California Dance Academy offers instruction in classical ballet, pointe, variations, ballroom, contemporary, jazz, tap and hip hop. We teach students from pre-ballet through professional levels and adults. The curriculum at CDA is carefully structured by levels to provide challenging yet safe training to each student. Students are placed in the appropriate level by the Director in consultation with the student and parents based on a combination of age, experience and strength.
- New students will take a placement class during which the instructor will determine the correct class for the student. Sometimes, an extended period of one to three weeks is required to observe the student in our classroom setting before this determination can be made.
- Class placement is at the sole discretion of our teaching staff.
- Placement at every level is based on several factors including age, maturity, accomplishment, physical strength and commitment.
Advancement may occur at any time, but on average students are expected to remain in a level for a minimum of one year. Your child may not be promoted every year. Our primary concern is that a student be placed in a level that is appropriate to his or her skill level and physical strength. If the child is promoted too soon, then he or she will miss some very valuable training. These children also struggle in the next level, which is unnecessary and could result in injury. A student who carefully develops his or her technique early in the curriculum will find advancement in later years to be smoother and more rewarding.