Select Your Class

Thank you for your interest in The Conservatory of Performing Arts.  We offer a wide variety of classes designed to enrich and empower young artists of all ages.  The information in this section is designed to help you choose the class(es) that best fits your needs.  All participants agree to follow the studio policies (which can be found here).

Step One – Select Your Program Track 

 Studio Track – Classes in this track are open to all interested students.  Multiple sessions throughout the school year allow those who enjoy or want to experience the performing arts to participate without long term commitment.  This track is ideal for students new to dance as well as those who are also busy with other activities.  Each session in the Studio Track concludes with an in studio observation so you can see the progress your young artist is making.  There are no performance or costume fees for this track. 

Conservatory Track – Young artists are invited to participate in this track based on their duodesire and dedication.  Placement is determined by a combination of age, ability, and maturity.  The following expectations are made on those participating in this track: Commitment to attending scheduled classes from September 12, 2022 – June 17, 2023.  Registration in this track is accepted until December 17, 2022.  Trying your best.  Focus, hard work and a positive attitude in class are the key components to striving for excellence.  Young artists are expected to participate in the end of season performance(s).  Attendance at dress rehearsal is required for performing in the show(s).  Accounts must be up to date before the performance for the young artist to be allowed to participate.  If the young artist is unable to commit to the days / times of the class(es) recommended or there are additional requirements they are unable to meet, the artist may choose to register for a lower level class in the same style.  Young artists accepted into the Conservatory track may request to be leveled in additional styles of dance.

Step Two – Explore Your Options by Age Group  

All of the programs offered at CPA follow a structured and graded curriculum model to provide growth and consistency.  

Mini Movers – Ages 4 months – Pre K 4

Artists in Arms – age 4 months through pre-walking.  This class encourages bonding between the young artist and care giver while encouraging socialization with other couples.  The class introduces movements, music and other stimuli designed to help to develop the appropriate foundational movement patterns for this age group while introducing music and movement into your young artist’s day.  This class is limited to 6 couples. Studio Track Only.

My Adult and Me 1 – ages walking – 2.5 years old.  Enjoy exploring movement, music  and socialization during this action packed class.  The class includes gross motor movements, exploring dance concepts, playing with musical instruments and props to engage the senses.  Material is designed to help the young artists build their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.  This class is limited to 6 couples.  Studio Track Only.

My Adult and Me 2  2.5  – 4 years old.  A continuation of the My Adult and Me 1 class.  New movement and cognitive challenges are introduced as the young artists continue to learn through play and imagination with their care giver.  This class is limited to 6 couples. Mini Movers Studio Track Only

Creative Dance – ages 3 – 4 years old.  Young artists must be toilet trained and out of pull ups to participate in this class.  A magical class experience for young artists to explore dance and music based skills and concepts in a creative and fun environment.  The class is designed to foster a love of learning and independence.  Developmentally appropriate material allows the young artists to succeed and grow as they build their skills and knowledge throughout the session.  This class is limited to 6 young artists.  Studio Track Only.

Dance Fundamentals – ages 4 – 5 years old.  Young artists must be toilet trained and out of pull ups to participate in this class.  The magic continues as the young artists continue to learn fundamental dance movements from a variety of styles.  Creativity and problem solving work hand in hand with an expanding dance vocabulary as the young artists continue to grow.  This class is limited to 6 young artists.  Studio and Conservatory Track Options.

Lower School  – Ages 5 – 7 

Ballet/Tap/Jazz – ages 5 – 7 – Age and developmentally appropriate foundations in each of these 3 dance styles.  The curriculum for these 3 styles is designed so the skills taught in each area compliment each other.  This class is limited to 8 young artists Studio and Jr Hip HopConservatory Track Options

Jr. Hip Hop Jr – ages 5 – 7 – A fun and energetic class based on age and developmentally appropriate movement and music.  This class is limited to 8 young artists.  Studio and Conservatory Track Options

Dance and Drama – ages 5 – 7 – The perfect mix of dance skills and acting exercises.  Young artists explore a variety of dance techniques, improvisation, public speaking, character development and scene work.  This class is limited to 8 young artists.  Conservatory Track Option Only.

