Ballet 5 & Ballet 6 | 7th & 8th graders or by Placement
(Meets 4 times per week) Four 90-minute classes per week, followed by 45-minute pointe class three times weekly
Students in Ballet 5 & 6 take combined classes, in order to provide an example for the younger students and challenge the older students to perform at their highest level.
Dancers at this level are able to incorporate their foundational technique with the beginnings of artistry; such as understanding epaulement, port de bras, and how to relate to the audience effectively. They continue to develop their performance skills in The Nutcracker, Spring Concert and the June Concert.
|Monday||5:15pm – 7:15pm|
|Wednesday||4:45pm – 6:15pm|
|Thursday||5:30pm – 7:30pm|
|Saturdays||9:00am – 10:30am|
Ballet 7-10 | High School or by Placement
(Meets 4 times per week) Four 90-minute classes per week, including pointe/variation
Classes for Ballet 7-10 challenge students to focus on developing proficiency in technique, including expanding their knowledge of ballet history and terminology. In addition to continuing to refine their classical technique, students are encouraged to express their individuality in their dancing, especially their performance quality onstage. We strive to provide a healthy, nurturing and encouraging environment so our dancers may reach their highest potential. Students are encouraged to participate in all performances, and are required to participate in the annual 2-week choreography workshop in August that introduces new choreography for the upcoming school year.
|Monday||3:00pm – 5:00pm (Ballet 9 & 10 only)|
|Tuesday||3:15 – 5:15pm (Ballet 8 only)|
|Tuesday||5:30pm – 7:30pm (Ballet 7 only)|
|Wednesday||4:45pm – 6:15pm (Ballet 9 & 10 only)|
|Friday||3:00pm – 5:00pm (Ballet 7 & 9 only)|
|Friday||5:15pm – 7:15pm (Ballet 8 & 10 only)|
|Saturday||10:45am – 12:15pm (Ballet 7 & 9 only)|
|Saturday||12:30pm – 2:00pm (Ballet 8 & 10 only)|
"CDS has incredible faculty that teach pure classical ballet technique and also help to instill the many lessons about professionalism, dedication, and patience that come along with learning ballet. Both my college and medical/graduate school application essays discussed people and lessons I learned during my time at CDS."
– Julia Davis-Porada, former student, now with Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Columbia University