Parent & Tot
For children ages 18 months to 3 years.
Our program focuses on introducing children to the world of movement through games, stories and
songs. Children will be encouraged to learn at their own pace with the guidance and support of their parent/guardian in partnership with the class instructor.
Early Childhood Movement
A range of classes for ages 3-5 that focus on introducing children to the world of dance and music through songs, games and simple exercises with an emphasis on creative expression and fun. Classes develop students' physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to classical ballet and other dance genres.
Recreational Ballet Program
For students age 5 and above, these classes provide a broad practical dance education, progressively developing the technical, musical and performance skills of the student. Classes incorporate Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet and Character/Folk Dance. Classical Ballet is the core of the syllabus.
Ballet Exam Preparatory Program
CDA’s Exam Preparatory (EP) Program is for students who wish to train toward participation in Royal Academy of Dance exams. Admission into this program is by audition only (or faculty recommendation). RAD training and exams are only available at schools with a Registered Royal Academy of Dance Educator. RAD holds its members to the highest standards. All RAD Registered teachers hold a recognized dance teaching qualification. This means that you can be confident in their dance knowledge and teaching ability, including what is developmentally appropriate at every stage of a child’s learning.
Students in this program also benefit from training in Progressing Ballet Technique which focuses specifically on core strengthening, weight placement and alignment.
Modern Dance Program
CDA’s Modern Dance Program focuses primarily on training students in Graham and Limon techniques. Students will have additional training in Horton and Cunningham techniques. Modern dance is one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Modern dance utilizes strong and controlled legwork, core strength, and employs contract/release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Students must be 11 to begin training in the Modern Dance Program
Contemporary Jazz Dance Program
For ages 6 and up, our Contemporary Jazz Dance Program provides an opportunity to be expressive to a range of musical styles including traditional jazz tunes, electronic and dance beats as well as contemporary pop music. Classes focus on building technique, strength and stamina, as well as learning and creating choreographed dances. All Contemporary Jazz classes provide an element of composition to encourage self-expression and artistic development.
Hip Hop Program
Our Hip Hop classes focus on the fundamentals of Hip Hop dancing. Students will learn the history along with the various techniques and elements such as popping, locking and breakdance through a number of different activities, structures and choreographed combinations within the class.
Lyrical Dance Program
CDA's Lyrical classes focus on the Lyrical style of Contemporary dance, created by merging many different styles including Ballet and Jazz. Lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, on individual approach and expressiveness
of the dancer's movements
Musical Theatre Program
Our Musical Theatre Program provides an essential blend of music, acting and movement training for the aspiring Musical Theatre artist. Fundamental curriculum includes voice instruction allowing students to explore a variety of genres that include Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, Blues, Pop, etc. A variety of acting techniques coupled with movement training will give students a well-rounded triple-threat training experience. Student will also have the opportunity to participate in the Truro Music Festival and to become a member of CDA’s Impact Ensemble.
CDA's Tap program is based in Musical Theatre style of Tap. Students will learn the basics of Tap technique and build up to complex rhythms and combinations. Our Tap classes are high energy
and full of fun! For ages 6 and up.
CDA’s Acro Program introduces students to the building blocks of Acrobatic Technique in an appropriately paced and safe environment. Classes will focus on building strength, flexibility and establishing proper technique through a mix of group and one-on-one coaching to ensure each student can progress at a pace that is appropriate for their level of ability.
Adult Dance and Fitness Program
CDA's Adult Dance & Fitness Program is perfect for the adult dancer of any level. Whether you've never stepped foot in a dance studio or your returning to a passion from your past, we have something for you! All of our classes are taught by members of our faculty who take great care and pride in ensuring that your dance experience is tailored to your needs and goals.