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ELECTIVE CLASSES

CDA Offers Elective Classes For All Dancers

Including Modern, Jazz, Conditioning and more! 

 

California DanceArts offers our dancers a variety of different styles of dance and cross-training. We believe that the more versitile you are as a dancer, the stronger you are overall. 

For those students who are not enrolled in our ballet program can also enjoy these elective classes. Below is a list of these classes with their descriptions. 

Contemporary

Offering Beginner to Intermediate levels. Classes are designed to teach the dancer how to incorporate the fluidity of the whole body and graduate from pure classical shapes to an inverted tilt, skewed hips and legs in a contemporary manner. By performing these exercises both center and off center, on the floor and with the freedom of the torso, hips, and legs, the dancer best transitions from barre and floor to full body expression and to stage, where contemporary ballet has become so prevalent.

Modern Dance

As a Modern Dance prodigy of the Graham technique, Ms. Holt’s class delivers the athletic power and strength derived from the dance series developed by Martha Graham. A portion of the class is taught working on the floor and across the room.  Occasionally combined with additional influences, Ms. Holt then weaves a surprising blend of her own personal choreographic style into the class to give students a very special experience.

Aerin creates an enjoyable class for experienced modern dancers as well as jazz dancers and ballet dancers with no prior modern dance background.

Motion Reset w/ Aerin Holt - Posture Alignment

Are you in Pain? Have you suffered an injury that is keeping you from your favorite sport or weekend activity? Are you considering surgery? Before you take the drastic steps of cutting  flesh, tendon and muscles or resort to a pain pill regime, you may want to learn about our Posture Alignment Therapy that concentrates on the alignment of all physical joints. With a series of positions and exercises, the joints can begin to work as nature intended with correct posture and without physical pain. This is a proven method for relieving your pain and correcting damage. Used at CDA for pain experienced by our dancers, we now extend this therapy to anyone wishing to improve their physical condition. This method has also been used successfully for dancers and athletes who are not in pain, but who wish to improve their coordination and response time so that they get to the TOP of their “game”.

Just for TEENS 

 

A class specifically for pre-teens, teens and young adults. This class is great for teenage beginners providing them with the opportunity to learn to dance with a group similar in age rather than having to go into a beginner class with younger children. The variety of styles given in the class provide a sampling of Jazz dance, Ballet and Hip Hop. The base of style and technique provided in the class allows students to further pursue dance in their future at a rate that is consistent with their age.

Jazz Dance 
 

Based on a modern dance lyrical jazz style, our program focuses on jazz technique, turns, jumps and style. Attention is given to proper placement and clean lines. We offer combination  beginner teenagers. We offer Children’s classes, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Jazz Dance. All CDA classes have a 10 student maximum.

 

Dance Essentials

Developed for dancers, actresses and musicians to help them achieve stage presence and performance skills in preparation of major events in their careers. The method has been featured in Music Magazines and Publications for Actors. Dance Essentials™ is a toolbox of skills required for gaining good Stage Presence, Dramatic Ability, Rhythm, picking up and remembering Choreography, the Ability to Improvise, feel natural on stage and more.

 

Dance Essentials™ is fun and taught within a variety of drills, games and application of specific concepts. It's fun and enjoyable. The methods are proven by the many testimonials of artists who have had success with this method.  The program is delivered to anyone at any age! The methods are particularly helpful to people with goals for the stage. Exclusively delivered only at California DanceArts. The method is integrated into CDA’s CORE programs, but can be delivered, upon special request, to groups or in private lessons to students or professional performing artists.

Boy's Only (No Girls Allowed!)

A program just for boys, where boys can be introduced to dance AS BOYS.  In a fun way, boys become aware of the history of dance that began with men…not women! Students come to understand that dance is indeed a male activity! This program is a general dance class working on Jazz, Hip-hop, Breakdance, Conditioning and Ballet for boys and young men. The focus is on jumps, turns, strength and specific steps and tricks that are unique to male dancers. We find that our boys usually desire to go onto additional classes after being provided with this introduction. There is a limit of only ten boys per class.

Now Enrolling 2019/2020 Classes

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