CKDA. We will place your child accordingly once we have seen them perform in class.
**Team classes – including Cheer Team – are by audition only**
**Pre Team is for 1st – 5th graders only. No audition required. It is for students interested in finding out what dance team is all about. If enrolled in the class child will be required to be enrolled in a jazz, ballet, and technique class as well. **
**For the 1-2 combination classes. They will have one dance in the recital and only one costume. Whichever class is listed first will be the one done in the recital.**
If your child dreams of becoming a cheerleader, then she needs to enroll in tumbling (acrobatics) and hip-hop. This combination will give her all of the tools to help her be her best when she tries out. We also offer competition cheerleading classes.
If your child wants to be on the dance line, she needs jazz, technique and, if you can afford three classes, ballet will help a lot. If all she takes is hip-hop, she will probably not make the dance line. Hip-hop is fun and certainly helps with basic coordination and simple movements, but it does not focus on the techniques and difficult skills necessary for dance line.
If your child simply wants to take dance because she enjoys it, likes music and performing, then let her take whatever appeals to her.
Ballet is the most structured class with emphasis on strength, flexibility, proper placement of the body, balance and form. It is the foundation for all other forms of dance, requiring discipline and coordination. Lyrical is a combination between jazz and ballet. It is a slow moving dance that does not focus on the technicality of ballet. Contemporary is a combination of ballet and hip hop. Tap helps tremendously with rhythm, timing and understanding musical phrasing and counts. Acrobatics is great not only for learning tumbling skills, but it forces the student to control her entire body and builds strength and control. Jazz teaches quick steps and difficult coordination skills as well as the more advanced turns and leaps necessary for more advanced dancing. Hip-hop teaches the street style dancing – mostly basic coordination skills and movement while moving your entire body and having fun. Dance lessons and performing in front on an audience help your child learn the true lessons—those that last a lifetime–that success comes one step at a time from hard work, dedication and self confidence.