Chicago Dance Academy

Primary Division

Children are introduced to basic movement, coordination, rhythm, discipline and the joy of dance. Ballet is the focus and foundation. One class is required per week in this division. Ages are an approximation: levels are at the discretion of the staff.

Students learn the basics of movement, coordination, rhythm, and the joy of dance in this division at the Academy.

Mommy & Me (4 wk sessions)

AGES 18 months-2 1/2 years

The little ones get to dance with Mom or Dad (nannies and caregivers welcome too) in this low stress, fun class. It is a perfect introduction to dance, movement and music. (Full semester enrollment is also available for Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring semesters)

Registration Forms

Class length: 30 minutes
Dress requirements:
Comfortable clothing and socks.

First Steps

This class bridges the gap between Mommy and Me and Creative Movement. It is designed for the 2 to early 3 year olds. The class is 1/2 hour long and a parent is not with the child. There is only a suggested dress code because these little ones are not in the end-of-year performance. If you are planning to transition your child to Creative Movement at some point, this attire is available at the desk for the same price that you will find online. Shoes are not provided. There is open enrollment throughout the semester that is offered on a prorated basis, so after any of the Mommy and Me sessions the switch may be made.

Registration Forms

Class length: 30 minutes
Dress requirements:
No dress requirement.

Creative Movement

AGES 3-4 (must be at least 3 years of age by the beginning of the semester)

In this fun and imaginative class, children will be introduced to basic motor skills, music and group participation.

Registration Forms

Class length: 45 minutes
Dress requirements:
The attire for the girls is included in the registration fee, with the exception of the shoes. Please purchase canvas split sole ballet slippers - Sansha 15C. Hair should be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black shorts; white socks; and black canvas split sole shoes (registration fee is waived)

Pre-Ballet

AGES 3 1/2-5 (must be 3 1/2 years of age by the beginning of the semester)

The underlying focus is on developing posture, poise, coordination, etiquette, rhythm and, most of all, love of dance.

Registration Forms

Class length: 45 minutes
Dress requirements:
The attire for the girls is included in the registration fee, with the exception of the shoes. Please purchase canvas split sole ballet slippers - Sansha 15C. If the dancer is transitioning from Creative Movement, the same gear can be used and the registration fee is waived. Hair should be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair being secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black shorts; white socks; and black canvas split sole shoes (Registration fee is waived.)

Fundamentals

AGES 5-6 (must be 5 years of age by the beginning of the semester)

Basic ballet training is introduced—simple steps and vocabulary are learned. The class is more structured, and the art and joy of dance is emphasized.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hour
Dress requirements:
Light blue camisole leotard--Mirella M207C
No skirts
Theatrical pink footed tights - Body Wrappers C80
White hip alignment belt 62S or #hip
Pink split sole canvas ballet slippers - Sansha 15C or Body Wrappers TotalSTRETCH 246A for larger sizes (whichever style that fits that has pre-sewn elastics)
Hair has to be neatly pulled off the face, with long hair secured in a ballet bun.
Boys – White fitted t-shirt; black shorts; white socks; black canvas ballet shoes

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.

Registration Forms

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

Ballet I

AGES 6, 7 and early 8

A more formal approach to training begins at this level. There is more work at the barre, and center combinations emphasize poise, strength, coordination and the learning of patterns.

Registration Forms

Class length: 1 hour
Dress requirements:
Buttercup colored camisole leotard - Mirella M201C
Theatrical pink footed tights – Body Wrappers C80
Split sole pink canvas ballet slippers - Sansha S1C or Body Wrappers TotalSTRETCH 246A for larger sizes (whichever style that fits that has pre-sewn elastics)
White hip alignment belt 62S or 3/4" #hip
No skirts
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; white socks; white canvas split sole shoes