Jr Ballet – ages 6 – 7 – Designed to allow young artists, who have had previous exposure to ballet, to continue to develop their technique and artistry in a supportive and developmentally appropriate environment.   This class is limited to 8 young artists.  Conservatory Track Option Only.

Jr Jazz– ages 6 – 7 – Designed to allow young artists, who have had previous exposure toBallet / tap / jazz jazz, to continue to develop their technique and artistry in a supportive and developmentally appropriate environment.   This class is limited to 8 young artists. Conservatory Track Option Only.

Jr Tap – ages 6 – 7 – Designed to allow young artists, who have had previous exposure to tap, to continue to develop their technique and artistry in a supportive and developmentally appropriate environment.   This class is limited to 8 young artists. Conservatory Track Option Only.

Upper School  – Ages 8 +

Ballet– Classical ballet technique based primarily on the Vaganova and Paris Opera Ballet Styles while incorporating advances in dance medicine to maximize training while minimizing injury risk.  Ballet levels that require Variations as a 2nd class are not consideredballet performance classes.  Conservatory Track Only.

Floor Barre – ages 9+ Floor Barre consists of ballet based exercises laying on the floor to develop proper alignment and strength to improve regular ballet technique and reduce injury risk.  Our class also incorporates pilates, gyrokinesis and fascial work to safely increase strength, stability, and flexibility.  This class is paired with either Prepointe or Variations depending on the level of the young artist.  This class is not considered a performance class.  Conservatory Track Only.

Tap – Classes emphasize a rhythmic and musical approach to tap dancing.  Young artists are taught how to use their feet as instruments and create a symphony of sound.  Conservatory Track Only

Jazz – A strong base of classical jazz technique is augmented with a variety of styles jazzincluding funk, theatre and commercial jazz for a well rounded variety.  Class includes warm up, across the floor and centre combinations.  Conservatory Track Only

Modern age 10+ -Young Artists will be exposed to a variety of techniques including Horton, Limon, Graham and Cunningham.  Young artists will also use their new vocabulary of movement to explore improvisation. Conservatory Track Only.

Hip Hop- A high energy, age appropriate way of dancing set to popular music.  Different from jazz in its movement expression, this class still includes warm up, centre work and across the floor movements.  Conservatory Track Only.

Theatre – Acting, improv skills, movement, and scene study.  Young artists will be cast in aacting production and learn about all aspects of staging a show as they progress through the year.  The students will write, produce, and perform in a complete production at the end of the year.   Conservatory Track Only.

HS Theatre Dance – This class is designed for students wanting to improve their skills before auditioning and while in rehearsal for their school musicals.  The class will include a warm up, combinations, audition techniques and skill building exercises.  Studio Track Only.

Prepointe –  ages 9+- Classes are designed to build the strength and alignment needed for proper pointe work.  This class is taught at 2 levels – the first level is bare foot and the second level works in prepointe shoes.  Both levels are available to young artists of all genders who are at the correct technical level.  At least 1 additional ballet class per week is require for Prepointe classes. These classes are not considered performance classes.  Conservatory Track Onlypointe

Pointe – ages 12+ – Young artists who are assessed as being technically ready and having the physical requirements needed for working safely en pointe are introduced to pointe work in a safe and methodical fashion.  Two additional ballet classes per week are required to participate in Pointe class.  It is important to realize that pointe classes are not suitable for every ballet dancer and is not necessary to progress in ballet. Conservatory Track Only

Variations – Young artists are taught excerpts from ballets as a way to integrate their technical classes with artistry.  This class requires an additional ballet class.  Conservatory Track Only

Character Dance – ages 10+ – Blending folk and historical dance with ballet, character dance provides another dimension to classical ballet training.  Young artists must be taking and additional ballet class. Conservatory Track Only

Contemporary – ages 14+ – Contemporary Dance is a collaborative form of dance that incorporates elements from modern, ballet, and jazz dance styles with influences of cultural dances from around the world.  Class is done barefoot and includes a dynamic warmup, exercises to improve balance, control and range of motion, across the floor and center sequences.  Conservatory Track Only

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