Chicago Dance Academy

Academy Division

This division is designed for students seeking rigorous and systematic dance training. Ballet is the focus and foundation in our nurturing and disciplined program. The number of classes per week increases with each level advanced to. Ages are an approximation: levels are at the discretion of the staff. There are dress requirements in the Academy Division. Dancers 14 and older who have met the tuition cap are welcome to participate in any of the classes in the Adult Division.  (This is not a substitute for their Academy ones.)

Youth dance lessons for children ages 8 and up in ballet, jazz, and more.

Rocket Boys

AGES 5-12 years

These boys get to jump, turn and kick it up. They will gain coordination, flexibility and power that will ready them for both sports and dance.

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Class length: 1 hour
Dress requirements:
T-shirt; black shorts; socks

Ballet II

AGES 8-10

Two ballet technique classes are required per week.

The curriculum is a complete and structured classical ballet class with its full embodiment of grace, poise, and physical and mental development.

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Class length: 1 hour 30 min
Dress requirements:
Royal blue camisole leotard - Mirella M201C (Adult sizes are also available--201L.) Note: Undergarments are not worn under leotard and tights by this level.
Body Wrappers convertible tights - C81 theatrical pink color
Pink split sole canvas ballet shoes--style is up to the discretion of the dancer
White hip alignment belt 62S or #hip
Hair has to be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black shorts or tights (dance support belt as needed); white socks; white canvas split sole ballet shoes

Ballet II/III

AGES 11 & up

This is a “bridge” class designed to prepare the student for the rigors of Ballet III. Three classes are required per week. Pre/Beginning Pointe is part of this level. When the instructor is comfortable with the strength, flexibility and knowledge of the dancer, pointe work will begin. Style and fit must be approved before elastics and ribbons are sewn on the shoes.

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Class length: 1 hour 30 mins.
Dress requirements:
Please see Ballet II listing.

Stretch & Strengthen

This class meets directly after the Ballet II and II/III classes on Mondays. It is designed to safely lengthen the dancers’ muscles and strengthen the core, legs and  upper body. There is no charge for these sessions, but the students must be enrolled in Ballet II and II/III.

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Class length: 15 min.

Pre-Pointe/Beginning Pointe

AGES 11 and up

This 1/2 hour class follows the Ballet II/III Friday class. It helps to prepare the student for the more advanced work that follows in Ballet III where pointe is part of the curriculum. When the instructor is comfortable with the strength, flexibility and knowledge of the dancer, pointe work will begin. Style and fit must be approved before elastics and ribbons are sewn on the shoes.

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Class length: 1/2 hour
Dress requirements:
Same as Ballet II; matching short skirt may be worn.

Ballet III

AGES 11 and up

Three ballet classes per week are required. Students are fully immersed in their training at this stage with pointe work included for girls and upper body strength building work for boys. Pointe A  and B accompanies this level with the approval of the director. Floor Barre is an elective, and encouraged, class for this level.

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Class length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Dress requirements:
Black Capezio Princess Seam camisole leotard - CC101
Body Wrappers Back Seam Mesh Convertible Tights - A45 Ballet Pink color
Pink split sole canvas ballet shoes--make is up to the discretion of the dancer
Hair has to be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black tights (dance support belt as needed); white socks and white canvas split sole ballet shoes.

Pointe A

AGES 11 and up

Students must be enrolled in BALLET III. This class directly follows a technique class and the staff must approve participation. Pointe work is a privilege afforded those with the requisite commitment to class participation. At this level, students have gained the necessary physical strength, flexibility and understanding of proper body placement. Pointe shoe style and fit must be checked by the instructor before ribbons and elastics are sewn on.

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Class length: 45 minutes
Dress requirements:
Refer to Ballet III descriptions; matching short skirt is optional.

Pointe B

AGES 11 and up

Students must be enrolled in BALLET III. This class directly follows a technique class and the staff must approve participation. Pointe work is a privilege afforded those with the requisite commitment to class participation. At this level, students have gained the necessary physical strength, flexibility and understanding of proper body placement.

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Class length: 1 hour
Dress requirements:
Refer to Ballet III descriptions; matching short skirt is optional.

Floor Barre

AGES 14 and up

Floor barre covers a wide range of strengthening and stretching exercises and is based on ballet-type movements. It is suitable for both dancers and non-dancers. Mats are provided.

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Class length: 1 hour
Dress requirements:
Comfortable workout attire; socks